In 2019, Garage Screen curator Evgeny Gusyatinsky selected ten pictures previously shown at Garage Screen Summer Cinema for broadcasting at the Okko online cinema theater, all of them worthy of note.
Authors of all of these films explore and reinvent the notion of genre by expanding its limits and transforming it into a tool for studying the current problems of our everyday. It is the very format of genre film, with its traditions and strict canons, that allows the most radical representatives of independent cinema, from Yorgos Lanthimos and Gaspar Noé to Corneliu Porumboiu and Bong Joon-ho, to discover new expressive means.
The Garage selection features the modern interpretations of a western (Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers), historical drama (Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite), psychological thriller (Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane), a heist movie (Milorad Krstic’s Ruben Brandt, Collector), an American tragedy (Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux), a Scandinavian fairy-tale (Ali Abbasi’s Border), an Italian horror (Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria), and a Chinese fantasy with martial arts elements (Yimou Zhang’s Shadow). It also includes some bold experimentation with the B-movie aesthetic—Panos Kosmathos’s Mandy, and a genuine danse macabre, Gaspar Noé’s Climax where the atmosphere of a suspense thriller meets with the unbridled rave energy.
Garage Screen’s partnership with Okko online cinema has allowed the Museum to organize premiere screenings of festival films alongside the most talked about box office pictures, including the Russian premiere of Rick Alverson’s The Mountain from the main competition of the 75th Venice Festival and Nietzchka Keene’s The Juniper Tree. Later this year, Garage will screen Grass by Sag-soo Hong and So Long, My Son by Xiaoshuai Wang which grabbed two Silver Bear Awards at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival.
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