September 20, 2000
An Evening With Jan Kounen In-Person
Program Compiled by Andrew P. Crane
Thanks to Francois Truffart/French Consulate in Los Angeles, Gary Ungar & Patricia Castellanos/Exile Entertainment, 1B2K, Miramax Films, Karin Adler & Jan Kounen.
past ten years, Jan Kounens pioneering commercial and film work have attracted
attention, both in Europe and in the United States. Jans use of vibrant color,
extreme camera angles and rapid editing have had an enormous impact on contemporary visual
style in commercial, video and feature filmmaking. Youve seen Mr. Kounens work
whether youre aware of it or not. If youve never heard
the name, now you can catch up with Mr. Kounens personal, original work. Forget
about all your other preconceptions and experience with "French Cinema". Along
with Mathieu Kassovitzs HATE, Kounens work burst down the doors of
conservative 90s French filmmaking. Kounen is now partnered with Kassovitz and Luc
Besson (THE FIFTH ELEMENT and THE PROFESSIONAL) in the US based production company 1B2K.
Kounens next film is "BLUEBERRY"; a western based on the popular French
comic book series. This will be Jan Kounens first film in English.
Wednesday, September 20, 2000 7:00 PM
"Gisele Kerosene" (1993, 5 min.) Come, take a ride! Set in a deserted modern cityscape, new millenium witches chase after their "Holy Grail" on electric broomsticks. We dare you to count the edits and camera set-ups. Whooossshhhh! "Vibroboy" (1994, 28 min.) We jet from rural Mexico to a desolate spot in urban France. Mythical statues, tribes of Indians and "El Vibro," alias VIBROBOY, a super hero, who in opposition to the norm, vows a neurotic hatred towards all forms of life. "La Derniere Chaperone Rouge" (1996 , 26 min.) Emmanuelle Beart stars as the last "Red Riding Hood" in this big-budget, jaw-dropper that creatively mixes music video, opera & fairy tale with an original, postmodern score. The last time we showed this film it had members of our audience clamoring for more from Mr. Kounen. Excerpts from some of Mr. Kounens video and commercial work may also screen. Discussion to follow with director Jan KounenWednesday, September 20, 2000 -- 9:00 PM
DOBERMANN, 1997, Miramax, 103 min. From the controversial opening credit sequence to the alternating comic and bizarre twists and turns, DOBERMANN is a relentless attack on the audiences senses. Vincent Cassel (MESSENGER:STORY OF JOAN OF ARC, ELIZABETH) stars as "Dobermann", the biggest, baddest head of a gang youve seen in some time. Some will argue it is a protest of cinematic violence, others will say it celebrates violence. Highly stylized with non-stop action, plot twists, comic savagery, bloodlust and outrageous costume design, DOBERMANN is at once a spoof and an homage to gangster films with a speed-crazed, post-modern visual and aesthetic kick. Discussion to follow with director Jan Kounen