Offscreen 2015-Picturenose Reader Giveaway

texas_chainsaw_05The eighth edition of the Offscreen Film Festival will start on Wednesday 4 March in Brussels. This annual event for lovers of exceptional cinema and cult films is held at four locations in Brussels: Cinema Nova, Cinematek, Bozar and Cinema Rits. From 4 to 22 March, the festival offers three weeks of cinematic wonders, with a selection of the most exciting new films and a vast collection of cult classics, and the guest of honour of this year’s festival is the legendary director Tobe Hooper.

And, of course, Picturenose is in on the act – we haven’t let you down before, now have we? Thanks to our friends at Offscreen, we have 60 (count ’em) tickets (two pairs of tickets for each film) to give away, giving you the chance to see any of 15 films from the festival’s remarkable line-up.

All you have to do is choose your film from those listed below, and send an email with Offscreen Giveaway in the subject line to james@picturenose.com. Remember to include your name, choice of film, address and a daytime ‘phone number with your email – it’s first-come first-served, so good luck and enjoy the festival!

Thursday 05.03    20h    Cinema Nova    Honeymoon 
22:00    Cinema Nova    Cobra 
Friday 06.03   Midnight    Cinema Nova    Exterminator 2 
Sunday 08.03    20h    Cinema Nova    The Creeping Garden 
Thursday 12.03    21h30    Cinematek    Salem’s Lot 
Thursday 12.03    22h    Cinema Nova    The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) 
Friday 13.03    20h    Cinema Nova    Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films 
Saturday 14.03    18h    Cinema Nova    Death Wish III 
22h    Cinema Nova    Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 
Sunday 15.03    22h    Cinema Nova    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) 
Wednesday 18.03    21h30    Cinematek    10 To Midnight 
Saturday 21.03    18h    Cinema Nova    Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People 
Sunday 22.03    14h    Cinema Nova    Matinee: King Solomon’s Mines 
17h    Cinema Nova    Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji 
17h    Cinematek    The Mangler

Director Tobe Hooper is Guest of Honour at 8th Offscreen Film Festival

logoThe eighth edition of the Offscreen Film Festival will start on Wednesday 4 March in Brussels. This annual event for lovers of exceptional cinema and cult films is held at four locations in Brussels: Cinema Nova, Cinematek, Bozar and Cinema Rits. From 4 to 22 March, the festival offers three weeks of cinematic wonders, with a selection of the most exciting new films and a vast collection of cult classics.

The guest of honour of this year’s festival is the legendary director Tobe Hooper. He owes that status to his influential horror film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), but an extensive retrospective will demonstrate how Hooper brought his penchant for the fantastic to the screen in wildly diverse ways. As an indispensable key film, his feature debut Eggshells (1969) will be shown, as well as cult classics such as Lifeforce (1985), Salem’s Lot (1979) and the newly restored high resolution-version of his masterpiece The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

The Offscreen Film Festival also offers a selection of exciting new films, such as The Duke of Burgundy (2014) by Peter Strickland, Tokyo Tribe (2014) by Sion Sono and Fires On The Plain (2014) by Shinya Tsukamoto. The documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) will be personally presented by director Mark Hartley, and is joined by a huge retrospective on the infamous production house Cannon Films. For this, the festival managed once again to find a diverse collection of vintage 35mm film prints. You will get the unique opportunity to revisit the exploits of “incorrect” action heroes of the eighties such as Chuck Norris, Stallone and JCVD on the big screen in guilty pleasures like Bloodsport (1988), Invasion USA (1985), Cobra (1986), Masters of the Universe (1987) and Ninja III: The Domination (1984).

Finally, the festival takes you on an expedition to the wonderful world of plants, fungi and related botany. In the pantheon of memorable movie monsters, plants may be underrepresented, but Offscreen still managed to put together a small selection to tickle your green senses. Matango – Attack of the Mushroom People (1963) by Ishiro Honda , Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Don Siegel (1956), The Day of the Triffids (1963) by Steve Sekely  and The Little Shop of Horrors (1986) by Frank Oz: all of them cult classics that feature malignant mutations, blurring the traditional distinction between flora and fauna.

News will follow soon, and the full programme will be online from Wednesday 4 February on the website, and keep it with Picturenose for a big tickets giveaway and an exclusive interview with Tobe Hooper!

Cannes to Screen 21 Films Backed by Creative Europe MEDIA fund

Cannes-2014-poster20 films directed by some of the biggest names in European cinema and supported by the EU’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme will be screened at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival (14-25 May), including seven films in competition for the top prize, the Palme d’Or.

Androulla Vassiliou, the European commissioner for culture, will be at the festival to present the third annual European Union ‘Prix MEDIA’ to the director and producer of the best new film project supported by Creative Europe. The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony in the Palais des Festivals on 17 May. The commissioner will also hold meetings with young film-makers and industry figures to discuss the new Creative Europe programme, launched in January with a budget of nearly €1.5 billion over the next seven years – 9% higher than previous levels. In addition, she will address a debate organised by the Commission on expanding the audience for European films and the Commissioner will be a special guest at the opening of the ‘Directors’ Fortnight’ (La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) selection on 15 May.

“I am delighted that European films selected for funding from MEDIA are once again in the Cannes spotlight. More than 50% of our new Creative Europe programme will support European film development and distribution, as well as training for film-makers and technicians. This investment is a guarantee of cultural and linguistic diversity, greater choice for cinema-goers and a more competitive industry. I am proud to have achieved a budget increase for Creative Europe at a time when many are cutting spending on culture, to have played a strong role in defending the cultural exception and in helping to ensure that our new state aid rules continue to support public funding for film-making,” said Vassiliou, ahead of what will be her final visit to Cannes in her capacity as culture commissioner.

Among the MEDIA-supported films selected is the movie chosen to open the festival, Grace de Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the Hollywood heroine who married a prince. The others (see full list below) feature new releases by leading European directors such as Michel Hazanavicius (winner of five Oscars in 2012 for The Artist), Mike Leigh (winner of the 1996 Palme d’Or for Secrets & Lies), Ken Loach (2006 Palme d’Or for The Wind That Shakes The Barley), the legendary Jean-Luc Godard and Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (winners of the 1999 Palme d’Or for Rosetta and 2011 Grand Prix for Le Gamin au Vélo). Wim Wenders (winner of the 1984 Palme d’Or for Paris, Texas) is represented in the section ‘Un Certain Regard’.

The 21 EU-funded films to be screened at Cannes represent a variety of European countries, languages, genres and talents. To date, they have received a total of more than €1.3 million in funding from MEDIA – but this figure is likely to increase substantially due to their exposure at the festival and take-up by distributors.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the fifth generation of EU funding programmes supporting the cultural and creative sectors. It combines the EU’s MEDIA and Culture programmes. The programme will allocate at least 56% of its budget for the MEDIA sub-programme. MEDIA supports the development, distribution and promotion of content produced by the EU film and audiovisual industries. One of its chief aims is to help European film-makers to reach markets beyond national and European borders.

Creative Europe will provide funding for at least 250,000 artists and cultural professionals, 2,000 cinemas, 800 films and 4,500 book translations. It will also launch a new financial guarantee facility enabling small cultural and creative businesses to access up to €750m in bank loans.

Since 1991, MEDIA (acronym for ‘Mesures pour encourager le développement de l’industrie audiovisuelle’ – Measures to encourage the development of the audiovisual industry) has invested €1.7bn in film development, distribution, training and innovation with the aim of enhancing the diversity and international competitiveness of the European film and audiovisual industry.

More information

European Commission: Creative Europe
Androulla Vassiliou’s website
Follow Androulla Vassiliou on Twitter @VassiliouEU
Annex 1: List of MEDIA films selected for the Cannes Film Festival

                 

Opening film

Grace de Monaco(Out of Competition) Olivier Dahan FR

Official competition

Sils Maria Olivier Assayas FR
Deux Jours, Une Nuit Jean-Pierre Dardenne,Luc Dardenne BE
Adieu Au Langage Jean-Luc Godard CH
Jimmy’s Hall Ken Loach UK
The Search Michel Hazanavicius FR
Mr. Turner Mike Leigh UK
Le Meraviglie Alice  Rohrwacher IT

Out of Competition

  In the Name of my Daughter (L’Homme qu’on aimait trop) André Téchiné FR  
Midnight screenings
The Salvation Kristian Levring DK
Special Screenings

Caricaturistes – Fantassins de la Démocratie Stéphanie Valloatto FR
 
 
Un Certain Regard
The Salt of the Earth Wim Wenders FR
Bird People Pascale Ferran FR
Amour Fou Jessica Hausner AT, DE, LU
Xenia Panos Koutras GR
Hermosa Juventud Jaime Rosales ES
Turist Ruben Ostlund SE
 
 

Semaine de la Critique

When Animals Dream (Når Dyrene Drømmer) Jonas Alexander Arnby DK

Directors’ Fortnight

Alleluia Fabrice du Welz BE
Queen and Country John Boorman  UK
Pride Matthew Warchus  UK

Annex 2:

Films with MEDIA support which received the Palme d’Or

2013: La Vie d’Adèle (Blue is the Warmest Colour) – Abdellatif Kechiche (France / Belgium / Spain)

2012: Amour – Michael Haneke (Austria / France)

2009: Das Weisse Band (Le Ruban Blanc) – Michael Haneke (Austria / Germany)

2008: Entre Les Murs – Laurent Cantet (France)

2007: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 Mois, 3 Jours, 2 Semaines) – Cristian Mungiu (Romania)

2006: The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Le Cent Se Lève) – Ken Loach (United Kingdom)

2005: L’Enfant – Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne (Belgium)

2002: The Pianist (Le Pianiste) – Roman Polanski (France / Germany / Poland / UK)

2001: La Stanza Del Figlio (La Chambre du Fils)- Nanni Moretti (Italy)

2000: Dancer in the Dark – Lars Von Trier (Denmark)

7th Offscreen Festival: Picturenose Reader Giveaway

offscreenIt is that time of year again, when the Brussels film festival season gets into full swing – and what better way to get stuck in than with Offscreen, which returns this year for its 7th edition?

The seventh edition of the Offscreen Film Festival runs from 5-23 March,  will feature a wide focus on British cult films, and has master of erotic cinema Radley Metzger and Robin Hardy, director of The Wicker Man (1973), as its guests of honour.

The Offscreen Film Festival, the festival of genre, cult and trash cinema, will run from the 5-23 March at Cinema Nova, Cinematek, Bozar and Cinema Rits in Brussels.

And, of course, Picturenose is in on the fun as usual – we have teamed up with our Offscreen chums to offer four tickets for 11 films being screened during the festival – how’s that for a classic cult coup?

Entering couldn’t be easier – the films on offer are listed below, with a handy link from each to its entry on Offscreen’s website. All you have to do is choose your film, and send an email with Offscreen in the subject line to james@picturenose.com with your name, address, daytime telephone number and choice of movie. It’s first-come first-served, there are two pairs of tickets up for grabs for each film, so best of luck and enjoy the festival!

THU 06.03 22h Cinema Nova Camille 2000 (1969)
SUN 09.03 17h30 Cinema Nova Consuming Spirits
(2013)
FRI 14.03 22h Cinema Nova Horror Hospital
(1973)
SAT 15.03 22h Cinema Nova Slave Girls (1967) + Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
(double bill)
SUN 16.03 20h Bozar The Wicker Man (1973)
SUN 16.03 22h Cinema Nova The Bed Sitting Room (1969)
THU 20.03 20h Cinema Nova Clouds of Glory (1978)
THU 20.03 22h Cinema Nova The Shout (1978)
SAT 22.03 18h Cinema Nova Computer Chess (2013)
SAT 22.03 20h Cinema Nova A Field in England (2013)
SUN 23.03 18h Cinema Nova Number 10 Blues: Goodbye Saigon (1975, 2013)

Coming Soon: 7th Offscreen Film Festival (5-23 March 2014)

offscreenThe seventh edition of the Offscreen Film Festival starts on 5 March with The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears,  will feature a wide focus on British cult films, and has master of erotic cinema Radley Metzger as its guest of honour.

The Offscreen Film Festival, the festival of genre, cult and trash cinema, will take place from the 5-23 March at Cinema Nova, Cinematek, Bozar and Cinema Rits in Brussels.

For this seventh edition, Offscreen’s team of archeologists of the bizarre have decided to set sail to Great Britain, where they dug up some rare relics from the 1960s to the 80s, among them the Stonehenge of British fantasy cinema, The Wicker Man (1973), personally presented in its brand new Final Cut version by Robin Hardy himself. This program will give the occasion to pay an extended homage to England’s most iconoclastic filmmaker, Ken Russell, and to two-time Bond-Girl and B-Movie queen Martine Beswick.

Offscreenings

This year’s Offscreenings selection will feature 10 films presented as premieres, a selection of films as the avant-garde of tomorow’s cult cinema. Next to L’Etrange Couleur des Larmes de ton Corps, the new foray into Italian genre cinema by the auteurs of Amer, Hélène Cattet et Bruno Forzani, the festival will offer Her, Spike Jonze’s romantic science-fiction drama, as well as the intelligent revenge thriller Blue Ruin that made a splash during awards season. Next to these films scheduled for a theatrical release after the festival, Offscreen will offer the unique opportunity to discover on the big screen the latest works from mavericks like Sion Sono (Why Don’t You Play In Hell), and Hitoshi Matsumoto (R100), but also the retrofuturistic and intriguing Computer Chess by Andrew Bujalski, A Field in England, the latest opus from Britain’s new enfant terrible Ben Wheatley or Yann Gonzalez’ disconcerting Les rencontres d’après minuit.

British Cult Cinema – Mind the Gap

‘Mind The Gap’ is the famous warning known by any user of London’s tube. It’s also the favourite one-liner of the cannibal that terrorises that same metro in Raw Meat (Death Line). The expression also fits perfectly with this year’s main theme of the festival: the striking contrast between the featured selection of films, which frontally attack all conventions, and the mainstream cinema of that same period.

17 Films, some of which have become cult classics (Wolf Rilla’s Village of the Damned, Bunny Lake is Missing by Otto Preminger), others being real discoveries (Psychomania, Don Sharp; The Reckoning, Jack Gold), all feature an England where fearless modernity slowly turns into nightmare.

Ken Russell: Retrospective and conference

This cinematographic trip to Albion will give the opportunity to extensively salute the late Ken Russell, through his most emblematic works such as The Devils, Tommy, Altered States, and his lesser known biopics like Mahler, Valentino or the seldom screened Clouds of Glory, a TV drama that has long been considered lost. Cinema Rits will join the homage with a double event: one day will be devoted to the screening of the director’s four first films made for the BBC, with which he reinvented the documentary form, next to a two-day symposium gathering some of the biggest specialists of the director’s work.

Homage to Martine Beswick

Another tribute will be paid, in her presence, to an actress who offered her talent and charms to the popular British cinema of the period: Martine Beswick. James Bond girl for both With Russia With Love and Thunderball, she was also one of the female leads, along with Raquel Welch, of One Million Years BC. She then stayed in the prehistoric era with Slave Girls, and with her raw beauty she illuminated one of the last productions of the Hammer studios: Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde.

Guest of Honour: Radley Metzger, pope of porno chic

In these times of hygienic, mechanical and dull pornography, there is no place left for the delicacy and sophistication of a film maker like Radley Metzger. Influenced by Bergman and Antonioni, Metzger captured the libertine atmosphere of the swinging sixties in psycho-erotic dramas such as The Lickerish Quartet and Camille 2000. In the permissive 1970s, he explored the border with hardcore in the taboo-breaking drama Score. Using the alias ‘Henry Paris’ he then ventured into full blown pornography, yet still upheld the same attention to detail and mise-en-scène. Radley Metzger will honour us with is presence during this retrospective and will give a Masterclass at Cinema Nova on 8 March 8 at 17h.

Gisaburo Sugii, Japan’s other animation maestro

Lesser well known internationally than his counterpart Miyazaki, Gisaburo Sugii is, at 73, the other veteran of Japanese animation. With true masterpieces like The Belladonna of Sadness (1973 – chief animator) and Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985 – director), Sugii gave to the genre two artistic milestones. Offscreen will propose a small retrospective of the author.

Special screenings: Live soundtracks, matinées, Belgian evening

Offscreen wouldn’t be Offscreen without its live soundtracks. Exploring the dark corners of film history from a musical angle, two concerts will liven up – if need be – the nights of Cinema Nova. On 8 March, at 22h, the collective from Marseilles Oaïstern will spotlight the first ever European westerns, shot in the French Camargue in the 1910s – the so-called baguetti western. 22 March at 22h, we will (re)discover the Spanish counterpart of Georges Méliès, Segundo de Chomon, accompanied by the exhilarating live music of LouisLouis and Truna.

On Sunday 16 March at 14h, Offscreen will give you the opportunity to revive the golden years of cinema in the form of a faithfully reproduced matinee show, with usherettes guiding you to your seat and offering candy from a tray during intermission. Vintage serials and trailers will precede the main feature: One Million Years BC in glorious Technicolor.

One of this edition’s main themes may be British cult cinema, but when it comes to excentricity, Belgium definitely holds its own. The evening of 13 March will be entirely devoted to the work of some national authors that have clearly lost their marbles. Gathered under the title Ceci n’est pas … België/Belgique/Belgium, seven short films selected in association with Kortfilm.be and a feature (The Miracle of Life, by Joël Rabijns and Yves Sondermeier) will demonstrate that Belgium remains the land of surrealism, transgression and waffles.

The full programme is now online  – presales start on 10 February on the website.

7th Offscreen Film Festival: 5-23 March 2014

Fans of cult and offbeat films will soon be able to meet again for the 7th Offscreen Film Festival, from 5-23 March 2014. A three-week excursion into the depths of Cinema Nova, Cinematek, Bozar and Cinema Rits in order to explore the twists and turns of cult cinema and to discover a selection of newly minted oddities.

This edition will begin with a very special local production: the festival’s opening film will be L’Etrange Couleur des Larmes de ton Corps (The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (2013), which is the second full-length feature by Belgian directing duo Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet. Continuing in the vein of their first film Amer (2009), this exercise in style takes its cues from 1970s Italian cult films. However, the pair have since become accomplished filmmakers in their own right, demonstrating a cinematic prowess that gives them little to envy the big names on the international scene. The viewer is swept into a highly sensual experience amidst an oppressive atmosphere, punctuated by a rhythm that is as intoxicating as it is enthralling.

The festival will be welcoming Radley Metzger, the master of erotic art-house films. A pioneer in American independent cinema, Metzger made a name for himself thanks to his psycho-sexual dramas imbued with a European sensibility, elegant cinematography and opulent sets. The Lickerish Quartet (1970) and Camille 2000 (1969) are his most remarkable films, both managing to wholly capture the mood of the swinging sixties in all their wild glory. Radley Metzger will personally present his work, including some of his more explicit movies made in the 70s under the pseudonym Henry Paris.

British filmmaker Ken Russell will also be honored through a conference titled Imagining the Past: Ken Russell, Biography and the Art of Making History, which will be held on the 19th and 20th of March at Cinema Rits. Ken Russell’s extensive film resumé, and his biographical work in particular, will be approached in a challenging fashion. The conference will naturally complement a comprehensive retrospective of Russell’s films, showcasing not only his best-known features but also providing a rare opportunity to discover his more obscure films on the big screen.

The focus on Russell gives the necessary impulse to sink into the darkest recesses of British cinema. An extensive collection of British cult films offers glimpses of a country ravaged by zombies on motorcycles in Psychomania (1973), sadistic psychopaths in Killer’s Moon (1978), deranged doctors in Horror Hospital (1973), and many more!

The complete festival programme will be online starting 5 February 2014. In association with Cinema Nova, Cinematek, Cinema Rits & Bozar.

Festivals: 13th Mediterranean Film Festival, Brussels

img_9608Some 70 films (fiction, documentaries, shorts), will provide a taste of recent films from Mediterranean countries in the 13th Mediterranean Film Festival, which comes to La Botanique in Brussels from 5-12 December 2013.

New in 2013

Organised every two years since 1989, the Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival (MED) has become an unmissable event for fans of cinema.

Due to the success of this event, which has grown and grown, the MED will now take place every year.

By turning this biennial event into an annual one, the MED will be able better to promote and distribute the latest films from the Mediterranean, engaging visitors in the contemplation, every year, of the region’s many issues via the medium of film.

This year, the event will be taking place as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the signing of bilateral agreements on Moroccan and Turkish workforces in Belgium.

The greenhouses of the Botanique gardens become the meeting point for all those who want to discover gems of the 7th art from Mediterranean countries.

You will be able to:

  • Meet special guests such as actors, directors and producers:
  • move to the sounds of the melodies of the south during concerts and musical evenings, and;
  • taste the many flavours of the Mediterranean market.

As the Brussels sky turns grey and the cold weather arrives, the MED has just what you need to warm right up!

Tickets are on sale at La Botanique or online here.

Toronto International Film Festival Unveils 2013 Contemporary World Cinema Lineup

53111From our sister site, PictureNews.

The Toronto International Film Festival today announced the Contemporary World Cinema lineup featuring the best in cinema from around the globe. The programme presents the latest works from filmmakers Danis Tanović, Clio Barnard, Dante Lam, Götz Spielmann, Avi Nesher, Toa Fraser, Alexey Uchitel, Jan Hrebejk, János Szász, Noh Young-Seok, Mohammad Rasoulof and Alain Guiraudie.

A Place in Heaven (Makom be-gan eden): Yossi Madmony, Israel North American Premiere
Jewish religious law permits the trade of a seemingly non-transferrable concept: another person’s place in heaven. This is the story of a highly-decorated retired general who, in a moment of arrogance during his youth, sold his place in heaven to an army cook for a plate of shakshouka.

A Wolf at the Door (O Lobo atrás da Porta) Fernando Coimbra, Brazil World Premiere
A child is kidnapped. At the police station, Sylvia and Bernardo, the victim’s parents, and Rosa, the main suspect and Bernardo’s lover, give contradictory evidence which will take audiences to the gloomiest corners of desires, lies, needs and wickedness in the relationship of these three characters. Starring Leandra Leal and Milhem Cortaz.

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (Epizoda u životu beraca željeza) Danis Tanović
North American premiere
Bosnia-Herzegovina/France/Slovenia
A humble man desperately tries to save his partner’s life when she is callously denied much-needed treatment for a miscarriage. A critical social commentary from the award-winning director of Cirkus Columbia and Academy Award and Golden Globe winner No Man’s Land. Starring Senada Alimanovic, Nazif Mujic, Sandra Mujic, Šemsa Mujic.

Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) Mariana Rondón, Venezuela World Premiere
A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale. Starring Samantha Castillo and Samuel Lange.

Bastardo Nejib Belkadhi, Tunisia/France/Qatar World Premiere
Mohsen (Abdel Moneem Chouayat), has always lived with the stigma of being a bastard and saddled with the nickname Bastardo, but when a GSM relay is installed on his roof, he has a reversal of fortune. As his power grows, he has to wrest control over his poor neighbourhood from Larnouba (Chedly Arfaoui), the unscrupulous local mobster — and, in the process, slips into the dark world of power.

The Bit Player (Ekstra) Jeffrey Jeturian, Philippines International Premiere
The Bit Player is a socio-realist drama-comedy that follows a seemingly usual day in the life of Loida Malabanan (Vilma Santos-Recto) as she embarks on yet another day on the set of a soap opera as an extra. As the shoot goes on, we get a glimpse of the truth in the ruling system of the production as well as the exploitation of marginalized labourers like her.

Blind Dates (Brma Paemnebi) Levan Koguashvili, Georgia World Premiere
When 40-year old history teacher Sandro falls in love with the mother of one of his students, he learns that her husband is getting released from prison. Sandro offers to drive the woman to the prison gates but instead of leaving, he stays to drive her and her husband home.

Brazilian Western (Faroeste Caboclo) René Sampaio, Brazil Canadian Premiere
João de Santo Cristo is a young boy, who abandons his poor life in the Brazilian outback to try his luck in the capital, Brasília. A story of love, hate, revenge and violence freely inspired by the Brazilian song Faroeste Caboclo by Renato Russo. Starring Fabrício Boliveira and Isis Valverde.

Break Loose (Vosmerka) Alexey Uchitel, Russia World Premiere
Russian director Alexey Uchitel (The Edge) returns with this explosive, pulse-pounding crime drama about the violent rivalry that erupts when an elite police operative falls for a gangster’s moll.

To read the rest of this article, check it out at PictureNews.

Movie News: Offscreen continues apace

John-Waters-001John Waters was the guest of honour at the Offscreen Film Festival on 9-10 March. His stand-up act This Filthy World at Bozar as well as his masterclass at Cinematek and the screenings of his films at Cinema Nova all enjoyed a full house. Rumours concerning his death that spread through social networks on Friday 8 March couldn’t have been more wrong: the Pope of Trash is alive and well and proved it in the best possible way! All his films are also screened at Cinematek, amongst others Female Trouble (1974), Polyester (1981) in Odorama and Cry-Baby (1990). Besides this retrospective, five films have been selected by the ‘Prince of  Puke’ himself such as Kitten With A Whip (1964) with Ann-Margaret and Boom! (1968) by Joseph Losey.

13 March also sees the start of Offscreen’s homage to José Larraz. Unfortunately, the director had to cancel his visit to the festival, due to health issues. He did however ask us to greet his Belgian public and promised to visit Brussels as soon as possible.The retrospective of his films – among which some rarities such as Symptoms and The Coming of Sin – is still an event in itself. The exhibitions on Larraz’ pictures organised by La Crypte Tonique and on his drawings at Hors Série remain open till the end of March.

The programme will be completed by some Offscreenings – cult films in the making –  such as Sadourni’s Butterflies in presence of its promising Argentinean director Dario Nardi, or the bizarre documentary film The Final Member about an Icelandic penis museum (!). Our homage to Nikkatsu will start with two of the finest films of the Japanese New Wave:  Branded To Kill and Youth of the Beast, both directed by Seijun Suzuki. And there will still be some room left for some camp and trash with the screening of Flash Gordon, an Sci Fi  kitsch extravaganza from the eighties The projection will be animated by cirQ. Finally, a matinee screening of The Girl Can’t Help It in Cinemascope will be held in attendance of some former ouvreuses from Brussels’ long-gone cinemas.

Movie News: 6th Offscreen Festival Ticket Giveaway!

Homepage_VisualSix of the best for Offscreen

The 6th Offscreen Film Festival opens with Berberian Sound Studio (2012) and welcomes John Waters as its guest of honour. The festival, an annual gathering for fans of bizarre and cult cinema, will once again open its doors from 6-24 March. Independent films, classic B-movies and the strangest cinema from the four corners of the Earth will once again take centre stage, in three festival weeks packed with more than 60 screenings at Cinema Nova, Bozar, Cinematek and Cinema Rits an exhibition of photos and illustrations, a live soundtrack show and a screening in Odorama will also help make this edition a true party for the senses!

The opening film, Berberian Sound Studio, is a pleasure for both eyes and ears. This story of a shy British sound engineer (Toby Jones) hired to do post-production on an Italian low-budget horror film is an ingenious homage to Italian giallo, as reminiscent of the classics by Dario Argento and Mario Bava as of Brian de Palma’s claustrophobic masterpiece Blow Out (1981). This Begian advance screening will take place in the presence of director Peter Strickland (Katalin Varga) and Brussels vocalist Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg.

Also, in the section Offscreenings, we’ll present our selection of bizarre, never-before-seen films: The Final Member, a documentary about the only museum in the world dedicated to… the penis; the surrealist Sadourni’s Butterflies by Dario Nardi, one of the most promising Argentine directors; Eega, an insane Indian UFO coming directly from ‘Tollywood’ to tell the misadventures of a man reincarnated into a housefly; and of course I Am Divine, the final biopic on Harris Glenn Milstead, best known for his drag persona and alter-ego Divine in films by John Waters.

Which brings us to the Pope of Trash himself: American cult director John Waters is our very special guest for this edition. He’ll be in Brussels to present his hilarious one-man stand-up show This Filthy World and give a master class. But our homage won’t stop there: an entire section of the festival is dedicated to the ‘Baron of Bad Taste’. We’ve organized a retrospective program covering every production from Pink Flamingos to A Dirty Shame, a special screening of Polyester in Odorama and screenings of John Waters’ own personal selection of beloved top 5 camp and trash films.

Starting with his very first films, John Waters worked hard to build a bridge between the camp and trash aesthetics. He and directors like Mike & George Kuchar or Russ Meyer use camp as a way to rebel against the socio-cultural norms and conventions of their time, and to challenge the idea of “good taste.” Reason enough to explore the phenomenon of trash & camp cinema by way of a lecture (see attached PDF) and a fine selection of B to Z movies: from 50s-era Hollywood kitsch (The Girl Can’t Help It starring Jayne Mansfield, a matinee screening in Cinemascope) to the famous drive-in and grindhouse classics (Blood Feast, Glen or Glenda by Ed Wood), via a few low-budget sexploitation trash films like Deadly Weapons and the Trash Show From Hell collection curated by Jack Stevenson.

Equally as trashy are the experimental animated cut-out films by Martha Colburn which propose a demented mix of Jérome Bosch, Max Fleischer and Monty Python. This underground American artist will present a selection of her films and lead a workshop for animation students at Rits.

At 84 years old, José Ramón Larraz continues to be a unique figure of 70s-era Spanish cinema. He’ll visit Offscreen to present his strange films, including the rarely screened Symptoms and the classic B-movie Vampyres. To mark the occasion, galleries Hors Série and La Crypte Tonique are organizing two thematic exhibitions throughout the month of March featuring Larraz’ work: one dedicated to his photography, the other to his illustrations.

It’s also a fitting time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nikkatsu. Offscreen has put together a selection of the most remarkable films from their rich catalogue. Nikkatsu counted amongst the biggest Japanese studios in the 1960s and was a cradle for the Japanese New Wave, home to experimental visionaries like Seijun Suzuki. Following a drastic drop in movie-theater attendance in the 1970s, the company took a radical turn by concentrating exclusively on the production of erotic films, the famous roman porno. We’ll screen several rare examples of these films as well as bring in world-renowned specialist Jasper Sharp, co-founder of the quintessential Japanese cinema website Midnight Eye, to give a lecture.

Finally, the programme wouldn’t be complete without the now-institutional Cineketje screenings for children, the Shortscreen dedicated to short films and concocted in collaboration with Kortfilm.be, a live soundtrack session for Rudderless, an experimental film by Hungarian brothers Buharov accompanied by the band The Pastorz, and the campiest and trashiest-possible lobby decoration at Nova, plus good food and much more.

And, of course, you wouldn’t expect Picturenose to let you down when it comes to fab freebies, would you? That’s right, we have 20 pairs of tickets to give way for the films listed below.

08.03 20h Cinema Nova Jack Stevenson’s Trash From Hell Show
09.03 20h Cinema Nova Errors of the Human Body
16.03 22h Cinema Nova Youth of the Beast
17.03 17h Cinema Nova Eega
24.03 18h Cinema Nova Retaliation

 

12.03 21h Cinematek Pink Flamingos
13.03 21h Cinematek Symptoms
16.03 19h Cinematek Polyester
20.03 21h Cinematek Serial Mom
24.03 17h Cinematek Boom!

So don’t say we don’t look after you – all you have to do is send an email with Offscreen Giveaway in the subject line, to james@picturenose.com – please also include your name, address, daytime telephone number and choice of film with your entry.  It’s first-come, first-served, so best of luck, and enjoy Offscreen!

Festivals News: FIFI 2012

The 39th Brussels International Festival of Independent Film (FIFI 2012) will run from 6 -10 November and, through the films selected for its international competition, will offer a highly emotional trip to Lebanon and Egypt. This year, the jury of the international competition is chaired by Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, who will be accompanied by Jean-Luc Couchard (actor, Belgium), Anne-Laure Bell (journalist, France), Fabrice Boutique (actor, Belgium), Isabelle De Hertogh (actress, Belgium), Nicolas Crousse (journalist, Belgium) and Chadi Haddad (actor, Lebanon).

FIFI has had a facelift for 2012, with Leocata Salvatore the new director of proceedings, succeeding FIFI co-founder Robert Malengreau. This year, FIFI is also going mobile, spreading out across five cultural venues in Brussels: Flagey, Bozar, Vendôme, Daarkom and Espace Magh.

Remaining faithful to its identity, FIFI 2012 remains an unmissable look at the Belgian and international movies of tomorrow, with a national and international competition that highlights rich but often overlooked cinema. FIFI is also always a festival that allows warm, human contact between filmmakers, producers, distributors, authors and the public.

Enjoy the festival – and be sure to check on Picturenose for more news.