Raw, The Untamed, Zoology, Safari
The BFI London Film Festival returns for its 60th edition this month and we have interviews with Park Chan-wook about his intriguing and masterfully shot new film The Handmaiden, Mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante who talks about his social-SF drama The Untamed, and Austrian director Ulrich Seidl about his latest documentary Safari. We also have previews of French cannibal coming-of-age tale Raw and absurdist Russian fable Zoology, which screened at L’Étrange Festival and TIFF last month and can be seen at LFF.
In home entertainment, we review Miklós Jancsó’s politically charged 1974 reworking of Greek myth Electra, My Love, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon and classic film noir The Glass Key. We also have a podcast including a conversation with Guillermo del Toro about the documentary Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex, out on DVD this month, as well as an interview with Omer Fast about his adaptation of Tom McCarthy's novel Remainder.
In the Film Jukebox, Fabio Frizzi picks his 10 favourite films ahead of his not-to-be-missed Chills in the Chapel event on 29 October. Plus we look forward to the start of the ‘Cheap Thrills: Trash, Movies and the Art of Transgression’ season, which runs at the Barbican from 28 October to 6 November, and includes a talk by our editor Virginie Sélavy on women exploitation directors. ■
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.
Ruthless gold-diggers, obsessive dreamers, visionary megalomaniacs: Our new theme looks at ambition in film - excessive, obsessive, ruinous or sublime, including reviews of Jodorowsky's Dune, Herzog's Aguirre, Wrath of God and Gaspar Noé's Enter the Void, along with a feature on John Huston's The Treasure of Sierra Madre, interviews, podcasts and more.
Electric Sheep Film Show
In this month's show, Virginie Sélavy speaks to Secretary director Steven Shainberg about his latest film Rupture, which marks his first foray into genre, and to the 51-year-old master of the dark fantastique, Guillermo del Toro, who received the Cheval Noir Award at this year's Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal in July. Plus, Alex Fitch talks to Scott Tracy Griffin about his new book Tarzan on Film.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 19 October 2016.
Cheap Thrills: Women of Exploitation Talk
On Saturday, 29 October 2016, our editor Virginie Sélavy examines the unique women directors who worked in the golden age of exploitation cinema, their struggles and successes, and the singular works they created in a one-hour lecture, as part of the Barbican's 'Cheap Thrills' season. Not to be missed!
Tickets are now on sale via the Barbican website.
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