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REZO & TALE OF TALES

12:30   2:30   4:40   7:00   9:00

Wednesday, March 13 – Tuesday, March 19

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REZO - DIRECTED BY LEO GABRIADZE
RUSSIA/GEORGIA     2017   63 MINS     IN RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

TALE OF TALES - DIRECTED AND ANIMATED BY YURI NORSTEIN
RUSSIA   1979   30 MINS   IN RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Two wonderful Russian animations invoke the pathos of Dostoyevsky and the off-kilter humor of Chekhov. REZO is a whimsical cartoon based on the life and art of Rezo Gabriadze (the filmmaker’s father), who grew up during the Second World War (his “oasis” was “library #6”) to become a screenwriter, film director, and founder of a beloved puppet theater. With nuance and wit, REZO suggests that the life of an artist provides refuge from a world of brute force and stupidity. Coupled with Yuri Norstein’s legendary TALE OF TALES, a movie justly celebrated as one of the greatest animated films of all time. An adorable wolf, a minotaur, a cat, and a fish populate a small boy’s world in which soldiers leave for war, never to return, and a baby suckles at his mother’s breast. Snow falls on apple trees as 20 million Russians disappear…

Presented with support from the Helen Frankenthaler Endowed Fund for Films on Art and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Fund

Reviews

On the puppetry of Rezo Gabriadze:

“This is art puppetry at the highest level.”
The New Yorker

“He is indeed a creator of great ingenuity. His imagery is deeply personal and it brings to the theater a quality of poetic and transcendental realism for which I know no equivalent.”
– Peter Brook

On TALE OF TALES:

“TALE OF TALES is a mysterious animated film, tough and delicate, that has won prizes at interntional film festivals since it first appeared in 1980, culminating in prizes in both Los Angeles and Zagreb (in 2002) as the best animated film of all time. It was made in Soviet Russia by Yuri Norstein, who was not allowed to travel to receive any of his awards, and who was almost prevented from making, and then from showing, the film at all. It is a film that immediately changes the memory — mine at least — of all other films. It is immediately apprehensible, and needs to be seen again and again, because it remains puzzling, both as to its form and as to its meaning… I think the film works so deeply because it combines perfectly the way we define childhood memories every time we call them up, and the sense we have of the archetypes of myth — apple, forest, snow, wind, light, fire, water, dark — as part of those memories.”
– AS Bryatt, The Guardian

“Norstein’s masterpiece (and the masterpiece of Soviet animation). Images flow in a 27-minute, all-consuming fantasy: memories of childhood and war, Pushkin’s drawings, references to Picasso, a tango in the outskirts of the city, Bach’s Well-tempered Clavichord and Mozart’s Concert No. 5 in F minor… Some sequences are unforgettable… Like THE MIRROR by Andrei Tarkovsky, a film which is in many ways similar, THE TALE OF TALES is an elegiac reading of a man’s soul, his research (and rediscovery) of the emotional and spiritual roots of a generation and a time.”
– Giannalberto Bendazzi, Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation

“Norstein uses the animated form to recall primal and ancestral sources of human feeling and experience. [Fuses] folktale, memory and personal symbolism… In one of the film’s most memorable sequences, the men are seen to be almost snatched away from their wives and girlfriends as they dance in the twilight, becoming shrouded soldiers, floating away like ghostly figures, going off to war in the rain.”
– Paul Wells, Understanding Animation

On Yuri Norstein, director of TALE OF TALES:

“I’ve loved the films of Yuri Norstein for years now… Like many I was immediately drawn into his sensual world by the richness of the aural and visual landscapes he creates. Norstein’s films are magical and atmospheric, lovingly and masterfully executed. His story-telling and illustration style is earthy and rich in symbols which are beautiful in themselves—but one senses there is a lot more hidden behind them.”
– Nick Park, four-time Oscar-winning creator of Wallace and Gromit and CHICKEN RUN