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Cineclub Núcleo kicks off 61st season

Toni Servillo in a scene from Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-nominated La grande bellezza.
From Tornattore to McQueen to Sorrentino: the avant-premieres keep rolling

Every year, with only very few exceptions due to unforeseen circumstances, Cineclub Núcleo resumes its activities in mid to late January. It’s just one month every year, four weeks without its Sunday and Tuesday activities at the Cine Gaumont, and yet Cineclub members and filmgoers in general feel like they’ve been deprived of air, because cinephiles, after all, breathe nothing but movies.

This year, restless movie buffs need fret no more: Cineclub Núcleo’s 2014 activities start next Tuesday, January 28 with the avant-premiere of Giuseppe Tornattore’s La migliore offerta / The Best Offer/ La mejor oferta (2013), a crime-mystery about a master auctioneer who becomes obsessed with a reclusive heiress who collects fine art. Starring Geoffrey Rush, Silvia Hoeks and Donald Sutherland, La migliore offerta will be screened at 6.15pm and 9pm at the Gaumont KMO (Av. Rivadavia 1635). The avant premiere schedule includes Steve McQueen’s Oscar favourite 12 Years a Slave, the widely praised Los dueños (Agustín Toscano’s and Ezequiel Radusky’s opera prima screened at Cannes last year), Paolo Sorrentino’s La grande bellezza / The Great Beauty / La gran belleza (Golden Globe for Best Foreign Picture and a strong contender for this year’s Best Foreign Language Picture Oscar).

On the second and fourth Sunday every month, Cineclub Núcleo will afford members and non-members the last chance to see recent releases on 35mm prints (or, alternately, on DCHP) at a movie theatre. If the thought of a massive 55-inch flat monitor is not enough to keep you glued to the screen, then Cineclub Núcleo is the best, may be the one and only chance to catch that much-talked-about movie you missed because it was pulled down a few weeks after commercial release.

New this season, Cineclub Núcleo will on Thursdays hold retrospective sessions at the Malba Museum of Latin American Art, consisting in a series of directors’ and actors’ retrospectives and entire film series devoted to specific genres and movements.

Funded by a small group of film aficionados from the BA neighbourhood of Colegiales in 1952, Cineclub Núcleo’s first screening was James Cruze’s The Covered Wagon / La carreta (1923). The film was shown on a 16mm print on a silent Kodascope projector. No talk of talkies for such small undertakings as Cineclub Núcleo, back then.

However, Cineclub Núcleo took no time becoming one of BA’s mainstays, changing venues to finally land at the Lorraine art house and then the Alfil movie theatre, the Complejo Tita Merello, and finally the INCAA-run Gaumont, refurbished and reinaugurated last year.

Herald staff

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