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March 8 - 11, 2005

Realist Escapes: Two by Dominique Cabrera

Algerian-born filmmaker Dominique Cabrera has proved successful in producing both fiction and nonfiction works all of which are imbued with her uniquely sensitive, introspective style. She once said, “You do not progress from documentary to fiction, it's all cinema. You do not have an idea for fiction or documentary, it's just what format would work best.” We present an example of each of these formats in a brief reflection of this director’s growing body of work. These two films share a thematic element by using film and video as a means of escape but hardly escapism.

March 8 (Tuesday) 9 pm

Tomorrow and Tomorrow (Demain et encore demain)

Directed by Dominique Cabrera
France, 1997, color, 79 min.
French with English Subtitles

As her relationships with her husband and son were falling apart, Dominique Cabrera decided to film every day of the year to “make contact with something other than my fear.” She uses the diary format to explore questions of her own identity as presented through various roles (i.e, mother, daughter, lover, filmmaker). She also reveals the more subtle details which make up daily life, in addition to grappling with more serious emotional problems. The result is a compelling reflection on the art of daily life.

March 11 (Friday) 7 pm

The Milk of Human Kindness (Le lait de la tendresse humaine)

Directed by Dominique Cabrera
France/Belgium, 2001, color, 94 min.
With Patrick Bruel, Maryline Canto, Dominique Blanc
French with English subtitles

After giving birth to her third child, a woman flees her household and hides out in her neighbor’s apartment. As her husband searches desperately for her, the young mother takes comfort in the kindness of her neighbor and envies the woman’s respectability, not realizing that her caretaker is having an affair with a married man. An offbeat, romantic, black comedy, the film features strong performances from Cabrera’s ensemble.

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