DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2017

DOXA Documentary Film Festival is at The Cinematheque May 5-14. This is a rental event. For more information, please visit

, a selection of French cinéaste Chris Marker’s rarely screened films, is presented with The Cinematheque.

Chris Marker, Never Explain, Never Complain | Jean-Marie Barbe, Arnaud Lambert, 2016

“Who is Chris Marker?” is the question posed by the directors/interlocutors of this new documentary, every answer revealing a different reality. One thing is clear, over the length of his career the elusive auteur was never content to do or be only one thing. Writer, filmmaker, photographer, polymath, cat lover — there is no single term that quite suffices.

Une Journée d’Andrei Arsenevitch (One Day In The Life Of Andrei Arsenevich) | Chris Marker, 1999

Marker’s portrait of his friend Andrei Tarkovsky, edited some twelve years after Tarkovsky’s death for the collection Cinéma, de notre temps (Cinema of Our Times), is an extraordinary love letter from one filmmaker to another, and a memento mori of the most profound kind.

Le Souvenir d’un avenir (Remembrance of Things to Come) | Chris Marker, Yannick Bellon, 2001

This vivid portrait of photographer Denise Bellon, who pioneered the art of photojournalism, is, like Marker’s most famous work (La Jetée), composed out of still images. Circuitous and discursive, the narrative is pinned in place by Bellon’s extraordinary eye.

Chats perchés (The Case of the Grinning Cat) | Chris Marker, 2004

A more fitting film for our electoral moment is hard to imagine than Chris Marker’s last long-form work. The film has the serendipitous timing that is the hallmark of great art: it is always relevant, and au courant — sometimes painfully so.

Le Tombeau d’Alexandre (The Last Bolshevik) | Chris Marker, 1993

Chris Marker’s expansive, nay, insanely encompassing portrait of his friend and colleague Aleksandr Ivanovich Medvedkin is composed of six different letters, each corresponding to a period of Medvedkin’s life and work.

Le Fond de l’air est rouge (A Grin Without a Cat) | Chris Marker, 1977

Here is Chris Marker’s magnum opus in all its ferocious intelligence and scale. More relevant than it was even forty years earlier, this tour-de-force work is a guide, seemingly torn from the current moment, made up of the folly and greatness of the human experiment.

L’Héritage de la chouette (The Owl’s Legacy) | Chris Marker, 1989

The legendary 13-part series, commissioned by Arte and the Onassis Foundation (that kept Marker’s work unavailable for twenty years), alights at DOXA in its first three episodes: SYMPOSIUM or Accepted Ideas, OLYMPISM or Imaginary Greece, DEMOCRACY or The City of Dreams.

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Program notes adapted from texts provided by DOXA, written by Dorothy Woodend.

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Cinematheque members will receive a DOXA membership for all 7 FOIS CHRIS MARKER screenings.