Garage presents the new season’s Garage Screen summer cinema program


21 Jul 2020


In August the Garage Screen summer cinema pavilion, designed by Yerevan-based architectural studio snkh, opens on Garage Square. The opening program features Russian premieres of the films Days by Tsai Ming-liang and The Woman Who Ran by Hong Sang-soo, and the Moscow premiere of Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden.

Garage Screen film program curator Evgeny Gusyatinskiy believes that these films accurately reflect the current state of contemporary auteur cinema: «Tsai Ming-liang’s contemplative film Days incorporates a novel visual language that exists beyond cinema and contemporary art. In Martin Eden, Pietro Marcello addresses classic twentieth-century cinema, discovering in it an unspent sensuality. The Woman Who Ran, meanwhile, proves that Hong Sang-soo remains one of the few, if not the only, author today who does not and cannot have imitators.»

The 2020 Garage Screen program includes three new regular sections, and one of this season’s main events will be the screening of movies using a new 35 mm film projector.

Silver Prints is a program of films produced in the analogue era and made to be projected on film, with the title referencing silver as one of its main components. Happy Hours features auteur films that are longer than usual and work with the visualization of time. It includes innovative movies that expand cinematic possibilities by extending screen time and the viewer’s perception of cinematic and physical time. One Time Only is a series of unique and primarily single screenings of films that will not be shown in Russian cinemas outside of Garage Screen. This section includes a variety of documentary, experimental, feature, and artist’s films.

«During the period of self-isolation it became clear that some films can only exist and be perceived in theaters. In other circumstances their magic dissipates or does not work at all. By showing films on 35 mm for the first time (in the Silver Prints section), Garage Screen reverts to cinema’s classic nature and the authentic film experience, which is especially valuable in the age of mass transition to online platforms. Happy Hours offers an alternative, incomparably deeper experience of cinematic and physical time, which is only possible on the big screen and symbolically makes it even bigger. This section will open with Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore (1973). In this film, time exists only in the present, contained within everyday life. Along with other iconic works, we will also present Batang West Side, an early Lav Diaz film (2001) which nevertheless manifests his innovative approach to duration, and the five-hour-long Japanese drama Happy Hour by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (2015), which has partly lent its name to the program. Both films will be shown in Russia for the first time, ” comments Evgeny Gusyatinskiy.

Also on offer in the new season are Garage Screen’s joint programs with independent Russian film festivals, including the international festival of documentary films on music and new culture Beat Film Festival and Moscow International Experimental Film Festival (MIEFF). The program of MIEFF includes the first Russian retrospective of the pioneering figure of avant-garde queer cinema, Barbara Наmmer, and an international competition featuring 29 experimental films made in 2019–2020. The upcoming season also includes a program developed in collaboration with The Blueprint, an independent online media outlet covering fashion, beauty, and contemporary culture.

In accordance with the concept proposed by snkh—the winner of the competition for the design of the summer cinema organized by Garage and Strelka KB—the new Garage Screen pavilion is an inside-out tent, with all the load-bearing and supporting structures brought outside and the interiors lined with white membrane. «The red side panels inside the pavilion fulfil an acoustic function, while the pneumatic lenses under the ceiling illuminate the auditorium and distribute the sound. The project brings together numerous architectural traditions, personalities, and movements, from the temporary structures of Bedouins and other nomadic peoples to the concept designs of Ivan Leonidov and Shigeru Ban, ” says the head of snkh studio, Ashot Snkhchyan.

Летний сезон Garage Screen продлится до октября.
Куратор кинопрограммы Музея «Гараж» — Евгений Гусятинский, кинокритик, отборщик Роттердамского международного кинофестиваля, редактор журнала «Искусство кино».

Все фильмы будут демонстрироваться на языке оригинала с русскими субтитрами.
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