Monday, April 9, 2012

DISAPPEARING ACT is back: Feast--FREE--on fine foreign films you've maybe missed

The annual presentation of Disappearing Act -- 25 contemporary films from 21 European countries -- makes its fourth appearance beginning tomorrow evening at Bohemian National Hall, at 6:30 (admission is free) with its yearly panel discussion of a topic on interest to film buffs involving European cinema. This year's topic is European contemporary cinema as taught as U.S. universities and colleges. The series continues through April 22, and the film program features an array of new European cinema, some films which are making their debut, others which have seen brief theatrical release but disappeared before a wider audience could be reached.

One such is the truly amazing Italian documentary The Mouth of The Wolf (photo above), but there are a number of gems among the program, all of which can be found here.  This yearly film feast, brought to us via the organization and persistence of Irena Kovarova, has become an indispensible part of the New York cultural scene for film, and this year looks like the best yet in terms of variety and quality.

The other important point to mention is that the entire series is shown free-of-charge, so film lovers really have no excuse to miss a program this inclusive, convenient and affordable. So don't. This year, the program is being shown variously at three different venues: Bohemian National Hall, the IFC Center and FIAF. Take a look at the entire schedule here, and make your choice(s).

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