Rigor Mortis, Lost River, Jauja

April sees the long-awaited release of Juno Mak’s elegantly eerie ghost tale Rigor Mortis. Also out in cinemas are Roy Andersson’s Venice festival winner A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s striking reimagining of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River, Vanessa Lupa’s compelling portrait of Heinrich Himmler, The Decent One, and Lisandro Alonso’s refreshingly absurdist Jauja, starring Viggo Mortensen.

The Masterpieces of Polish Cinema programme, selected by Martin Scorsese, screens in collaboration with the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival at the BFI Southbank, and includes Illumination, The Saragossa Manuscript, The Hourglass Sanatorium and Mother Joan of Angels. Plus, the BFI are re-releasing Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, for a limited theatrical run this month.

In home entertainment releases, we speak with Marc Morris of Nucleus Films about their latest release, Fifty Shades of Erotica, a collection of erotic trailers from the 1960s to the 1990s. We also review Alexander Mackendrick’s classic noir drama Sweet Smell of Success, Věra Chytilová’s experimental, densely symbolic retelling of the Adam and Eve story in Fruit of Paradise, and gripping and sensitive Korean debut Han Gong-ju.

We are excited to have an interview with John Boorman who talks to Greg Klymkiw about his cinematic journey from the happily (as well as sadly) nostalgic Hope and Glory to his latest Queen and Country. Author Kevin Maher picks Alisdair Stewart from The Piano as his filmic alter ego, and we continue our exploration of monstrous butterflies in comic strip form.

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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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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.

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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.


Christian Petzold Retrospective

In the lead-up to the UK release of his latest film Phoenix, the Goethe-Institut London present a season of Christian Petzold's feature films for cinema and television throughout April. Inluding titles such as Yella and Barbara and closing with a special preview of Phoenix on 29 April 2015, the season offers a great opportunity to explore Petzold's themes and distinctive style in collaboration, first and foremost with actress Nina Hoss, who has starred and re-invented herself in six of his films to date.

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