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film talk / screening / Q&A
The first guest of the Cinergy project in 2020 will be American independent director and screenwriter Tim Sutton, who will stop by in Prague from Berlinale where he will be presenting his latest film "Funny Face" in Encounters competitive program. In Prague, he will talk about his films and foremost its distinctive visual style.
Over the course of five features, Brooklyn-based director Tim Sutton has established a contemplative style that combines the stark naturalism of documentary with a sensuous lyricism.
His directorial film debut "Pavilion" describing coming-age story opened the 2012 SXSW festival, winning awards at Prague’s Fresh Film Fest and Torino that same year. The dreamy fragmental portrait of the musician Willis Earl Beale was called "Memphis" and made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The film was also screened during Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 2014. Tim Sutton is also known for his ability to write very tight and taut scripts and shoot and edit his films in little time.
Thought-provoking and unsettling “Dark Night” - his third feature - was loosely based on “The Dark Knight Rises” movie theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado in 2014. The cinematographer was French icon Hélène Louvart known for her cooperation with Agnés Varda, Wim Wenders, or Alice Rohrwacher.
Tim Sutton uses an observational style of film-making that emphasizes mood, place, and atmosphere over plot or character. It was only with the film "Donnybrook" (2018) that he approached a more classic narrative. Jamie Bell, known for his acting debut Billy Elliot, plays the lead role of a rough boxer.
In a description of a work of Tim Sutton, you can find names of directors like Gus Van Sant, Béla Tarr, or Terrence Malick but along with every new film, Tim Sutton continues to prove he’s one of the most fascinating and original, on-the-rise indie filmmakers working today.
The event will be held in English and tickets are on sale at the Svetozor box office or online.
Criterion: A Conversation with Tim Sutton
Bomb Magazine: Tim Sutton by Gary M. Kramer
FilmComment: Toronto Interview with Tim Sutton
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