Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:30pm
Alexander Rastorguev, Vitaly Mansky, and Susanna Baranzhieva's Wild, Wild Beach
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Wild, Wild Beach
Alexander Rastorguev, Vitaly Mansky, and Susanna Baranzhieva, digital projection, 2006, 125 mins
Introduced by Albert Serra
"Ten years ago I visited the south of Russia and decided to walk along the Black Sea. After the sun had disappeared below the horizon and it got really dark I suddenly found myself in a small and extraordinary town. There were apartments, bars and shops, casinos, and amusement parks. The only strange fact about the town was that everything was built out of cardboard boxes and plywood. I spent only one day in this place, but often returned there in my dreams. I felt as though I had seen a scale-model of a town, like one in a museum but occupied with real people. Another interesting fact about this place was that all its inhabitants were naked, in both the literal and figurative senses of the word. A few years later I made a well-received documentary film about it, Broadway, Black Sea (2002). But despite the film’s success I had a feeling that many things still remained behind the scenes. Later I convinced my colleagues Alexander Rastorguev and Susanna Baranzhieva to join me for another film about this odd place. I showed them my Broadway and introduced them to the heroes of my film.
We spent the whole season on the coast of the Black Sea, from July until October, and eventually made a six-hour version of Wild, Wild Beach, a real cinematographic novel in the tradition of Dostoevsky and Gogol. We spent a year fighting for this version of the film, with its long length and explicit scenes, before finally surrendering and editing it to this 125-minute version. We hope that your imagination will help you to reconstruct in your mind that big film and that endless, wild beach, which tends to remind us of our own crazy lives in the modern world." - Vitaly Mansky
Albert Serra is a Catalan artist born in 1975 in Banyoles. In 2012 he produced a 101-hour film, The Three Little Pigs, for Documenta, and in 2013 a retrospective of his work was presented at the Centre Pompidou. His new film, The Story of My Death, recently won the Golden Leopard at Locarno, and will be making its New York premiere at MoMA and Lincoln Center as part of New Directors/New Films.
Tickets - $7, available at door.
Please note: seating is limited. First-come, first-served. Box office opens at 7pm.