Taprobana. 2014. Portugal/Sri Lanka/Denmark/France. Directed by Gabriel Abrantes. In Portuguese, French; English subtitles. 24 min.
A sensuous and debauched portrait of Portugal’s national poet, Luís Vaz de Camões, teetering on the borderline between paradise and hell. DCP. U.S. premiere
Fort Buchanan. 2014. France/Tunisia. Directed by Benjamin Crotty. In French; English subtitles. 65 min.
The feature debut of American-born, Paris-based writer-director Benjamin Crotty marks the arrival of something rare in contemporary cinema: a wholly original sensibility. Expanding his 2012 short of the same name, Crotty chronicles the tragicomic plight of frail, lonely Roger, stranded at a remote military post in the woods while his husband carries out a mission in Djibouti. Over four seasons, Roger (Andy Gillet, the androgynous star of Eric Rohmer’s The Romance of Astrea and Celadon) seeks comfort and companionship from the army wives in the leisurely yet sexually frustrated community, while trying to keep a lid on his volatile adopted daughter, Roxy. Shot in richly textured 16mm, Crotty’s queer soap opera playfully estranges and deranges any number of narrative conventions, finding surprising wells of emotion amid the carnal comedy. DCP. North American premiere