A wonderful decade: American filmmakers from the 1990s

05/02/2018.- The 63rd edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival will schedule a retrospective of film work by American directors born in the 1960s whose filmmaking debut took place in the 1990s: auteurs who brought American cinema up to date and opened up new horizons in the US film industry. This is a heterogeneous and certainly brilliant generation of worthy successors to masters of cinema like Coppola, Scorsese, Lucas or Spielberg.

Here is a group of filmmakers that widely differ from one another in their cultural backgrounds and cinematic conceptions. Their common denominators are the decades of their births and directorial debuts and the fact that, in one way or another, they contributed to the robustness of American independent cinema.  The idea behind this retrospective is to disclose further connections between their respective filmic outputs and personalities —common hallmarks and legacies— and  in this way  to bridge the gaps that may exist between the two above-mentioned decades in American life and culture. The Festival’s proposal is to conduct an exploration into the specific milieu (social, economic, political, etc.) that shaped first the filmmakers’ cultural education and then their cinematic practice.

The retrospective will screen their first and second films so as to probe into the seeds of their later filmographies as part of this special feature in SEMINCI’s 63rd edition.

Here is the line-up of directors making up the retrospective:

Todd Solondz (1959) – Welcome to the Dollhouse, 1995

Richard Linklater (1960) – Slacker, 1991

Todd Haynes (1961) – Poison, 1991

Alexander Payne (1961) – Citizen Ruth, 1996

David Fincher (1962) – Seven, 1995

Quentin Tarantino (1963) – Reservoir Dogs, 1992

Steven Soderbergh (1963) – Sex, Lies and Videotape, 1989

Spike Jonze (1969) – Being John Malkovich, 1999

Wes Anderson (1969) – Rushmore, 1998

Darren Aronofsky (1969) – Pi, 1998

Night Shyamalan (1970) – Praying with Anger,1992

Paul Thomas Anderson (1970) – Boogie Nights,1997

Kelly Reichardt (1964) – River of Grass, 1994

Bryan Singer (1965) – The Usual Suspects, 1995


‘Welcome to the Dollhouse’, BY Todd Solondz

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