Curated by Senior Curator in the Moving Image Department Paolo Cherchi Usai, Primal Screen is designed to remind us that cinema is still very much an evolving art—that we should approach it with open minds and eyes and that we should never cease to expect the unexpected. The series is also intended to remind us—all innovations and mutations of film language aside—that the primary, or the primal, component of this medium remains the act of “monstration,” the act of showing (and not telling), the act of achieving affect and effect through vision in motion, on the biggest screen possible.
Friday, December 8, 2017
Rochester Premiere | Primal Screen. Paris, the present. A group of adolescents methodically prepares a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital. The very idea of producing a film on a subject like this at a time when the world is struggling with political violence is controversial in itself, but director Bertrand Bonello—who directed the equally contentious 2014 biopic about Yves Saint Laurent—pushes the challenge even further by staging the events with the geometric mise-en-scène of a Stanley Kubrick work or with the aplomb of a George Romero horror story.