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Art House 101 International New Wave

Arthouse 101: The New Wave – March-June 2024

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The Frida Cinema, in partnership with the City of Santa Ana, is proud to announce a new 14-film series: Art House 101: International New Wave.

Over the course of their cinematic history, nations around the world have experienced creative movements that would later be known as their “New Wave” era of filmmaking. These epochs showcased a diverse pallets of new sensibilities, unique voices and visions, and a general rejection to the status quo of filmmaking, launching the careers of celebrated auteur filmmakers. From satirical Czech comedies to sun-drenched Australian dramas, sophisticated Taiwanese romances to existential Indian social dramas, our Arthouse 101: International New Wave series celebrates these groundbreaking and influential moments of cinema, featuring two films from seven different New Wave movements, for a total of fourteen films that reflect a small world filled with stories that resonate across cultures and continents.

Thanks to the generous support of the City of Santa Ana, all screenings in our Arthouse 101: International New Wave series will be offered to audiences free of charge. Click on film titles below to RSVP for these screenings.

 

FRENCH NEW WAVE

Last Year at Marienbad – Mar 19
Directed by Alain Resnais | 1961

In this unconventional French drama, a group of unnamed aristocrats interact at a palatial château, resulting in an enigmatic tale told partially in flashback. X (Giorgio Albertazzi) is convinced that he has met the beautiful A (Delphine Seyrig) before in the Czech resort town of Marienbad, and implies they had a romantic relationship. M (Sacha Pitoeff), who may be A’s husband or boyfriend, confronts her mysterious suitor, leading to conflict and questions about the truth behind his story.

Love in the Afternoon – Mar 26
Directed by Eric Rohmer | 1972

The life of Frederic (Bernard Verley) is one of strict routine, getting by through his Paris office job and a content marriage to Helene (Françoise Verley), a teacher expecting their second child. During particular afternoons, Frederic retreats to fantasies of other women, but without the intention of giving in. When Chloe (Zouzou), a mistress of an old friend, begins dropping by his office, she and Frederic begin to meet as friends, slowly causing their mutual temptations to unleash a moral dilemma.

INDIAN NEW WAVE
(PARALLEL CINEMA)

Pather Panchali – Apr 2
Directed by Satyajit Ray | 1955

Harihar Roy is a priest stricken by the poverty of 1910’s Bengali. Dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, Ray chooses to leave his rural village in search of work. It is Ray’s child, Apu, who becomes able to help his family get by through small joys provided by the life around them; from the sights of the trees, the sounds of trains, and to the treats from the candy-man.

The Cloud-Capped Star – Apr 9
Directed by Ritwik Ghatak | 1960

Nita (Supriya Choudhury) is the angelic daughter of a middle-class refugee family from East Pakistan. Slowly sacrificing more and more for her family, all too occupied themselves to show appreciation, she is threatened to be pushed to the very edge of how much of herself she can provide, all while attempting to pursue her own independent life.

JAPANESE NEW WAVE

Harakiri – Apr 16
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi | 1962

In 1630 Edo, Tsugumo Hanshirp finds himself despaired, entering the courtyard of the prosperous House of Iyi to commit seppuku in peace. Inside he finds the senior counselor for the Iyi clan, whom he deems a worthy second to deliver the coup de grâce in his ritual. But Hanshiro is quickly questioned for his integrity, accused by the counselor of seeking charity rather than honor, prompting intersecting stories to lay out the difference between honor and respect, and the various laws set by the code of the samurai.

Branded to Kill – Apr 23
Directed by Seijun Suzuki | 1967

Goro Hanada (Joe Shishido) is a contract killer hired by a mysterious woman named Misako (Annu Mari) for a hit that seems to border on impossibility. When the mission almost inevitably fails, Hanada is hunted by the even more mysterious (and phantom-esque to boot) Number One Killer (Koji Nanbara). Quickly waging war, the Number One Killer imbues his method with techniques that threaten to push not only Hanada’s life past its fringes, but his sanity as well.

CZECH NEW WAVE

Black Peter – Apr 30
Directed by Milos Forman | 1964

In Czechoslovakia in 1963, an aimless youth named Petr (Ladislav Jakim) begins his first job as a security guard in a busy self-service supermarket; unfortunately, he’s so shy that even when he sees shoplifters, he can’t bring himself to confront them. He’s similarly tongue-tied around the lovely Asa (Pavla Martinkova), and during the lectures about personal responsibility and the dignity of labor that his blustery father (Jan Vostrcil) regularly delivers at home.

Daises – May 7
Directed by Vera Chytilova | 1966

Two teenage girls, both named Marie, find themselves disillusioned with the spoils of the world around them. To reflect the excess of their environment, they take to a relentlessly destructive series of pranks and general mayhem, to which there may possibly be no end.

AUSTRALIAN NEW WAVE

Walkabout – May 14
Directed by Nicolas Roeg | 1971

A white geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback under the guise of having a picnic in the area, when he ultimately plans to shoot them. After failing, the two children become lost in the wild, forced to depend on each other. When they are saved and guided by an Aborigine boy, the unforgiving lack of harmony between nature and modern life begins to reveal itself.

Wake in Fright – May 21
Directed by Ted Kotcheff | 1971

John Grant is a bonded teacher who arrives in the unforgiving outback mining town of Bundanyabba. Planning to stay overnight before catching a plane to Sydney, Grant slowly becomes subject to the town’s intriguing yet dangerous influence. As one night stretches into several, Grant begins a free-fall into self-destruction.

GERMAN NEW WAVE
(NEW GERMAN CINEMA)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant – May 28
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder | 1972

The status of renowned fashion designer Petra von Kant is unknowingly revoked by her arrogance, self-satisfaction, and the mistreatment of her secretary and co-designer, Marlene (her secretary, maid, and co-designer). When Karin, a 23-year-old beauty, enters the scene with hopes of becoming a model, Petra invites her to move in. It’s only the heralding of a tumultuous love affair that threatens to engulf not only Petra and Karin, but the world around them.

Fitzcarraldo – Jun 4
Directed by Werner Herzog | 1982

Fitzcarraldo (Klaus Kinski) is a dreamer who plans to build an opera house in Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon, so, in order to finance his project, he embarks on an epic adventure to collect rubber, a very profitable product, in a remote and unexplored region of the rainforest.

TAIWANESE NEW WAVE
(TAIWAN NEW CINEMA)

Vive L’Amour – Jun 11
Directed by Tsai Ming-liang | 1994

Three lonely young denizens of Taipei unknowingly share an apartment: May (Yang Kuei-mei), a real estate agent who uses it for her sexual affairs; Ah-jung (Chen Chao-jung), her current lover; and Hsiao-kang (Lee Kang-sheng), who’s stolen the key and uses the apartment as a retreat.

Millennium Mambo – Jun 18
Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien | 2001

In 2011, A woman named Vicky (Shu Qi) recollects her experiences a decade prior, in which she navigated an emotionally tumultuous love triangle between her DJ boyfriend Hao-Hao (Tuan Chun-hao) and a businessman named Jack (Jack Kao). Aimlessly caught between the temperamental toxicity of Hao-Hao and Jack’s criminal ties, Vicky’s vulnerability inevitably keeps bringing her back, unable to move forward. It is only through recollection in which she may be able to release herself from the tightening grip of her past.

We once again thank the City of Santa Ana for their partnership, and for supporting the art of cinema.

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