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The Case of the Grinning Cat, October 27, 28

A Theater Near You

Friday, October 27, 2006
7:00 p.m. The Case of the Grinning Cat
Chris Marker (France, 2004)

East Bay Premiere!

In his latest study of French political consciousness, legendary film-essayist Chris Marker (La jetée, Le joli mai, Sans soleil, The Last Bolshevik) examines the appearance in Paris of a series of graffiti murals depicting a grinning cat. The work covers the years from 2001 to 2004, beginning in the weeks following the September 11 attacks on the United States and continuing through the period of mounting international frustration with the Bush government, as embodied in the anti-Iraq War demonstrations. Marker poses a number of poignant questions in his evaluation of street art, public protest, the rise of the National Front, the state of international affairs—and the importance of cats.

—Susan Oxtoby

• (58 mins, Color, DigiBeta, From First Run/Icarus Films)

Preceded by short:

Junkopia (Chris Marker, U.S., 1981). Marker's fascination with public art is evidenced in his haunting 1981 short film that documents the now defunct art environment of the Emeryville Mud Flats, where local artists illicitly constructed sculptures in the light of early dawn, culling their materials from the debris of San Francisco Bay. (6 mins, Color, 35mm, PFA Collection, Permission Chris Marker)



The Case of the Grinning Cat and Junkopia are repeated on Saturday, October 28.



• (Total running time: 64 mins)