Bitter Tears & Cruel Friends
Fassbinder, The Handmaiden, Raw
April is all about Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the maverick director who shaped German post-war cinema with a wealth of constantly controversial films and television series, all shot between 1969 and his sudden death, at the age of 37, in 1982. The BFI celebrates the many facets of Fassbinder’s genius with a major retrospective, running over April and May and including such masterpieces as Berlin Alexanderplatz, fabulous World on a Wire, Veronika Voss, Querelle, Germany in Autumn and an extended re-release of Fear Eats the Soul as well as various talks and events.
Also out in cinemas this month are Julia Ducournau’s masterful female-focused cannibal film Raw and Pablo Larrain’s witty and poetic biopic Neruda, along with The Handmaiden, Park Chan-wook’s beautiful and twisted Korean adaptation of Sarah Waters’s bestseller Fingersmith. Plus, Todd and Jedd Wilder’s documentary God Knows Where I Am screens exclusively at the Bertha DocHouse Screen (Curzon Bloomsbury).
In home entertainment, Emiliano Rocha Minter’s extreme physical theatre We Are the Flesh is available on horror streaming service Shudder, while Criterion are re-releasing a new digital restoration of Andrei Tarkovsky’s metaphysical sci-fi drama Solaris.
And we are pleased to announce a new book, written by all women authors and published by the Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical, to be released in the summer of 2017, about the great French fantastique filmmaker Jean Rollin. ■
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (Strange Attractor Press) brings together Bill Morrison's chemical ghosts, 50s bad girls, apocalyptic evangelical cinema, Spanish zombies, Japanese nihilists and David Lynch's soundtracks of decay. 'Superb - a masterly accomplishment. Beautifully produced - and its content and vision could not be more accurate and timely.' - Peter Whitehead. Read the reviews.
Murderous tenderness, destructive desires, awkward love: Check out our theme focus on films that take a twisted approach to romance, from Jacques Deray's La piscine, a classic French noir-ish tale of desire, jealousy and male rivalry among the glamorous St Tropez jet set, to Pablo Larraín's minimalist Post Mortem, in which a lonely mortician falls for a troubled dancer as Pinochet brutally takes power in 70s Chile.
Electric Sheep Film Show
This month's edition of the Electric Sheep Film Show looks at the work of four independent filmmakers whose work celebrates eclectic personalities and mixes genres to beguiling effect: husband and wife directing team Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht talk about their dystopian debut film The White King, Nicolas Pesce discusses the influences on his monochrome thriller The Eyes of my Mother, and Robert Mullen takes part in a Q&A about his film Mad to be Normal.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 19 April 2017.
On 20 April 2017, Miskatonic London looks at 'The Real and Imagined Horrors Inside the Made for Television Movie'. Visiting TV scholar Amanda Reyes, along with the writer Jennifer Wallis and Miskatonic founder Kier-La Janisse, offer an exploration into several facets of the made for television movie, surveying its cultural touchstones and analyzing the influence the telefilm had on Americans during the run of the network made for television movie produced between 1964-1999.
Individual and season tickets are now on sale at wegottickets.com £10 advance / £8 concs / £11 on the door.
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