Friday, March 14, 2008

The Haley Globetrotter

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 11:25 PM

The Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center trumpets its return to Central City this weekend with a spate of intriguing screenings, including Lukas Moodysson’s experimental Container, Bertrand Bonello’s French short Cindy: The Doll Is Mine and the premiere of Peter Joseph’s appropriately titled (but completely unrelated) conspiracy picture Zeitgeist — The Movie. The actual trumpets will wait until Monday, however, beginning with a quartet of international music documentaries that takes a midweek redeye from the progressive plains of Reykjavik to the primal banks of Rio.

Ari Magnússon’s Screaming Masterpiece (9:30 p.m. Monday), a kind of American Hardcore for Icelandic indie rock, surveys the Scandinavian outpost’s surprisingly fervent scene, from ‘80s alt-rockers the Sugarcubes to current art-rockers Sigur Rós and a certain swan-wearing singer in between. Heima (9:30 p.m. Tuesday) stays on topic, pairing surreal concert footage with Sigur Rós’ formless but stirring swells and fabricated lyrics.

From there, it’s off to warmer climes. Moro No Brasil (9:30 p.m. Wednesday) is Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki’s love letter to his adopted homeland, a roving travelogue featuring numerous artists like Latin funk king Ivo Meirelles and Bowie interpreter — and The Life Aquatic scorer — Seu Jorge. Kaurismäki’s The Sound of Rio: Brasileirinho (9:30 p.m. Thursday) is a more focused effort, concentrating on choro, the rondo-style musical form which, along with samba and Bossa Nova, predominates Brazilian composition.

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