Film Club: 19-25 September
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Queer youths and Nico - those are the main points of this week's selezione, which isn't a bad place to be if you ask us. Be sure to catch some other great titles at Barbican's Japanese Avant Garde and Experimental Film Festival if you can - we'd cover them all if we could but we can't... or rather we could, but we just don't want to. Anyways, off you go now.
Bonnie, an ennui-filled waitress falls for ex-con bad boy Clyde, propelling them into a flurry of petty crimes on the run across the US. We're not gonna bother summarising more of this one for you because we're sure you've seen it, and if you haven't it's really your own fault. But we will say that it's one of our favourites, now and forever.
This free screening is all about Nico - aka High Priestess of the 60s underworld and Velvet Underground siren songstress - in honour of her would-be 80th birthday. So settle in for Nico Icon, the 1995 doc that hones in on the grunge and glamour of Warhol's factory muse herself. All glass-cutting cheekbones (brought to you by Heroin™) this isn't a doc that will make you feel like you've uncovered any of the mystery that enshrouds this moon goddess, but rather panders to her enigmatic iconoclasm.
Like a more codependent, more dysfunctional Lorelai and Rory but with a lot of social anxiety thrown in, Deborah Haywood's debut feature follows single mum Lyn and her teenage daughter Iona, who have just moved to a sleepy English town. Lyn's reclusiveness is a response to years of bullying and a past sexual trauma, and plays a major part in why she keeps her daughter so close. As she grapples with the fallout of this even into adulthood, old wounds start to reopen as similar themes creep into her daughter's life. Beautifully shot and emotionally complex, this one's worth a see.
Our pick of the week from Barbican's Japanese Avant Garde and Experimental Film Festival is Funeral Parade of Roses, which delves into the transgressive drag scene of 1960s Japan. Eddie and Gondo are drag creatures of the underworld, whose romance is spat upon by Tokyo's conservative society. Their love story provides the crux of the action here, but it's more about the swirling chaos and celebration of the subversive LGBTQ club scene in Tokyo and Matsumoto's experimental visuals.
A slow-burning, sensual, coming out story is almost always just what the doctor ordered. Anne Fontaine's even-handed drama tells the story of a young actor and his path to discovering his queer identity. Like Coco Avant Chanel and The Innocents, this one is at once soul-shatteringly poetic and distinctly matter-of-fact, with a hint of melancholy thrown in for spice. Marvin's undergone bullying and hardship, before ultimately triumphing to become the lithe muscular adonis we see in the opening scene. Isabel Huppert lending her acting chops to the film doesn't hurt either.
Showing at ICA
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
We are 100% here for biting, dark teen comedies, especially so when they feature a montage of uplifting group-singing to 4 Non Blondes (an activity we ourselves partake in more often than we'd like to admit). Chloe Grace Moretz takes the helm as Cameron Post, a teen who's been sent to a Christian conversion therapy retreat after her aunt and uncle discover her kissing her best female friend. There she finds kinship with other misfits and has some #deep revelations, all with a nice (less problematic) John Hughes-esque filter of snarky wit and triumph of teen underdoginess.
Showing almost errywhere.