The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announces the remaining 2002 schedule of films in The Seventh Art: New Dimensions in Cinema.The innovative film series pairs monthly screenings at SFMOMA with discussions with filmmakers, curators and critics. Held on the second Thursday of each month, The Seventh Art presents films that explore the boundaries of cinema’s formal conventions while addressing the ever-blurring borders between fiction and reality, dreamscape and life.
Thursday, August 8, 7 p.m.
By Jan Svankmajer, 1988 (In Czech with English subtitles)
Followed by a discussion with Heather Crow, UC Berkeley scholar and Svankmajer specialist
When Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland, so begins this dream expedition into the astonishing landscape of childhood, through many dangerous adventures, and ultimately to Alice’s trial before the King and Queen of Hearts. Czech animator Jan Svankmajer has created a masterpiece of cinema and a strikingly original interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Svankmajer’s Alice remains true to the absurdity of Carroll’s original, but bears the stamp of the director’s distinctive style and obsessions. Combining animation and live action, Svankmajer gives a new and fascinating dimension to the classic tale of childhood fantasies.
Thursday, September 12, 7 p.m.
Kira’s Reason—A Love Story
By Ole Christian Madsen, 2001 (In Danish with English subtitles)
Followed by a discussion with Ole Christian Madsen, director
Kira’s Reason follows the title character as she is discharged from a psychiatric hospital and returned to her apparently happy home. Almost immediately it becomes clear that her convalescence has a long way to go. This tender screwball comedy is the 21st film to receive Dogme certification.
Thursday, October 10, 8 p.m. (note later start time)
On Site and Sound
Wet Gate, Light Surgeons
This special Seventh Art presentation highlights live cinematic performances that seamlessly fuse visuals and sound. An audiovisual performance by Wet Gate precedes APB (All Points Between) by UK club visualists the Light Surgeons. This exploded documentary takes the audience on a journey across the globe in a targeted look at the social and political landscape of America.
Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m.
A Tree of Palme
By Nakamura Takashi, 2002 (In Japanese with English subtitles)
Followed by a discussion with Nakamura Takashi, director
In this Japanese anime film, a troubled, malfunctioning robot is asked by an injured female soldier to deliver a capsule to the humans that live underground. Director Nakamura Takashi (director of animation for Akira and Hayao Miyazaki’s former animation collaborator) directs this allegorical tale about the transience of human existence.
Thursday, December 12, 7 p.m.
By Jed Weintrob, 2002
Followed by a discussion with Jed Weintrob, director
Set in Manhattan’s cybersex industry, On_Line at first appears to be about people getting off without ever touching. John Roth (Josh Hamilton) runs a live erotic Web site called Intercon-X. Though profitable, the site, which he owns with his roommate Moe (Harold Perrineau), keeps Roth at home in a state of perpetual frustration. Roth works between shots of peppermint schnapps and Web cam diary entries in which he pines for his ex-fiancée. Built around revealing and often funny streaming video sessions with netizens like “man-on-man” host Al Fleming (John Fleck), Internet fantasy girl Jordan Nash (Vanessa Ferlito), self-destructive artist Moira Ingalls (Isabel Gillies) and Ohio innocent Ed Simone (Eric Millegan), On_Line uses a groundbreaking mix of new technology and romantic narrative to tell a classic New York story.
The Seventh Art: New Dimensions in Cinema continues on the second Thursday of every month in SFMOMA’s Wattis Theater. Tickets for each film are $15 general admission; $12 SFMOMA members, students with current ID and seniors. Advance tickets may be purchased at the SFMOMA admissions desk. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.sfmoma.org or at www.ticketweb.com (surcharge may be applied). Seating is limited and advance purchase is encouraged.
The Seventh Art: New Dimensions in Cinema is generously supported by the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund. Media sponsor: SFSTATION.COM. Hotel sponsor: Triton Hotel.