JORIS IVENS IS ALIVE AND WELL IN NEW YORK, WASHINGTON, BOSTON,
CLEVELAND, CHICAGO, BERKELEY, VANCOUVER, ONTARIO, LONDON, PARIS, PRAGUE, TURIN,
BARCELONA, GYOR, AMSTERDAM, UTRECHT, ROTTERDAM, DEN BOSCH, LIER, EINDHOVEN AND
(, of course,) NIJMEGEN (which is home to the Ivens Foundation).
The work of director Joris Ivens, whose cinematic creations have drawn
international attention throughout the twentieth century, is about to embark
on a striking world tour under the title "Cinema Without Borders". Ivens,
whose life scanned nine decades, produced more than eighty titles in five
continents. His life and work managed not only to cross geographical borders,
but also, in a more intimate way, to break through sociological and
psychological barriers. Some Americans may recall the stir created in the
sixties by his film "The 17th Parallel." Others may remember his earlier
creation, produced under Roosevelt's New Deal, of "The Power and the Land".
These films are only two among many worth consideration.
Although the present tour is centered in North America, many other locations
will also be screening the Dutch master's works during the period from March
till July (2002) and this is truly a chance not to be missed either by members
of the film community or enthusiastic cinephiles. Beginning on March 20th with
a grand opening at Lincoln Center and followed by a week of screenings in New
York, some of the further locations planned during the following five months
include the National Gallery of Arts in Washington, the Museum of Fine Arts in
Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Berkeley Art Museum. There is
also a symposium scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd at Lincoln Center, which
will include such illustrious film specialists as Tom Gunning, Charles Musser,
Thomas Waugh, Annette Michelson, and José Manuel Costa. A full listing
of all events (throughout North America and the world) are listed at the
Ivens website. An exhibition of some hundred
photos will also be travelling with the tour.
Take our word for it, this is something not to be missed. Those familiar with
Ivens' work will probably jump at the chance to visit (or revisit) some of
these magnificent pieces and those unfamiliar with it should definitely make a
point of attending. Simple in their approach and beautiful in their
composition, these films invite us into a world both familiar and foreign.
Varying in style from documentary to feature film to animation to newsreel and
compilation, his work abounds with a multi-cultural life force that is, if
possible, even more relevant to today's world. In many ways this event is a
festival of life as well as a cultural exchange.
This exciting retrospective of 16 Ivens films is sponsored by the Netherlands
Culture Fund (HGIS), the Dutch State Department, and the Dutch Ministry for
Education, Culture, and Sciences (OCW) and supported by the Consulate General
of New York, Holland Film, and the Netherlands Filmmuseum. A magnificent
catalogue titled "Cinema Without Borders" (available for the reasonable price
of \$15) has been produced to accompany the tour and will make a fine addition
to any cinema library.
Further information, including dates, is available at the European Foundation
Joris Foundation website:
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