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Seven Chances 2017: seven gems to be discovered

Iwai, Sherman, Morrison, Mundruczó, Jodorowsky, Ebersole & Hughes, and the latest film by Raúl Ruiz and Valeria Sarmiento, featured in Seven Chances 2017

Programmed in collaboration with the Asociación Catalana de la Crítica y la Escritura Cinematográfica (ACCEC) – the Catalan association of Critics and Writers, the Seven Chances section brings together seven remarkable films that, to date, are still haven’t been seen on our movies screens. 

A Bride for Rip Van Winkle is, along with All About Lily Chou-Chou, Shunji Iwai’s most daring film. Skillfully shifting back and forth between genres, the director offers a merciless account of a Japanese society where conservatism and the need to save face condition the life of women to unimaginable extremes.

Death Line (also known as Raw Meat) was Gary Sherman’s directorial debut and one of Guillermo del Toro’s favorite movies. The film penetrates the depths of the London subway where a series of inexplicable disappearances take place. A wrongfully forgotten film that includes a cameo by Christopher Lee and that shows evidence of Sherman’s talent that would later be confirmed with his second feature film, Dead and Buried

Better known as a multidisciplinary artist, Bill Morrison customarily combines stock footage with contemporary music. All throughout his career, he has collaborated with musicians like Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Kronos Quartet or Bill Frisell, the American composer with whom he conceived The Great Flood, a piece inspired by the most destructive flood in the history of the USA, the one that back in 1927, caused the evacuation of half a million people and the death of over two hundred.

Besides having a chance to see Jupiter's Moon, Kornél Mundruczó’s latest film in the official selection, Seven Chances rescues Johanna, a genuine rarity by the Hungarian director inspired by the story of Joan of Arc. Winner of the special jury award at the Seville Festival, this daring, gloomy and disconcerting cinematic opera tells the story of Johanna, a drug addict who, coming out of a coma after recovering from a serious accident, decides to give her life a radical turn and dedicate it completely to the ill. However, her decision will not be accepted willingly by everyone.

Endless Poetry, second part of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s autobiographical trilogy, is marked by a magical, daring and unaccommodating (sur)realism. In it, the filmmaker recalls his youth in Santiago de Chile, his exalted relationships with his father or the discovery of art and love. If we resuscitated Buñuel for him to make an adaptation of The Savage Detectives, this adaptation would probably have the spirit of Endless Poetry.

Mansfield 66/67 –directed together by P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes- explores the two final years of American actress Jane Mansfield’s life, before an unexpected accident prematurely put an end to her life. The press and the persistent rumors (some of them quite sordid and macabre) would subsequently take care of creating a legend, or actually several of them, around this accident that occupied all the tabloids of that summer of 1967. Eroticism, glamour, Satanism and rumors combined in equal parts in a documentary that won’t leave anyone indifferent.

To talk about The Wandering Soap Opera, it would be better to let Raúl Ruiz speak: Chilean reality does not exist, but rather is an ensemble of soap operas. There are four audiovisual provinces, and the threat of war is felt among the factions. The political and economic problems are immersed in a fictional jelly divided into evening episodes. The entire Chilean reality is viewed from the point of view of the soap opera, which acts as a revealing filter of this same reality. Premiere in Spain.

All of the Seven Chances screenings will be accompanied by a presentation by a critic who is a member of the ACCEC.

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