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Marfa Film Festival 2014 Recap

Film / Mind / Music / World / October 13, 2015

Marfa Film Festival’s 2014 program addressed controversial social and political issues including the death penalty, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and the challenging realities of contemporary Native American life.

The festival closed with Florian Habicht’s visually mesmerizingly documentary PULP: A Film About Life, Death, and Supermarkets, which followed legendary brit-pop band PULP as they prepare for a final show in their hometown of Sheffield, England.

The festival also witness CocoRosie’s live score for The Color Of Pomegranates (originally performed by the sibling duo this winter at the Louvre), preceded directly by Adan Jorodowsky’s newest film The Voice Thief, an extravagantly artful event.

Keep A Tidy Soul

Flyn has lost her soul. Please help her find it.Cast: Claire McConnell, Jean WalrandJoshua
Moore is a San Francisco based writer, director, producer, and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival curator. His “delightfully freewheeling debut” feature I Think It’s Raining screened at many film festivals across the country.

 

Mood Indigo

Michel Gondry’s surreal visual feast is the wildly imaginative tale of Colin, a posh Parisian bachelor who invents gadgets that delight his friends. But love eludes him until he meets Chloe (Audrey Tautou), whose strange medical condition—a flower grows inside her lungs—adds a bittersweet frisson to their true romance.

Based on the novel by Boris Vian, Mood Indigo sees French writer-director Michel Gondry returning to his wild, imaginative, and romantic roots. Colin (Romain Duris) is living a colorful life in Paris—he’s wealthy, he enjoys the company and comfort of his offbeat friends (Omar Sy, Gad Elmaleh), and is excited about his latest invention, the pianocktail (a piano that produces quality cocktails). One day, one of Colin’s friends admits that he’s fallen head-over-heels in love with an American woman. Envious and suddenly anxious out of loneliness, Colin wants the same. At a party, he meets the elegant Chloe (Audrey Tautou) and the two tumble into a whirlwind of jazz-dancing, ice-skating, city-sweeping romance. They fall in love and get married, but are suddenly confronted with the news of Chloe’s strange illness—she’s begun to grow a flower inside her lungs. As Chloe’s health deteriorates, so does her relationship with Colin. Gondry examines the joys, turmoil, and poeticism of love by creating another imaginative, evocative world colored by elation and heartache like he did in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep. Featuring compelling performances from Duris and Tautou, Mood Indigo is an inventive romance that audiences will swoon over.

Director Biography
Starting his career as a music video director for Bjork, Daft Punk, and Radiohead among others, the style of French filmmaker Michel Gondry was immediately unique. His emotional, whimsical and often experimental approach flourished in his perhaps best-known film, 2004’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a collaboration with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Gondry was most recently a member of the jury for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Boyhood

2014 Golden Space Needle Award: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Patricia Arquette)
Filmed intermittantly over 12 years with the same cast, a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen. Both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting, the film charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other has before.Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan HawkeRichard Linklater was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. His work explores what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum,” focusing in fine detail on generational rites and mores. His better known works include Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, and A Scanner Darkly.



Book of Ruth

When Ruth loses her father, love, and her faith, she embarks on a treacherous journey north and unknowingly loses herself in the desert. Surrounded by silence and a vast emptiness, she meets a friend.Cast: Casandra Canales, Marycarmen LopezPablo Veliz graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Communication. At 22 he wrote, directed, produced, and edited his first feature film, La Tragedia de Macario, which was selected in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and several other festivals.

 

Hotel Y

Two strangers meet up at a motel in Buenos Aires during their lunch breaks.Cast: María Alche, Patricio AramburuGeraldine Barón was born in Buenos Aires and resides in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature & French from UCLA and an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University, where she also studied photography. The short films she had produced, written and directed have screened at international film festivals including Venice, Mar del Plata, and Austin.

The Voice Thief

The Voice Thief – Teaser from KNIGHTWORKS on Vimeo.

When an opera singer loses her voice, her husband embarks on an odyssey through a dark underworld to recover it through supernatural means.Cast: Asia Argento, Cristobal JodorowskyAdan Jodorowsky is the son of film maker Alejandro Jodorowsky. Adan spent most of his childhood in South America before moving to Paris as a teenager. The music he records and performs under the name “Adanowsky” is popular in Europe and Chile, where he spends much of his time.

 

The Color of Pomergranates

A biography of the Armenian and Georgian poet Sayat-Nova, which portrays the poet’s life visually and poetically rather than literally. Scenes take the form of static tableaux depicting the poet’s coming of age, discovery of the female form, falling in love, entering a monastery and dying, all framed through both Sergei Parajanov’s imagination and Sayat Nova’s poems. Cast: Sofiko Chiaureli, Sergei Parjanovwas a Soviet film director and artist who made significant contributions to Ukrainian, Armenian and Georgian cinema. He invented his own cinematic style, which was totally out of step with the guiding principles of socialist realism (the only sanctioned art style in the USSR). This, combined with his controversial lifestyle and behavior, led Soviet authorities to repeatedly persecute and imprison him, and suppress his films, which nonetheless became regarded as classics
LIVE score performance by CoCoRosie

 


God’s Got His Head in the Clouds

God’s Got His Head in the Clouds (trailer) from Gianluca Sodaro on Vimeo.

In a small country chapel, an elderly local priest converses with an inquisitive 11-year-old.Cast: Franco Pistoni, Silvia SodaroGianluca Sodaro was born in Sicily on Christmas Eve. He is a graduate of Milan’s Academy of Fine Arts and Design (NABA) and has worked in film and advertising. Gianluca’s first feature film Cuore Scatenato (Raging Heart) premiered at the International Miami Film Festival in 2004. His short films The Paladins of The Holy Providence and The Voice of My Beloved! have been screened and won awards at a large number of film festivals.

 

La Grande Bellezza

Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina FerilliPaolo Sorrentino was born in Naples in 1970, and is considered one of Italian cinema’s most distinctive and stylish filmmakers.

 

Art and Craft

Follows the true escapades of a socially awkward expert forger who donates his extremely convincing forgeries to unsuspecting art museums, including some of the world’s most prestigious institutions.Cast: Mark LandisSam Cullman is an Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker with over a decade of experience as a cinematographer, producer and director. The founder of Yellow Cake Films, Sam has worked in a wide range of settings – from presidential campaign trails, delivery rooms and refugee camps, to Bollywood soundstages, prisons and post-disaster zones. He is a graduate of Brown University (1999), where he majored in Urban Studies and Visual Arts. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Child Bride

A young girl struggles with involuntary matrimony and repressive cultural norms.Cast: Imogen Verrocchi, Jasper BaggMusic Video : song by CocoRosie. Emma Freeman is a commercial director who lives in Australia. She has produced a number of CocoRosie music videos.
Music Vid: CoCoRosie and Emma Freeman

 

Yakona

Yakona Official Trailer from Yakona on Vimeo.

A visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake, which follows the river from source to sea through the changing seasons, documenting the relationship between the natural world and man.Cast: Tony Two Hawks Molina, Jacqueline Claire, Jacqueline Claire, Tina RodriguezPaul Collins graduated with a BFA in Art and Design from Texas State University and collaborated with Anlo Sepulveda to help produce Otis Under Sky. He has produced shorts, music videos, and commercial videos. Anlo Sepulveda started making films in High School. His first feature was Otis Under Sky.


Borgman

Borgman – Trailer from Drafthouse Films on Vimeo.

A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, unfolding a psychological nightmare in the process.Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen PercevalAlex van Warmerdam was born in the Netherlands. He was cofounder of the theatre group Hauser Orkater, and in 1980 he founded the theatre group De Mexicaanse Hond with his brother Marc van Warmerdam. He made his first feature film Abel in 1986. He plays parts in most of his own movies, mostly performing as a lead character. Borgman was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Feature image – A scene from “Yakona.”

Written by Anne Herrera

Anne Herrera

Anne Herrera is the founder of MUZE COLLECTIVE, a dedicated movement using writing to generate special interest in the Arts, Sciences and Social Justice.


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Anne Herrera

Anne Herrera is the founder of MUZE COLLECTIVE, a dedicated movement using writing to generate special interest in the Arts, Sciences and Social Justice.





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