French Surrealist Michel Gondry - 4 Films @ Row House Cinema, Pittsburgh [from 17 to 23 March]

French Surrealist Michel Gondry - 4 Films

17 - 23
12:00 - 23:00

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Row House Cinema
4115 Butler St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15201
We are screening four film by French Surrealist Michel Gondry:
— Be Kind Rewind
— Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
— The Science Of Sleep
— Mood Indigo

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Michel Gondry is one of our favorite directors. We love the beauty of his films, their quirky sense of romance & imagination, and his melding of art forms to accommodate the vast world of his dreams. Eschewing computer-generated effects for in-the-moment naturalism, Gondry often utilizes everyday materials to create his whimsical film worlds.

“Imagination transports you to a place that feels magical. I think people want to kill it because they want you to rationalize it. Life is much more complex than that.” —Michel Gondry

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), is his second film & collaboration with celebrated screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. The Science of Sleep (2006), his first project directing from a script he authored, typifies his playful, adventurous explorations of the psychology of memory and dreams. Be Kind Rewind (2008) is a fun, critial take on modern Hollywood while offering a Swedish solution. Mood Indigo (2013) is a more recent work starring a Row House favorite, Audrey Tautou.

Influenced by Luis Buñuel and Jean Vigo, Gondry uses fantastical imagery to plumb our deepest feelings and the intersection between dreams and reality. With a background steeped in music—his grandfather invented the Clavioline (one of the first synthesizers) and his father owned an instrument store—Gondry began his career making music videos for the band Oui Oui, for which he was drummer during his art school days in Paris. In 1993, he met singer Björk, and a long and ferociously creative relationship was born.

He has gone on to direct videos for groups ranging from the White Stripes to Kanye West to the Rolling Stones. Always visually arresting, his work has a core of humanity that is often lacking in visual effects–driven work: the man has soul. “In the most twisted and complicated idea,” says Björk, “Michel is only looking for one thing: to extract a bit of magic and mystery from things.”

If Björk thinks he is magic… how can we not!

(last 2 paragraphs written by the Walker Art Center)
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