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.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Rochester Premiere | Primal Screen. Brazil, 1821. A young girl, Beatriz, is forced to marry Antonio, a slave trader whose first wife died in labor. A restless soul, Antonio returns to his trading expeditions and leaves his spouse behind, alone with the slaves. The tragic events unfolding in the remote plantation where he conducts his cruel business are told in a lyrical, elliptical style, enhanced by gorgeous widescreen cinematography and by a ravishingly immersive sound design.