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Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:00pm - 10:00pm


Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge



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Gazette Classification: Film Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film
Archive Cost: Ticket prices vary, see website for details Contact
Info: bgravely@fas.harvard.edu Link:
fears and resentments boil dangerously on the back burner
in the crowded apartment where a family gathering takes place, a
ceremonial wake to mark forty days since the death of the
paterfamilias and give rest to his soul. Unfortunately, the priest is
late, and a host of seemingly minor altercations and misunderstandings
build into an increasingly chaotic emotional melee centered around the
dinner table where the meal is endlessly delayed while the drinks pour
all too freely. Laced with often absurdist black humor, the
enigmatically titled "Sieranevada" (purposelessly misspelled) seems
determined to derail the dead man's promised peace as family members
punish each other by opening old wounds, all the while set on edge by
the 9/11 conspiracy theories obsessively debated by two brothers and
the unwelcome appearance of a belligerent relation. Cristi Puiu is one
of the leaders of the New Romanian Cinema whose every film invents a
new syntax and rhythm to ruminate with trenchant subtlety about
history, politics and the terrors of everyday life. In "Sieranevada"
Puiu again uses long duration — recalling The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
(2005) — to slowly tangle conflicting, clashing voices and points of
view into an extended and disorienting endurance test for the film's
protagonist, an easy-going doctor trying to find a quiet corner to
wait out the storm. The almost verité style camerawork embodies the
film's restless, at times desperate, energy as it tries in vain to
enter crowded rooms, rarely able to find a clear point of view. The
camera could, in fact, be the restless ghost of the deceased, who,
outrageously, everyone seems almost to have forgotten.



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Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 19:00 to 22:00



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