Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
Well, the wonderful May Day has come & gone, & we had nice turn out for the Tacoma /Film Club’s screening of PI (1998). The new projection equipment functioned superbly, & the fellowship was wonderful. Our Producers have picked some eclectic, intelligent films for us to see, & then discuss Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
The intriguing beguiling theme for this month’s movie selections continues to be:
“The Universe in Three Acts”.
In this idyllic interim between Spring & Summer, join the TFC this Friday, May 9, 2014 for a showing of LE QUATTRO VOLTE (2010). It was written & directed by Michelangelo Frammartino. He has directed 7 films since 1995, the first 4 were shorts, & the most recent one was a documentary short. He did one other feature film, THE GIFT (2003). He won a number of awards for his short films. Since 2005 he has been working as a teacher of film language & techniques at the Civic Film School at Bergamo University.
LE QUATTRO VOLTE (2010) aka THE FOUR TIMES.
Written & Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino @ 88 minutes.
The film stars Guiseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, & Nazareno Timpano.
Synopsis: An old shepherd lives his final days in a quiet village in the hills of Cababria, at the southern most tip of Italy. He is ill, & he believes that the dust on a church floor is medicinal, so he drinks it in his water daily. Part Zen meditation, part metaphysics, this creative tale will astonish you.
New York Times: Amazing, endlessly mysterious.
The film was a winner at the Cannes Film Festival.
The musical score was written by Paolo Benvenuti. This movie has been his only movie score. He has worked on the sound crew for 15 other films.
The cinematography was done by Andrea Locatelli, who has lensed 22 films since 1990, & 8 of them were Shorts. She also shot INCANTESIMO NAPOLTANO (2002), POST-IT (2004), CAVALLI aka HORSES (2011).
ROTTEN TOMATOES has rated the film at 92% Critic’s Approval & 75% Audience Approval.
Joe Williams of the ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH wrote: “The God’s eye view becomes mesmerizing once we stop insisting that the film flatter us, & just enjoy a quiet ride on the cycle.”
Walter V. Addiego of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE wrote: “Far from Art House tedium, this is a film of grave beauty, serene pace, & surprising humor.”
Roger Ebert wrote: “I just loved drifting pleasantly in its depths.”
Trevor Johnston of TIME-OUT wrote: “Explaining it makes it sound aridly abstract–but watching it is pure delight.”
Marjorie Baumgarter of the AUSTIN CHRONICLE wrote: “The film’s apparent simplicity is, in large measure, its charm & its universal appeal.”
So be sure to mark your event calendars for this Friday, May 9, 2014, & join the Tacoma Film Club for their screening of the special film LE QUATTRO VOLTE (2010). It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living, the church building we use for screenings, located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division & J streets, across from the Group Health Hospital. Come early, after 6:15 p.m., & join many of us downstairs in the kitchen area for fun, fellowship, & snacks. Many folks like to bring snacks & beverages, including wine, to share with others. Please remember to clean up after your selves before coming upstairs to watch the move. Remember that no food or drink may be brought into the sanctuary during the movie. Please be courteous to others, of course, & silence your cell phones during the show. LE QUATTRO VOLTE will screen at 7:15 p.m. and it runs 88 minutes, so it will be over before 9:30 p.m. Come out & enjoy a movie!