The perfect warm-up for NOIR CITY's return to Seattle, July 22-28, FNF president Eddie Muller will introduce the FNF-funded restoration of Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems) at the Seattle International Film Festival on Saturday, June 4. Based on the novel by journalist Adolfo Jasca, Los tallos amargos tells the tale of a down-on-his-luck journalist whose creation of a lucrative, if unethical, correspondence course leads to his committing the perfect murder. Although he's never apprehended, guilt takes its ultimate toll.
The film won the Silver Condor—the Argentine Film Critics Association award to the nation's best film—in 1957, with Best Director honors going to Fernando Ayala. Forty-three years later, in 2000, American Cinematographer magazine placed the film at #49 on its list of the "Best Photographed Films of All-Time." Despite these accolades, a 35mm print has not been available for decades, and the film is virtually unknown outside Argentina – until now. With the FNF's restoration, including for the first time English subtitles, Los tallos amargos is being returned to its rightful place in cinema history. Tickets available on SIFF's official website.
2016 NOIR CITY DATES
NOIR CITY Seattle: July 22-28
NOIR CITY Chicago: August 19-25
NOIR CITY Detroit: September 23-25
NOIR CITY D.C.: October 15-27
The Film Noir Foundation is proud to announce the winner of this year's $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant, Jana D. Gowan of UCLA, a Master of Library and Information Science/Media Archives Specialization student. Specifically, Gowan wants to pursue a career as a moving image archivist in film restoration and preservation at a regional film archive. Preserving the diverse history of rural communities by restoring locally relevant films is her passion.
Gowan attended NOIR CITY on Saturday night, January 30, for the grant announcement where she spoke on the Castro Theatre stage with FNF founder and president Eddie Muller. The Mysel family, the grant's benefactors, were in attendance as well. Gowan told the audience that the grant will enable her to accept two unpaid internships where she'll gain valuable experience without the worry of how to pay for her living expenses. She also revealed a more personal connection to the late Nancy Mysel. In addition to a shared passion for film restoration, Gowan volunteers at the hospice that assisted the Mysel family in caring for Nancy during her final days battling cancer.
Instructions for applying for 2017's FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant are already available! Students who applied this year, but were not selected, may apply for 2017's grant as long as they are in school. Applications for next year's grant are due December 14, 2016, and the winner will be announced at NOIR CITY 15 in January 2017. Visit our Grant page for details.
Los tallos amargos (1956), a vitally significant "lost" film in the history of international noir cinema, has been restored this year by the Film Noir Foundation with the cooperation of UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust). Based on the novel by journalist Adolfo Jasca, Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems) tells the tale of a down-on-his-luck journalist whose creation of a lucrative, if unethical, correspondence course leads to his committing the perfect murder. Although he's never apprehended, guilt takes its ultimate toll. The film won the Silver Condor—the Argentine Film Critics Association award to the nation's best film in 1957, with Best Director honors going to Fernando Ayala. Forty-three years later, in 2000, American Cinematographer magazine placed the film at #49 on its list of the "Best Photographed Films of All-Time." Despite these accolades, a 35mm print has not been available for decades, and the film is virtually unknown outside Argentina. With the FNF's restoration, including for the first time English subtitles, Los tallos amargos will be returned to its rightful place in cinema history.
The 35mm restoration of Los tallos amargos made its North American premiere at NOIR CITY 14 in San Francisco on Saturday night, January 23, 2016. The film will be featured at our satellite festivals throughout the year. You can read the full story of the film's restoration in the current issue of NOIR CITY e-magazine.
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You're the ones who make it possible for us to save and restore films like the classic Argentinian film noir Los tallos amargos (The Bitter Stems), making its North American debut at NOIR CITY 14. Do it for the love of noir—but also enjoy the thank-you gifts. Everyone who makes a (tax-deductible) donation of $20 or more and signs up on our mailing list receives our NOIR CITY e-magazine! The FNF would like to thank the following companies for including us in their Matching Donation Programs: Microsoft, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Salesforce.com Foundation, Charles Schwab, Levi Strauss & Co., Merck, and Google. If you are an employee of any of these companies and would like to contribute to the FNF, please make your contribution through your company's Matching Donation program. If you are not employed by one of these companies, and are interested in having your company match your donation, please contact the administrator of your company's Matching Donation program. Donate here and be a film noir savior!
The Film Noir Foundation is proud to be co-presenting Yasujiro Ozu's 1930 proto-noir Sono yo no tsuma (That Night's Wife), June 3, at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival running June 2-5 at the historic Castro Theatre. The Japanese director's love for American crime pictures is on full display in this taut thriller. Over the course of one night, the fate of a Japanese family is radically altered when the father commits a robbery to pay for the medical treatment which may or may not save his daughter's life. A good-hearted detective finds himself physically and emotionally entrapped by the family's drama. This late-era Japanese silent will be accompanied live by composer and concert pianist Maud Nelissen.
Receive a discount for this Friday, 3:00 p.m., screening by entering the promo code "FLMNR" when purchasing tickets online. Co-presented by CAAM (Center for Asian American Media), BAMPFA, the Film Noir Foundation, and the Asian Art Museum.
MAY 7 - JUNE 11
In recent years, there's been a growing recognition, among academics, programmers and classic film fans, that film noir wasn't a style (and/or genre) exclusive to Hollywood. The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive will explore cine negro, the intensely passionate crime films of Mexico produced in the late 1940s and early 1950s, with their series, Mexican Film Noir, screening May 7–June 11.
The series' eight films, programmed by José Manuel García of the Filmoteca UNAM, present some of Mexico's greatest stars, like Dolores Del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, María Félix, and Arturo de Córdova, struggling in the murky depths of crime and l'amour fou. The series also showcases the work of two excellent cinematographers, Canadian born Alex Phillips and the legendary Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. Figueroa's extensive career included a series of significant works with director Luis Buñuel and an Oscar nomination for his cinematography for John Huston's Night of the Iguana. Full series information can be found on the BAMPFA's website.
The Film Noir Foundation has partnered with Flicker Alley to bring two of its recent restorations to the home entertainment market. DVD/Blu-ray editions of Woman on the Run (1950) and Too Late for Tears (1949) were released on April 12, complete with bonus extras produced by the FNF.
"We chose to work with Flicker Alley," said FNF president Eddie Muller, "because of their commitment to producing high-quality products with what other companies might consider 'marginal' titles. Plus, [Flicker Alley founder] Jeff Masino understood that value of letting us brand these titles as Film Noir Foundation discoveries."
The release of more FNF titles will depend largely on the sales numbers of these first two discs. Repeat Performance (1947), High Tide (1947), and The Guilty (1947) are likely candidates for later releases, as are some of the Argentine noir films recently resurrected by the FNF.
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