SFMOMA is wrapping up their Around '68 film series tomorrow with a screening of Philippe Garrel's 2005 film Les Amants réguliers (Regular Lovers), a soundly unsentimental look at the Paris riots and their societal aftermath, especially among French youth. I'll be on my way to Santa Cruz tomorrow afternoon and will be missing the screening, so I stayed up tonight to watch the film on DVD. Even on my teeny TV the cinematography was simply luscious, and Garrel's son Louis and Clotilde Hesme turn in mesmerizing performances as the lovers of the title, even though they don't properly meet until an hour into the movie. Also full points for a rockin' party sequence involving a Kinks song right in the middle. I was reminded of La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore), another black-and-white French film of a certain length that takes its time developing its characters, and I think Garrel's film is a fairly brilliant way of ending a series that has been less concerned with the romance of 1968's revolutions and more about the human cost. Now: full speed ahead to the Berlin Alexanderplatz screenings in June!
And I'm DJing on Sunday:
3 - 6pm PST, Sunday, June 1
KALX Berkeley 90.7fm
So here's the catch. Cal somehow made it to the regional baseball championships, which is all this weekend. They might have a game either at 1pm on Sunday, in which case I'll run across the street to hear the beginning of Trevor Paglen's talk at the Berkeley Art Museum at 3pm and then go on after they're done, or at 5pm, in which case I'll DJ until the game starts. Sorry it's so complicated, but this will be the last time I'm on the air for a few weeks and I'm going to make it good.