Everyone likes to talk about movies, so let’s keep the conversation going! The Gene Siskel Film Center will get everyone talking with monthly film conversations. Audiences are invited to informal conversations led by—but not monopolized by—carefully selected facilitators.
Our Last Tango
Un tango más
2015, German Kral, Argentina/Germany, 85 min. With María Nieves Rego, Juan Carlos Copes.
- Fri, Jun 17th 2:00pm
- Fri, Jun 17th 6:00pm
- Sat, Jun 18th 7:45pm
- Sun, Jun 19th 4:45pm
- Mon, Jun 20th 8:00pm
- Tue, Jun 21st 8:15pm
- Wed, Jun 22nd 6:15pm
- Thu, Jun 23rd 8:15pm
- Fri, Jun 24th 6:00pm
- Sat, Jun 25th 7:45pm
- Sun, Jun 26th 5:00pm
- Mon, Jun 27th 6:15pm
- Tue, Jun 28th 7:45pm
- Wed, Jun 29th 8:00pm
- Thu, Jun 30th 6:15pm
"Exceptional. ... The screen pulsates with life and color and energy that you rarely find to this degree, even in other films about dance ... It’s a passionate remembrance with only a hint of sadness for bygone days, and there is enough scandal, bitterness and jealousy to fill a telenovela. Most importantly, it’s another great achievement in filmmaking about dance from [Wim] Wenders and [German] Kral." — Steve Prokopy, Third Coast Review
"Fascinating…a celebration of the tango itself, which continues to bewitch with its writhing, gently jagged grace and torrid suggestiveness." — Andy Webster, The New York Times
"An embrace of the passions it stokes…boils years’ worth of drama into an affecting dance set-piece of love, lust and loss." — John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
The compelling story of Argentinian dancers María Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes, the most influential duo in the history of the tango, is revealed as a passion-filled star-crossed love story nurtured by extraordinary talent and ultimately torn apart by jealousy, hatred, and infidelity. For over forty years, Nieves and Copes transformed the art of the tango, taking it to heights of artistry and international recognition previously unknown. The two, now in their eighties, tell their own stories, illustrated with clips and photos of performance triumphs. Director Krall interweaves this essential history with romantically staged period reenactments featuring brilliant young dancers portraying María and Juan. Executive produced by Wim Wenders, with his trademark attention to a stunning musical score. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
JUNE 22: This screening is a Movie Club event, facilitated by Jorge Niedas, co-founder and Artistic Director of Tango 21 and Tango 21 Dance Theater. Jorge Niedas was trained in classical ballet at Instituto Superior del Arte del Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires. He has performed in several institutions in the United States, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Jorge introduced Argentine Tango to the Chicago community in the '90s. Since then he has been teaching, choreographing, and performing Argentine Tango in Chicago. He is also co-founder and Artistic Director of Dance Art, a non-profit organization which aims to provide dance instruction to children that are part of outreach programs in the city of Chicago.
2015, Aleksandr Sokurov, France, 88 min. With Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath.
"Fascinating and supple ... it works very differently than the stately, methodical one-take wonder RUSSIAN ARK. I found the new one to be a livelier, more stimulating investigation of history, the spoils of war and the way great art serves as a life raft on the rocky seas of our times." – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"A truly bracing, provocative movie, and of course, as is always true with Sokurov, it’s a visual feast.”–Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
In this companion-piece to his Hermitage-ramble RUSSIAN ARK, director Sokurov once again uses an iconic museum as the jumping-off point for a dense and digressive meditation on art and history. The site this time is the Louvre, with a special focus on its fortunes during the Nazi Occupation, and the complex relationship between two key players: the cultivated German overseer Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and his wary collaborator, museum director Jacques Jaujard. In contrast to the all-in-one-take aesthetic of RUSSIAN ARK, the method here is more of a patchwork bricolage, unified by Sokurov’s sardonic commentary as he ranges far and wide to take in a container-ship equivalent of Géricault’s “The Raft of the Medusa,” the role of museums in the construction of nationhood, the relationship of Europe to Russia, ghostly visitations by Napoleon and national symbol Marianne, and much more. In Russian, French, German, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
MAY 17: The 6:00 pm screening on Tue., May 17, is a Movie Club event facilitated by P.D. Young, an Adjunct Lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Masters in Art History in 2011 where his thesis explored a scene of the animals at the circus in Robert Bresson's au Hasard, Balthazar. Though he has lectured widely on modern and contemporary art, he is particularly interested in the intersection of museums and cinema.