Friday, May 04, 2007


"THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA, directed by Sophie Fiennes (sister to Ralph and Joseph), was a popular draw at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. A blueprint for approaching cinema through a psychoanalytic lens, the three-part series consists of substantial film clips and tongue-in-cheek, meticulously recreated settings of famous films (Melanie under siege on Bodega Bay in THE BIRDS; a cadaverous Mrs. Bates in the basement of PSYCHO; a lunatic Frank on the couch in the unquestionably "perverted" BLUE VELVET). However, in place of Melanie, Mrs. Bates, and Frank, sits Fiennes's 'guide,' the world-renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek. The good doctor clearly relishes his role by tossing off such stimulating Freudianisms as: 'Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire. It tells you how to desire.' As Thom Powers notes in his Toronto catalogue review, 'This doc will make you proud to call yourself a pervert.'

"The aim of The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, she says, is to 'document Zizek's thinking on cinema and perhaps the process of thinking itself as a performance, something caught, alive in its moment.' If not a performance, this interview serves as 'something caught' and hopefully remains 'alive in its moment.'"

Continue reading Cathleen's interview with Sophie on Greencine:

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
May 3-6, 2007
Roxie Cinema, San Francisco
Fri., May 11 – Tues., May 15

THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA DVD is available for purchase at: for £21.99, inclding free shipping worldwide.


Tuesday, May 01, 2007

SFIFF: HANA and Hirokazu Kore-eda

HANA: Don't miss this exquisite Japanese film.

"A movie about a samurai from the director of AFTER LIFE and NOBODY KNOWS. Filled with Kore-eda's characteristic moments of quiet beauty, this tale of a hapless samurai seeking vengeance but finding acceptance is a celebration of pacifism and a tribute to Japanese cinema history." (SFIFF film note)

My interview with director Hirokazu Kore-eda is available at the exceptional site (film news, reviews, interviews, rentals, sales):

"Hirokazu Kore-eda: Synching Up with the After Life"

"Upon first meeting one of the great humanist filmmakers, Hirokazu Kore-eda, last September at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by his modesty and peacefulness, characteristics embodied also by Soza (Junichi Okada), the reluctant swordsman/hero in Kore-eda’s most recent film Hana, screening this week at SFIFF. An aficionada of his four previous films: Maborosi (1996), After Life (1999), Distance (2002), and Nobody Knows (2004), I was ecstatic at the opportunity to meet and speak with this foremost world cinema director, who, as far as I’m concerned, should be considered one of Japan’s Living Treasures." (Continue reading at:

Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan, 2006, 127 mins.

Wed. May 2 6:45 Kabuki
Sat. May 5 5:45 PFA