ALL IS LOST
Rigor Mortis, Lost River, Jauja
April sees the long-awaited release of elegantly eerie ghost tale Rigor Mortis and we speak with director Juno Mak about working with J-horror icon Takashi Shimizu and, of course, hopping vampires. Also out in cinemas are Roy Andersson’s Venice festival winner A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s striking reimagining of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River, Vanessa Lupa’s portrait of Heinrich Himmler, The Decent One, and Lisandro Alonso’s refreshingly absurdist Jauja, starring Viggo Mortensen.
The Masterpieces of Polish Cinema programme, selected by Martin Scorsese, screens in collaboration with the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival at the BFI Southbank, and includes Illumination, The Saragossa Manuscript, The Hourglass Sanatorium and Mother Joan of Angels. Plus, the BFI are re-releasing Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, for a limited theatrical run this month.
In home entertainment releases, we speak with Marc Morris of Nucleus Films about their latest release, Fifty Shades of Erotica, a collection of erotic trailers from the 1960s to the 1990s. We also review Alexander Mackendrick’s classic noir drama Sweet Smell of Success, Věra Chytilová’s experimental, densely symbolic retelling of the Adam and Eve story in Fruit of Paradise, and gripping and sensitive Korean debut Han Gong-ju.
We are excited to have an interview with John Boorman who talks to Greg Klymkiw about his cinematic journey from the happily (as well as sadly) nostalgic Hope and Glory to his latest Queen and Country. Irish writer Kevin Maher picks his filmic alter ego, and we continue our exploration of monstrous butterflies in comic strip form.■