First Run Features continues to be on top, offering great flicks, riveting documentaries and films out of the ordinary. Let’s take a brief look at April favorites.
“Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art”
A film by James Crump
“Troublemakers” unearths the birth of land art in the late ’60s and early ‘70s when a cadre of renegade artists sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert landscape of the American southwest. Today these works, which include Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty”, Michael Heizer’s “Double Negative” and Walter De Maria’s “Lightning Field”, continue to astound and amaze us for their breathtaking audacity.
DVD Extra: “Troublemakers” director James Crump and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Director Philippe Vergne engage in a lively discussion at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown L.A.
“Fidelio: Alice’s Odyssey”
A film by Lucie Borleteau
In French with English subtitles
Thirty-year-old Alice is a sailor about to embark on a journey she will not soon forget. Leaving her fiancé Félix ashore, she joins the crew of an old cargo ship, the Fidelio, as a mechanic. Once on board, Alice discovers that she is replacing a man who has just died and that Gaël, the first great love of her life, is the ship’s captain.
Lulled by life aboard the ship and entranced by the limitless horizon of the wide open ocean, Alice succumbs to desire and begins an affair with Gaël. But she soon faces a difficult choice about what will make her truly happy: an unfettered life at sea, or grounded happiness at home?
Lucie Borleteau’s provocative and sensuous directorial debut brings to the screen a powerful female protagonist in an almost exclusively male world, while Arianne Labed’s fearless performance as Alice reveals a confident, independent woman fully in command of her own sexuality, grappling with conflicting desires.