THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD
2018, Netflix, 98 min, USA, Dir: Morgan Neville

When Orson Welles returned to America after a self-imposed exile in the early 1970s, he began working on what he felt would be his magnum opus, The Other Side of the Wind. The film wasn’t completed in his lifetime, and in this documentary Morgan Neville follows the movie’s near 50-year journey to the screen, interviewing many of the actors and filmmakers who accompanied Welles on his adventure, as well as those who sought to bring his masterpiece to completion. The result is a portrait of both a great, flawed genius and the labyrinthine aesthetic, economic and political problems that plagued what should have been Welles’ last great triumph.


LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE
MUCHOS HIJOS, UN MONO Y UN CASTILLO
2017, Dogwoof, 90 min, Spain, Dir: Gustavo Salmerón

Famed Spanish actor Gustavo Salmerón (MENSAKA, ASFALTO) makes his feature directorial debut with this intimate documentary about his mother, Julita. Through a series of interviews, the film walks us through the woman’s entire life, including her past accomplishments, lost dreams and future hopes, creating a loving portrait that is both universal and deeply personal. The film has become a surprise favorite among Spanish audiences, as well as winner of Best Documentary at the 2018 Goya Awards. “A celebration of the life of an extraordinary woman with whom most viewers will probably also have fallen in love by the time the credits roll.” - Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter.


A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT
LE FOND DE L’AIR EST ROUGE
1977, Icarus Films, 180 min, France, Dir: Chris Marker

As brilliant as it is indescribable, GRIN WITHOUT A CAT looks at the rise and fall of the worldwide revolutionary movement, from France in May 1968, to the anti-Vietnam riots in the United States, to the terrible Soviet crushing of the Prague Spring. The French title of the film is untranslatable in English; roughly, it means "Revolution Is in the Air," a metaphor at once wistful and ever-hopeful. Given the current world situation, GRIN WITHOUT A CAT is, now more than ever, an epic event not to be missed. In one of the film’s many high points, Marker dissects the famous Odessa Steps sequence in BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN - a revolutionary landmark that never actually occurred.


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