Film Series: First Features
CURATED BY RON FOLEY MACDONALD
18 January to 31 May
Some directors arrive fully formed on their debut features. Others never recover. In this survey of first features, we begin with one of the greatest motion pictures of all time, Citizen Kane, and then progress to more contemporary times where some directors—Duncan Tucker and Transamerica, for example—disappear from the scene after tackling some exceptional subject matter. Female directors and stories of gender determination dominate more modern times; Art House staple directors such as Lars von Trier (The Element of Crime) and Andrei Tarkovsky (Ivan’s Childhood) help anchor the series to the traditions of ‘serious’ cinema, while other directors’ debuts mark them for ‘serious’ Hollywood success.
SCREENINGS WEDNESDAYS AT 8 PM
17 May - Submarine
Richard Ayoade, UK, 2010, 97 minutes. Afro-British comic, writer, and director Ayoade’s first feature is an absurdist coming-of-age drama defined by landscape and attitude, full of unexpected plot twists and rampant humour.
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Dalhousie Art Gallery
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24 May - Fruitvale Station
Ryan Coogler, USA, 2013, 87 minutes. Michael B. Jordan plays Oscar Grant III in this true story about the death of the young black San Francisco Bay Area transit rider. Jordan would go on to star in—and Coogler direct—Creed, the critically acclaimed and financially successful revitalization of the Rocky franchise.
31 May - A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Ana Lily Amirpour, USA, 2014, 100 minutes. Shot in Los Angeles but set in Iran, A Girl Walks Home... is part vampire flick, part Spaghetti Western, and part art film. Totally unique and utterly original, it marks the emergence of a major filmmaking voice.
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