The Congress, Moebius, The Rover
This month sees the release of one of the year’s must-sees: The Congress, Ari Folman’s follow-up to Waltz with Bashir is an equally inventive, intelligent and affecting film that is loosely based on Stanislaw Lem's novel The Futurological Congress. Lem’s work will also be showcased in the BFI’s forthcoming Sci-Fi season and we take this opportunity to celebrate the great Polish writer over the next few months.
Also coming to cinemas in August are Kim Ki-duk’s extreme castration drama Moebius, David Michôd's post-apocalyptic road revenge thriller The Rover, modern Australian Western Mystery Road and Fabrice du Welz’s take on the Honeymoon Killers story, Alleluia, which premieres at Film4 FrightFest on 22 August. Plus returning to the big screen in new digital restorations are Robert Wiene’s expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Michael Cimino’s 1970s Vietnam War fable The Deer Hunter.
In home entertainment, we look at fun alien invasion horror Almost Human and review Euraka's latest additions to their Masters of Cinema series: F.W. Murnau’s alchemically brilliant Faust and Fritz Lang’s early science fiction tale Frau im Mond.
We also talk to Danish filmmaker Ada Bligaard Søby about her Super8 documentary Petey and Ginger, which offers a wonderfully oblique take on the economic crisis. The subject of that film, Petey Dammit, former bassist of Thee Oh-Sees, tells us about the films that mean the most to him in the Jukebox, while novelist Adam Roberts picks Solaris as his filmic alter ego – that’s right, the sentient ocean planet.■