Posted at 12:26 PM on September 22, 2006
by Euan Kerr
The film staff at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis held its first season preview last night, and it went so well it looks like it will become an annual event.
Film/Video Curator Sheryl Mousley and Assistant Curator Dean Otto led the festivities. There was lots of talk and plenty of film clips, including selections from the Heroic Grace Chinese Martial Arts season which starts this weekend.
There was also extracts from the upcoming First Look presentations of "The Hero" a story about a crippled soldier from Angola and a Palm d'Or finalist at Cannes this year called "Colossal Youth" from Portugal. It follows the adventures of an immigrant worker who moves from the slums of Lisbon into a low-cost housing complex. Both will screen in early October.
One recently added film will be a Walker members-only screening on October 27th of "Fur," the fantasy loosely based on the life and work of photographer Diane Arbus. Producer Bill Pohlad will introduce the film. (It's intriguing that after the Walker staff working on the show of her pictures recently stressed her first name is pronounced DEE-anne, the trailer for the film used both DEE- and DIE-anne.)
The perennial favorite British Advertising Awards return in December. This year there will be no fewer than 49 screenings. Apparently the show is offered at other museums around the country but usually only two or three times. There is just something about the BAA reel that attracts huge Twin Cities crowds. Another bizarre Minnesota holiday tradition maybe?
Isabella Rossellini arrives in person on November 4th to launch the month-long retrospective of her work.
The walker is beginning to book the "Women with Vision" festival for next year. One film already locked in is "Red Road" from Scotland. Meanwhile local film makers are encouraged to submit work for the event.