Friday, August 13, 2004

Indie Wire : Michael Moore to Get Political Again at Film Society's "Next Generation of Film" Series

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is taking a cue from the election season with this year's edition of its series, "The Next Generation of Film." Co-presented with the New York Times, the series will take place at the Walter Reade Theater September 10-12, coinciding with the third anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. The topic in the annual screening-and-discussion program is politics and will feature director Michael Moore as its guest as well as other issue-oriented features and conversations.

Gillo Pontecorvo's 1965 film, "The Battle of Algiers" will open the series Friday, September 10th. The film, which was a favorite of the Black Panther Party, and was a vehicle for counterinsurgency efforts around the world, gives a clear portrayal of the apparatus of a terrorist organization. The program will also investigate the film from other points of view, including its appeal as "an impassioned expression of left-wing fervor, and as a realistic portrait of the fight for Algerian independence from France." Details of the discussion part of this program will be announced later.

French director Jean-Pierre Gorin, who collaborated with Jean-Luc Godard on a series of films including "The Wind from the East" and "Tout va bien," probes the question of what constitutes political cinema. Gorin will attend the event to discuss his films, including ones made after his move to California. He will also explore the current cinematic and political environment. The discussion will include a screening, to-be-announced, and the conversation will follow between Gorin and the Film Society's Kent Jones.

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