We did not update our website for a while (shame on us) but we keep on showing movies every Wednesday at 8PM and the month of July is all about photography. The Visegrad Film Festival we have organised finished on 28th of June (more about that in other post) and we jumped straight into a next one. Cork Photo *15 is the second annual photo exhibition with venues all around Cork for the whole month of July.
The Deja View is not organizing this one though but our good friend Naomi from The Darkroom in Camden Palace. This year 84 artists are exhibiting in 28 venues and our part in this is our program for July. Each film in July is related to photography in some way and the listing you can find in the very cool map with all the venues.
These are our choices:
1.7. Oliver Stone – Salvador (1986) 122min, USA
An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.
Almost every country(maybe except Costa Rica) in South and Central America has its own sad story of civil war, suffering and deaths of innocent all paid for and initiated by the US government. And this is not some conspiracy theory, this is a well known well documented fact. Some large US company owns most of the country’s land, legally elected leader tries to make some reforms to return at least some of it to the people, US government protecting the profit (and not caring about anything else) gives funding and weapons to the most crazy militant troups, manipulates some blood thirsty general into power (as long its not communists, even that I think would not matter if the profit was safe) who they can’t control themselves. Same thing happens in El Salvador and Oliver Stone is not afraid to put the blame where it belongs. The rant’s over. But that just the background, the story is centered around the gonzo journalist Richard Boyle(James Woods), and the events depicted are based on the book written by the real life Boyle.
8.7. Travis Klose – Arakimentari (2004) 85min, USA, Japan
A look at the life and work of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki and his impact on Japanese culture.
The photographer Araki is mostly known for his erotic photography (bordering on pornography) but there is much more to this artist. He produced about 350 books making him one of the most active artist in Japan. He is adored by many famous artists such as Takeshi Kitano or Bjork among others who also feature in the documentary.
15.7. Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman – Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids (2004), 85min
Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city’s notorious red light district.
This documentary shows how art (in this case photography) can change people’s lives, can give voice to the voiceless, can give hope in a apparent hopeless situation or can find a talent in any place which in turn can enrich all our lives. But it is also a proof what difference one person can make. It is sad and uplifting at the same time, shows us very intimately that not all kids are as fortunate as others, that is not easy to escape your life but gives us new faith in humanity. Even despite its flaws it is a must watch.
this movie is preceeded by the short film La Jetee (1962)
22.7. Stefan Uher – Sun in Net (Slnko v Sieti) (1962), 90min., Slovakia
Visegrad Film Festival presents
Oldrich “Fajolo” Fajták (Marián Bielik), a student who directs quasi-existentialist verbal abuse at his girlfriend Bela Blazejová (Jana Beláková), takes off to a formally volunteer summer work camp at a farm where he meets her grandfather.
Even though it is still a photography related movie it is also part of our Visegrad project. Just as we promised the Visegrad Film Festival will continue throughout the year with occasional screenings from the Visegrad region during our regular The Deja View nights. And the first is a real gem indeed. This movie is considered the first movie of the Czechoslovakian New Wave, the one that inspired it all.
29.7. Stanley Kubrick – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), 95min, USA
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.
The last entry in our photography film is Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war war comedy. This one is related to photography in a different way. Stanley Kubrick before he became a filmmaker was a professional photographer and we want to explore how this translated into his movies visuals. And I chose this film for two reasons, one is that it is one my favorite comedies and the other is the 70th anniversary of the Hirosima and Nagasaki bombing. Thankfully USA is the only country stupid enough to use the atomic bomb against an enemy.
This concludes our July program so we hope to see you there to pay tribute to the closely related media of film and photography and in a small way support all the photographers participating in the Cork Photo *15.
The chosen films reflect the long and complicated relationship between photography and cinema. David Campany states, “the rise of cinema obliged photography to make a virtue of its own stillness. Film, on the other hand, envied the simplicity, the lightness, and the precision of photography”. Some argue that photography and film are independent and therefore cannot be compared. However, close-ups, freeze frames and the countless portrayals of photographers on screen are signs of cinema’s continuing attraction to the still image.
Some of these films are about photographers, some are by photographers turned filmmakers and some are just visually inspired by photography. Hope you enjoy!