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San Francisco Cinematheque presents
Back to the Homeland of Gesture
November 10, 2013
Screening Room


San Francisco Cinematheque presents:
Back to the Homeland of Gesture
Sun, Nov 10, 2 PM
$10 Regular; $6 YBCA and SFC Members
Curated and Presented by Laida Lertxundi

“A person (or no-one, for that matter) moves (or does not move) within a room (or looks into another room) for a certain amount of time.” (J.C. Rousseau)

Italian thinker Giorgio Agamben ascribes to cinema the power to liberate the image from a state of paralysis, bringing it to a world of gesture. Cinema is made of gestures, the medium of human beings. In these four films, the world is made strange, bringing us on a journey to bucolic spaces and places of production in which the mechanics of film are brought to light, making suspension of disbelief impossible.

Program includes: Keep in Touch (1987) by Jean Claude Rousseau, a film of waiting periods, pauses; Agatha (2012) by Beatrice Gibson, a psychosexual sci-fi film about a planet without speech; Ein Bild (An Image) (1983) by Harun Farocki, a film about work, about the relationship between photographer and model, filmed in the studios of Playboy Magazine; and Lertxundi’s own The Room Called Heaven (2012), in which American plains and high altitudes assembled in a B-roll structure take us to a place of sounds.

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  • Back to the Homeland of Gesture
    Nov 10, 2013 2:00pm
    Screening Room
    $10 Regular; $6 YBCA and SFC Members

YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
Koret Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.