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Gandules '11 - The Go-Between
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Gandules '11 - Vivre sa vie
There is something paradoxical about a high-brow film festival whose audiences have to tackle the sometimes dangerous and always slouchy charms of deckchair seating, but that pretty much sums up this year’s Gandules event. To add to the anomaly, it feels like the antithesis of what other outdoor, summer film festivals are doing, focusing as it does on the have-nots of the world along with the concept of money as the root of all evil, with not much that could be called easy viewing on the agenda. One might almost think that the organisers had been inspired by the Plaça Catalunya indignados in their earnest choice of themes, although surely the timing is not quite right for that.
Turning to the programme, stand-outs include 1970’s cinema version of The Go-Between, about a hot English summer at the turn of the 20th century during which the lives of children and adults, and servants and masters collide (August 3rd), and The Exiles, Kent MacKenzie’s 1961 production that created a fictional film based on the actual lives of those performing in the movie, a group of young Native Americans who were no longer living on a reserve but instead in Los Angeles (17th).
Marginalised groups including prostitutes, orphans and immigrants feature, respectively, in Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre sa vie (1962), Japanese work Children of the Beehive from 1948 and French film-maker Claire Denis’s 35 rhums (35 Shots of Rum) from 2008 (in order, they are showing the 4th, 9th and 10th).
Finally, both the inaugural and closing-night movies are accompanied by shorts specially made for Gandules: the first an anti-money affair based on a text by Spanish poet Agustín García Calvo, and the second exploring the idea that money invariably makes us its prisoners.
Gandules. CCCB. August 2nd to 18th, 10pm, free entry. Films are shown in their original language with Castilian subtitles, except Vivre sa vie, which has Catalan subtitles. www.cccb.org