Azken oihua! Office = ¡Último grito! Office = Last cry! Office
Open air cinema in the Attic
Cinemas outside the cinema: in the village square, in the park, in the forest, beside the sea, in a boat, in a Russian train, in the bus, in the cellphone screen, in a transatlantic airplane, in the Mojave desert, in a fronton, in the jungle, in the edge of a lake, in the Attic of Tabakalera, in the framework of UD-HA! programme. We are opening our open air cinema in San Sebastian, summer cinema, outside cinema, cinema from 22:00 on, during July and August, opencast.
By one hand, between July 8 and 10, connecting with our summer's exhibition by Yto Barrada, we have invited the Cinémathèque of Tanger to programme a series of Cartes Blanches.
On the other hand, every Friday fron July 22 and August 26, we have programmed a series called Last cry!, plenty of music, dances and songs and in their original version: Office by Johnnie To, Una jolie vallée by Gaël Lépingle, Phantom of the Paradise by Brian de Palma, among others.LAST CRY!
Music, singing and dancing in summer movies
When we first started thinking about the summer, this season was going to be called Cinturón negro de karaoke [Black Belt in Karaoke], in memory of the album by Javier Krahe. Then, we thought we might call it Último Grito [Last Cry], in tribute to the musical and television facet of our beloved Ivan Zulueta, because this was the title of the musical program of TVE where he worked in the late seventies.
But in the end, whatever it's called, we think our reasons for scheduling these films during July and August is obvious – we want music, we want singing and we want dancing at the launch of our open-air cinema in San Sebastian. Music and cinema, yes, but with our own special approach to programming. Is it possible to make a film on capitalist corruption in which the executives sing? Or a pastoral and choral adaptation of The Three Musketeers? Or a glam-rock remake of The Phantom of the Opera?
Office, Johnnie To, Hong Kong, 2015, 119', OV with Spanish subtitles.
What can one say about the maestro, Johnnie To? Thriller, violence, style, forcefulness, light... Tarantino himself lists him among his favourite directors. For years he has been an up-and-coming presence at film festivals around the world, with some renowned and greatly admired movies, including Election (2005), Exiled (2006), Vengeance (2009) and Drug War (2012), among others. And then, all of a sudden, Johnnie To makes a musical: with choreography, singing and dancing… set in an office. That’s right, in an office; Office tells one of his usual stories of power, revenge and intrigue, but in this case it’s set in the world of business, corporations, suits, ties and briefcases. The result: spectacular.