Classic Movies and Cult Films Move Center Stage at New Movie Event R7al

Variety | 3/20/2018 | Leo Barraclough
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When Swiss actor-director Vincent Perez told Frédéric Maire, director of the Cinémathèque Suisse, Switzerland’s film archive, that he wanted to set up a new film event in Lausanne, Perez’s native city and the archive’s home, it was like a dream come true, Maire says.

Film archives in other cities, like Lyon and Bologna, had helped set up movie events that worked in tandem with the institutions’ core responsibilities, such as film restoration, encouraging public debate about cinematic heritage and promoting academic research. Now the Cinémathèque Suisse – which is one of the world’s top 10 archives with 85,000 title — had the opportunity to do the same in Lausanne, whose lake-side location and historic architecture provides a stunningly beautiful backdrop.

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The event, called r7al (it stands for Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne) and running from March 24-28, is devoted to classic and cult movies. Perez tells Variety: “Our objective is to make r7al an engaging, educational, international event, far from the pressure of competitions, and where everybody can meet in a convivial place to share their passion for cinema; a sort of place where all can debate about images.”

It is not a film festival in the traditional sense, but seeks to be a meeting place for filmmakers and film lovers, where they can watch and talk about memorable movies from the past, often with the filmmakers, or other key members of the cast and crew, present at the event. For example, this year’s guests include director Barry Levinson, whose movie “Rain Man” screens, actor Christopher Walken, whose “The Deer Hunter” is playing, and director Darren Aronofsky, who presents “The Wrestler.”

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An event dedicated to the heritage of cinema enables a different kind of conversation about cinema to take place compared with the discussions that you’ll find at a festival like Berlin, Cannes or Locarno,...
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