The Monster Inside
Starry Eyes, The Voices, Wild Tales
March is packed with great new cinema releases, from Damián Szifrón’s hilarious festival hit Wild Tales to Gregg Araki’s handsome White Bird in a Blizzard and Marjane Satrapi’s dark comedy The Voices, her long-awaited follow up to Persepolis. Also out 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 thriller Nightcrawler and look back at four fabulous classics: Stanley Kubrick’s heist debut The Killing, John Frankenheimer's Cold War classic The Manchurian Candidate, Norman Jewison's dystopian parable Rollerball and Powell & Pressburger’s The Tales of Hoffmann. Plus, as part of our 'Butterflies' theme, we take an illustrated look at Ishirô Honda's 60s monster movie Mothra.
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 and Traps, who is celebrated with a retrospective at BFI Southbank throughout March. 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 a new Colonial Report from the Dominion of Canada featuring the Canadian genre writer Tony Burgess, while Irish author Lisa McInerney picks her filmic alter ego.■
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.
To mark the theatrical release of Peter Strickland’s masterful, sensuous S&M lesbian relationship study The Duke of Burgundy, we explore the theme of butterflies in cinema over the next three months, including more obvious appearances such as in Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill, or on a more abstract level, often concerned with the fleeting nature of youth, as reflected in the films of Aldo Lado.
The Polish New Wave?
Alex Fitch talks to Polish master Andrzej Żuławski about the struggle in getting his esoteric SF epic On the Silver Globe released and making his horror films The Third Part of the Night (1971) and Possession (1981) under a communist regime.
Electric Sheep at Flatpack
We are very proud to be presenting Ana Lily Amirpour’s wonderful A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night at the Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham on March 27. A stylish, melancholy tale about a chador-wearing skateboarding vampire girl unfolding in an Iranian dreamland, set to an Italian Western-inspired score and shot in magnificent widescreen black and white, it is an absolute treat that must be seen on a big screen. Flatpack runs from 19 to 29 March.
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