Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 7-9PM
Marilyn Monroe Theatre
The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute
7936 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, California
This screening session features 7 films (see below). All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
European Man...American Beach (United States) by Rex Shannon
A European man goes naked to an American beach. A clothed American beachgoer takes offence and a brawl ensues.
Running time: 00:06:56
Deep Blue (Canada) by Franie-Éléonore Bernier
A hotel phone rings. A woman answers. It is the sea calling.
Running time: 00:10:34
Domar (France) by Alcibiade Cohen
Maria, a young argentinian woman, evolves in a men's world : rodeo. The day before qualifying for the famous "Jesus Maria" tournament, for the first time open to women, she must make a choice: speak or let fate decide for her...
Running time: 00:14:26
The Laundry Room (United States) by Ten-Headed Skeleton
An artist doing laundry meets another artist in their apartment building for the first time. One wants to network, the other wants to draw dead bodies burning in hell.
Running time: 00:02:34
Fearless Juan (Colombia) by David Pombo
After having dedicated his whole life to pleasing the dead, Juancho begins to worry about who will fulfill his wishes when his time comes. Lonely and accompanied only by his faithful dog Pinina, this old mortician from a popular neighborhood, fights to maintain control over his body even when he dies. Juancho has almost everything arranged, the funeral home, the burial field, the hole. He just needs a condescending soul who take care of his instructions, especially his greatest wish, to be buried standing up.
Running time: 00:15:15
The Factory (Iran) by Masoud Saadat
Afrooz is an experienced lawyer who has the power to declare a large but bankrupt factory closed, on the other hand, the workers make a plan together to prevent this from happening.
Running time: 00:19:02
Hotel Centaur (Greece) by Lino Kafidas, Dimitris Kafidas
The absolute absurdity and meaninglessness of life are explored in this dark piece set in a Greek mountain hotel, with a cast of unlikely characters. At the centre of its enquiry into the absurd is a disenchanted hotelier whose last concern is the management of his establishment. Rather, he engages with his guests and staff as though they exist as proof of his torment, each day repeating a series of eccentric and pointless actions. His staff put up with his behaviour. Each guest that arrives at the Hotel Centaur bears a particular existential burden. From the suicidal boy who reads Kafka and watches his distracted parents dance, to the artist tormented by his blank canvas, to the story’s most unexpected guest, a Japanese man who for the past ten years – inexplicably – has written a polite weekly letter enquiring after the mythical centaurs of the area, and wishes to be shown these creatures. Each character searches, each search is shown to be absurd, with the story culminating in a brutal tragedy that is fallout of a bad joke, and the confirmation that life provides us with no easy answers.
Running time: 00:24:10