MAY 12, 2012


Children of Men, A Vision of Calamity and Rebirth

7 pm $5 SUGGESTED DONATION POPCORN & REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE Please feel free to bring your dinners but leave the kids at home.

About the Film: The second installment of Craig Oliver's Burn This Image film series will focus on Alfonso Cuaron's 2006 dystopian science-fiction adaptation Children of Men, based on the 1992 novel of the same name by PD James.  From Wikipedia: "In 2027, two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. Illegal immigrants seek sanctuary in England, where the last functioning government imposes oppressive immigration laws on refugees. Clive Owen plays civil servant Theo Faron, who must help a pregnant West African refugee (Claire-Hope Ashitey) escape the chaos. Children of Men also stars Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Pam Ferris, and Chiwetel Ejiofor."

The screening of Children of Men will also include a showcase of and discussion about some of the influences on the film, one of the most ambitious of the last twenty years and one that shocked the studio system upon its release, as well as a look at Cuaron's other groundbreaking work as a filmmaker, including  Y Tu Mama TambienHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and the upcoming Gravity.

Cuaron's painstakingly-detailed depiction of a society on the brink of collapse in Children of Men hit a little too close to home for some in the post-9/11 cultural climate, with direct references to war-torn refugees, the Abu Ghraib prison, and the Gauntanamo Bay detainee camp, among other things, handling it all with a cinematic verisimilitude that went completely against the normal standard for "action" fare.  We are killing each other, Cuaron seems to be pointing out, and without a regeneration, the end could very well be upon us before too long.  Come see why the film struck such a chord for viewers

About the Series: Every so often, a film comes along and sneaks up on the general public, spreading through word-of-mouth wildfire, one in which a collective obsession is shared.  In Cinema’s grasp to provide entry into another world, only a certain few prove to truly immersive, tapping into the audience’s subconscious so deeply that viewers can’t help but watch these films many times over and gain new insight each time.  It’s that strange and magical collision of a filmmaker’s vision and intent and execution and the audience’s response, in which the space between is completely broken down and we can’t help but allow ourselves to be transported into a shared dream-state.  The Burn This Image film series seeks to take a good, long look at what it is about these films that provokes us and why we collectively give ourselves to them.

*Next Burn This Image JULY 14th. More details to follow.