April 9-15th SIFF Cinema will be showing Matthew Barney’s epic cinematic venture, Cremaster Cycle. You can see each cycle individually or opt for an 8 hour marathon of what Jonathan Jones refers to as “one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema.”
Artist Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle, unavailable in any media for nearly a decade, was an art world sensation upon its original release. An intricate and eye-popping blend of Masonic lore, Celtic myth, historical and biological arcana, and film genres ranging from thriller to western to musical and points in between, the Cremaster Cycle is a vast five-part achievement of nerve and style.
Filmed out of order (4, 1, 5, 2, 3) over nine years and named after the muscle that regulates the height of the testicles in the body based on outside temperature or inner emotions, it has been called, “The greatest fusion of Art and Cinema since Un Chien Andalou.” Cremaster is not now, nor will it in the foreseeable future, be available on DVD, meaning that the only way for fans to see it again, or for people who have only heard about it to actually see it, is on the big screen.
You can buy tickets at the SIFF site for any of this week’s screenings.
Following the marathon cycle run will be the premiere of Barney’s latest film creation, De Lama Lâmina (From Mud, A Blade) which was filmed in Salvador De Bahia, Brazil during Carnival 2004. “A collaboration between Barney and avant-garde musician Arto Lindsay, De Lama Lâmina is a vivid illustration of Barney’s fascination with “biomechanical erotica.” Barney calls the film, “a meditation on the creative process…a way to express a faith in the balances in nature… and through this faith being able to look at the world today without feeling hopeless.”
Find out more information on the Cremaster Cycle.