Tiro en la cabeza
Spain/France, 2008, 84 minutes
Sun, Apr 26 / 7:30 / Kabuki / BULL26K
Tue, Apr 28 / 9:00 / Kabuki / BULL28K
Fri, May 1 / 2:00 / Kabuki / BULL01K
The banality of evil: It’s all part of a day’s work. The title of Jaime Rosales’s latest film surely will have you anticipating a violent and dramatic event. And it will come. But as in his previous film, Solitary Fragments (SFIFF 2008), it comes when you least expect it. Contradicting the conventional wisdom that shocking surprises aren’t as effective cinematic techniques as carefully prepared suspense, Rosales has created a signature approach to cinematic narrative that makes him one of the most unique filmmakers working today. The everyday life of an unidentified man is revealed at a pace that feels as banal as reality itself. The story unfolds in northern Spain’s Basque country. The man eats, drinks, goes to a party, meets a woman and goes home with her. He meets with friends—or perhaps they’re just acquaintances. He is always seen through windows, curtains or from a distance. Never is a word of dialogue spoken loudly or clearly enough to be understood. We are puzzled but entranced voyeurs. One day the man crosses the border into France with an acquaintance to have breakfast. And then, all at once: a spasm of spontaneous, senseless violence, preceded by a single word that seems to provide an explanation for everything that has come before. Based on a true incident, Bullet in the Head will leave you stunned and gasping for breath.
West Coast Premiere.