Rigor Mortis, The Voices, Starry Eyes
March is packed with great new cinema releases, from Juno Mak’s elegantly eerie ghost tale Rigor Mortis and Gregg Araki’s handsome White Bird in a Blizzard, to Damián Szifrón’s hilarious festival hit Wild Tales and Marjane Satrapi’s dark comedy The Voices, her long-awaited follow up to Persepolis. Also out in cinemas is Gerard Johnson’s Hyena, which opened the EIFF last year, while Mark Christopher’s 54: The Director’s Cut will be receiving its UK premiere at the forthcoming BFI Flare festival.
In home entertainment, we speak to Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, directors of the occult-tinged Hollywood ambition tale Starry Eyes. We also review Dan Gilroy’s disturbing sociopath thriller Nightcrawler and look back at two outstanding classics: Stanley Kubrick’s heist debut The Killing and Powell & Pressburger’s Tales of Hoffman, which has been beautifully restored in 4k with new, previously missing scenes from the film.
Looking ahead at this month’s events, we are excited to check out some rarely seen films by Věra Chytilová, director of the wonderful Daisies, who is celebrated with a retrospective at BFI Southbank until 17 March 2015. Electric Sheep will be presenting a screening of beautiful Iranian vampire Western tale A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night at this year’s Flatpack Festival in Birmingham on 27 March. We also look forward to an exploration of 70s cinema’s sado-masochistic fantasies at Miskatonic Institute London on 12 March, and we’ll be reporting on some of the highlights from this year’s Berlinale throughout the month.■