John 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.