Monumental Explorers

Victoria, Eureka, JeruZalem, Kinoteka

In April, the Kinoteka festival celebrates the best in new and classic Polish cinema, including retrospectives of two revolutionary filmmakers: Jerzy Skolimowski, whose new film 11 Minutes opens the festival, and the late Andrzej Żuławski, who is the focus of our current theme section. We have interviews with both directors and we also look at some of the films in this year’s programme, including Marcin Wrona’s brilliantly creepy Demon.

Out in cinemas this month is the thrilling 140-minute one-take tour de force Victoria, and we talk to its director Sebastian Schipper, while Peter Greenaway discusses his latest film Eisenstein Guanajuato. Plus, we take a look at the Alan Clarke season at the BFI.

In home entertainment, we review Luciano Ercoli's beautifully restored giallo double bill Death Walks Twice, alongside tense and fun Israeli horror tale JeruZalem, Sydney Pollack's well-crafted conspiracy thriller Three Days of the Condor and Nicolas Roeg’s widely overlooked masterwork Eureka. Plus, Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera is released in a limited Dual Format edition and William Peter Blatty's The Ninth Configuration makes its UK Bl-ray debut.

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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.

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Andrzej Żuławski: Strange Births & Spectacular Meltdowns

The great polish director died on 17 February 2016. We celebrate Żuławski's work over the coming months, some of which can also be seen as part of a retrospective at the Kinoteka festival in April, including his last film Cosmos, the dark and moody drama The Most Important Thing: Love and his most popular and brilliantly disturbing work Possession. We also have an interview with the man himself and a feature article exploring the genre implications that stem from Possession.

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The Electric Sheep Film Show 20 April 2016

Kinoteka Special Celebrating this year's Polish Film Festival Kinoteka, Alex Fitch talks to Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas and director Jerzy Skolimowski about the latter's work on such films as The Shout and Essential Killing. Virginie S&233;lavy talks to writer and filmmaker Daniel Bird about the late director Andrzej Żuławski, and his translation of the director's latest filem Cosmos.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 8-9pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 18 May 2016.

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Holy Torture - Desire, Cruelty, Power and Religion in 1960s-70s Cinema

The next talk at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - London will focus on disobedient nuns, persecuted witches, defrocked priests and sadistic inquisitors to show how, beyond the desire to shock and titillate, films such as The Devils, Flavia the Heretic and Alucarda question authority and explore sexuality and alternative forms of worship.

Thursday 14 April, Horse Hospital, London, 7pm

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