Image Nation, in partnership with TCA Abu Dhabi, is hosting a series of film screenings at Manarat Al Saadiyat every alternate Sunday. Titled ‘The 7th Art’, the programme is curated by veteran film historian Peter Scarlet.
Launched in the beginning of October with the first two episodes of the documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey, The 7th Art series is set to host its next screening on January 10. This week, Peter has chosen to screen the seventh and eighth chapters of the 15-episode documentary.
With every episode in Mark Cousins’ documentary, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, we are taken to different pivotal times in film history that made cinema the multi-billion-dollar industry it is today. Witness the evolution of international cinema as we go back to where it began.
Film enthusiasts have the opportunity of participating in a post-screening discussion with Peter Scarlet and enjoy dinner at FANR Restaurant at Manarat Al Saadiyat.
In Episode 7 (1957-1964: The Shock of the New – Modern Filmmaking in Western Europe), movie star Claudia Cardinale makes an appearance as we explore the explosive story of film during the late 50s and 60s.
In Denmark, film director Lars Von Trier describes his admiration for Ingmar Bergman; and Bernardo Bertolucci remembers his work with Pier Paolo Pasolini. The programme discovers how French filmmakers planted a bomb under the movies, and sees how the new wave it caused swept across Europe.
In Episode 8 (1965-1969: New Waves – Sweep Around the World) is about the dazzling 60s. It’s the period when ‘black cinema’ was born, and Easy Rider and 2001: A Space Odyssey began a new era in America cinema.
In Hollywood, legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler reveals how documentary influenced mainstream movies. And at a time when the new wave in cinema was sweeping around the world, the programme examines the films of Roman Polanski, Andrei Tarkvosky and Nagisa Oshima. There’s also an exclusive interview with Indian director Mani Kaul.
On January 24, The 7th Art Series will screen 1924 film Ballet Mécanique as well as the 2008 Cubism film Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies.