Friday, August 3, 2018
Origin Stories: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani’s Footnotes to Let the Corpses Tan August 24 - September 1 at the Quad
Ranging from Spaghetti Westerns to art house provocations, highlights include films by Johnnie To, Gaspar Noé, Mario Bava, Philippe Grandrieux, Jess Franco and more!
Apart from Quentin Tarantino, few writer/directors active in film today have the lifeblood of 1960s and 1970s cinema coursing through their veins as fulsomely as Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani. The longtime partners have harnessed their movie love into moviemaking, scaling delirious peaks with the giallo-channeling features Amer and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears. Cattet and Forzani go beyond their immaculately designed and captured frames and through the looking glass, displaying deep respect for genres of all stripes while rousingly giving them their own spin. Now, with Let the Corpses Tan—which begins its U.S. theatrical run here at the Quad on August 31st—they have swerved into the fast lane with a crime thriller that has a strong Spaghetti Western flavor. We have invited the pair to program the latest edition of Origin Stories, our ongoing series showcasing personal favorites that have directly influenced a new film. Cattet and Forzani’s playlist will span the globe for a wild ride through seamy side streets and hazardous dusty terrain of vintage grindhouse fare.
With Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani at select screenings.
Cry of a Prostitute (Quelli che contano)
Andrea Bianchi, 1974, Italy, 97m, 35mm
Mario Bava, 1968, Italy, 105m, HDCam
Django Kill...If You Live, Shoot! (Se sei vivo spara)
Giulio Questi, 1967, Italy/Spain, 100m, DCP
Face to Face
Sergio Sollima, 1967, Italy/Spain, 111m, 35mm
A Hero Never Dies
Johnnie To, 1998, Hong Kong, 86m, 35mm
I Stand Alone (Seul contre tous)
Gaspar Noé, 1998, France, 93m, 35mm
The Laughing Woman (Femina ridens)
Pierro Schivazappa, 1969, Italy, 108m, 35mm
John Boorman, 1967, U.S., 92m, 35mm
Road to Salina
Georges Lautner, 1970, France/Italy, 96m, 16mm
Philippe Grandrieux, 1998, France, 112m, 35mm
Venus in Furs
Jess Franco, 1969, UK/Italy/West Germany, 86m, 35mm
Let the Corpses Tan
Opening Fri August 31—Exclusive NY Engagement
Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, Belgium/France, 92m, DCP
A criminal gang fresh from an armored car heist hole up in an abandoned Mediterranean clifftop village, where they encounter enigmatic artist Elina Löwensohn and alcoholic writer Marc Barbé. Soon all are drawn into a death dance of double and triple crosses, as the standoff dissolves into hallucinatory, semi-mystical delirium. Cattet and Forzani (Amer and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears) transform a 1971 pulp novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette into a fusion of ’70s Euro crime thriller and Spaghetti Western in an immaculate stylistic pastiche and the sincerest form of genre fetishism. In English and French with English subtitles. A Kino Lorber release.
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival
With Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani in person at select screenings opening weekend
"Transforms genre pulp into pop art."—Cinema Scope