Film Club: 16-22 May
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We hope you're feeling feisty this week, because there's a lot to be said for the selection of slasher-happy, rape revenge-heavy, gratuitously violent flicks we've got lined up for ya. There's also a lot to be said for the feminism and gender-fucking to be found here as well. All good things, much better to watch than the Royal Wedding.
For those who don't really give a fuck about fascinators or the monarchy, or if you just hate weddings, get your tush down to Deptford Cinema where Sunday will be see a royal procession of anti-royalist flicks, from Battleship Potemkin to The Death of Louis XIV to Akira Kurosawa's RAN.
The latter (and our fave of the bunch) sees Kurosawa reinterpret King Lear, set on the stage of 16th Century Japan. It's as action-packed and gratuitously violent as you've come to expect and love of Kurosawa, all in 80s technicolour glory.
After slaying at the awards circuit this year, now's your chance to see this one on the big screen again. The story follows a mother whose daughter has been raped and murdered, and her anger at the town's police chief who has given up on the case, it also flits around the unsavoury racism in America's smalltown South. It's a layer-cake of pain, anger and raw emotion, with nuances of dark comedy and an absolutely heart-wrenching lead performance by Frances McDormand.
We can always trust the Birds' Eye View collective to smash out screenings of the best in fearless feminist flicks, and Revenge is certainly no exception - they had us at 'grindhouse revenge-thriller'.
This rape-revenge slasher, directed by Coralie Fargeat, takes the ever-present and ever-unsettling male gaze and flips it in such style it makes 'I Spit On Your Grave' look demure (which it really, really isn't). Subversive and shocking in the best of ways, this is a real reclamation of the genre.
ICYMI - Nick Cave is headlining All Points East this summer. Also ICYMI, Nick Cave is really pretty talented on the silver screen, having lent his voice to quite a few talkies, as the kids are callin' 'em. This swoon-worthy double feature is a rare showcase of two of his lesser-known oeuvres - The Cat Piano, which is narrated by Cave, and B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West Berlin, which captures the energy and freneticism of the titular city's creativity and subculture scene in the 1980s.
Laeticia Dosch is a damn tour de force in Léonor Serraille's Jeunne Femme - and thank god really, because the whole thing pretty much rests on her (very capable) shoulders. Throwing us straight into the action, the film opens with Dosch's character having a mental breakdown, followed by a slightly-later-than-quarter-life crisis. With her ex-boyfriend's cat as her sidekick, she's like a wrecking ball for her own life, but in an endearing, often hilarious way. It also nabbed its almost entirely female cast and crew a Camera d'Or for Best First Feature at Cannes, in case our recommendation isn't enough.
Showing at most Curzon cinemas, ICA, BFI and more.
The Wild Boys
As much a mind-fuck as it is a gender-fuck, Bertrand Mandico's experimental, post-apocalyptic extravaganza is based on William S. Burrough's novel, with a post-modern surrealist facelift in black and white with pops of kaleidoscopic colour.
It follows a group of wealthy teenage boys who get stranded on a fantastical hedonistic island after being sent away for committing a hormone-fuelled crime. The twist? The boys are all played by women, making a pretty sharp point about our preconceived notions of gender.
Showing at ICA.
Mary And The Witch's Flower
Summertime calls for feel-good animated features imbued with whimsy that have the power to thaw our cynicism and make us believe in magic. Jk, we always believe in magic, how else do you explain all our ex's mysteriously breaking their limbs?
Anyways, Mary and the Witch's Flower is an admittedly more wholesome kind of magic - when Mary finds an enchanted flower that grants her the power to fly on broomsticks, she gets transported and accepted into a witchy otherworld, where she'll encounter many a friend, foe and adventure.
Showing at Curzon Bloomsbury, Oxford, Wimbledon, and more; ICA; Picturehouse Central; Hackney Picturehouse; Vue Cinema Islington; and the Institute of Light.