January is fully upon us, with winter caressing us with snow and ice. What better time to huddle indoors with friends and watch a fabulous film together? The Tacoma Film Club is proud to be screening LATCHO DROM (1994) this Friday, January 20, 2012. The film was directed by Tony Gatlif, who is a Professor at La Femis, the French National Film School. He functions most of the time as writer and producer on his movies too. He is of Gypsy and Algerian descent, and he directed a trilogy of films about the Rom; LES PRINCES (1983), LATCHO DROM (1994), and GADJO DILO (1997). He has directed 19 films to date, including THE WAY OUT (1986), MONDO (1995), and EXILES (2004).
LATCHO DROM won awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993. As some of you know, this rare film is only available in Region 4 PAL format. Member Peter Farnum has loaned us his all region DVD player in order for us to view this fine movie.
LATCHO DROM (1994)
Directed by Tony Gatlif @ 103 minutes.
The film stars La Caita, and Tony Gatlif.
Synopsis: This majestic French-made film transcends language and culture, using only music and imagery to chronicle the compelling story of Gypsy “Rom” migration from India to Europe.
J. Hailey wrote, “The film takes the viewer on a journey west, from India to Spain, with stops along the way, to dramatize Romany’s nomadic culture. This journey takes place over a year’s time, from summer through fall and winter to spring. Gatlif holds his camera on the elemental essentials of this life: water, the wheel, fire, beasts of burden and of sustenance, colorful clothes, jewelry, musical instruments, song, and dance. Throughout, via song and dance, young and old celebrate, embody, and teach the cultural values of family, journey, love, separateness, and persecution.”
James Berardinelli wrote,”LATCHO DROM uses Gypsy musicians from seven countries to convey its many-faceted message. With song and dance they tell of their long journeys, the anger directed toward their people, and their own indomitable will. This carefully constructed portrait of Gypsies could not be clearer, and the brushwork is accomplished without spoken words.”
So make the trek to downtown Tacoma this Friday, January 20, 2012, and watch LATCHO DROM with us. Prepare to tap your feet and clap your hands, folks, for this is one very spirited film! We are located at 924 Broadway, in the Pythian Temple, at street level, across from the Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. We had a wonderful turnout last week for LITTLE VOICE, and we are hoping to repeat that kind of attendance for this film. As is our new tradition, those of you who would like to share some snacks or beverages, please feel free to bring them along. I will be giving away a free DVD from my own personal collection of classic movies as a door prize; great fun. Admission is free, of course, but we do appreciate donations to assist us with renting the space and the films. LATCH DROM runs 103 minutes, and it will screen at 7:15 p.m. Please come early and join many of us who cherish fellowship and finger food. Doors open at 6 p.m. See you at the movies!