Borderline: the Mexican Frontier
It is not only of major symbolic value in the political arena. The Mexican-American border is also a rewarding topic in film history. Orson Welles’ classic Touch of Evil reveals the border as an explosive territory between law and lawlessness.
Passing from the ultra-technological US to the far more disorganized state of Mexico is an experience that has been narrated by a range of filmmakers. The border is a nowhere land, a transitory zone that is symbolical of freedom as much as tyranny. With clips from Django (1966), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Getaway (1972), No Country for Old Men (2007), Thelma & Louise (1991), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and Sicario (2015).
Compiled and presented by Cinema Egzotik programmers Ronald Simons and Martin Koolhoven (in Dutch).
The programme will be followed by Orson Welles” classic Touch of Evil (1958, featuring Janet Leigh and Charlton Heston), in which the attempted assassination of an American businessman in a small town on the American-Mexican border uncovers a morass of corruption and decay. You can buy a combination ticket for 15 euro.
Screened as part of the film programme accompanying Alejandro González Iñárritu”s ground-breaking VR installation CARNE y ARENA, presented by the Eye Filmmuseum.
Virtual Reality productions are an increasingly important element of the contemporary film experience. Eye has created a new programme, Xtended, to focus on VR. In Xtended, you’re not confronted with the flat surface of a film screen. You move around virtually in 3D through a designed space that surrounds and immerses you on all sides.