Over the coming months, Spazju Kreattiv, Malta’s national centre for creativity at St James Cavalier in Valletta in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo will be screening art films in Gozo.
The films will be screened at the Citadel Cinema in Gozo, and the three films which have been scheduled for the coming months are The Clan, Lo and Behold and Andrei Rublev.
Within a typical family home in the traditional neighborhood of San Isidro, a sinister clan makes its living off kidnapping and murder. Arquímedes, the patriarch, heads and plans the operations. Alejandro, his eldest son, is a star rugby player at CASI—a prestigious local club—and the Argentine mythical national team (Los Pumas). The son gives in to his father’s will and identifies possible candidates for kidnapping; his popularity shields him from suspicion. To a greater or lesser extent, the members of the family are accomplices in this dreadful venture as they live off the benefits yielded by the large ransoms paid by the families of their victims. Based on the true story of the Puccio family, this film full of suspense and intrigue takes place in the context of the final years of the Argentine military dictatorship and incipient return to democracy.
Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World
In Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, the Oscar-nominated documentarian, Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams), chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works – from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.
Screening at Citadel Cinema, Gozo on Saturday 25 February 2017, 5.30PM
The film is a biography of sorts, as Andrei Rublev was a fifteenth-century monk regarded as Russia’s most esteemed icon writer. While his work is well known and celebrated throughout Russia, little is known of his life except for the handful of icons he left behind. Tarkovsky’s invented life for Rublev is not quite an investigation into the author’s life, but in truth, a response to what Tarkovsky saw and felt by looking and meditating on Rublev’s icons. Through Andrei Rublev, Tarkovsky created a film about faith in a time when there were no films about religion, apart from satire or anti-religion propaganda. It does not flinch from portraying the savagery of the time – the sack of Vladimir, the casting of the bell, the pagan ceremonies of St John’s Night and the Russian crucifixion – set-pieces from which, almost inexplicably, the serenity of Rublev’s art arose.
Screening at Citadel Cinema, Gozo on Saturday 25 March 2017, 4.30PM