The Best Old Movie on a Big Screen This Week: January 21-27

01/21/2015 11:00 AM |

favorites of the moon

Favorites of the Moon (1984)
Directed by Otar Iosseliani
France is a country that has long been welcoming to immigrants, and its art has been richer for this. A case in point is the still-active Iosseliani, who left his native Soviet Georgia in the early 1980s and resettled in France with a bittersweet sense of humor intact. The then-middle-aged filmmaker’s first French feature, like his earlier Georgian films, is an anarchic comedy that presents human beings moving with ease between accumulation and loss. The film’s myriad short scenes show over forty Parisians from widely divergent walks of life whose fates are linked by an elegant set of Limoges china and a 19th-century portrait of a female nude. The items frequently pass between the characters’ hands, often with destructive results. We watch myriad auctioneers, beauty shop workers, bums, gun salesmen, housewives, law enforcement agents, mechanics, prostitutes, schoolchildren, servants, street sweepers, and thieves jostling over objects from older cultures within an evolving modern-day one. These people inhabit a society on the verge of coming apart, to be rebuilt to accommodate more of them. Aaron Cutler (Jan 27, 4pm, 7:30pm at FIAF’s “Eccentrics of French Comedy”)