In collaboration with the National Film and Television School, 'A Cinema of Forking Paths - A Borges Inspired Film Season' is just that, a curated film season tied into the works and legacy of Jorge Luis Borges.
Whether you are familiar with Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges or not, this series of films influenced by his writings will draw you into his hypnotic world of endless labyrinths, meta-detective stories and dreams within dreams within dreams
Defining the words 'art film' for a generation, Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad is every bit as extraordinary today as when it was premiered in Venice, 50 years ago this August.
The plot is banal and, as in Hiroshima, the characters have no names. X (Giorgio Albertazzi) pursues A (Delphine Seyrig) through the endless corridors of a luxury hotel, trying to persuade her that they met last year, while M (Sacha Pitoëff), who may be A's husband, looks on. But, in the eternal present of Robbe-Grillet’s screenplay, drenched in the organ score by Francis Seyrig (brother of Delphine), there can be no 'last year' (and probably no future either).
Don’t miss the chance to see this timeless masterpiece on the big screen, for which the inky blacks and flaring whites of Sacha Vierny’s cinematography were made. There is, quite simply, no other movie like it.
Saturday 8 December 11.00am, Curzon Bloomsbury.
In this adventurous experiment in storytelling, secret identities, missing persons, lost treasures, exotic beasts and desperate criminals are only a few of the elements woven into a grand tapestry of mysteries.
Mariano Llinas' epic 4-hour ballad follows three men named X, H and Z, as they embark upon a trio of elaborate, far-fetched fables of destiny, identity and discovery. Argentinean filmmaker Llinas strives to mimic the myriad narrative techniques found in the writing of Jorge Luis Borges, weaving tales that have as much to do with the concept and meaning of storytelling as they do with the stories themselves.
Watching Extraordinary Stories can feel like reading an epic Russian novel or listening to a grand Italian opera, with its many moving parts and effervescent structure. This is a rare screening of one of the great, underseen works of 21st-century Latin cinema is not to be missed.
Sunday 9 December 10.30am, Curzon Bloomsbury.
Extraordinary Stories will start at 10.30am sharp, without a trailer reel. There is a 30min interval at 12noon, between parts 1 & 2. The film ends at 3.10pm.