Events for March 17, 2017
In 1992, Reservoir Dogs took the Cannes Film Festival by storm, and transformed overnight its young filmmaker Quentin Tarantino from an obscure, unproduced screenwriter and part-time actor, to the most exciting new filmmaker of the 1990s. 25 years later, the film remains as influential as ever in the art house world.
The story examines what happens before and after a botched jewelry store robbery, and how a group of “professional” criminals handle the pressure. Tarantino’s revolutionary story structure sets up what is essentially a stage play for his explosive cast to act out with bravado and short-temperament. How did the cops know they were coming? Who made it out alive? Tarantino sets up the mystery, and pays it off with the expertise of a filmmaker many years ahead of his time - famously delivering one of the greatest heist films, in which the heist itself is never shown. It’s his most raw and revolutionary work to date.Find out more »
Kedi is not simply a documentary about house cats, or the strays you occasionally see in your back yard. Kedi is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people's lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves.
Says the film's director Ceyda Torun - "Cats - tabbies, calicos, angoras, Norwegian forest cats; ginger cats, grey cats, black cats, white cats, black and white cats - all kinds of cats - roam the city, free, without a human master. Some fend for themselves, scavenging from dumpsters, living in abandoned buildings, others are cared for by communities of people, pampered with the best cat food and given shelter for the cold months. Cats have been a part of the city for thousands of years, and so, everyone who grows up in Istanbul or lives in Istanbul has a story about a cat. Stories that are memorable; sometimes scary, sometimes spiritual, but always very personal. Street cats are such a big part of the culture that when US president Barack Obama visited Istanbul, part of his tour included a stop at the Hagia Sophia to visit its famous cat, Gli. Cats are as integral to the identity of Istanbul as its monuments, the Bosporus, tea, raki and fish restaurants."Find out more »
Twenty years ago, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez were two of the hottest young filmmakers in Hollywood. A pair of cinema mavericks with a penchant for extravagant crime stories and cult/horror cinema, Tarantino and Rodriguez teamed up at the height of their newfound notoriety to collaborate on one of the most insane mishmashes of B-movie fun ever: FROM DUSK TILL DAWN!
From Dusk Till Dawn is essentially what you would get if you visited your local video store (remember those?) to line up your own double-feature for the night, and picked up a movie from both your Horror and Crime Drama sections - only all rolled into one crazy film fun of delicious, and gleefully graphic, surprises. George Clooney stars alongside Tarantino himself as a pair of criminal brothers on their way to freedom across the Mexico border, who decide to kidnap with an innocent family (played by Harvey Keitel, a young Juliette Lewis, and Ernest Liu) to further assure their safe passage by hiding in their RV. Once they are south of the border, they decide to stay the night at a rowdy bar with a particularly titillating name. But, with these two filmmakers at them helm, it’s safe to say this won't be any ordinary bar...Find out more »