Archive for May 27th, 2010

New booking – just in time for the World Cup

May 27, 2010

Check it out:

Argentina Futbol Club

Singing.  Shouting.  Hysteria.  Argentina lives for futbol.  The battle between Boca Juniors and River Plate is not just about sports; it is an ever-enduring struggle for identity.  In Buenos Aires, historic tensions swell not only between legendary clubs Boca and River but among their intense followers. For these futbol fanatics, the game symbolizes strength, unity, and power in a society beset by stark social and economic divisions. Through a journalistic lens, this film provides an intimate look into Argentina and its beloved sport to reveal an unparalleled passion that reverberates far beyond the pitch.

Argentina Futbol Club was directed by acclaimed Argentine Director Juan Pablo Roubio, and co-written and co-produced by local Seattle filmmaker, Gavin P. Sullivan. Sullivan along with the film’s co-executive producer, Ben Meyerson, will be on hand for Q&A.

Argentina Futbol Club premiered at the 31st International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in La Havana, Cuba and will screen at Molodist Kiev International Film Festival, and Cinesul Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro.


Outsider art at SIFF

May 27, 2010

To anyone going SIFFing this holiday weekend, I highly recommend Marwencol, a documentary about trauma victim Mark Hogancamp’s unique form of art therapy: he dresses up G.I. Joe and Barbie dolls as people he knows, uses them to act out elaborate cinematic fantasies in a fictional WWII-era Belgian town he has built in his backyard, then photographs the results. Hogancamp’s photos have caught the attention of the art world, giving him an opportunity to re-engage with society – or not. Director Jeff Malmberg is scheduled to attend both performances.

SIFF is also screening Rouge Ciel, which offers a larger perspective on outsider art: it includes a historical survey of Art Brut (this is a French film), conflicting opinions on the meaning of outsider art, and several case studies. The latter include Chicago janitor Henry Darger, whose 15,000 page fantasy novel and accompanying illustrations were the subject of a fabulous exhibit at the Frye a few years ago (as well as the excellent documentary In the Realms of the Unreal).