Guest Room is a program in which filmfront invites a filmmaker, artist, friend or appreciator to introduce and lead a follow-up conversation on any film of his or her choosing, giving a personal testament to the GUEST's first and subsequent encounters with the film, asking why it is held in high esteem and why it is of essential viewing to an audience.
Tsui Hark’s 1995 THE BLADE is a wuxia straight out of hell: narrated by a sociopath, set in a desert wasteland overrun with killers, and centered on a mutilated man with a matching, disfigured sword. Hark forgoes and subverts all codes that might legitimate this world’s violence; the only law that remains is speed.
Selected by Benjamin Crais.
by Tsui Hark
1995, digital projection, 105 min
Saturday, April 8 at 7:00PM
Ripe Leeks: Inner Life
RIPE LEEKS is a quarterly screening series that exclusively showcases recent film and video work by Chicago-based artists.
Come and ponder the innermost parts of one's self as we explore what lies within the mind, the medium, and the moment.
Featuring work by Amir George, Benji Sayed, Elena Ailes, and Irving Gamboa.
Total Run Time: ~1hr
Programmed by Michael Wawzenek
Saturday, April 15 at 8:00PM
Jia Zhangke's 2006 STILL LIFE documents the rapid deconstruction of Fengjie, a small town on China's Yangtze River, in preparation for the Three Gorges Dam project, which would become the world's largest power station. In the midst of a radically transforming landscape—of rubble, decay, and the soon to be demolished buildings—two people search for their missing spouses.
"When I went to look at Fengjie, the location where we shot the film, every county we saw had basically been reduced to rubble. Seeing this place, with its 2,000 years of history and dense neighborhoods left in ruins, my first impression was that human beings could not have done this. The changes had occurred so fast and on such a large scale, it was as if a nuclear war or an extraterrestrial had done it." - Jia Zhangke
by Jia Zhangke
2006, digital projection, 112 min
Saturday, April 28 at 7:00PM