The Vertigo Film Association project The thin red line (1998), by Terrence Malick, the mythical film that led to the return of the Ottawa director to the direction after 20 years of silence. The screening is held on Monday, December 3 at 6.30 pm, in the original version with Spanish subtitles, with free admission, as part of the cycle 20 years of Vertigo (1998-2018), with which lThe Gran Canaria association celebrates its two decades of career in defense, promotion, dissemination and exhibition of auteur cinema and cinematographies from other latitudes. In addition, the pass will feature a brief introduction to the film by Claudio Utrera, film critic and former director of the International Film Festival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Based on the novel by James Jones, The thin red line tell the avatars suffered by a company of riflemen of the North American army, sent to relieve the Marine infantry units, exhausted by the combat in the Guadalcanal Campaign. Forced to fight against the Japanese army for the conquest of a strategic hill, the soldiers fight for their own survival and for the comrades who are at their side.
Starring Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, John Cusack and Adrien Brody, among others, the film won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 1999, which consolidated Malick as one of the most outstanding filmmakers of his generation, although at that time he only treasured two – essential – previous titles, Bad lands (1973) and Days of heaven (1978). Further, The thin red line accumulated seven nominations to the Oscar Awards, including the Best Film category, which snatched the sumptuous biopic entitled Shakespeare in love, directed by John Madden.