These films look very interesting
GOMA 9–10 November 2013
Saturday 2pm & Sun at 11am
‘Araya has lost none of its ability to fascinate and move us with its hypnotic combination of beauty and hardship. It’s a gift to cineastes.‘ Steven Soderbergh
Araya was recently restored by Milestone Film and Video, New York, who have made available a new 35mm-film print for this Australian premiere. On the film’s debut at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, Araya shared the Fipresci Critics’ Award with Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima Mon Amour. It was the first film from Venezuela to win a major award at Cannes. Although she made only two films, Venezuelan Margot Benacerraf is a significant figure in Latin American cinema. She founded the Cinemateca Nacional in Caracas in 1966, nurtured the film industry in Venezuela and is a champion of Latin American film.
Shiraz 1928 All ages
This 1928 one is silent with live accompaniment Sunday 2pm
‘”Not hands but heart built this / Which stands like a dream”: One of three exquisite silent films made by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai, Shiraz, set in Moghul times, is the romantic legend behind the building of the Taj Mahal. The love of young Shiraz for his family’s adopted daughter, Salima, endures even after she has been abducted by slave-dealers, sold to the royal court, married the prince and become Empress. On her death, the heartbroken Emperor orders the construction of the most wondrous monument ever in her memory. The craftsman who designs this masterpiece is the now aged and blind Shiraz; the monument is the Taj Mahal.’ Pacific Film Archive