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Art Alert: Cimatheque screening two shorts reflecting on cinema

Five decades apart, 'Film' by Alan Schneider and 'Bring me the Head of Tim Horton' by Guy Maddin both reflect on the cinema industry in wholly different styles

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Oct 2017
Still from 'Film' by Alan Schneider

Cimatheque will hold a screening of two films that share a reflective view on the cinematic world and industry in a programme titled “Cinema Looks in on Itself” on 28 October.

The first of the two is aptly titled ‘Film,’ a 1966 American production directed by Alan Schneider.

This film is one of a few that were written by playwright Samuel Beckett, and stars Buster Keaton in a nearly silent film as an ode to silent cinema.

“[Keaton] attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye: here the eye representing the camera, and in turn, the audience. But, as the film is based around Bishop Berkeley's principle ‘to be is to be perceived,’ Keaton's very existence conspires against his efforts to disappear,” according to Cimatheque’s film description.

The second short, titled Bring me the Head of Tim Horton, is a 2015 film directed by Canadian Guy Maddin as he humorously peers into “the absurdities of cinematic production in an intensely commercial world,” the description reads.

“Part cine-essay and part behind-the-scenes documentary, Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton repurposes footage captured on the set of Hyena Road into a psychedelic, darkly comical tale of alpha men, cartoonish violence, and one forlorn artist’s quest for meaning.”

The film follows Maddin himself as he decides to muse about his role on the set of a war drama, Canada’s role in Afghanistan, and cinema’s role in political and violent conflict, all instead of completing the making-of documentary for the film Hyena Road that he was originally hired to do.

The films fall into Cimatheque's October programme 'Beyond the Frame: Defining Alternative Cinema.'

Both films will be screened on two consecutive days.

Saturday, October 28th at 7pm and Sunday, October 29th at 4pm
Cimatheque, 19a Adly St., Downtown, Cairo

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