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Dangerous Liaisons

Bang Gang, Baskin, Blood Bath

In June, the East End Film Festival (EEFF) returns with another edition of innovative and challenging cinematic experiences by local and global filmmakers alike. This year includes Can Evrenol’s gruesome cop nightmare Baskin as part of a special focus on Turkish cinemas, alongside a filmic and musical journey through 40 years of punk and a special screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s visionary carnival of blood Santa Sangre, as part of the festival's annual Macabre Masonic Masquerade.

Out in cinemas this month, we look forward to Eva Husson’s full-frontal portrayal of modern love, Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story), and Matteo Garrone’s lavish, imaginative fantasy Tale of Tales. We have interviews with both directors and also talk to video-artist-turned-director Omar Fast, who makes his big screen debut with a fitting adaptation of Tom McCarthy’s cult novel Remainder.

In home entertainment, we review three of Alan Clarke's best works, Baal, Elephant and Penda's Fen, which are finally released in a special box set by the BFI, as well as Emilio P. Miraglia’s The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, which is also out now in a limited edition double pack along with The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. Also re-released this month is Andrei Tarkovsky’s stunning debut feature Ivan's Childhood.

Plus we have a comic strip review of the tortuously made Roger Corman-produced Blood Bath, while in the Film Jukebox ex-Selebrities singer Maria Usbeck picks her favourite films.

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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.

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Andrzej Żuławski: Strange Births & Spectacular Meltdowns

The great polish director died on 17 February 2016. We celebrate Żuławski's work over the coming months, some of which can also be seen as part of a retrospective at the Kinoteka festival in April, including his last film Cosmos, the dark and moody drama The Most Important Thing: Love and his most popular and brilliantly disturbing work Possession. We also have an interview with the man himself and a feature article exploring the genre implications that stem from Possession.

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The Electric Sheep Film Show May 2016

Alex Fitch interviews director and cinematographer of British SF thriller Kill Command, and University of Reading Professor of Television and Film Jonathan Bignall discusses the influence of 1950s TV on James Bond films and novels.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 8-9pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 15 June 2016.

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She’s so giallo – women of 1970s italian thrillers

In June, the Barbican hosts a special season of four classic and under-screened examples of vintage Italian thrillers, curated by Cigarette Burns Cinema and presented on rare 16mm and 35mm prints. Including Dario Argento’s Four Flies on Grey Velvet, Lucio Fulci's One on Top of the Other and Sergio Martino's All the Colors of the Dark, we are particularly excited to see Piero Schivazappa's brilliant The Frightened Woman back on the big screen on Thursday 22 June, indroduced by Virginie Sélavy.

Thursday 7, 14, 22, 28 June 2016, Barbican, London, 8.30pm
Tickets are now on sale via the Barbican website. Tickets £9.50.

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