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Futurological Ventures

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 70s 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.

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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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Walerian Borowczyk: To mark the first major UK retrospective of his work, we celebrate the flamboyant brilliance of Polish director Walerian Borowczyk, exploring his ground-breaking oeuvre with a feature on Borowczyk's fascination with motion and animation, The Motion Demon, a comic strip survey of his career as a board game, and reviews of melancholy meditation on sex The Streetwalker and elegant medieval tale Blanche.

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The Fright Theorem: Ted Kotcheff and Terry Gilliam: Alex Fitch talks to Ted Kotcheff, the director of ‘lost’ cult classic Wake in Fright (1971), and to Terry Gilliam, whose new film The Zero Theorem is released this month.

Film4 FrightFest 2014

Film4 FrightFest 2014

Opening with Adam Wingard’s much anticipated homage to 80s slasher/action flicks The Guest, and closing with heady American SF puzzler The Signal, Film4 FrightFest has announced the programme for its mammoth 15th edition (64 films, 5 screens, 11 world premieres, 16 countries represented!), taking place at Vue West End on 21-25 August 2014.

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