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IT’S NOW OR NEVER & HOTEL OF THE STARS
This evening Jon Bang Carlsen will show two of his excellent short movies, followed by a debate and dinner with the audience.
IT'S NOW OR NEVER
1996 - 44min - Irish /subtitled
The Irish West Coast with its barren and graceful landscape forms the framework for this documentary comedy. Jimmy is middle aged and lonely in his house. The view from his window only offers the cow he bought from another bachelor, his friend Austin. Jimmy wants a woman to share his life with and seeks a matchmaker who asks him about wishes and preferences. Jimmy waits, fantasizes, pats his pets, asks his God for advice and take care of his work of building piles of stone, while he is humming it's "now or never". But then one day, the vigorous man receives a call from the matchmaker.
HOTEL OF THE STARS
1981 - 58min - english
A documentary comedy on extras played by extras. On their dreams and how the American society is reflected in these dreams. The film takes place in »Hotel of the Stars«, a hotel in the centre of Hollywood, USA. It is an old hotel in the interior and the exterior as well, but yet time has not been able to wipe out all traces of previous elegance. The stars and their money have moved to other parts of the City and have thus left the place to the pursuers - those who dream of becoming stars and their loyal followers, poverty and criminality.
Jon Bang Carlsen
Best known for his radical approach to the staging of documentaries, Jon Bang Carlsen has played a prominent role on the Danish film scene since about 1980, and remains one of Denmark's most innovative documentarists, with a number of feature films behind him as well. His documentaries often focus on the daily lives and rituals of people whose viewers would consider either ordinary or marginal.
Movie, debate and a delicious dinner with the director: 175 DKK