2008. France/Germany/Portugal. Werner Schroeter. 121 min.
Monday, May 21, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2008. France/Germany/Portugal. Directed by Werner Schroeter. Screenplay by Gilles Taurand, Schroeter. With Pacal Greggory, Bruno Todeschini, Jean-Francois Stevenin, Sami Frey. Schroeter’s last film is a meditation on barbarism, freely adapted from the Uruguyan novelist Juan Carlos Onetti’s wartime political allegory Para esta noche (1943). Critic Olaf Möller called it “the greatest film of the 2008 Venice Film Festival (and also one of the most reviled)…It suggests Robert Aldrich adapting Voyage to the End of the Night as an opera. The film is maddening and angry, full of jest and horror, desire and depravity, artifice and cruel reality.” Civil war rages and savagery rules men’s souls as Ossorio, a doctor-turned-resistance fighter, returns to the cholera-plagued town of Santa Maria after a long absence. The eve of invasion becomes a walpurgisnacht as he searches for his lover, hoping to rescue her from certain grisly death by securing passage on the last ship due to set sail. 35mm print courtesy Filmgalerie 451. In French; English subtitles. 121 min.