Thursday, October 8, 2009

Watch This

ARAYA at the IFC Center on 6th Avenue and Third West St.

'The story of ARAYA is the stuff of legend: a half-century ago, this gorgeous tone poem of the otherworldly salt marshes of Venezuela dazzled Cannes, sharing a prize with
Hiroshima, Mon Amour and earning its writer-director (making her feature debut) comparisons to Flaherty, Visconti and Rossellini. Yet distributors were unmoved, so it languished in obscurity, unseen and all but forgotten. Now, stunningly restored for its 50th anniversary — and theatrical premiere — by the champion of such lost classics as I Am Cuba, The Exiles and Killer of Sheep, ARAYA claims its place as a landmark of world cinema'

“Hypnotic… ARAYA has lost none of its ability to fascinate and move us. It’s a gift to cineastes.” – Steven Soderbergh

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