Lucrecia Martel is an Argentine filmmaker who has been hailed all over the world for her visionary treatment of the filmic narrative as a malleable, flexible entity. Martel’s films are distilled through separate instances of pretence, disguise, subterfuge, denial, masquerade and delusion. She uses these human tendencies to describe an Argentina ravaged by diverse traumas: a tryst with dictatorship, a colonial past, a history of violence. Martel has stated that her work is - much like Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ - an accumulation of multiple layers and various realities. The present Retrospective exists therefore as a tribute to a body of work the denseness of whose commentary is entirely unique in the world.
The ambition of the Lightcube Retrospective is to conduct a journey, a lengthy voyage through the filmography of an important, as opposed to 'great', director and ensure a brief overview and introduction to his work through the exhibition of a number of his films. The showing of the films will also be accompanied by discussions, video-essays, exhibitions and printed-material on the work of the director or idea in question.
December 15, 2017
Neuva Argiropolis / Lucrecia Martel / 2010 / 8'
Snippets of news of something that might be happening upstream of Buenos Aires. This fictional story is loosely inspired by Argirópolis, capital of the proposed Confederation of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay which Domingo Faustino Sarmiento suggested building on Martín García Island in 1850. Echoes of a founding movement
The Swamp / Lucrecia Martel / 2001 / 103'
The release of Lucrecia aMartel’s The Swamp heralded the arrival of an astonishingly vital and original voice in Argentine cinema. With a radical and disturbing take on narrative, beautiful cinematography, and a highly sophisticated use of on- and offscreen sound, Martel turns her tale of a dissolute bourgeois extended family, whiling away the hours of one sweaty, sticky summer, into a cinematic marvel. This visceral take on class, nature, sexuality, and the ways that political turmoil and social stagnation can manifest in human relationships is a drama of extraordinary tactility, and one of the great contemporary film debuts.
December 16, 2017
The Silence / Ingmar Bergman / 1963 / 93'
Two estranged sisters, Ester and Anna, and Anna's 10-year-old son travel to the Central European country on the verge of war. Ester becomes seriously ill and the three of them move into a hotel in a small town called Timoka.
Dead King / Lucrecia Martel / 1995 / 12'
A wife tries to leave her village to get away from her abusive husband.
The Holy Girl / Lucrecia Martel / 2004 / 106'
Amalia is an adolescent girl who is caught in the throes of her emerging sexuality and her deeply held passion for her Catholic faith. These two drives mingle when the visiting Dr. Jano takes advantage of a crowd to get inappropriately close to the girl. Repulsed by him but inspired by an inner burning, Amalia decides it is her God-given mission to save the doctor from his behavior.
December 17, 2017
Love Streams / John Cassavetes / 1984 / 141'
The electric filmmaking genius John Cassavetes and his brilliant wife and collaborator Gena Rowlands give luminous, fragile performances as two closely bound, emotionally wounded souls who reunite after years apart. Exhilarating and risky, mixing sober realism with surreal flourishes, Love Streams is a remarkable film that comes at the viewer in a torrent of beautiful, erratic feeling. This inquiry into the nature of love in all its forms was Cassavetes’s last truly personal work.
The Headless Woman / Lucrecia Martel / 2008 / 87'
After hitting something with her car, a bourgeois Argentine woman's life slowly descends into paranoia and isolation, as she fears she may have killed someone.