Treasures & curiosities

Treasures and Curiosities, which reminds us of the importance of immersing ourselves in often little-known and yet indispensable movies. It highlights the consistent and active work of film libraries and archives from around the world to restore and bring to life classic cinema. 

Portugal (Cinemateca Portuguesa)
The Movement of Things by Manuela Serra (O movimento das coisas, 1985, 1h29)
In a northern village, three families engage in a day of work. Only Isabel has her eyes on the future... Stories of a peasant daily life, imbued with silence.
Pathé Bellecour Wed.14 2:15 pm | Villa Lumière Thu.15 10:45 am

Sénégal (Studiocanal)
The Money Order by Ousmane Sembène (Mandabi, 1968, 1h30)
Ibrahim receives a mandate of 25,000 francs from his nephew who has gone to work in Paris. The news is spreading, with requests from all sides... Thanks to Ousmane Sembène's storytelling skills, the sunny and joyous anecdote becomes a pamphleteer’s fable.
Lumière Bellecour Sun.11 7:45 pm | Pathé Bellecour Mon.12 11:15 am | Villa Lumière Sat.17 10:45 am

Hungary (Hungarian Film Archive)
Sodrásban/Current by István Gaál (Sodrásban, 1964, 1h21)
As they bathe happily in la Tisza, a group of school comrades notices the disappearance of one of them... A great poetic movie of the Hungarian revival on youth and the transition to adulthood, awarded at the Karlovy Vary festival in 1964.
Pathé Bellecour Mon.12 5:45 pm | Lumière Institute Tue.13 2 pm

Russia (Mosfilm)
Letter Never Sent by Mikhaïl Kalatozov (Neotpravlennoe pismo, 1960, 1h36)
In the late 1950s, Soviet geologists survey the Siberian taiga in search of a diamond deposit. Konstantin tirelessly writes a letter to his wife… A spectacular Siberian saga, with virtuoso images, two years after The Cranes Are Flying.
Lumière Terreaux Thu.15 2:15 pm | Pathé Bellecour Sat.17 10:45 am | Lumière Institute Sun.18 10:45 am

Czech Republic (Malavida)
Cutting it Short/Shortcuts by Jiří Menzel (Postřižiny, 1980, 1h38)
In the early 1920s, Francin runs a brewery in a small village. The hair of Maryška, his wife, a cascade of blond curls, is the pride of the villagers... An ode to the pleasures of life, to be enjoyed without moderation. Magda Vášáryová illuminates the film.
Re-release: 11 November 2020
Lumière Institute Tue.13 10 pm | Pathé Bellecour Sun.18 10:45 am

Netherlands (Eye film Institute)
The Brilliant Biograph: Earliest Moving Images of Europe (1897-1902) by Frank Roumen (1897-1902, 52min)
A compilation of films from the early days of cinema, shot with the Biograph a few years after the invention of the Cinematograph by the Lumière brothers.
Comœdia Tue.13 1:15 pm

Slovakia (Slovak Film Institute)
Night Riders by Martin Hollý (Noční jazdci, 1981, 1h31)
In 1920, on the border between the still young Czechoslovakia and Poland, two men of principle stand against one another... A confrontation worthy of a western.
Villa Lumière Thu.15 7:30 pm | Pathé Bellecour Fri.16 6:15 pm

Czech Republic (Národní filmový archiv)
Pearls of the Deep by Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec, Evald Schorm, Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš (Perličky na dně, 1965, 1h47)
A manifesto film, these adaptations of short stories by Bohumil Hrabal mark the recognition of what the Czechs will call their New Wave, both in reference to and in opposition of the French New Wave. An underlying critique of a society under scrutiny.
Villa Lumière Wed.14 4:45 pm | Pathé Bellecour Thu.15 11:15 am

Switzerland (Cinémathèque Suisse)
Derborence by Francis Reusser (1985, 1h34, EngST)
As he sets off to the mountain pastures in Derborence with his uncle, Antoine disappears in a landslide. Shortly afterwards, his young wife sees him return... A poem adapted from the famous novel by Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, with Bruno Cremer and Isabel Otero.
Villa Lumière Mon.12 5:15 pm | Pathé Bellecour Tue.13 11:15 am

Spain (Filmoteca de Catalunya)
Swan Lake, 3D by Francesc Rovira Beleta (El lago de los cisnes, 1953, 12min)
The first 3D film in the history of Spanish cinema: excerpts from Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake, performed by an English company visiting Barcelona.
UGC Confluence Mon.12 3:15 pm


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