Clans, Rebirth and Revenge
Spring, The Tribe, A Girl Walks Home Alone...
The wonderful Iranian vampire reverie A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night finally comes to UK screens, and we have an interview with director Ana Lily Amirpour. Also out this month are the much talked-about Ukrainian deaf-mute drama The Tribe, Sion Sono’s over-the-top gang warfare musical Tokyo Tribe and Ivan Kavanagh’s atmospheric ghost story The Canal, as well as the disappointing Monsters: A Dark Continent. Plus we talk to Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the directors of the suitably seasonal creature tale Spring which is also out in cinemas. Plus, kicking off Orson Welles’s centenary celebrations in grand Shakespearian style, the restored Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight), the director’s favourite of his films, gets a cinema and DVD release.
In home entertainment, we look at Blaxploitation classic Coffy, while other releases include the director’s cut of Lars von Trier's brilliant Nymphomaniac (we previously reviewed the theatrical version), Walerian Borowczyk's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne on dual-format DVD/BR, a long-awaited Bill Morrison Blu-ray box set, including selected films from 1996-2014, and the DVD release of tense housing estate drama Greyhawk, which premiered at EIFF last year.
In May, we also start a new theme and, over the next three months, we’ll be exploring the work of the brilliant Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová, with reviews of Daisies, Traps and Fruit of Paradise, a comic strip review of Panel Story and much more.■
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 first anniversary of her death in 2014, we celebrate the work of the leading lady of 1960s Czech New Wave, Věra Chytilová, over the next three months, including her iconic film Daisies (1966), the even more extraordinary Fruit of Paradise (1969) and her daring 1998 black comedy Traps, alomgside an article on the Czech New Wave and the Prague Spring and more.
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.
Engulfed by Nature: Psychological and Supernatural Landscapes
Taking place on 14 May at the Horse Hospital, this month's lecture of the London Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies looks at how mysterious invisible forces of nature are given vent in a number of films depicting the rupture between these rational and irrational domains. Guest instructor Jasper Sharp explores how pantheistic belief systems that hold that spirits reside in everything, such as Japan’s Shinto religion, overlap with a British folk tradition of supernatural writers such as Arthur Machen and William Hope Hodgson.
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