Cinema I Love You

14 February - 08 March 2015

“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.”
Jean-Luc Godard


Pera Film’s new program is a “loving” homage entitled, Cinema I Love You. The program showcases a selection of intriguing documentaries and fiction films celebrating cinema and the love for cinema.

Dziga Vertov in 1923 said “We cannot make our eyes better than they have been made, but the movie camera we can perfect forever.” And so decades later, cinema continues to be in the midst of perfecting itself – whether it is through extraordinary directing, acting or storytelling, we have become addicted to the silver screen. This addiction reflects the intense love and labor that cinema is based upon. Cinema I Love You coincides with Valentine’s Day, but instead of revisiting romantic narrative films, the program journeys through stories, real and imaginary, that praise and rejoice the art of filmmaking. John Berger describes the cinematic experience as “what is saved in the cinema when it achieves art is a spontaneous continuity with all mankind. It is not an art of the princes or the bourgeoisie. It is popular and vagrant. In the sky of the cinema people learn what they might have been and discover what belongs to them apart from their single lives.” And so, we love cinema!

Part of this program is presented in collaboration with institute français