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Rediscovering Alain Tanner

June 1 - 28

From June 1 through June 28, the Gene Siskel Film Center, in partnership with Swiss Films, presents "Rediscovering Alain Tanner," a series of seven long-unavailable films, all in 35mm prints provided by the Swiss Cinematheque.

Tanner's first film, CHARLES, DEAD OR ALIVE (1969), put an nearly invisible Swiss cinema on the international map. Tanner (1929-) quickly transcended regional novelty to become one of the most important European Art Cinema directors of the 1970s.

Directly addressing the intellectual and political currents of his time, Tanner staked out a distinctive niche for himself, straddling the commercial and modernist cinemas. His films may be obsessed with ideas, but they always envision ideas in the form of complex, contradictory characters: Bulle Ogier's mercurial schizophrenic in LA SALAMANDRE, François Simon's acerbic ex-conformist in CHARLES, DEAD OR ALIVE, the eight "minor prophets" in JONAH WHO WILL BE 25 IN THE YEAR 2000, the titanic old man and his punkish acolyte in LIGHT YEARS AWAY. Many directors can express the significance of political and intellectual thought; Tanner is one of the few who can capture its joy.

Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming

Special thanks to Marcel Müller of Swiss Films and Jim Healy of UW Cinematheque.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Alain Tanner film on any applicable Saturday this month, and get a ticket for the second Tanner film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)