Kelly Reichardt visits Pacific Film Archive for a weekend retrospective
Even before learning that Meek's Cutoff (which premiered at the 2010 Venice Film Festival; no local release date has been announced) was to be set in 1845, it seemed reasonable to assume that we wouldn't soon see a computer or text message in one of Reichardt's films. Her characters all have difficulty communicating — this can be vexing, especially in Wendy and Lucy — but the films finally turn on the repressed energies and vulnerabilities that only surface in the midst of a genuine encounter. In Reichardt's early work, intimate productions provided the right scale for these fragile relationships. That began to change in Wendy and Lucy by virtue of Michelle Williams, and now Meek's Cutoff represents another enlargement of cast and budget. Reichardt will be in conversation with film scholar B. Ruby Rich following the Pacific Film Archive's screenings of Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, and it will be interesting to hear whether the extra attention has made it any more difficult for her to keep to the byways.
KELLY REICHARDT WITH B. RUBY RICH
Nov. 11–13, $5.50–$9.50
Pacific Film Archive
2575 Bancroft, Berk.
(510) 642-5249 www.bampfa.berkeley.edu