With Valentine’s Day, and it’s capitalists notions of all things love, behind us, it’s time to really start enjoying February! It’s the shortest month of the year, so aprovechar the 14 days we’ve got left and head to MALBA for their February cinema programming.
Unless you’re one of the lucky few who have a pool (and forgot to invite us over), how nice does spending a few hours in a cold, air-conditioned cinema sound? MALBA’s got you covered with some two top notch film cycles that you definitely won’t be able to find in Netflix’s cache.
First up, is their cycle featuring Taiwanese Cinema and their new wave. Thanks to a donation of over 200 films to La Filmoteca Buenos Aires on the part of the Cultural and Commercial Office of Taiwan, many of these titles can be seen in the country for the very first time. The programming reaches back to the 80s when Taiwanese cinema experienced a renaissance in content and production. This period was responsible for launching the careers of Taiwanese auteurs like Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Lian into the international spotlight. Don’t recognize these names? Get yourself to MALBA and catch a screening any Thursday, Friday or Sunday evening.
For the more dramatic at heart, I present to you a restored version of Fritz Lang’s seminal 1927 classic, Metropolis. The science fiction epic, often considered among the best films ever made and the inspiration behind Madonna’s equally famous 1989 “Express Yourself” music video (educate yourself, kids), will be accompanied by a few other black and white classics that are known to excite beret donning film students like Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. To add to the drama, certain screenings will be accompanied by live music as provided by the National Film Chamber Orchestra.
So rip yourself away from the monotony of Netflix’s sliding selection and venture out. Hell, see if you can find some good Taiwanese food nearby (good luck) then head over to MALBA for a Taiwanese film or don your best Madonna-inspired outfit and see how many film buffs you can piss off at a Metropolis screening. February may be short, but it’s not over.