Issue 25

The spring issue of Electric Sheep focuses on Tainted Love to celebrate the release of the sweet and bloody pre-teen vampire romance Let the Right One In, with articles on incestuous cinematic siblings, François Ozon‘s tales of tortuous relationships, destructive passion in Nic Roeg‘s Bad Timing, Julio Medem‘s ambiguous lovers and nihilistic tenderness from Kôji Wakamatsu. Also in this issue: Interview with Pascal Laugier (Martyrs), Berlin squat cinema, screen vamps, the Polish New Wave that never existed and comic strip on the Watchmen film adaptation! It is available from the specialist book store Cinéphilia, at selected retailers and cinemas or online from Wallflower Press for a 15% discount!

In March we turn our attention to Berlin with a report on the 59th Berlinale and a feature on Julia Ostertag, a guerrilla filmmaker from the underground scene that exists on the margins of the German capital’s film industry. Exclusive to the print issue we also have an article on squat cinema in Berlin.

New cinema releases include the Watchmen adaptation, Paolo Sorrentino’s exquisitely ironic take on Italian politics Il Divo, Nanette Burstein’s documentary American Teen, Bronson, Nicolas Winding Refn’s stylised biopic of ‘Britain’s most violent prisoner’, and Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood. Do not miss the John Samson retrospective at the London International Documentary Festival at the end of the month!

In the DVDs, we take a look at Isidore Isou’s 1951 avant-garde tour de force Traité de bave et d’éternité, the new box-set of films by French master of hard-boiled fatalism Jean-Pierre Melville, Herk Harvey’s 1962 seminal horror movie Carnival of Souls, Royston Tan’s heartbreaking meditation on loneliness 4:30, and the collection of short films by British experimental filmmaker Jeff Keen.

We have an interview with Paolo Sorrentino and a review of the best and rarest films seen during the Wild Japan season at the BFI in December, including Blue Film Woman, Gushing Prayer and Secret Acts behind Wall. In the Short Cuts, we preview the wonderfully eclectic Flatpack Festival and the supremely stylish Ipso Facto tell us about their favourite films in the Film Jukebox.

The Electric Sheep Magazine team