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GEORGE WASHINGTON

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Collection 35mm prints from The Cinematheque archive

George Washington USA 2000. Dir: David Gordon Green. 89 min. 35mm

David Gordon Green’s extraordinary debut, an intimate, impressionistic, achingly beautiful tale of love, friendship, and childhood, is a poetic film in the Terrence Malick mode. (Malick, himself a fan, would produce one of Green’s subsequent features.) Set in a derelict North Carolina hamlet, and acted by a non-pro cast, George Washington follows a group of impoverished preteens, black and white, headed by 12-year-old Nasia, the film’s wise-beyond-her-years narrator. Her new boyfriend is awkward, eccentric George; one of “God’s mysteries and mistakes”; he’s literally soft in the head. The non-linear plot takes a hard narrative turn midway through; Green’s lyrical film won wide praise for its strong sense of place, ravishing CinemaScope landscapes, and odd, unsettling mix of documentary realism and allegory. “A unique film . . . A breathtaking debut from a director capable of greatness” (Rick Groen, Globe and Mail). SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – 6:30 PM

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Great Britain/France 1999. Dir: Lynne Ramsay. 94 min. 35mm

The acclaimed first feature of Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin) is an arresting, startling original tale of childhood set in a poor Glasgow neighbourhood in the 1970s. “Ramsay’s astonishingly assured debut centres on a 12-year-old (William Eadie, excellent) who, haunted by the (secret) role he played in a pal’s accidental death by drowning, gradually retreats into a private world of solitude, strange friendships, and consoling dreams of a new home for his family . . . Ramsay’s bold visual sense, droll wit, and tender but unsentimental take on the various characters and their relationships makes for a distinctly poetic brand of gritty realism, and one of the most impressive first features by a British director in some years” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out). SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – 8:15 PM

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