Church of Film

August 12th, 2019

FREAK ORLANDO AT CENTURY

Gender-morphing time traveler Orlando enters Freak City, a consumerist utopia/dystopia run by the deranged inmates of modernity’s mutant extremities. Their journey, unfolding in chapters which cycle through her shifting identity, brings them through strange landscapes, even stranger people, and unbelievable worlds of madness. Designed and directed by radical provocateur Ulrike Ottinger, FREAK 0RLAND0 is a brilliant work of absolute surrealist madness, with eye-pummeling visuals, towering set pieces and high fashion costuming on steroids. With new English subtitles.

August 11th, 2019

ALICE OR THE LAST ESCAPE AT PSYCHIC

Alice leaves her suffocating, boring marriage one night and winds up stranded at a mysterious country manor. It turns out the house is very hard to leave, and its spectral occupants seem to be playing some kind of game with her. It's a strange adventure full of forking paths, unscalable walls, and dead ends.... Part Through the Looking Glass and part Borges, ALICE OR THE LAST ESCAPE is an atypically dreamy and supernatural outing for French New Wave auteur Claude Chabrol, who dedicated the film to Fritz Lang.

August 7th, 2019

REMEDIATION: Photo-Journals of the French & Japanese Avant-Gardes at Clinton Street Theater

A global quandary over the meaning of the image in art, and cinema’s relationship to other visual mediums, opened a dialogue between the avant-garde groups in France and Japan—and works of intermedia explorations that seem to answer one another. REMEDIATION explores the use of photography as document, narrative, and surrealist expose in the works of four radical theorists and filmmakers, Alain Resnais & Chris Marker in France, and rivals Toshio Matsumoto & Nagisa Oshima in Japan. Included will be their strange, atmospheric experiments in GUERNICA (1950), LA JETEE (1963), THE SONG OF THE STONE (1964), & THE DIARY OF YUNBOGI (1965).

August 5th, 2019

SHADOW OF THE FERNS AT CENTURY

After the senseless murder of a gamekeeper, the violent Ruda and his passive companion, Vaclav, go on the lam. Wandering the countryside, seething with menace and bravado, Ruda leads the way deeper and deeper into the circular forests and endless fields. There Vaclav is as much haunted by his guilt, dreams, and hallucinations as he is hunted by the authorities. SHADOW OF THE FERNS is a sinister tale of crime without purpose, intimacy unrealized, forests without boundaries, and the nightmare of the chase. A late treasure by Czech New Wave master Frantisek Vlacil (Marketa Lazarova).

August 4th, 2019

DANGER DIABOLIK! AT PSYCHIC

Master thief DiaboIik's schemes grow more and more daring, and threaten the global economy and organized crime. To stop him and his partner Eva, it may take the combined efforts of the police and the mafia! In DANGER DIAB0LlK!, cult film maestro Mario Bava tackled Italy's most celebrated comic strip with panache -- a wild array of dizzying set pieces, costumes, and psychedelic madness, paying homage to the silent serials of the past with the tale of an anti-capitalist hero and the woman he loves. Featuring one of Ennio Morricone's greatest soundtracks!

July 29th, 2019

THE TERRITORY AT CENTURY

A perverse fate brought Chilean surrealist Raoul Ruiz and schlock producer Roger Corman together to collaborate on THE TERRITORY, based on the real life story of bedeviled campers who lost their way in the woods and resorted to cannibalism with an elaborated religious ritual. The collision of B-movie camp and high art house cinema, and its legendarily troubled production, amounts to one of the most bizarre experiments in meta-horror ever, as Ruiz takes the travelers not just deep into the woods, but deep into a cosmic maze in the shape of the human psyche.

July 28th, 2019

CELEBRATION IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN AT PSYCHIC

A mosaic of stories and episodes set in a small village flutter about, merge and collide until a stranger comes to town and touches everything with a bit of anarchy and magic. And then it's party time! A banquet of folk art, colors, comedy and magic, it's a visually saturated ode to the enchanting spell of cinema and, well, just a fun piece of Summer Saturnalia! Filmed in the Summer of '68, Slovakian director Elo Havetta's CELEBRATION IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN is an unrestrained, uncomplicated expression of joy, freedom and the need for miracles. It's a poem for the Prague Spring!

July 22nd, 2019

THE WORKING CLASS GOES TO HEAVEN AT CENTURY

Lulu Massa is a model employee, so skilled at the rhythm of his lathe that he seems almost part of his machine—and so fast that he can single-handedly drive up piecework quotas for the whole factory... much to the chagrin of his coworkers. But he's tired, can't screw his wife, can't manage his family, and is left hollow by the promised happiness of consumerism. Then he's injured at work... and the powderkeg explodes.THE WORKING CLASS GOES TO HEAVEN is Elio Petri's most brilliant work, a sharply witty dark comedy about alienation, and humans who are cogs in the industrial machine. Boosted by an incredible score by Ennio Morricone and a career-topping performance by Gian Marie Volonte, Petri declared his savagely hilarious piece "propaganda for the working class" and got the Grand Prix at Cannes.

July 21st, 2019

THE WOMAN WITH RED BOOTS AT PSYCHIC

Perrot, an elderly millionaire, patronizes the arts and toys with the lives of artists as a deadly game. He's met his match, however, when he takes an interest in Françoise, a poor Bohemian novelist. For Françoise is also a genius, a psychic, and a Surrealist witch! Director Juan Luis Bunuel (son of Luis Bunuel) proved every bit his father's equal in THE WOMAN WlTH THE RED B0OTS, starring Catherine Deneuve and Fernando Rey in a playful, eccentric, and dark surrealist masterpiece!

July 17th, 2019

BUSH MAMA AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

Dorothy struggles to raise her daughter in a despairing and hopeless post-Watts LA. Her husband returns from Vietnam only to be arrested and imprisoned on false charges, the welfare board controls her life, and there is no escape from dire poverty. Gradually she comes to question her circumstance, and those around her who accept it, and she connects her struggle with the police and prison system her husband endures. LA Rebellion director Haile Gerima’s explosive, controversial masterpiece BUSH MAMA is an uncompromising tale of the American abyss and radical force, shot on the streets of Los Angeles in the late 70s.

July 15th, 2019

THRESHOLD OF THE VOID AT CENTURY

A young painter, Wanda, enduring a hard breakup and approaching a breakdown, comes to Paris. There, an elderly woman offers her a strange room to let. A door in the room leads to pure darkness, and to whatever lies beyond pure darkness. THRESHOLD OF THE VOID is a striking and spooky obscurity, an existential screen nightmare!

July 14th, 2019

HARD TO BE A GOD AT PSYCHIC

Earth, in the future, sends Rumata as a spy to a distant planet, to observe and document a civilization stuck in something resembling the Middle Ages. Rumata's job is to develop a report on experimental history, but never to intervene in the affairs of the people or alter their development. But can any man, particularly one armed with the technological advances of millennia, stay neutral in a cruel and violent world? An indelicate balance of winking postmodern meta-narrative and Sci-fi Sword-and-Sorcery peplum (think Conan or Beastmaster), German New Cinema veteran Peter Fleischmann's take on one of the Strugatsky brother's most famous novels alternates between philosophical depth and wacked-out genre play. Featuring Werner Herzog in a cameo role, just to make things even crazier!

July 8th, 2019

DUELLE AT CENTURY

Jacques Rivette's noir-infused fantasy follows the Goddess of the Moon (Juliet Berto) and the Goddess of the Sun (Bulle Ogier) as they battle over a mystical jewel that will allow them to remain on Earth for longer than the 40 days of Carnivale. And in the midst of their violent intrigues, several ordinary Parisians are entangled and destroyed. An ambitious follow-up to his Celine & Julie Go Boating, DUELLE remained unreleased and languished in obscurity, while critics and film scholars championed it as a lost masterpiece. A deconstruction of cinema and a warped recreation of Celtic myths with a Feminist twist!

July 7th, 2019

SON OF THE WHITE MARE AT PSYCHIC

Marcell Jankovic's animated feature, SON OF THE WHITE MARE, is psychedelic bath, a swirling trip of Hungarian folklore, Sigmund Freud, and anxieties, dreams and fears about industry and technology. When the lid on Pandora's Box has been opened under the dragon tree at the gates of Hell, the three sons of the white mare must come together and journey into the underworld to slay dragons and set things right! A kaleidoscopic monument to Hungarian animation that may short-circuit brains, so be sure to check them at the door!

July 3rd, 2019

THE FILMS OF SUZAN PITT AT CLINTON STREET THEATER

Surrealist daydreams explode into a theater of miracles, sexuality, depression and anxieties in Suzan Pitt’s brilliant films, all of which required detailed handpainting and drawing, and meticulous craftsmanship that required years to complete. Inspired by Leonora Carrington, Betty Boop cartoons, comic books, and her own psyche, Suzan Pitt was widely recognized as one the world’s greatest animators. This set includes nearly all of her work, including JEFFERSON SONG CIRCUS (1973), her masterpiece ASPARAGUS (1979), which famously ran before midnight movie screenings of Eraserhead, her broodingly psychedelic JOY STREET (1995), all the way up to 2013’s PINBALL!

July 1st, 2019

THE MAD FOX AT CENTURY

When a white rainbow is cast over a blood red night sky, a famous astrologer decodes the omen for the Emperor. He dies leaving part of his scroll undeciphered, and his favored pupil is driven mad by the tragic loss of his love, whom he searches the wilderness for. And he finds her… but perhaps she is a fox demon in disguise? With brilliant colors, highly stylized and strange expressionist sets, and borrowing from Butoh, Kabuki, and Noh theater, Tomu Uchida’s THE MAD FOX is a fantastical, bizarre, and captivating fable about a love that is mad and hopeless, and the divinities and men that our crushed under its power.

June 30th, 2019

GIRL WITH HYACINTHS AT PSYCHIC

PRIDE 2019: When his neighbor, a beautiful but lonely young woman, kills herself and leaves everything to him in her will, a middle-aged writer sets out to discover the reason she took her own life. What he finds is a long trail of love’s disappointments, failures and regrets. But he remains too obtuse in the end to see the real reason for her fateful decision… GIRL WITH HYACINTHS is Swedish director Hasse Ekman’s greatest film, called by his rival Ingmar Bergman, “An absolute masterpiece. 24 karats. Perfect.” A sad, provocative and forgotten cinematic gem.

June 24th, 2019

STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE AT CENTURY

PRIDE 2019: Havana, 1979. David, a student member of the Young Communist League meets Diego, an openly gay artist who tries to seduce him. At first, David continues to visit Diego in order to figure out if he is a counter-revolutionary with foreign ties. But as they get to know each other better, a different kind of relationship forms which calls him to question many things. One of the greatest Cuban films ever made, Tomas Gutierrez Alea’s STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE is a beautiful drama about friendship, complications in the midst of social order and change, and revolutionary critique. We’re presenting the full Cuban cut of this film (with additional translations by Victor I. Cazares… thank you Victor!)

June 23rd, 2019

GEORGE WHO? AT PSYCHIC

PRIDE 2019: George who....? Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, best known by her nom de plume George Sand! Leaving her husband and elegant estate behind her, George flees to the salons of Paris, wearing men's clothing and smoking cigars, scandalizing the city with her free love ethos and affairs with the likes of Chopin, Alfred de Musset, and actress Marie Dorval, and also boldly engaging in the politics of the 1848 Revolution! Michèle Rosier's witty, experimental biopic GEORGE WHO? compares the feminist heroine of yesteryear with the political insurgency and feminism of her own time, wrenching Sand's life from stale, contemporary gazes on history, and hinting at deep similarities between social upheavals and radical personae throughout time! Stars New Wave icons Anne Wiazemsky and Bulle Ogier, but also has a small role played by Gilles Deleuze (?!)

June 19th, 2019

Night Tide & Other Films of Curtis Harringt0n at Clinton Street Theater

PRIDE 2019: A young sailor, Johnny (a young Dennis Hopper), becomes entranced by a woman named Mora. Mora plays a mermaid in a carnival sideshow… but is it just a show? Or is the mysterious Mora an actual mermaid leading him toward death? NIGHT TIDE (1961) is a haunting oddity, an early independent feature by gay icon Curtis Harrington shot in Santa Monica and a crumbling Venice, California. This screening will be accompanied by three of Harrington’s occult-laden experimental shorts, FRAGMENT OF SEEKING (1946), THE ASSIGNATION (1953), and THE WORMWOOD STAR (1955), made while Harrington caroused with avant-garde cliques with friends Kenneth Anger and Marjorie Cameron.

June 17th, 2019

TICKET 0F N0 RETURN at Century

PRIDE 2019: A rich eccentric purchases a ticket to Berlin with the goal of drinking herself to destruction. There she’s joined by an woman who lives on the streets, an alcoholic. Together they carouse the grotesque bars of the city, never connecting, and ever reaching closer to death. TICKET 0F N0 RETURN is Ulrike 0ttinger’s sordid masterpiece of women on the verge of self-destruction, told in a delirious sequence of brilliantly designed set pieces and costumes made by lead actress Tabea Blumenschein. Featuring Magdalena Montezuma, Nina Hagen and Eddie Constantine as well! You won’t know what you just saw, but it won’t ever leave you!

June 16th, 2019

MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM at Psychic

PRIDE 2019: Following the death of her parents, Manuela is sent to a strict and authoritarian boarding school. Sensitive, sad, and lost, Manuela struggles until she witnesses the compassion of one teacher, Fräulein von Bernburg, and falls in love. A beautiful masterwork of the Weimar era, with a goodnight kiss that changed cinema forever, MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM was cinema’s first great Lesbian love story and an anti-Fascist call-to-arms. A sensation throughout Europe, banned and censored in the US and UK, praised by Eleanor Roosevelt, and very nearly destroyed by the Nazis, the film survives today after a long history of cult popularity and political challenge.

June 10th, 2019

The Mystery of Alexina at Century

PRIDE 2019: In 1856, Alexina is released from a strictly religious orphanage and begins teaching at a provincial school. Sharing a room with her fellow teacher, the vivacious and beautiful Sara, she discovers a lot about herself, her sexuality, and her gender as the two fall in love. But as Alexina attempts to fit into French society's institutionalized gender roles, the world passes by, and love eludes them. Based on the true story of Herculine Barbin, whose 19th century memoir was rediscovered by Michel Foucault and incited international discussion on gender and sexual identity and freedom, Rene Feret's THE MYSTERY OF ALEXINA is a moody and elegantly Bressonian depiction of a beautiful soul in a lost world that received accolades at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.

June 9th, 2019

WILLOW SPRINGS AT PSYCHIC

PRIDE 2019: Werner Schroeter's American outing follows in a dreamlike trance the murderous North Star Cult, a small commune of women who have retreated from society and into a string of abandoned buildings along the highway. There they lure men in and sacrifice them. With entrancing desert photographing, and a blend of old pop and blues mixing indiscriminately with opera records, WILLOW SPRINGS is a haunting, bizarre, morbid and at times comical piece of German New Cinema from one of the movement’s most provocative queer icons.

June 5th, 2019

It is Not the Homosexual Who is Perverse But the Society in Which He Lives AT The Clinton Street Theater

PRIDE 2019: A beautiful hustler (Bobby KendalI) whiles away his time, captivated by his own beauty and entertaining elaborate fantasies of Roman orgies and Turkish princes. PlNK NARCISSUS bedeviled underground film audiences when it premiered—its director anonymous, its star a mystery. For decades it was speculated that it could only be the work of Kenneth Anger or Andy Warhol, before photographer James Bidgood finally claimed credit for the work, which was shot throughout the 60s. An erotic Technicolor opium dream, which critic J. Hoberman declared a “gay Fantasia,” it remains one of the most legendary, decadent, and enigmatic cult films ever made!

June 3rd, 2019

PINK NARCISSUS AT CENTURY

PRIDE 2019: A beautiful hustler (Bobby KendalI) whiles away his time, captivated by his own beauty and entertaining elaborate fantasies of Roman orgies and Turkish princes. PlNK NARCISSUS bedeviled underground film audiences when it premiered—its director anonymous, its star a mystery. For decades it was speculated that it could only be the work of Kenneth Anger or Andy Warhol, before photographer James Bidgood finally claimed credit for the work, which was shot throughout the 60s. An erotic Technicolor opium dream, which critic J. Hoberman declared a “gay Fantasia,” it remains one of the most legendary, decadent, and enigmatic cult films ever made!

June 2nd, 2019

TAXI TO THE TOILET AT PSYCHIC

PRIDE 2019: Frank is a respected, well-liked elementary school teacher. But elsewhere he is known as Peggy, and cruises through the sexual amusement park of Berlin, attending to his voracious libido. When he strikes up a long term relationship with Bernd, a mild mannered theater employee, he begins to wonder if love isn't holding him back a bit... TAXl TO THE TOILET is an X-Rated mega cult classic of gay cinema, based entirely on actor and director Frank Ripploh's real life experiences. A hilarious and subversive German New Cinema comedy that breaks every single on-screen taboo with an irresistible charm and mischievous spirit that's impossible to resist!

May 30th, 2019

OP/POP: Op, Pop & Performance Art of the Postwar Japanese Avant-Garde at the First Congregational Church

Built upon radical collectives, Japanese experimental art and cinema revived itself in the wake of the disastrous world war with renewed energy and purpose, adventuring into all media to explore a brave new world. Our collection will focus on the pop art and op art innovations of a new wave of independent animation, such as the subversive, eye-popping work of the Animation Group of Three and Tadanori Yokoo, the conceptual film experiments of the Film Independents group, the work of artists such as Yayoi Kusama (Self-Obliteration), Yoko Ono, and many more! The screening will be preceded by a recreation of Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece, with model Jasmine Wood and garment provided by local designer Alexa Stark!

May 27th, 2019

NECRONOMICON: DREAMT SINS AT CENTURY

Lorna acts out sado-masochistic performances for voyeuristic nightclub patrons. Inbetween her strained relationship with her promoter and wild, psychedelic parties, she starts to form a relationship with another man. He may be Satan, compelling her forward to make her bloody performances a reality! NECRONOMICON: DREAMT SINS (aka SUCCUBUS, or DELIRIUM) was Jesus Franco's first film departing entirely from the oppressive censors of Spanish Cinema. It's a wild orgy of bizarre visuals and dreamlike atmosphere. Also, Karl Lagerfeld did the costumes!

May 26th, 2019

THE KILLER BUTTERFLY AT PSYCHIC

Young-Gul, a young student, encounters a woman on a beach who attempts to poison him. Surviving, he is overwhelmed by suicidal urges, and on his path of self-destruction he runs into an immortal book salesman with an invincible will to power, a sexy millennia old lady ghost (whom he makes love to under an automated flat cake machine... for some reason), and a mad professor who collects skulls, not necessarily from the dead. THE KILLER BUTTERFLY is a beyond-bizarre, unbelievably absurd and surreal horror outing by South Korean independent auteur Ki-Young Kim (Io Island) that unfolds in nightmarish logic.

May 20th, 2019

THE EXQUISITE CADAVER AT CENTURY

MONSTER MOVIES—CINEMA IN FRANCO'S SPAIN: Carlos, a wealthy publisher, receives a package at work containing a human hand. The next day, a letter arrives asking if he'd like a forearm. As the packages and letters continue coming, his wife becomes suspicious, and he is stalked by a mysterious woman in black. What is Carlos's deep, dark secret? Reaching it involves a gloomy mansion, LSD, and a trip down memory lane. THE EXQUISITE CADAVER is Barcelona School Vicente Aranda's grisly, hallucinatory tale of masculine mediocrity placed at last before the judgment of women, with a cruel verdict.

May 19th, 2019

CINEMA OF MAY 68 AT PSYCHIC

A celluloid autopsy of the uprising that shook the world... CINEMA OF MAY '68 is a program of experimental shorts by greats like rebel actor Pierre Clementi, whose kaleidopscopic Kenneth Angeresque montage, LE REVOLUTION N'EST QU'UN DEBUT. CONTINUONS LE COMBAT, was made as the protestors battled in the streets—and the radical Zanzibar collective's greatest alum, Philippe Garrel, with his celebrated street essay ACTUA 1. Both of these films were considered lost. Other shorts will explore the Bohemian counterculture of the soixante-huitards, Surrealism, Situationism, and Philosophy in the Streets! Shorts will be accompanied by high quality documentary footage of the barricades and protests, edited by Church of Film. The struggle continues!

May 15th, 2019

TRISTANA AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

MONSTER MOVIES—CINEMA IN FRANCO'S SPAIN: The orphaned Tristana (Catherine Deneuve) is taken on as the ward of Don Lope, an aging lothario, loafing hildago and atheist. Don Lope falls for her, and seducing her, seeks to make her both daughter and wife. She, in turn, falls in love with a young and beautiful painter… and what ensues is an entanglement of power plays and changing dynamics, as Tristana turns from youthful innocence to vengeful spite toward her patriarchal controllers. Capturing the gritty texture of Toledo, Luis Bunuel’s return to Spain, after the scandal he caused with his film Viridiana, provided him another opportunity to humiliate Franco’s censors with a tale of weak-willed and perverse patriarchs, and the empowerment of women.

May 13th, 2019

PEPPERMINT FRAPPE AT CENTURY

MONSTER MOVIES—CINEMA IN FRANCO'S SPAIN: Over many of his signature green cocktails, Juan, a middle-aged doctor, becomes obsessed with his friend Pablo’s wife, Elana. At the same time, he entertains trysts with his bashful, reserved assistant Ana (both played by Geraldine Chaplin). His inability to seduce Elana, the free-spirited modern Englishwoman, humiliates his masculine ego; he uses the more conservative Ana as a doll to reconstruct his object of desire. But the price of repression can turn deadly…. Carlos Saura’s PEPPERMINT FRAPPE is a deft, monstrous commentary on patriarchal order, repression and violence, with shades of Hitchcock’s Vertigo and nods to the great Spanish surrealist, Luis Bunuel, to whom the film is dedicated.

May 12th, 2019

VENUS IN FURS AT PSYCHIC

MONSTER MOVIES—CINEMA IN FRANCO'S SPAIN: After witnessing the sadistic, ritualistic murder of a woman, Wanda, groovy trumpet player Jimmy Logan becomes obsessed with her ghost. That ghost also seems to be taking revenge on her killers! VENUS IN FURS, a not-even-close adaptation of the book, unfolds in dreamy, psychedelic un-logic, through a haze of colored filters and kitchen sink art house styling. It's a fashion and design overload, and it's one of Jesus Franco's greatest achievements! Which says... something!

May 6th, 2019

MORBO AT CENTURY

MONSTER MOVIES—CINEMA IN FRANCO'S SPAIN: Two newlyweds spend their honeymoon camping in a deserted forest. But when uncanny events begin happening around them, marital bliss gives way to paranoia. What exactly is going on, and why do they feel like they're being watched? The secret might be inside a seemingly abandoned house deep in the woods. Barcelona School Gonzolo Suarez's MORBO (or Morbidness) blends his wild, Bunuel-inspired surrealist experimentation with psychological horror, and shadings of giallo, to produce one of the most original and spooky horror films of its time.

May 5th, 2019

CUADECUC VAMPIR AT PSYCHIC

MONSTER MOVIES—CINEMA IN FRANCO'S SPAIN: Catalan rebel filmmaker and Barcelona School luminary Pere Portabella tagged along for the production of Jesus Franco’s Count Dracula, shot in (Francisco) Franco’s Spain and starring Christopher Lee. Franco’s film was forgettable, but Portabella’s film, a blistering high contrast reconstruction of the vampire myth, accompanied by an ambient noise score and film stock that seemed to decompose while projected, has become one of the world’s most celebrated experimental films. CUADECUC VAMPIR was more than just an atmospheric deconstruction of the vampire genre, it was a sly wink at the creation of a monster, and the pathetic folly of militarist personality cults and Fascism.

May 1st, 2019

THE WORLD OF YURI NORSTEIN AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

Often called the world’s greatest animator, Yuri Norstein built beautiful, evocative worlds of fables and memories, using glass panels to create an elaborate, dimensional layering. Included in the set of films are his beloved Hedgehog in the Fog (1975), in which a lone hedgehog gets lost in a dreamy nocturnal mist on his way to visit his friend; Tale of Tales (1979), Norstein’s masterful tribute to his own childhood, his memories, and the Soviet era; two more animal fables, The Fox & the Hare (1973) and The Heron & the Crane (1974), and more!

April 26, 2019

BLACK WAVES: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA FROM YUGOSLAVIA AT NOW INSTANT iN LA

Inspired by the French New Wave, impatient with the slow development of Tito's socialism, suspicious of authorities, Yugoslavia's young filmmakers explored their frustrations in brilliant experimental work, infusing it with brooding lyricism, anarchist critique, gallows humor, and documents from society's fringes. This collection of short experimental work captures Yugoslavian cinema from the birth of the Black Wave in the 60s until Tito's death and the end of the era. Includes work by icons Dušan Makavejev, Živojin Pavlovic, Želimir Žilnik and many, many more!

April 22, 2019

BLACK GOD WHITE DEVIL AT CENTURY

In 1940, deep into the outback of Brazil, ranch hand Manuel murders his boss after a wage dispute. From there he is tossed into a mad world of cult leaders, revolutionaries and bandits, as he shifts allegiances from one outlaw to the next, seeking redemption and justice, but finding himself mired deeper into criminality and an unending sequence of massacre. Close on his trail is the famous mercenary assassin, Antonio Das Mortes. Blending mysticism, pop culture, western genre, and gritty realism, BLACK GOD WHITE DEVIL established the 25 year old director Glauber Rocha as not only a leader of the Cinema Novo, but as one of the greatest influences on the radicalization of cinema in the 60s. An enormous influence on Godard, Jodoroswky, Jancso and many more, this is a rarely screened watershed piece of film art!

April 21, 2019

Split of the Spirit at Psychic

A famous dance choreographer, Lu-ling, attempts suicide after a break-up, while elsewhere a young woman is mudered by her boyfriend and his shady business partners in a mysterious Occult ritual gone wrong. When their spirits meet, Lu-ling becomes the vehicle of murderous revenge. Culminating in an epic allegorical dance and Orphic journey to the other side, Fred Tam's SPLIT OF THE SPIRIT is a unique piece of the Taiwanese New Wave—a stylish, macabre and spiritual horror thriller!

April 17, 2019

THE MAD FOX at the Clinton Street Theater

When a white rainbow is cast over a blood red night sky, a famous astrologer decodes the omen for the Emperor. He dies leaving part of his scroll undeciphered, and his favored pupil is driven mad by the tragic loss of his love, whom he searches the wilderness for. And he finds her… but perhaps she is a fox demon in disguise? With brilliant colors, highly stylized and strange expressionist sets, and borrowing from Butoh, Kabuki, and Noh theater, Tomu Uchida’s THE MAD FOX is a fantastical, bizarre, and captivating fable about a love that is mad and hopeless, and the divinities and men that our crushed under its power.

April 14, 2019

YEAR 01 at Psychic

Armed only with the slogan “Quit Everything,” the people of France walk out of their jobs—and never return. Labor and money are abolished. Production stops. Consumption stops. Markets stop. Governments stop. Now people work only to fulfill their needs, and use only what they need. Consumer goods are museum pieces, the earth is a common land and garden, and wage labor is a barbaric, faintly remembered past. Somewhere, counter-revolutionaries gather stacks of money, now useless paper, hoping one day it will again be charged with significance and elevate them to the status of lords. This is a report from the first year of a liberated world! Jacques Doillon’s YEAR 01 (with contributing pieces by Left Bank luminaries Alain Resnais and Jean Rouch) is a serio-comic Utopia, a series of imaginative sketches based on the philosophies behind the tumult of May ’68 and the Situationist International. Imagine a future!

April 8, 2019

Three Crowns of the Sailor at Century

A student murders his professor one night, and seeks passage from a sailor onto the mysterious vessel called the Funchalese. The price of his voyage is that he will have to hear the sailor’s strange and ghostly tale… THREE CROWNS OF THE SAILOR is surrealist Raul Ruiz’s deranged house of mirrors playing not just with a familiar tale of a ghost ship, but with as many tales of ghost ships as possible. Narratives spin from narratives about the Funchalese’s spectral crew, their stops, and their ghastly tales. One of Ruiz’s most popular and cherished madcap films, shot in phantasmagorical, Wellesian splendor!

April 7, 2019

Psychedelic Canada at Pyschic

Mind-warping shorts from the North, exploring the counter-culture and, err, influence of the times! Pockets heavy with public funding via the National Film Board of Canada, a whole generation of radicals cut their teeth on wild expressions of Canadian weirdness, under the vague promise to make “films designed to interpret Canada.” Including the groundbreaking, brain-meltingly mad montage of Arthur Lipsett’s FREEFALL and 21-87, Quebecois celebrations of youth delinquency like Claude Jutra’s THE DEVIL’S TOY, and Jean Beaudin ode to psychedelic “happenings,” VERTIGE, as well as animated works by Ishu Patel and Jacques Drouin, and more!

April 3, 2019

Evening Land at Clinton Street Theater

A vision of an alternate future: three thousand workers at a shipyard in Copenhagen go on strike, protesting the building of nuclear vessels for what many suspect is a military complex developing in the European Union. Within one week, a general strike shuts the country down, a radical cell kidnaps a foreign minister, and the authoritarian underpinnings of a bourgeois democracy are laid bare. The politicians, the workers, the media, the police, the extra-parliamentary guerrillas, all in close-up. EVENING LAND is Peter Watkins’ (The War Game, Privilege) disturbing, paranoid, and controversial docudrama vision of how quickly a country can spin out from radical positive potential toward chaos and reaction.

April 1, 2019

The Boxer at Century

Hayato was a boxer in his prime, until disgusted by the violence of the sport, he walked away. Tenma is a young boxer who has accidentally killed Hayato’s brother. When Hayato, gradually going blind and withering in lonely poverty, agrees to become Tenma’s coach, he is thrust back into the bloody arena, with the person he least wants to be in there with. THE BOXER is psychedelic Rocky knockoff (?!) by the multi-faceted avant-garde legend Shuji Terayama (Pastoral, Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets). This is, well, a weird one to say the least.

March 31, 2019

The Little Mermaid

The familiar H.C. Andersen fairy tale as re-told by the luminaries of the Czechoslovakian New Wave! A beautiful mermaid princess rescues a human prince from a shipwreck and falls in love. To see her prince again, she sacrifices her voice and leaves her utopian undersea world in order to walk among the troubled world of mankind. But this isn't Disney. It's a story of love, silence, pain, and ultimately tragic sacfrice. Designed by the brilliant Esther Krumbachova (Daisies), with a score by Lubos Fiser (Valerie & Her Week of Wonders), and directed by Czech film elder statesman Karel Kachyna (The Ear), THE LITTLE MERMAID is one of the unquestioned masterworks of post-New Wave Czechoslovakian cinema.!

March 25th, 2019

Marianne of My Youth

A quiet boys’ boarding school, set in an idyllic Austrian castle, is upset by the arrival of a new student—a dynamic, dreamy young man from Argentina who possesses an almost supernatural communion with nature. When the new student disappears into a haunted mansion across the bay for a night, he returns with a fantastical tale of a beautiful woman, Marianne, trapped by a grim man called The Knight and his beastly servant. MARIANNE OF MY YOUTH is one of the most beautiful and poetic works of French master Julien Duvivier’s career, but like most Duvivier films, it has a dark undercurrent and is replete with metaphysical and psychological ambiguities. Is love a miracle, a phantasm, a pathology, is it transcendent, or does it even exist at all? Subtitles by Church of Film.

March 24th, 2019

PRlVlLEGE

Steven Shorter (Paul Jones) is Britain's future popstar, a sado-masochistic musical sensation cultivated by the government to skillfully channel public anger and to distract from national issues. Drown in a whirlpool of frenzied fans, managers, promoters, and government programmers, Shorter's world dwindles in a vacant haze of terror and ego. It's a paranoid yet horribly prescient vision of mass media and politics! PRIVlLEGE is controversial experimental filmmaker and media critic Peter Watkin's first feature, a nightmarish vision of celebrity and state!

March 20th, 2019

Six & One Half X Eleven

Jerome’s brother Jean disappears with a woman, cloistering himself with her in a “Palace of Love.” When Jean comes to a tragic end, a grieving Jerome finds solace himself with a new love. But is it the same woman whose love proved fatal for his brother Jean? The answer may be hidden away, in a piece of paper measuring SIX AND ONE HALF X ELEVEN. Jean Epstein’s independent silent is a hidden treasure, a breathtaking, breathing work of impressionism, with stunning modernist design and cinema’s finest mystical, poetic montage! It's the last day of the Zodiac!

March 18th, 2019

The Spook Who Sat By the Door

In order to secure the black vote, a US Senator demands the integration of the CIA. They acquiesce by allowing one black agent—Dan Freeman, a softspoken veteran and social worker. But when Freeman leaves his position and returns to Chicago, he brings his training with him. And he means revolution… with THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR, director Ivan Dixon attempted to make the most incendiary film in US history—he shot piecemeal, guerrilla style, with constant surveillance and interference by the FBI, while convincing financiers that he was making a Blaxploitation film. When the film was miraculously finished and released, it was pulled immediately from distribution and banned by FBI orders, and all copies disappeared. But it resurfaced…. Come see an explosive masterwork, the most dangerous, revolutionary film ever made!

March 17th, 2019

Nuits Rouges

The mysterious Man Without a Face plots to steal the hidden treasure of a secretly existing sect of the Order of the Knights Templar in an over-the-top adventure involving lost treasure, murder, underground ceremonies, mad scientists, robots, and a mind-controlled zombie army. NUITS ROUGES was Surrealist Georges Franju’s final tribute to the silent serials of Louis Feuillade—aggressively and joyfully escalating the absurdity of the bygone fantastique-crime genre, propelling it into a raucous, garish, at times eerie and atmospheric film that somehow blends high camp, anti-fascism, moody dream reality, and winking postmodern détournement! Weird…

March 11th, 2019

A Quiet PIace in the Country

Leonardo, a talented and successful painter, is surrounded by handlers, suffocated by consumer goods. He absconds into an abandoned country mansion to find seclusion, peace and work. But the house may be inhabited by a ghost, strange things are happening, and Leonardo is becoming paranoid and losing his grip on reality. A QUlET PLACE lN THE COUNTRY is Italian master EIio Petri's sardonic, spooky spin on the giallo, with witty and wicked commentary on art and artists consumed by the capitalist culture industry

March 10th, 2019

America Plays Itself - Experimental shorts

A program of experimental shorts exploring the United States—the lights, the cars, the music! And also, yes, the consumerism, colonization, and conformity. Actually, mostly those last things. Includes BEAUTY KNOWS NO PAIN, a brilliant and biting satirical documentary of Texas’s Kilgore College Rangerettes squad and their Spartan, quasi-fascist regime. HOUSTON TEXAS, THE SIXTH SIDE OF THE PENTAGON, and BROADWAY BY LIGHT all explore different angles of American culture from the outsider’s perspective (all with the collaboration of the great docu-essayist Chris Marker). SUPER UP, SAN FRANCISCO and SQUARE TIMES explore the dizzying effects of proliferated marketing signs and symbols on the psyche. And there’s more!

March 6th, 2019

BLACK WAVES: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA OF YUGOSLAVIA

Inspired by the French New Wave, impatient with the slow development of Tito's socialism, suspicious of authorities, Yugoslavia's young filmmakers explored their frustrations in brilliant experimental work, infusing it with brooding lyricism, anarchist critique, gallows humor, and documents from society's fringes. This collection of short experimental work captures Yugoslavian cinema from the birth of the Black Wave in the 60s until Tito's death and the end of the era. Includes work by icons Dušan Makavejev (RIP), Živojin Pavlović, Želimir Žilnik and many, many more!

March 4th, 2019

HOTEL FOR STRANGERS AT CENTURY

Petr, a romantic poet with a passion for daggers, pistols and roses, arrives at the strange castle-hotel The World searching for his love, Veronika. But nothing is quite right at this Art Nouveau-styled hotel, where mice, snakes, and insects abound, furniture is crooked or broken, and the staff are peculiar, hostile, and suspicious. Also, the hotel has a storied history of artists turning up dead. In a world where the only certain thing is an uncertain love, Petr finds himself in a whirlpool of personal entanglements around a lover whose feelings change every moment, and a cast of characters who may all be responsible for his eventual murder! A dark Kafkaesque comedy, Antonin Masa’s HOTEL FOR STRANGERS is one of the lost cornerstones of Czech New Wave surrealism.

March 3rd, 2019

SCHOOL IN THE CROSSHAIRS AT PSYCHIC

Yuka, a shy schoolgirl at the top of her class, discovers she has powerful psychic abilities. She puts them to use helping her friend, class loser Koji. But when a new student, Keiko, shows up to school demonstrating similar abilities, using them to seize control of the student council and usher in a Fascist regime, Yuka and Keiko must find a way to end her reign of terror! SCHOOL IN THE CROSSHAIRS is another mischievous, whacked-out genre fireball from weirdo-genius Nobuhiko Obayashi, the director of the notorious Hausu!

February 27th, 2019

The Sweet Bunch at the Clinton Street Theater

A group of young disaffected radicals and underworld criminals wall themselves up in a mansion decked out in electric lights, dolls, toys, and anything they can steal. Their counter-cultural ethos and free love lifestyle has withered into a contemptuous despair for the world outside; they spend their days in bed and their nights engaging in any kind of crime they can. But one day they notice they're being watched... THE SWEET BUNCH is Greek director Nikos Nikolaidis (Morning Patrol)'s eye-popping, punk-as-hell send up of The Wild Bunch for Europe's Years of Lead hangover. (CW: violence, sexual violence)

February 25th, 2019

Viktor und Viktoria at Century

Struggling actress Susanne runs into washed-up ham actor Viktor and strikes up a friendship. When she stumbles upon Viktor's secret—that he moonlights as a drag performer at a club—the two of them concoct a wild plan. What if Susanne takes his place, and the act is a woman impersonating a man who is impersonating a woman? All goes well until "Viktoria" falls in love. Often cited as the pinnacle of Weimar musical comedy, and often adapted and imitated, Reinhold Schünzel's VIKTOR UND VIKTORIA is an hilarious exploration of gender identity and role-playing in an era of liberated mores and looming crisis. A rarely seen classic!

February 24th, 2019

The Films of Santiago Alvarez at Psychic

Blending cartoons, magazine clippings, photographs, and a host of found materials into documentary, Santiago Alvarez’s wild, nervous agitprop montage established the new revolutionary Cuban cinema as a global force! Exploding with novel technique and pop counter-culture, the films explored the crimes of imperialism and capitalism from D.C. to Hanoi. Featured will be NOW! (1964), a rousing call to action against racial oppression in the United States, LBJ (1968), a scathing, perverse takedown in images of the US President, 79 SPRINGTIMES (1969), his famous tribute to Ho Chi Minh, THE SERVANT’S DREAM (1970), beautiful short story about a Peruvian servant’s subtle revenge on his master, and THE TIGER LEAPS AND KILLS, BUT IT WILL DIE…. IT WILL DIE… (1973), a defiant eulogy to slain folk singer Victor Jara and Chile following Pinochet’s CIA-backed coup. (CW: graphic documentary violence, disturbing images)

February 20th, 2019

VENUS IN FURS at the Clinton Street Theater

After witnessing the sadistic, ritualistic murder of a woman, Wanda, groovy trumpet player Jimmy Logan becomes obsessed with her ghost. That ghost also seems to be taking revenge on her killers! VENUS IN FURS, a not-even-close adaptation of the book, unfolds in dreamy, psychedelic un-logic, through a haze of colored filters and kitchen sink art house styling. It's a fashion and design overload, and it's one of Jesus Franco's greatest achievements! Which says... something!

February 18th, 2019

Johnny Corncob at Century

The shepherd Johnny Corncob would do anything for his village love, Iluska. When he is forbidden from marrying her, he travels the world, confronting war, magic, monsters, and even ventures into the afterlife to find her. From Marcell Jankovics, the director of Son of the White Mare, JOHNNY CORNCOB was Hungary's first animated film! An unbelievable psychedelic adventure based on Sándor Petöfi's epic poem, it's intricate design took 22 months with a crew of 130 people to produce! A towering achievement in animation!

February 14th, 2019

Russian Fairy Tale Animation at First Congregational United Church of Christ

Our first, special screening at the beautiful, historic 1895 downtown church! Like, watch it surrounded by gem colored stained-glass windows and towering ceilings! Our beloved collection, RUSSIAN FAIRY TALE ANIMATION! A collection of wondrous short fairy tale films from the Soviet Union’s best animation studio, Soyuzmultfilm! Given free reign stylistically, and with no profit motive, Soviet animators created one of the most productive and groundbreaking animation studios in the world to rival Walt Disney! While many of the fairy tales echo Disney’s choice of material, Russian animators employed a broader technical diversity and approaches, and often more abstract, beautiful, and phantasmagoric representations. Included will be Ivan Aksenchuk’s breathtaking THE LITTLE MERMAID (1968) and CINDERELLA (1979), work by the great Olga Khodataeva, Vladimir Pekar’s exquisitely designed VASSILISSA THE BEAUTIFUL (1977), and much more!

February 11th, 2019

MARGUERITE DE LA NUIT AT CENTURY

Old Dr. Faust attends the opera, a performance of his famous ancestor's pact with the Devil. Actually, the Devil is there too, and has a deal for the old man... here we go again! Transported to a jazzy 50s mileau, with towering expressionist set pieces, immaculate eye-popping design, and Yves Montand at his most, well, devilish, MARGUERITE DE LA NUIT was not just an update of the familiar legend, it was a fond farewell to the golden age of French studio films with its high-brow art design and mega snappy veneer. This young Faust is a bit of a jerk, but his world looks great!)

February 4th, 2019

CASTLE OF PURITY AT CENTURY

A tyrannical rat poison salesman locks his family up in a large, crumbling city house. Coerced into a strict regimen of forced labor, tormented by unremitting rain, subject to imprisonment and their father's impulsive fits, prohibited from news and information, three children and their mother live in isolation and terror. A shocking, and at times witty and surreal allegory of life under authoritarian rule, THE CASTLE OF PURITY was one of the first masterpieces of Mexican auteur and Bunuel understudy Arturo Ripstein. (CW: domestic violence)

January 28th, 2019

LITAN AT CENTURY

In the town of Litan, Nora awakes from a nightmare to find that an annual celebration of the dead has swept the sleepy hamlet. She finds her husband, Jock, and together they are pushed further into a waking nightmare of masked phantasms, mad scientists, rotoscoped glow worms in the water, and a lot of cemeteries, maze-like corridors, caverns, and weird zombies! Jean-Pierre Mocky’s LITAN is a French fantastique par excellence, an ode to Georges Franju, and a murky, sinister blend of surrealism, camp, and horror not to be missed!

January 27th, 2019

GANDAHAR AT PSYCHIC

The world of Gandahar is a peaceful matriarchal society where everyone lives in harmony with nature, until a mysterious invasion of metal men begin petrifying and capturing its people. The warrior Sylvain is dispatched to find the source of the metal men, and locates Metamorphis, a giant pink brain floating in the Circumventing Ocean. But Metamorphis is unaware of why or how the metal men are manifesting… GANDAHAR is the final masterpiece of genius animator René Laloux (Fantastic Planet)—a stunning sci-fi epic of time paradox and thought genesis filled to the brim with detailed, imaginative imagery and a spacey soundtrack.

January 21st, 2019

LA REBELLION AT CENTURY

In the wake of the Watts rebeIlion, black students and professors at UCLA turned their eyes on film to explore black identity, representation, and political consciousness in a spellbinding cinematic insurrection now known as the LA RebeIlion. Influenced by the New York avant-garde and the Third World Cinemas coming out of Latin America, these directors sought to reconstruct film language in inventive ways to counter Hollywood’s anti-blackness and seize images for themselves. Together they paved the way for a new black cinema. Includes stunning short work by HaiIe Gerima, JuIie Dash, CharIes Burnett, and many more!

January 20th, 2019

UPTIGHT AT PSYCHIC

Days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the streets of Cleveland, Ohio rest on a powderkeg. Charismatic revolutionary Johnny rallies his community for resistance, planning an arms raid. His best friend Tank, unemployed and alcoholic, sinks into despair and away from the cause. He is approached by a police informant, who offers him money in return for cooperation... Blacklisted film noir legend Jules Dassin (Riffifi, Night & the City) returned to the US only once, to make this film, written with militant Julian Mayfield and actress Ruby Dee, and featuring an all black cast. Updating John Ford's IRA thriller The Informer into the midst of America's urban strife, UP TIGHT is an unbelievably candid and charged story of the Black Power movement, and was a precursor to the Blaxploitation film.

January 16th, 2019

ARREBATO AT CLINTON STREET THEATRE

Jose, a disillusioned horror director and addict, receives a mysterious cassette tape in the mail. It is from Pedro, the cousin of a former lover, a strange youth simultaneously enraptured by substance abuse and filmmaking. He had once aspired to recreate on celluloid the altered perceptions of reality and time experienced on his drugs… but his aspirations advanced. What unravels is a Lynchian tale of self-destruction, and a camera that may be a vampire! Ivan Zulueta’s ARREBATO is the most notorious film to come out of post-Franco Spain. Shot under peculiar circumstance (to say the least…), it shocked its producers and the censors, ended its celebrated director’s career, and was buried away. Now it is a monstrous cult classic of art house excess. (CW: addiction, explicit drug abuse).

January 14th, 2019

DEFYING EVERYBODY AT CENTURY

Petar, the Bishop and ruler of Montenegro, returns to his country to find it in rubble. A wasteland pervaded by doom and famine—the people huddled in the mountains away from the surrounding Turkish army are beset by factional and tribal differences. Amidst the black and pale rocks, the fire and ash, and the hollow clang of church bells, Petar sets to build a chapel as a symbol of unity, forge a Russian alliance, and reunite his people. But there is no gold, no food, nothing but stones, and even love is merely a flirtation with death. DEFYING EVERYBODY was a joint Yugoslavian and Soviet production by Ukrainian genius Yuri Ilyenko (Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, Eve of Ivan Kupala), full of his awe-inspiring tableaux photography and stark, grim imagery.

January 13th, 2019

THE FILMS OF JIRI BARTA AT PSYCHIC

Presenting the spooky, twisted world of Czech animator Jiri Barta! In THE LAST THEFT, a burglar breaks into a mansion, only to find it populated by strange people. At first they lavish him with hospitality, but soon he find that perhaps they are thieves themselves of a supernatural kind...! A dilapidated warehouse is the setting of CLUB OF THE LAID OFF, where dismembered mannequins, discarded trinkets and junk spring to life in a sordid imitation of the living... And Barta's masterwork, THE PIED PIPER, a stop-motion telling of the familiar tale, steeped in gothic gloom and heavy with portent! Plus more! (CW: sexual violence in the Pied Piper).

January 7th, 2019

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS AT CENTURY

A resistance fighter and his lover take their own lives together. Mysteriously, they end up on an ocean liner with a motley group of strangers. No one remembers how they got there, or where they are going. But it soon becomes clear that they all have one significant thing in common… Between Two WorIds is a brooding, supernatural work of wartime HoIlywood, starring, among others, blacklist icon John GarfieId at his best as a cynical, quick-witted journalist whose career was undone by a wealthy industrialist collaborator and war profiteer.

January 6th, 2019

THE DAWN OF COLOR AT CLINTON STREET THEATRE

A treasure trove of short film work from the beginning of cinema to the mid-20th Century, revealing filmmakers trying to break free from the silver screen into glorious color! This set will feature beautiful hand stenciled coloration, two-tone Technicolor processing, and other means and methods of bringing images into living color! Films will include Pathecolor fairy tale films, scandalous pre-code dance skits like THE DEVIL’S CABARET, and other candy-colored adventures! Get your eyes drunk!

January 2nd, 2019

POEM AT CENTURY

Jun, the austere illegitimate son of a maid, is sent to live and work with Yasushi Moriyama, a lawyer and scion of a powerful, traditional family. Taking a vow to protect the Moriyama property at all costs, he develops a strict and immutable schedule. Every night, at the stroke of midnight, he awakes with a flashlight to inspect the property for fires. What he witnesses, however, is not fire, but something more destructive: the debauchery and scandalous behavior that takes place in the Moriyama property. The last of a cycle of films by Akio Jissoii exploring the Buddhist faith in contemporary Japan, POEM examines, in stark, beautiful images and aching strains of Vivaldi, the collapse of the traditional stem-family system, a world hollowed out by corruption, and a young man trying to preserve its form so that its spiritual value may one day refill it. (CW: sexual violence)

December 19th, 2018

RUSSIAN FAIRY TALE ANIMATION AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

A collection of wondrous short fairy tale films from the Soviet Union’s best animation studio, Soyuzmultfilm! Given free reign stylistically, and with no profit motive, Soviet animators created one of the most productive and groundbreaking animation studios in the world to rival Walt Disney! While many of the fairy tales echo Disney’s choice of material, Russian animators employed a broader technical diversity and approaches, and often more abstract, beautiful, and phantasmagoric representations. Included will be Ivan Aksenchuk’s breathtaking THE LITTLE MERMAID (1968) and CINDERELLA (1979), work by the great Olga Khodataeva, Vladimir Pekar’s exquisitely designed VASSILISSA THE BEAUTIFUL (1977), and much more!

December 17th, 2018

THE GOLDEN FERN AT CENTURY

A Bohemian shepherd discovers the sacred golden fern in a nearby grove, and claims it for himself. He is haunted by the fern’s guardian, a mysterious and beautiful woodland divinity, who abandons her duty once she falls in love with him. When he is drafted for war, she sews a seed from the fern into a peasant’s shirt making the shepherd immune to harm—as long as he wears the shirt. But as war takes him further and further from his home and bride, and fame and nobility entice him into increasingly daring adventures, the shepherd risks forgetting his love and the importance of her token. THE GOLDEN FERN is a Jiri Weiss’s masterfully directed and elegant adaptation of one of Czech fairy tale author Jan Drda’s most celebrated adventures!

December 10th, 2018

THE SNOW QUEEN AT CENTURY

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, THE SNOW QUEEN is a surreal and sinister film focusing on the young girl Kerttu’s journey to rescue her brother Kai from the evil Snow Queen. Kerttu travels through beautiful and hostile lands, meeting various strange and threatening characters on the way – befriended and helped by some, waylaid and trapped by others. A rarely seen landmark of Finnish cinema, and a wintry fantasy epic!

December 5th, 2018

IMPRESSIONIST VISIONS: A PROGRAM OF AVANT-GARDE SHORTS AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

A collection of short films exploring the cinematic poems by the early Impressionists of cinema! IMPRESSIONIST VISIONS is a gloriously transcendent journey through the wind and rain-swept film poems of early cinema’s most inspired avant-garde movement. Films explored: Jean Epstein’s romantic folk tragedy on the stormy isles of Brittany, CHANSONS D’ARMOR (1934), and his heart-rending experimental music video, LES BERCEAUX (1931). Marie-Louise Iribe’s THE ERL KING (1931), a cinematic adaptation of Schubert’s musical tale of a child’s fatal journey through a haunted forest, and his visions of Death. Finally, Dmitri Kirsanoff’s dreamy autumnal montage, BRUMES D’AUTOMNE (1929), and Joris Iven’s drizzling city symphony, REGEN (1929)!

December 3rd, 2018

Morozko AT CENTURY

Gentle-spirited and kind Nastenka has an evil stepmother, a nasty stepsister, and a neglectful father. She falls in love with handsome Ivan, but he's turned into a bear by a mushroom wizard in the forest, and she's sent to freeze to death in the wilderness. Also there's a witch, who's not nice, and the spirit of Winter, Jack Frost, who really is! MOROZKO is a beloved creation from Soviet special effects wizard and fantasy maestro Aleksandr Rou, who brings to life the Russian fairy tale with lush colors, songs, costumes, incredible set pieces and effects!

November 28th, 2018

Johnny Corncob AT CLINTON STREET THEATER

The shepherd Johnny Corncob would do anything for his village love, Iluska. When he is forbidden from marrying her, he travels the world, confronting war, magic, monsters, and even ventures into the afterlife to find her. From Marcell Jankovics, the director of Son of the White Mare, JOHNNY CORNCOB was Hungary's first animated film! An unbelievable psychedelic adventure based on Sándor Petöfi's epic poem, it's intricate design took 22 months with a crew of 130 people to produce! A towering achievement in animation!

November 26th, 2018

DEAD MOUNTAINEER'S HOTEL AT CENTURY

Police Inspector Glebsky answers an anonymous distress call from a remote mountain hotel, but finds the place untroubled when he arrives. However when an avalanche snows him in, he gets to know the hotel's strange guests a little better, and something—or many things—are not quite right... are they terrorists? Robots? Aliens?! This stylish glam-inflected, spaced-out, sci-fi neo-noir is a weird and wild mystery yarn based on a novel by famed Soviet sci-fi writers Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, and features an amazing ambient space-rock soundtrack by Estonian synth pioneer Sven Grunberg!

November 21st, 2018

THE FILMS OF ARTAVAZD PELESHIAN

One of cinema's greatest secrets and spiritual theorists, Armenian direcor Artavazd Pelechian was lauded by Jean-Luc Godard, Andrei Tarkovsky, and many other film giants, even as he languished in obscurity. In his films he explored the psychological and mystical possibilities of what he termed "distance montage"—the ordering of images to create patterns and juxtopositions of ideas at different measures of psychic space. In these three films, US (1969), SEASONS OF THE YEAR (1975), and OUR CENTURY (1982), Peleshian used extraordinary footage of Soviet life to meditate on the relationship of humankind to nature, technology, and divinity—and to examine their aspirations and follies. Some of the most haunting experimental cinema ever made!

November 19th, 2018

THE BIRCH TREE AT CENTURY

In a remote country village in Croatia, a young woman named Janica is dying. She is married to a handsome but cruel ranger, Marko. Two weddings and two funerals, half told in flashback, half in the present, piece together a life of callous disregard and superstition, folk dances and endless rounds of rakija. Ante Babaja’s THE BIRCH TREE is a masterpiece of Croatian cinema from the Yugoslavian Black Wave, a colorful and powerful story based on traditional tales and songs, and visually modeled on folk paintings. Every frame is extraordinary!

November 15th, 2018

THE DAWN OF COLOR W/ BENOIT PIOULARD AT THE ANITA IN ASTORIA

7pm, a performance by Benoît Pioulard (Kranky Records)! 8pm, THE DAWN OF COLOR: A treasure trove of short film work from the beginning of cinema to the mid-20th Century, revealing filmmakers trying to break free from the silver screen into glorious color! This set will feature beautiful hand stenciled coloration, two-tone Technicolor processing, and other means and methods of bringing images into living color! Films will include Pathecolor fairy tale films, scandalous pre-code dance skits like THE DEVIL’S CABARET, and other candy-colored adventures! Get your eyes drunk!

November 15th, 2018

DAINAH LA METISSE & POEMS OF LOVE, DEATH & THE SEA AT THE PIONEERTOWN MOTEL

A shorts and featurettes program of love, death, and the sea! Our headline film, DAINAH LA METISSE, is an early masterpiece by French master Jean Gremillon. A strange, stylized and alluring film, DAINAH is a jazzy, nightmarish poem about racial tension and sublimated colonial guilt, set amidst the strange parties and magic-laced maskarades on an ocean liner. Also included will be Dmitri Kirsanoff's haunting experimental narrative, MENILMONTANT, and Jean Epstein's beautiful LE TEMPESTAIRE.

November 12th, 2018

FIESH, FANTASY & DESTINY AT CENTURY AT CENTURY

The supernatural and destiny intertwine in four tales! A young woman (Betty FieId) yearns for love but finds herself too homely—a mysterious purveyor of masks on Mardi Gras may provide her with the secret to beauty. A successful lawyer (Edward G. Robinson) receives a troubling palm-reading, only to discover that often prophecies are self-fulfilling. Finally, a tightrope walker (Charles Boyer) is troubled by a woman in his nightmares (Barbara Stanwyck)—meeting her, however, he falls into a doomed love. FLESH & FANTASY is an enchanting medley of tales of providence and prophecy, directed in Hollywood by French auteur Julien Duvivier during the war. As a bonus, we've tracked down a segment of Duvivier's film that removed and shoehorned into a B-noir called Destiny, restoring it to its original collection!

November 5th, 2018

IN TWO MINDS & THE CLOUD DOOR BY MANI KAUL AT CENTURY

A ghost falls in love with a young bride, and while her husband leaves for business, he assumes his form to be with her. What happens when a woman loves the dead more than the living? IN TWO MINDS is a masterpiece of the Indian New Wave by the great Mani Kaul, who, inspired by the films of Bresson & Tarkovsky, sought to elevate the artistry of the region's film industries with deft blending of poetry, music, Hindu mysticism and theory. Also showing will be his short film, THE CLOUD DOOR, an erotic piece of poetry about a pet bird's revenge that caused a riot when first screened.

November 4th, 2018

4 British Ghost Tales at the Hoxton Hotel

In the grave tradition of English ghost tale master M.R. James, four films explore the uncanny and unclear boundaries between the living and the dead. In THE SlGNALMAN, a lonely train station functionary is haunted by visions of a phantom and the trauma of a crash that occurred years before. THE ASH TREE is a chilling tale of atavism and a witch’s revenge on a witchfinder general’s descendant. An elderly man with a taste for the Occult has a habit of adopting young orphans in LOST HEARTS, but for what nefarious purpose? And a buried treasure brings misfortune and terror on the archaeologist who finds it, for the treasure has an undead guardian in A WARNlNG TO THE CURlOUS...Lawrence Gordon Clark’s stark and frankly terrifying adaptations of classic English ghost stories were a beloved holiday tradition in the UK, and still bring a chill!

November 1st, 2018

PSYCHEDELIC CANADA AT THE PIONEERTOWN MOTEL IN PIONEERTOWN, CA

Mind-warping shorts from the North, exploring the counter-culture and, err, influence of the times! Pockets heavy with public funding via the National Film Board of Canada, a whole generation of radicals cut their teeth on wild expressions of Canadian weirdness, under the vague promise to make “films designed to interpret Canada.” Including the groundbreaking, brain-meltingly mad montage of Arthur Lipsett’s FREEFALL and 21-87, Quebecois celebrations of youth delinquency like Claude Jutra’s THE DEVIL’S TOY, and Jean Beaudin ode to psychedelic “happenings,” VERTIGE, as well as animated works by Ishu Patel and Jacques Drouin, and more!

October 29th, 2018

THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK AT CENTURY

To the public, Dr. Bernard Hichcock is a beloved surgeon celebrated for his advances in anesthetic research. But he is leading a double life… at home, he plays a kinky game with his wife—until something goes horribly wrong… A taboo-smashing gothic horror, Riccardo Fredo’s THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK shocked audiences and has been widely hailed not only as an elegant precursor to the horror of Mario Bava and Dario Argento, but as one of the most subversive horror films of all time.

October 24nd, 2018

The Plague in Florence at the Clinton Street Theater

Death arrives in Florence in the guise of an enchanting courtesan. Cesare, the city’s ruler, and his son Lorenzo are both under her spell. When violence and revolution ensues, the city is turned upside down into a debaucherous baccanale, and none are safe from corruption… until Death is revealed at last! A lost masterpiece of the golden age of the German silent, Otto Rippert’s THE PLAGUE IN FLORENCE is an epic proto-Expressionist gothic masterwork with towering set pieces, monsters and hellscapes, with a kiss of Italian Diva film influence. The screenplay, based on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, was written by a young Fritz Lang! The screening will take place on the 99th anniversary of the film’s premiere in Berlin!

October 22nd, 2018

Yugoslavian Horror—Two Films by Djordje Kadijevic at Century

Two films by Yugoslavian Black Wave director-turned-horror maestro, Djordje Kadijevic. In his short gothic chiller, THE WARD, a man suffers metaphysical persecution in the form of a mysterious stranger in a black cloak who dogs his every move. He takes refuge in a mental asylum... but is there any escape from this existential terror? In the folk-horror featurette THE BUTTERFLY, a rural village continually loses its mill operators to an unknown terror in the night, and the answer may lay in a curse of the undead.

October 15th, 2018

VIY—Spirit of Evil at Century

VIY—SPIRIT OF EVIL, legend holds, was the first horror film ever made in the Soviet Union, and for a long time the only one. Based on Nikolai Gogol's Ukrainian folk tale, VIY recounts the story of a debauched novice priest who, one dark and spooky night, encounters an old witch whom he mortally wounds. But when the witch inhabits the body of a young and beautiful noblewoman, she dies with a curse on her lips: the priest must spend three nights alone in the church praying for her. And every night is filled with fresh horrors and crazy demons! A brilliant interplay of special effects and folk motifs, VIY is a beautiful beautiful example of the insurgent national cinemas emerging in the USSR during the 60s, and also just plain creepy fun!

October 8th, 2018

Penda's Fen at Century

Young Stephen, the son of a country Priest, doesn't quite fit in. Bullied at school, very awkward, obsessed with the music of Elgar, deeply conservative in his views of God and Country, and also deeply confused about his own sexual desires... Also, he lives in Pinvin, a small village that may be the resting grounds of England's last pagan king, Penda, or the grounds of some bizarre modern day military experiments. Bleding striking visions and dream sequences into a folk horror melange of ghosts, politics and sexuality, Alan Clarke's PENDA'S FEN was immediately hailed in the UK as a complex modern masterpiece.

October 3rd, 2018

DREAMS, MEMORIES, NIGHTMARES—A shorts program at the Clinton Street Theater

A collection of rare films detailing lone figures lost in a labyrinth of their dreams, memories and waking nightmares! In Frieda Liappa's haunted New Greek Cinema short APETAXEMIN, a young girl struggles to separate visions and reality while alone in her home. Atilla Janisch's nightmarish adapation of Shirley Jackson's "The Bus," A LONG TWILIGHT, shows an elderly professor caught in a never-ending and cycling nightmare after she boards a bus in the country. Other shorts include 1967's THE IMAGE, featuring a young David Bowie (!) tormenting a painter transfixed by his image. Spooky visions of people alone, trapped in their own heads... the kind of oddities that will stick in your minds for years!

October 1st, 2018

Cure At Century

When multiple gruesome murders sweep Tokyo, all without motive but with a similar method, all signs point to a serial killer. The only problem is that they've all been committed by different people, and none of them remember what they've done. Detective Takabe's search for a reason takes him deep into a strange Occult phenomenon whose source seems to be a student who disappeared while studying the works of Franz Mesmer. Kiyoshi Kurosawa's CURE is a surreal cult thriller whose brooding atmosphere and eccentricities remove it from its genre trappings and transforms it into a moody waking nightmare.

September 24th, 2018

THREE STORIES At Century

#directedbywomen. Three macabre and amoral tales of grizzly murder set in the floundering new Russian state: a man harbors deadly rage toward his neighbor in a community housing complex and discusses her disposal with a friend managing a boiling room, a maternity nurse finds records for mothers who left their children for adoption and pursues a deadly path toward to her own mother, and finally a small child is tired of taking "no" for an answer from her frail, doddering grandfather. Ukrainian auteur Kira Muratova is one of the greatest film geniuses to emerge in modern Russian cinema, and her signature gallows humor and sinister belief in cold and disordered action are on full display in THREE STORIES. (Rest in Peace, Kira! 1934-2018)

September 19th, 2018

CELIA AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

#directedbywomen. Celia's grandmother has just died, carried off by the fairy tale monsters the Hobyahs. Behind her she leaves not just her impact on her 9-year old granddaughter, but the legacy of Australian Communism. Celia develops an angry and rebellious streak that Summer, as she forms an alliance with neighboring children against her enemies, fights for her pet rabbit's life, and while dabbling in witchcraft, takes her revenge on the cruel and complicated world of adults that surrounds her. Blending horror with politics, drama, and history, Ann Turner's CELIA is an elegant, beautiful, and shocking coming-of-age story set in 50s suburban Melbourne.

September 17th, 2018

GEORGE WHO? At Century

#directedbywomen. George who....? Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, best known by her nom de plume George Sand! Leaving her husband and elegant estate behind her, George flees to the salons of Paris, wearing men's clothing and smoking cigars, scandalizing the city with her free love ethos and affairs with the likes of Chopin, Alfred de Musset, and actress Marie Dorval, and also boldly engaging in the politics of the 1848 Revolution! Michèle Rosier's witty, experimental biopic GEORGE WHO? compares the feminist heroine of yesteryear with the political insurgency and feminism of her own time, wrenching Sand's life from stale, contemporary gazes on history, and hinting at deep similarities between social upheavals and radical personae throughout time! Stars New Wave icons Anne Wiazemsky and Bulle Ogier, but also has a small role played by Gilles Deleuze (?!)

September 5th, 2018

THE FILMS OF GERMAINE DULAC AT CLINTON STREET THEATER

#directedbywomen French surrealist pioneer, one of the first women to direct films, Queen of les bohèmes: Germaine Dulac! Obscured in cinema history, Dulac was a fixture of Paris's radical, liberated avant-garde scene, rubbing elbows with the likes of Artaud and making Surrealist films that broke ground even before Bunuel & Dali. Founder of a feminist journal, a theorist, a thinker, and a critic, she forged new ground in every territory. We'll be screening three of her films that explore the interior terrain of the human mind: THE CIGARETTE, in which an aging man plays a cruel game of Russian Roulette with himself over jealousy and self-doubt (original subtitles by Church of Film), THE SMILING MADAME BEUDET, her feminist classic about a woman making a fatal plot to end her loveless marriage, and THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN, written by Artaud, her surrealist masterpiece that caused riots in Paris!

September 3rd, 2018

Shadowplay: Women in Experimental Animation at Century

#directedbywomen. A century of women in experimental animation, from the silent era to the present! It’s a tour of radical animation experiments, including the paper cut-outs of Lotte Reniger’s fairy tales, the jazz-inspired visual music of Mary Ellen Bute, the pinscreen inventions of co-creator Claire Parker, and beyond into the surreal work of more modern animators! SHADOWPLAY is curated survey of the contributions women have made to the field of experimental animation and visuals from the inception of the cinematic arts.

August 27th, 2018

The Girl Who Conquered Time at Century

Kazuko (Japanese teen idol Tomoyo Harada in her debut role) is an ordinary girl, until one day she faints in the school lab. Afterward, her perception of time and reality seems a little warped and funny. Nobuhiko Obayashi's (Hausu, School in the Crossshairs) THE GIRL WHO CONQUERED TIME is an eccentric sci-fi spin on a coming of age tale, replete with Obayashi's signature style!

August 22th, 2018

Heroic Purgatory at the Clinton Street Theater

An engineer's wife brings a lost teenager home. When a man posing as her father arrives to retrieve her, the engineer begins to remember his past as a revolutionary in the 1950s. What ensues is a vast, intricate puzzle in dream logic, darting between past, present, and future, fantasy and reality, sexuality and politics, as Japan's younger generations struggle in a radical stasis, unable to escape the incessant repetitions of past betrayals and failures. HEROIC PURGATORY was Kuji Yoshida's achingly beautiful follow-up to his legendary EROS + MASSACRE, and perhaps the most profound distillation of his revolutionary ideas and aesthetics.soundtrack!

August 20th, 2018

Maria Mirabella at Century

Two young girls, Maria and Mirabella, venture into the forest, where they encounter a few troubled friends: a frog whose feet have been frozen, a firefly whose shoes burst into flames, and a butterfly princess who's too afraid to fly. They must find the Lady of the Forest and seek her help, and maybe find the true purpose of frogs on earth! Romanian animator, filmmaker, and artist Ion Popescuo Gopo's MARIA, MIRABELLA displays all of his talents as a fantasy and sci-fi filmmaker, mixing animation and live action to make a heartwarming and psychedelic fairy tale. Features an amazing pop-funk soundtrack!

August 15th, 2018

Confession Theory Actress at Clinton Street Theater

The stories, traumas, and psyches of three actresses. Mazumori Shoko loses, or thinks she loses, her voice in a dream and must speak through her understudy, Rie. But what really happened in that dream, or in reality? Akiko Kaido believes she is being menaced by the wife of her lover, but it may be that she is the one being deceived. Makiko Isaku returns to her hometown to recount to her costumer the tale of a failed double suicide with her childhood lover... but she may have forgotten who her lover was. Kiju Yoshida's CONFESSION, THEORY, ACTRESS is a fractured psychic topography, a spellbinding web, drawing on influences of Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni, in which every immaculately crafted shot tells its own sad, secret, or sinister story.

August 13th, 2018

That Day at Century

The angels have told Livia that this day will be the best day of her life! She's the sole heiress to the powerful Sal Sox steak sauce fortune left to her by her late mother, and she's mad as a hatter. To bump her out of the way and collect the fortune, shadowy powers unleash Emil Pointpoirot, a psychopathic killer, from a mental asylum to do the dirty work. Was it her father, the Police, or the Swiss government, or God who wants the killing done? In any case, destiny gets a thorough revision when the two neurodivergents forge an unlikely bond. THAT DAY is a latter day masterpiece by Chilean genius Raul Ruiz, a mind-altered thriller that can be macabre, hilarious, and beautiful, often all in the same scene!

August 6th, 2018

Uproar in Heaven at Century

Bursting forth from an egg in Flower Fruit Mountain, the powerful and magical Monkey King is crowned by the animals below. But the Jade Emperor in Heaven is afraid of the mighty new king and invites him to be his stable master so that he can keep a watchful eye. He soon learns that the rebellious spirit of the handsome Monkey King may be too much for him to control, especially when the king declares himself Great Sage Equal to the Heavens! Wan Laiming’s UPROAR IN HEAVEN, adapted from the 16th century classic Journey to the West, was the first animated feature made in Mao's China—a beloved rebel tale told with swirling colors and a towering imagination, restored to its pristine glory. [Note, this is a restoration of the 1965 original, *NOT* the 2012 3D reconstruction].

July 30th, 2018

The Flower Girl at Century

CINEMA OF NORTH KOREA: Set during the Japanese Occupation of Korea, a poor young woman, Koppun, sells flowers to help her ailing mother and her blind sister. Her brother, a resistance fighter, has gone missing. In despair from the rapacious cruelty of the authorities, on the brink of starvation, she sets out to find her brother. THE FLOWER GIRL is DPRK's most cherished film (featured, in fact, on their one won banknote), a beautiful story of struggle set to some of the most beloved songs in the country. This is one of the major cultural pieces to come out of the region, so don't miss!

July 26th, 2018

The Films of Jiri Barta w/ live scores at Holocene

Church of Film & Fin de Cinema collaborate to bring you the spooky, twisted world of Czech animator Jiri Barta, with live scores by Portland artists! In THE LAST THEFT, a burglar breaks into a mansion, only to find it populated by strange people. At first they lavish him with hospitality, but soon he find that perhaps they are thieves themselves of a supernatural kind... with a live score by HASTE! A dilapidated warehouse is the setting of CLUB OF THE LAID OFF, where dismembered mannequins, discarded trinkets and junk spring to life in a sordid immitation of the living... live score by WL! Lastly, Barta's masterwork, THE PIED PIPER, a stop-motion telling of the familiar tale, steeped in gothic gloom and heavy with portent! With a live score by S.E.C.R.E.T.S. & Magisterial!

July 25th, 2018

A Broad Bellflower AT CENTURY

CINEMA OF NORTH KOREA: In a distant mountain village, a new generation, orphaned by the war, pulls together to rebuild their home and modernize it. They are inspired by the courage and tenacity of Jin Song Rim. When Song Rim falls in love with an ambitious designer who longs for the opportunities of city life, she must choose between love and her duty to her village. A BROAD BELLFLOWER is a glorious romance told through the faded lens of memory, with soaring camerawork, and a brilliant soundtrack of worker's ballads and moody electronic ambience. An stylish oddity that rises to the level of a masterpiece, it was one of the most popular North Korean films of its time!

July 23th, 2018

PULGASARI AT CENTURY

CINEMA OF NORTH KOREA: A feudal king, sensing a peasant revolt, unleashes a cruel vengeance on the villages, until a dying blacksmith uses the last of his spirit to craft a tiny iron beast, PULGASARI… As the monster gobbles iron, he becomes larger and more powerful, aiding the villagers in their battle against their oppressive overlord. A truly bizarre and amazing Godzilla knockoff, North Korean style! South Korean director Sang-ok Shin (A Thousand Year-Old Fox) and his wife had been kidnapped by cinema-obsessed DPRK dictator Kim Il Sung and forced to make films (so the story goes…), culminating in this mad monster movie!

July 18th, 2018

THE STORY OF CHUNHYANG AT CLINTON STREET THEATER

CINEMA OF NORTH KOREA: Chunhyang, the daughter of a poor family but admired for her beauty and talents, falls in love with the noble Mong-ryong. They bond through their mutual love of poetry, and because society will not allow them an open engagement, he promises to marry her through a poem. When he is called away to Seoul, however, the tryannical local governor demans Chunhyang as a mistress. THE STORY OF CHUNHYANG is an opulent, beautifully designed romantic epic that became one of North Korea's most popular films. Alight with sumptuous cinematography, sweeping landscapes, and enchanting music, it remains one of the greatest films to emerge from the DPRK.

July 16th, 2018

LABYRINTH IN THE FIELD: SHORTS OF THE NEW JAPANESE AVANT-GARDE AT CENTURY

Celebrating the postwar generations, surrounding the Nihon Student Movement of the 60s, the radical Art Theatre Guild production house, and the avant-garde throughout the second half of the 20th century! A curated collection of surreal journeys, including Shuji Terayama's explorations of childhood trauma and memory, LABYRITNTH IN THE GRASS and BUTTERFLY, Tengai Amano's poem about a child who cannot accept death, TWILIGHT, and other short work by Mari Terashima, Takashi Ito, Toshio Matsumoto and more!

July 9th, 2018

ALICE OR THE LAST ESCAPE at Century

Alice leaves her suffocating, boring marriage one night and winds up stranded at a mysterious country manor. It turns out the house is very hard to leave, and its spectral occupants seem to be playing some kind of game with her. It's a strange adventure full of forking paths, unscalable walls, and dead ends.... Part Through the Looking Glass and part Borges, ALICE OR THE LAST ESCAPE is an atypically dreamy and supernatural outing for French New Wave auteur Claude Chabrol, who dedicated the film to Fritz Lang.

July 2nd, 2018

UPTIGHT! at Century

Days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the streets of Cleveland, Ohio rest on a powderkeg. Charismatic revolutionary Johnny rallies his community for resistance, planning an arms raid. His best friend Tank, unemployed and alcoholic, sinks into despair and away from the cause. He is approached by a police informant, who offers him money in return for cooperation... Blacklisted film noir legend Jules Dassin (Riffifi, Night & the City) returned to the US only once, to make this film, written with militant Julian Mayfield and actress Ruby Dee, and featuring an all black cast. Updating John Ford's IRA thriller The Informer into the midst of America's urban strife, UP TIGHT is an unbelievably candid and charged story of the Black Power movement, and was a precursor to the Blaxploitation film.

June 25th, 2018

GIRL WITH HYACINTHS at Century

PRIDE 2018: Two aging actresses share an apartment in Paris, and a life. Retreating into champagne and fantasies, using the trade of theatre to dress a slowly unraveling existence of poverty and loneliness, they try on feminine roles, and revisit the ones that have failed them. Paul Vecchiali's FEMMES FEMMES is a masterpiece of 70s queer whimsy and despair, a madcap and at times delirious spinout to the bottom and back, and to the bottom again. It's also a musical, when it wants to be!

June 20th, 2018

THE COW at Clinton Street Theater

PRIDE 2018: Two aging actresses share an apartment in Paris, and a life. Retreating into champagne and fantasies, using the trade of theatre to dress a slowly unraveling existence of poverty and loneliness, they try on feminine roles, and revisit the ones that have failed them. Paul Vecchiali's FEMMES FEMMES is a masterpiece of 70s queer whimsy and despair, a madcap and at times delirious spinout to the bottom and back, and to the bottom again. It's also a musical, when it wants to be!

June 18th, 2018

TAXI TO THE T0ILET at Century

PRIDE 2018: Frank is a respected, well-liked elementary school teacher. But elsewhere he is known as Peggy, and cruises through the sexual amusement park of Berlin, attending to his voracious libido. When he strikes up a long term relationship with Bernd, a mild mannered theater employee, he begins to wonder if love isn't holding him back a bit... TAXl TO THE TOILET is an X-Rated mega cult classic of gay cinema, based entirely on actor and director Frank Ripploh's real life experiences. A hilarious and subversive German New Cinema comedy that breaks every single on-screen taboo with an irresistible charm and mischievous spirit that's impossible to resist!

June 11th, 2018

FEMMES FEMMES at Century

PRIDE 2018: Two aging actresses share an apartment in Paris, and a life. Retreating into champagne and fantasies, using the trade of theatre to dress a slowly unraveling existence of poverty and loneliness, they try on feminine roles, and revisit the ones that have failed them. Paul Vecchiali's FEMMES FEMMES is a masterpiece of 70s queer whimsy and despair, a madcap and at times delirious spinout to the bottom and back, and to the bottom again. It's also a musical, when it wants to be!

June 6th, 2018

THE INVENTION OF MOREL at CLINTON STREET THEATER

A refugee washes up on the shore of a strange and barren island. At the far end lies an enigmatic "museum," or rather a beautiful Art Deco mansion, the purpose of which remains unknown. But the island isn't as deserted as the visitor had assumed—an enigmatic group of vacationers clad in 1920s getup occasionally appear. Are they real, the hallucinations of a delirious and starving man, or is there some other answer to their mysterious presence? THE INVENTION OF MOREL is a stylish adaptation of Adolfo Bioy Casares's celebrated novel, starring Anna Karina!

June 4th, 2018

IT IS NOT THE HOMOSEXUAL WHO IS PERVERSE BUT THE SOCIETY IN WHICH HE LIVES at CENTURY

PRIDE 2018: Young naif Daniel arrives in Berlin to explore the city, and himself, as a gay man. He finds a city alive with sexual and counter-cultural promise, as he moves from clique to clique—at last arriving at a group of revolutionary queers demanding discourse and action. A garish, provocative, sometimes hilarious docudrama by LGBTQIA activist and filmmaker Rosa Von Praunheim, IT IS NOT THE HOMOSEXUAL WHO IS PERVERSE BUT THE SOCIETY IN WHICH HE LIVES incited massive controversy in Germany and elsewhere upon its release in 1971. A monumental queer classic of the German New Cinema!

May 30th, 2018

CINEMA OF MAY 68 at Clinton Street Theater

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising in France that nevertheless shook the world! CINEMA OF MAY '68 is a program of experimental shorts by greats like rebel actor Pierre Clementi, whose kaleidopscopic Kenneth Angeresque montage, LE REVOLUTION N'EST QU'UN DEBUT. CONTINUONS LE COMBAT, was made as the protestors battled in the streets. And the radical Zanzibar collective's greatest alum, Philippe Garrel, with his celebrated street essay ACTUA 1. Both of these films were considered lost. Other shorts will explore the Bohemian counterculture of the soixante-huitards, Surrealism, Situationism, and Philosophy in the Streets! Shorts will be accompanied by high quality documentary footage of the barricades and protests, edited by Church of Film. The struggle continues!

May 28th, 2018

MISTER DESIGNER AT CENTURY

Platon Andreyevich, an ingenious artist and designer who at one time had led the avant-garde with a treatise on how the artist might perfect the imperfect creations of the gods, seems to be slipping into madness. He is obsessed with using models to create lifelike dolls, and haunted by strange memories. One day he is approached by a wealthy client to design a house for his wife. But the man’s wife seems strangely familiar—is she one of Platon’s former models, or one of his dolls? Oleg Teptsov’s MISTER DESIGNER is a lavish gothic tale based on a story by Alexander Grin (Morgiana) that builds towards a spiraling, hallucinatory climax of horror and psychedelic lunacy. Also, the soundtrack is a killer!

May 21st, 2018

LANDSCAPE SUICIDE AT CENTURY

Two American killers, separated not just by decades and hundreds of miles, but by age and just about everything else. LANDSCAPE SUICIDE revisits the scenes of the crimes of Ed Gein and Bernadette Protti as the actors portraying them perform dialogue from trial transcripts. In his moody and haunted retread of the places stained by murders, by the grounds familiar to those who killed, experimental director James Benning touches deep on the American psyche.

May 16th, 2018

SURREALISM OF THE LOW COUNTRIES: AVANT GARDE SHORTS FROM BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

Awash in the dreamy eroticism of the sea, under the spell of Rene Magritte and the artists drinking at La Fleur en Papier Doré, Belgian and Dutch artists captured their land and their sublimated desires on film throughout the ages! This program of avant-garde shorts includes legendary Surrealist prankster and Magritte collaborator Marcel Mariën's only film, IMITATION OF CINEMA (1960), Count Henri D'Ursel's notorious THE PEARL (1929), Ernst Moerman's playful dream-riff on masked-man crime serials, MR. FANTOMAS (1937), and many more rare and delightful treasures! Enjoy a few wet dreams, so to speak.

May 14th, 2018

THE W0MAN WITH RED BO0TS at Century

Perrot, an elderly millionaire, patronizes the arts and toys with the lives of artists as a deadly game. He's met his match, however, when he takes an interest in Françoise, a poor Bohemian novelist. For Françoise is also a genius, a psychic, and a Surrealist witch! Director Juan Luis Bunuel (son of Luis Bunuel) proved every bit his father's equal in THE WOMAN WlTH THE RED B0OTS, starring Catherine Deneuve and Fernando Rey in a playful, eccentric, and dark surrealist masterpiece!

May 7th, 2018

ZEDER at Century

Stefano, a writer, receives a secondhand typewriter from his girlfriend Alessandra, and discovers that he can still read the text imprinted on the ribbon. It leads him down a dark trail, uncovering the story of the scientist Paulo Zeder, and the search for mysterious K-Zones, where the dead can be brought back to life… Italian genre master Pupi Avati's ZEDER was an atypical twist on the zombie film, replacing shock horror with moody atmosphere, science fiction, Occult fascination and tragic romance, elevating genre schlock to a higher plane, and creating a new kind of horror picture.

April 30th, 2018

TWO FILMS OF RESISTANCE at Century

Two explosive pieces from the LA Rebellion! In Larry Clark’s AS ABOVE SO BELOW (1973), 52m, a Marine returns to the US to find it under a post-Watts rebellion state of siege, with underground black revolutionaries plotting an uprising, and the state determined to put down any resistance. In Haile Gerima’s CHILD OF RESISTANCE (1972), 36m, director Haile Gerima translates his own dream of a militant behind bars for activism, inspired by Angela Davis.

April 25th, 2018

AMERICA PLAYS ITSELF at Clinton Street Theater

A program of experimental shorts exploring the United States—the lights, the cars, the music! And also, yes, the consumerism, colonization, and conformity. Actually, mostly those last things. Includes BEAUTY KNOWS NO PAIN, a brilliant and biting satirical documentary of Texas’s Kilgore College Rangerettes squad and their Spartan, quasi-fascist regime. HOUSTON TEXAS, THE SIXTH SIDE OF THE PENTAGON, and BROADWAY BY LIGHT all explore different angles of American culture from the outsider’s perspective (all with the collaboration of the great docu-essayist Chris Marker). SUPER UP, SAN FRANCISCO and SQUARE TIMES explore the dizzying effects of proliferated marketing signs and symbols on the psyche. And there’s more!

April 23rd, 2018

YOUNG & HEALTHY AS A ROSE at Century

Youth delinquent and violent hustler Stevan terrorizes Belgrade, rising from petty criminal to mafia boss and political demagogue, demolishing hope for the youth in Tito’s Yugoslavia in a tornado of drugs, sex, and crime! Jovan Jovanovic’s shocking Black Wave classic YOUNG & HEALHTY AS A ROSE drew heavily on the pop art visuals and rebel élan of early Jean-Luc Godard, crafting a film that horrified censors and was immediately banned. Back then it seemed deliberately provocative and scandalous, but decades later Stevan’s promise that he was Yugoslavia’s future rang eerily prophetic…

April 16th, 2018

IO ISLAND at Century

Sun Wu-hyun entices investors with a promising ad campaign—a hotel near the mysterious island of Io, where local legends maintain the secret to immortality is locked away. But death is also promised for any man who sees it. He is forced to clear his own name, however, when a journalist opposing his plans goes missing. In pursuit of justice, Sun discovers the strange nearby island of Parang, populated almost entirely of women divers, and learns of their rituals and history. A peculiar riff on The Wicker Man by South Korean cult film director Kim Ki-young, IO ISLAND is a slow-burning, weirdo thriller that builds to a perverse finale of witchcraft that you must see to believe!

April 9th, 2018

DANGER: DIAB0LIK at Century

Master thief DiaboIik's schemes grow more and more daring, and threaten the global economy and organized crime. To stop him and his partner Eva, it may take the combined efforts of the police and the mafia! In DANGER DIAB0LlK!, cult film maestro Mario Bava tackled Italy's most celebrated comic strip with panache -- a wild array of dizzying set pieces, costumes, and psychedelic madness, paying homage to the silent serials of the past with the tale of an anti-capitalist hero and the woman he loves. Featuring one of Ennio Morricone's greatest soundtracks!

April 2nd, 2018

DAINAH LA METISSE & OTHER TALES OF LOVE, DEATH AND THE SEA at Century

A shorts and featurettes program of love, death, and the sea! Our headline film, DAINAH LA METISSE, is an early masterpiece by French master Jean Gremillon. A strange, stylized and alluring film, DAINAH is a jazzy, nightmarish poem about racial tension and sublimated colonial guilt, set amidst the strange parties and magic-laced maskarades on an ocean liner. Also included will be Dmitri Kirsanoff's haunting experimental narrative, MENILMONTANT, and Jean Epstein's beautiful LE TEMPESTAIRE.

March 29th, 2018

Mini-Festival #3: LA REBELLI0N

In the wake of the Watts rebeIlion, black students and professors at UCLA turned their eyes on film to explore black identity, representation, and political consciousness in a spellbinding cinematic insurrection now known as the LA RebeIlion. Influenced by the New York avant-garde and the Third World Cinemas coming out of Latin America, these directors sought to reconstruct film language in inventive ways to counter Hollywood’s anti-blackness and seize images for themselves. Together they paved the way for a new black cinema. Includes stunning short work by HaiIe Gerima, JuIie Dash, CharIes Burnett, and many more!

March 28th, 2018

Mini-Festival #2: PEAU DE PÊCHE

Peau de Pêche is an orphaned street urchin who one day is taken under the wing of a beautiful woman. Alas, the world separates them and takes him to the country during the war. But as a young man trying to navigate the torments of love, he may need the nurturing guidance of his dream mother… can he find her again? A lost silent film by one of cinema’s greatest forgotten women pioneers, Marie Epstein, PEAU DE PÊCHE is alight with beautiful subjective montage and stunningly evocative images that illustrate Epstein preoccupations—surrogate motherhood, suicidal ideation of childhood, and abandonment among them. Church of Film has made subtitles for this lost treasure, and selected a film score, recovering a beautiful work of art!

March 27th, 2018

Mini-Festival #1: Adventures in Color

A treasure trove of short film work from the beginning of cinema to the mid-20th Century, revealing filmmakers trying to break free from the silver screen into glorious color! This set will feature beautiful hand stenciled coloration, two-tone Technicolor processing, and other means and methods of bringing images into living color! Films will include Pathecolor fairy tale films, scandalous pre-code dance skits like THE DEVIL’S CABARET, and other candy-colored adventures! Get your eyes drunk!

March 26th, 2018

CELEBRATION IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN AT CENTURY

A mosaic of stories and episodes set in a small village flutter about, merge and collide until a stranger comes to town and touches everything with a bit of anarchy and magic. And then it's party time! A banquet of folk art, colors, comedy and magic, it's a visually saturated ode to the enchanting spell of cinema and, well, just a fun piece of Summer Saturnalia! Filmed in the Summer of '68, Slovakian director Elo Havetta's CELEBRATION IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN is an unrestrained, uncomplicated expression of joy, freedom and the need for miracles.

March 20th, 2018

LE REVELATEUR W/ LIVE SCORE BY HASTE

The awakening and growth a child’s consciousness as he experiences the psychological traumas of youth within the haunted enclosure of the nuclear family. Shot in stark black and white and evoking the visual primacy of silent film, LE REVELATEUR is one of French cinema’s most beautiful experimental pieces. Directed by Philippe Garrel for the radical Zanzibar group amidst the political turmoil of May ’68, the film is a strange, sad, and mysterious commentary on generational strife and psychic pain. Complemented with an original live score performed by HASTE, the already eerie, complex sadness of the film is intensified. Haste's score is an ethereal piece of psychedelic ambiance and intricate minimalism evoked with the use of guitar pedals. It explores darkness and bright light simultaneously, a theme that is visually mastered in the film itself.

March 19th, 2018

GANDAHAR

The world of Gandahar is a peaceful matriarchal society where everyone lives in harmony with nature, until a mysterious invasion of metal men begin petrifying and capturing its people. The warrior Sylvain is dispatched to find the source of the metal men, and locates Metamorphis, a giant pink brain floating in the Circumventing Ocean. But Metamorphis is unaware of why or how the metal men are manifesting… GANDAHAR is the final masterpiece of genius animator René Laloux (Fantastic Planet)—a stunning sci-fi epic of time paradox and thought genesis filled to the brim with detailed, imaginative imagery and a spacey soundtrack.

March 12th, 2018

NUITS ROUGES

The mysterious Man Without a Face plots to steal the hidden treasure of a secretly existing sect of the Order of the Knights Templar in an over-the-top adventure involving lost treasure, murder, underground ceremonies, mad scientists, robots, and a mind-controlled zombie army. NUITS ROUGES was Surrealist Georges Franju’s final tribute to the silent serials of Louis Feuillade—aggressively and joyfully escalating the absurdity of the bygone fantastique-crime genre, propelling it into a raucous, garish, at times eerie and atmospheric film that somehow blends high camp, anti-fascism, moody dream reality, and winking postmodern détournement! Weird…

March 1st, 2018

MORGIANA at ZEBULON (LA)

Cats! Poison! Jewels! MORGIANA is a gothic tale based on a story by Alexander Grin, the Russian Poe. The story of jealousy of one evil sister toward her twin, and the stately kitty cat caught in the fray, just trying to get to his water dish! Directed by Czechoslovak New Wave alum Juraj Herz (The Cremator, Beauty & the Beast), shot by the brilliant Jaroslav Kucera (Daisies, Cassandra Cat, everything cool ever), and scored by Lubos Fiser (Valerie & Her Week of Wonders). And starring a cat! Our Church of Film LA Premiere screening will be followed by a dance party w/ DJ sets Dawn Sharp, Kenna & Surplus.

February 21st, 2018

PSYCHEDELIC CANADA at CLINTON STREET THEATER

Mind-warping shorts from the North, exploring the counter-culture and, err, influence of the times! Pockets heavy with public funding via the National Film Board of Canada, a whole generation of radicals cut their teeth on wild expressions of Canadian weirdness, under the vague promise to make “films designed to interpret Canada.” Including the groundbreaking, brain-meltingly mad montage of Arthur Lipsett’s FREEFALL and 21-87, Quebecois youth delinquency celebrations Claude Jutra’s THE DEVIL’S TOY and Jean Beaudin ode to psychedelic “happenings,” VERTIGE, as well as animated works by Ishu Patel and Jacques Drouin!, and more

February 19th, 2018

THE STORY OF THE FOX (LA ROMAN DE RENARD) at CENTURY

Based on the fable by Goethe, in which the animal kingdom, ruled by King Lion and his lascivious Queen, struggles to contain the mischievous Renard the Fox, whose malicious pranks are taking their toll. THE STORY OF THE FOX (La Roman de Renard) is a stop-motion masterpiece by genius Russian émigré Ladislas Starevich, who worked ten years with his daughter to create one of the first ever animated sound features! The screening will also feature his beautiful short, THE MASCOT!

February 12th, 2018

SPLIT OF THE SPIRIT at Century

A famous dance choreographer, Lu-ling, attempts suicide after a break-up, while elsewhere a young woman is mudered by her boyfriend and his shady business partners in a mysterious Occult ritual gone wrong. When their spirits meet, Lu-ling becomes the vehicle of murderous revenge. Culminating in an epic allegorical dance and Orphic journey to the other side, Fred Tam's SPLIT OF THE SPIRIT is a unique piece of the Taiwanese New Wave—a stylish, macabre and spiritual horror thriller!

February 11th, 2018

Church of Film 2018 Party & Fundraiser at Killingsworth Dynasty

Visuals by Church of Film will explore the depths of silent occult, cult, and curio film. Live performances by HASTE, and music by PRINCESS DIMEBAG and ESPECIALLY HEINOUS! Plus, merchandise! Get your own Church of Film T-Shirt with an original design by Dreem Street!

February 5th, 2018

Carnival of Sinners aka La Main du Diable at Century

Roland, an impoverished Parisian painter who has more luck with women than skill with a brush, unwittingly enters into a Faustian bargain when he purchases a mysterious box containing a human hand for the price of a nickel. Soon everything he dared dream of comes easily his way: fame for his painting, the woman he loves, incredible wealth. But like any deal with the Devil, he has gotten more than he bargained for… in a desperate bid to save his soul, he finds himself in Monte Carlo during Carnival, confronting the phantoms of every soul who has possessed his magical hand throughout the ages, until he finds the original owner. Together they must confront the Devil. Made in Occupied France, CARNIVAL OF SINNERS, or La Main du Diable, was a late masterstroke of expressionist horror by legendary maestro of the supernatural and fantastique, Maurice Tourneur!

January 31st, 2018

SHADOWPLAY: WOMEN IN EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

A century of women in experimental animation, from the silent era to the present! It’s a tour of radical animation experiments, including the paper cut-outs of Lotte Reniger’s fairy tales, the jazz-inspired visual music of Mary Ellen Bute, the pinscreen inventions of co-creator Claire Parker, and beyond into the surreal work of more modern animators! SHADOWPLAY is curated survey of the contributions women have made to the field of experimental animation and visuals from the inception of the cinematic arts.

January 29th, 2018

HONG KIL-DONG at CENTURY

A North Korean Martial Arts film! When Hong is outcast from his family as an illegitimate child, his stepmother hires bandits to make sure his departure is final. Fortunately he is rescued by an aging master, who trains the young child in martial arts, divination, and magic. Based on the 16th century folk tales, HONG KIL-DONG is a Korean Robin Hood tale, brimming with swordplay and magic, and of course some good ol' class warfare. It remains one of the DPRK's most popular films!

January 22nd, 2018

MAZURKA at CENTURY

A predatory concert pianist, Grigori, sets his sights on young Lisa as his next target. But Lisa has an unlikely guardian angel in Vera, a mysterious and murderous cabaret singer. But what is Vera's motive, and what is it in her painful past that compels her to intervene? Legendary Polish femme fatale Pola Negri returned to Germany to star in Austrian actor, songman and auteur Willi Forst's dramatic masterwork, MAZURKA—so good, Hollywood immediately made a rare order for a shot-for-shot American remake. But who can replace Pola Negri?!

January 17th, 2018

UNCANNY TALES AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

A carefully curated collection of short films that will leave you asking, “What on earth did I just watch?” UNCANNY TALES charts a course through the narrative experimental work of Surrealists Raul Ruiz and Jean-Claude Carrière, Mexican horror anthologies, English video pieces, and beyond, searching for those corners of storytelling where logic seems to have dropped the ball, or in which characters are trapped in an insidious new logic, with weird and terrifying results.

January 15th, 2018

SCHOOL IN THE CROSSHAIRS AT CENTURY

Yuka, a shy schoolgirl at the top of her class, discovers she has powerful psychic abilities. She puts them to use helping her friend, class loser Koji. But when a new student, Keiko, shows up to school demonstrating similar abilities, using them to seize control of the student council and usher in a Fascist regime, Yuka and Keiko must find a way to end her reign of terror! SCHOOL IN THE CROSSHAIRS is another mischievous, whacked-out genre fireball from weirdo-genius Nobuhiko Obayashi, the director of the notorious Hausu!

January 8th, 2018

MORNING PATROL AT CENTURY

A destroyed earth, a desolate city in ruins. TVs still operate, cinemas still function, there is electricity, but no people. The Morning Patrol guards the empty metropolis, electronic voices warn the non-existent citizens to evacuate… but for what purpose? A lone woman sneaks in, seeking to pass through the so-called Forbidden Zone and make her way to the sea, ducking the Patrol and dodging their traps. She has no memory. THE MORNING PATROL is Greek director Nikos Nikolaidis’s somber and foreboding look at a future in ruination, and a past half remembered.

January 3rd, 2018

LABYRINTH IN THE FIELD: SHORTS OF THE NEW JAPANESE AVANT-GARDE

At the CLINTON STREET THEATER! Celebrating the postwar generations, surrounding the Nihon Student Movement of the 60s, the radical Art Theatre Guild production house, and the avant-garde throughout the second half of the 20th century! A curated collection of surreal journeys, including Shuji Terayama's explorations of childhood trauma and memory, LABYRITNTH IN THE GRASS and BUTTERFLY, Tengai Amano's poem about a child who cannot accept death, TWILIGHT, and other short work by Mari Terashima, Toshio Matsumoto and more!

January 1st, 2018

YEAR O1 AT CENTURY

Armed only with the slogan “Quit Everything,” the people of France walk out of their jobs—and never return. Labor and money are abolished. Production stops. Consumption stops. Markets stop. Governments stop. Now people work only to fulfill their needs, and use only what they need. Consumer goods are museum pieces, the earth is a common land and garden, and wage labor is a barbaric, faintly remembered past. Somewhere, counter-revolutionaries gather stacks of money, now useless paper, hoping one day it will again be charged with significance and elevate them to the status of lords. This is a report from the first year of a liberated world! Jacques Doillon’s YEAR 01 (with contributing pieces by Left Bank luminaries Alain Resnais and Jean Rouch) is a serio-comic Utopia, a series of imaginative sketches based on the philosophies behind the tumult of May ’68 and the Situationist International. Imagine a future!

December 20th, 2017

UPROAR IN HEAVEN AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

Bursting forth from an egg in Flower Fruit Mountain, the powerful and magical Monkey King is crowned by the animals below. But the Jade Emperor in Heaven is afraid of the mighty new king and invites him to be his stable master so that he can keep a watchful eye. He soon learns that the rebellious spirit of the handsome Monkey King may be too much for him to control, especially when the king declares himself Great Sage Equal to the Heavens! Wan Laiming’s UPROAR IN HEAVEN, adapted from the 16th century classic Journey to the West, was the first animated feature made in Mao's China—a beloved rebel tale told with swirling colors and a towering imagination, restored to its pristine glory. [Note, this is a restoration of the 1965 original, *NOT* the 2012 3D reconstruction].

December 18th, 2017

Christmas Ghost Stories AT CENTURY

In the grave tradition of English ghost tale masters like M.R. James, four short films explore the uncanny and unclear boundaries between the living and the dead. In THE SlGNALMAN, a lonely train station functionary is haunted by visions of a phantom and the trauma of a crash that occurred years before. THE ASH TREE is a chilling tale of atavism and a witch’s revenge on a witchfinder general’s descendant. An elderly man with a taste for the Occult has a habit of adopting young orphans in LOST HEARTS, but for what nefarious purpose? And a buried treasure brings misfortune and terror on the archaeologist who finds it, for the treasure has an undead guardian in A WARNlNG TO THE CURlOUS… Lawrence Gordon Clark’s stark and frankly terrifying adaptations of classic English ghost stories were a beloved Christmas tradition in the UK, and still bring a chill to the holidays!

December 11th, 2017

SON OF THE WHITE MARE AT CENTURY

Marcell Jankovic's animated feature, SON OF THE WHITE MARE, is psychedelic bath, a swirling trip of Hungarian folklore, Sigmund Freud, and anxieties, dreams and fears about industry and technology. When the lid on Pandora's Box has been opened under the dragon tree at the gates of Hell, the three sons of the white mare must come together and journey into the underworld to slay dragons and set things right! A kaleidoscopic monument to Hungarian animation that may short-circuit brains, so be sure to check them at the door!

December 6th, 2017

THE SNOW QUEEN AT CLINTON STREET THEATER

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, THE SNOW QUEEN is a surreal and sinister film focusing on the young girl Kerttu’s journey to rescue her brother Kai from the evil Snow Queen. Kerttu travels through beautiful and hostile lands, meeting various strange and threatening characters on the way – befriended and helped by some, waylaid and trapped by others. A rarely seen landmark of Finnish cinema, and a wintry fantasy epic!

December 4th, 2017

THE SNOW WOMAN AT CENTURY

A master sculptor and his apprentice, Yosaku, seek out a mystical tree for carving a statue commissioned by a local temple—but this angers the ghostly witch of the woods, who takes her revenge on the master but spares the student. Not long after, the beautiful Yuki appears in the village and falls in love with Yosaku. But through marriage and children, poverty and hardship, both Yuki and Yosaku both must keep a dreadful secret… THE SNOW WOMAN is a somber and elegant kaidan, a traditional Japanese ghost story, about love, sacrifice, and compassion, shot with painterly compositions by Kurasawa and Mizoguchi understudy Tokuzo Tanaka, and featuring a haunting score by Akira Ifukube.

November 29th, 2017

THE LITTLE PRINCE AT CLINTON STREET THEATER

A pilot crashes his plane in the Sahara and, stranded, meets a strange young boy whom he calls the little Prince. While he works to repair his plane, the Prince recounts his adventures journeying from his home planet, a tiny asteroid with three volcanoes and a rose, toward Earth, and all the planets inbetween. A highly-stylized adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s book by Lithuanian painter-turned-director, Arunas Zebriunas, THE LITTLE PRINCE wonderfully captures the melancholy ethos of the cherished classic, with stunning set pieces and desert photography.

November 27th, 2017

ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE AT CENTURY

When a luxury yacht finds itself shipwrecked on a mysterious island, its motley crew of survivors head out to find food and shelter. They stumble upon another ship whose crew seems to have met with a bad end. And what’s with the strange mushrooms native to the island? Can you eat them? An eerie atmospheric sci-fi horror seasoned with psychedelics, ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE snuck in commentary and controversy with production design alluding to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—it was banned in many parts of Japan and elsewhere.

November 22nd, 2017

LOVE SUBLIME AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

Beautiful young Rupa’s face is partially disfigured as a child, and she grows up castigated by her community and family as an abomination. Enter suave bachelor Rajiv, an engineer designing an important dam for the village. He abhors imperfection, but is drawn to mysterious Rupa’s enchanting voice. Can he reconcile the voice and the woman he loves with a face that terrifies him? Rich with bold costumes and colors, towering set pieces and wonderful songs, Bollywood auteur Raj Kapoor’s late film LOVE SUBLIME championed character over physical beauty. Ironically it was dismissed as too flashy, racy and vulgar at the time… today, all its extravagant entertainment and knotted contradictions make it all the more appealing!

November 20th, 2017

STRANGLER VS. STRANGLER AT CENTURY

Belgrade, 1985: A city with 2 million people but missing one thing to make it a real metropolis—a serial killer! It’s about to graduate, however, when Pera Mitic, a flower salesman with serious Oedipal issues, starts squeezing necks over carnations. Meanwhile an ambitious punk singer named Spiridon (Srdjan Saper, real life frontman for Yugoslavia’s most celebrated band, Idoli), develops a mysterious psychic connection with the killer, and whips up a controversial hit single—an ode to the Belgrade Strangler. Set around Belgrade’s underground radio and club scene, STRANGLER VS. STRANGLER is a brilliantly macabre, hilarious, and creepy pastiche of Hitchcockian horror, black comedy, and Yugoslavian punk!

November 13th, 2017

SOVIET SCI-FI ANIMATION AT CENTURY

A showcase of rare late Soviet Sci-fi and Futurist animation! From monsters and Mayakovsky, Utopian Socialism and space exploration, to ecological disaster and weaponization, and capitalism and colonialization, this set is an odyssey of hopes, fears, and aspirations, in vibrant, swirling, psychedelic glory! This collection focuses on the work of brilliant animator Vladimir Tarasov, including his Futurist tribute to Mayakovsky, FORWARD MARCH TIME, and his miniature astral epic THE PASSAGE, among many others!

November 6th, 2017

THE MAN WHO FOLLOWS BIRDS AT CENTURY

Farouk, a young man with a poetic temperament, is orphaned in his hostile and unhappy village. He leaves with a friend to live as a beggar in the mountains, where he finds himself again surrounded by violence and inhumanity—but also great beauty. THE MAN WHO CHASES BIRDS is a rare and tender coming-of-age story set in the mountains of Uzbekistan. Inspired by Sergei Paradjanov and his long-distance friend Michelangelo Antonioni, Uzbek auteur Ali Khamraev turned this simple story into a sumptuous visual feast and mood piece worthy of the best art films of his time.

November 1st, 2017

CITY OF PIRATES at the Clinton Street Theater

Graceful, damned Isidore wanders through life as though it were a dream fractured or decomposing. A homicidal boy named Malo, her husband and other self, purifies her world with blood, fire and violence. She is heading for a castle on an island where her brother, lover, and captor Toby, a man with multiple personalities, dwells. Chilean director Raul Ruiz's widely hailed Surrealist masterpiece CITY OF PIRATES was written entirely from dreams and autowriting, and moves in gloomy, mystical dream logic. One of cinema's most enchanted poems!

October 30th, 2017

POE! A Night of Edgar Allen Poe at Century

As in Edgar Allen Poe, the master of gothic horror, and a favorite for all arthouse directors of every generation for the striking imagery in his magnificent short stories and poems. Our ode to Poe will feature first and foremost French pioneer Jean Epstein's masterpiece, THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, a bewildering piece of film poetry co-scripted by his young associate director and student, Luis Bunuel. Also included will be Austrian director Kurt Steinwedner's THE RAVEN, a grim expressionist adaptation of the famous poem, and French New Wave critic-director Alexandre Astruc's horrifying THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, the only true adaptation of Poe's mind-bending story described in different pitches of the darkness.

October 23rd, 2017

DEAD 0F NIGHT AT Century

Mr. Craig arrives at a country resort for a job, but finds things strangely familiar... everything that happens corresponds to a half-remembered recurring nightmare. Intrigued by his déjà vu, others begin to recount their own tales of the supernatural. But will they learn to trust their own dreams before Mr. Craig’s nightmare becomes real? Engaging the talents of three classic English directors with Brazilian avant-garde designer Cavalcanti, DEAD 0F NIGHT is itself a half-remembered legend of a horror film, one that inspired cosmologist Fred Hoyle to formulate his Steady-State Theory of the Universe in his theater seat. "It's completely circular!” He marveled of the plot. “You can come in at any place and see it until the place you came in!"

October 18th, 2017

MESSIAH OF EVIL AT THE CLINTON STREET THEATER

A hundred years in the past, a demonic priest visits a sleepy Californian town and brings with him contagion. He vows to return... and as a strange zombie contagion grips Point Dune, CA, it seems like that prophecy may be coming true! A remarkably strange blend of zombie film and arthouse, MESSIAH OF EVIL gathered cult cache over the years for its heady take on the genre, it's over-the-top set pieces, and its mysterious occult plot (around which conspiracy still swirl!)

October 16th, 2017

MORGANA & HER NYMPHS at Century

Two young lovers, Françoise and Anna, become lost while on vacation. When Anna disappears, Françoise follows a mysterious dwarf and arrives at a strange castle. There the mistress of the castle, Morgana La Fey, offers her immortality, but at a cost... MORGANA & HER NYMPHS is one of the great gems of 70s French fantastique, blending a dreamy surrealism with horror, sensuality, and stunning design. A strange and mesmerizing nightmare...!

October 9th, 2017

THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK at Century

To the public, Dr. Bernard Hichcock is a beloved surgeon celebrated for his advances in anesthetic research. But he is leading a double life… at home, he plays a kinky game with his wife—until something goes horribly wrong… A taboo-smashing gothic horror, Riccardo Fredo’s THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK shocked audiences and has been widely hailed not only as an elegant precursor to the horror of Mario Bava and Dario Argento, but as one of the most subversive horror films of all time.

October 4th, 2017

CUADECUC VAMPIR at the Clinton Street Theater

Catalan rebel filmmaker Pere Portabella tagged along for the production of Jesus Franco’s Count Dracula, shot in (Francisco) Franco’s Spain and starring Christopher Lee. Franco’s film was forgettable, but Portabella’s film, a blistering high contrast reconstruction of the vampire myth, accompanied by an ambient noise score and film stock that seemed to decompose while projected, has become one of the world’s most celebrated experimental films. CUADECUC VAMPIR was more than just an atmospheric deconstruction of the genre, it was a sly wink at the creation of a monster, and the pathetic folly of militarist personality cults and Fascism.

October 2nd, 2017

THE NINTH HEART at Century

A young thief falls in love with a comedienne in a traveling carnival, but runs afoul of the law. To win his freedom, he must use his cloak of invisibility to save the ruling Lord’s daughter from a nefarious court alchemist, who steals the hearts of others to fuel his magical machines. Juraj Herz’s (Morgiana) THE NINTH HEART was a spectacular gothic fantasy filmed in tandem with his dark adaptation of Beauty & the Beast, with set design by his longtime friend Jan Švankmajer!

September 27th, 2017

FREAK ORLAND0 at the Clinton Street Theater

Gender-morphing time traveler Orlando enters Freak City, a consumerist utopia/dystopia run by the deranged inmates of modernity’s mutant extremities. Their journey, unfolding in chapters which cycle through her shifting identity, brings them through strange landscapes, even stranger people, and unbelievable worlds of madness. Designed and directed by radical provocateur Ulrike Ottinger, FREAK 0RLAND0 is a brilliant work of absolute surrealist madness, with eye-pummeling visuals, towering set pieces and high fashion costuming on steroids. With new English subtitles.

September 25th, 2017

THE DOLL at Century

A pathologically shy night watchman falls deeply in love with a mannequin and plots her theft. In his lonely, spare apartment he tends obsessively to her needs and comfort, until at last she comes alive and returns his love! But his new manifested lover has demands, and the world around him has serious questions… can a fragile and introverted creature cope with and explain his incomprehensible relationship? THE DOLL is a striking, frightening psychological thriller that recalls Hitchcock’s Psycho and presages Polanski’s Repulsion.

September 18th, 2017

THE SEVENTH VICTIM at Century

Mary's sister, Jacqueline, has gone missing. As she searches for clues to her disappearance, she finds herself closer and closer to a shadowy group, the Palladists—followers of an ancient Satanic cult. Producer Val Lewton's chilling film is one of the most enigmatic riddles of 1940s Hollywood -- a film that broke so many taboos that studio heads didn't know what to think: Satanism, Lesbianism, suicide... and yet it is not shock cinema, but rather a somber and majestic cinematic poem about a woman's descent into self-destruction, and the solace that some may find in death.

September 6th, 2017

MY TWENTIETH CENTURY at the Clinton Street Theater

Identical twin orphans Dora and Lily are separated as children in late 19th century Budapest, and come to age in a rapidly changing world alight with the electric light bulb and the birth of cinema. Dora grows to be a coquettish high class con artist, and Lili a bomb-toting anarchist. Their paths meet when Hungarian gentleman Z inadvertently courts both. Ildikó Enyedi's MY TWENTIETH CENTURY is a madcap magic-realist romp through Europe at the birth of a new era, spinning often wildly out of control into surreal flights of fancy.

September 4th, 2017

WHEN THE CAT COMES at Century

A magical circus troupe arrives into a sleepy Czech town, disrupting the mundane affairs and routines of the townspeople. With them is Mokol, a cat wearing sunglasses which, when removed, exposes everyone Mokol looks at in their true colors. While the adults find the cat dangerous for revealing their hypocrisies, the children love him. Vojtech Jasný's WHEN THE CAT COMES... (aka CASSANDRA CAT) was one of the first films of the nascent Czech New Wave to become an enormous international success, with brilliant color photography and effects by the great Jaroslav Kucera (Daisies, Morgiana, the Little Mermaid).

August 30th, 2017

THROW AWAY YOUR BOOKS RALLY IN THE STREETS at the Clinton Street Theater

The first feature by Japanese New Wave hero and renaissance man, Shûji Terayama (Pastoral: to Die in the Country), THROW AWAY YOUR BOOKS, RALLY IN THE STREETS is an explosive and manic psychedelic exploration of the director and poet's own troubled upbringing, and also of a nation wrestling with a haunting past and the promise of a revolutionary future. Told in feverish metaphorical vignettes, and accompanied by an raucous soundtrack by the Tokyo Kid Brothers, it's a film the tests the boundaries of film's poetic possibilities.

August 23rd, 2017

ALICE IN WONDERLAND at the Clinton Street Theater

Alice jumps down the rabbit hole in Lewis Carrol's familiar children's tale, but this time with a twist! Surrealist maestro Jean-Christophe Averty (Ubu Roi, Histoire de Melodie Nelson) outdid himself with a frenzy of electronic tricks, mixed inlays, collages of images and cartoons to make the most visually overwhelming and absurd adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND ever! Aired only on French television in the 70s, this insane piece of experimental video art is bound to blow some fuses! With subtitles for the first time in English!

August 21st, 2017

BEAUTY & THE BEAST at Century

A bankrupt merchant travels through a haunted forest to make his fortune, but must stop at a mysterious castle. There, in exchange for his life and fortune, he must sacrifice his daughter to the Castle's gruesome lord. A gloomy, baroque rendition of the familiar tale by Czechoslovakian New Wave master Juraj Herz (The Cremator, Morgiana), this BEAUTY AND THE BEAST hews closer to the traditional folk tales in presenting the beast, while also making deep ventures into Cocteauish surrealism.

August 16th, 2017

SOVIET SCI-FI ANIMATION at the Clinton Street Theater

A showcase of rare late Soviet Sci-fi and Futurist animation! From monsters and Mayakovsky, Utopian Socialism and space exploration, to ecological disaster and weaponization, and capitalism and colonialization, this set is an odyssey of hopes, fears, and aspirations, in vibrant, swirling, psychedelic glory! This collection focuses on the work of brilliant animator Vladimir Tarasov, including his Futurist tribute to Mayakovsky, FORWARD MARCH TIME, and his miniature astral epic THE PASSAGE, among many others!

August 14th, 2017

QUEENS OF EVIL at Century

A groovy drifter named David accidentally kills a strange, philosophically inclined old gentleman on a distant highway. Turning onto backroads, he finds himself lost at a far out cottage inhabited by three very fashionable witchy women, Samantha, Liv & Bibiana. There’s also a weird castle in the woods nearby. Probably nothing… right? Psychedelic, campy, moody, sensual… QUEENS OF EVIL is a piece par excellence of cult retro-pop that mixes Easy Rider cliché with Euro-horror and Hansel & Gretel motiffs.

July 26th, 2017

POISON FOR THE FAIRIES at the Clinton Street Theater

Graciela, a young and troubled young girl, becomes obsessed with witchcraft. She befriends Fabiola, a wealthy schoolmate, and impresses her with her knowledge of the black arts. But what begins first as childish playfulness increasingly becomes more destructive and sinister, until utter mayhem erupts. One of Mexican auteur Carlos Enrique Taboada's most accaimed works, POSION FOR THE FAIRIES is an elegant, witty, and unsettling psychological horror film!

July 19th, 2017

MORGANA AND HER NYMPHS at the Clinton Street Theater

Two young lovers, Françoise and Anna, become lost while on vacation. When Anna disappears, Françoise follows a mysterious dwarf and arrives at a strange castle. There the mistress of the castle, Morgana La Fey, offers her immortality, but at a cost... MORGANA & HER NYMPHS is one of the great gems of 70s French fantastique, blending a dreamy surrealism with horror, sensuality, and stunning design. A strange and mesmerizing nightmare...!

July 17th, 2017

BLACKJACK at Century

A tennis coach accidentally knocks out the eye of one his students. Restoring her vision requires a visit to the mysterious unlicensed surgeon, Blackjack, who lives in a secluded house, and the theft of an eyeball from a ganster-run eye lab. But where does this eyeball come from? Why does it provide visions of a strange man, and evoke a tortured gothic romance? BLACKJACK is Nobuhiko Obayashi’s crazy follow-up to his notorious cult hit, Hausu!

July 10th, 2017

THE LITTLE PRINCE at Century

A pilot crashes his plane in the Sahara and, stranded, meets a strange young boy whom he calls the little Prince. While he works to repair his plane, the Prince recounts his adventures journeying from his home planet, a tiny asteroid with three volcanoes and a rose, toward Earth, and all the planets inbetween. A highly-stylized adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s book by Lithuanian painter-turned-director, Arunas Zebriunas, THE LITTLE PRINCE wonderfully captures the melancholy ethos of the cherished classic, with stunning set pieces and desert photography.

July 5th, 2017

MORNING PATROL at the Clinton Street Theater

A destroyed earth, a desolate city in ruins. TVs still operate, cinemas still function, there is electricity, but no people. The Morning Patrol guards the empty metropolis, electronic voices warn the non-existent citizens to evacuate… but for what purpose? A lone woman sneaks in, seeking to pass through the so-called Forbidden Zone and make her way to the sea, ducking the Patrol and dodging their traps. She has no memory. THE MORNING PATROL is Greek director Nikos Nikolaidis’s somber and foreboding look at a future in ruination, and a past half remembered.

June 28th, 2017

PRIVATE VICES PUBLIC VIRTUES at the Clinton Street Theater

A wild, orgiastic and conspiratorial retelling of the Mayerling Affair, in which the young heirs to the Austro-Hungarian Empire conspire against their parents, plotting political revolution amidst a mad party in which all taboos are confronted. Miklos Jansco's PRIVATE VICES PUBLIC VIRTUES was roundly booed when it scandalously opened the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. Today we can judge anew the merits of its liberating commentary on the hazy mixture of free love, drugs, and revolutionary politics that had engulfed Jancso's generation. Probably not safe for younger audiences... and maybe not safe for anyone!

June 21st, 2017

LA RUPTURE at the Clinton Street Theater

In one of Claude Chabrol’s strangest thrillers, a young mother flees from her husband, whose violent mental breakdown has led to the injury of her child. Unfortunately, she is a poor working woman and a former dancer, and her husband is the scion of a vast industrial enterprise. To win her freedom and secure her child’s future, she must confront a vast patriarchal conspiracy that seeks to discredit and destroy her, through illicit drugs and nefarious sexual plots. THE BREACH (La Rupture) is a paranoid psychedelic thriller unlike anything else produced by the Hitchcockian French master.

June 19th, 2017

ANNA at Century

A night of Serge Gainsbourg! A successful ad man in swinging Paris falls in love with a girl in a photograph—of course, who else but Anna Karina? Part winking Godard pop and part candy-colored Jacques Demy musical, the swirling parade of pre-’68 Paris is emceed by the one and only Serge Gainsbourg, who also provides the soundtrack. It probably doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, but who cares? It’s good campy fun. Also featuring Marianne Faithfull!

June 14th, 2017

THREE GOOD FRIENDS

Three friends return from a three month sojourn to find that an economic downturn has robbed them all of their fortunes. Undaunted, the three of them decide to open a gas station and try their hand at manual labor. When a beautiful woman appears at the station, the three of them eagerly vie for her attentions, but only one of them can win her heart. THREE GOOD FRIENDS was one of the last great comedic masterpieces of Weimar Germany, and one of the best films produced by the legendary film duo of Willy Fritsch and Lilian Harvey. Brimming with charm, humor, and those familiar Weimar tropes of gender play and role reversal, it stands as wondrous monument to an irreverent culture in the midst of catastrophic change.

June 7th, 2017

THE WIND

Letty moves from Virginia to West Texas to stay with her cousin's family, but soon finds herself unwelcome. Forced into a marriage to a man she does not love, she is tormented by the incessant winds— the constant violent howling, her isolation and sadness, and the hostility of those around her threatens to consume her. One of cinema's great masterpieces, Victor Sjostrom's rarely seen THE WIND was both a crowning achievement for Sweden's pioneering filmmaker and for actress Lillian Gish, who delivers one of the screen's most transcendent performances.

June 5th, 2017

MACUNAIMA AT CENTURY

Starring Grande Otelo as Macunaima, "a hero with no character," Joaquim Pedro de Andrade's surreal farce is one of the monumental classics of the Brazilian Cinema Novo. Macunaima is born a feckless, whiny, and guileful child in the jungle. A magical transformation turns him into a handsome white man, but does nothing to change his disposition. It does, however, change the way people see him and that makes more than enough difference. An extraordinarily colorful, madcap and surreal social satire that follows Macunaima and his cohorts as they make their way through modern day Brazil, with it's revolutionary violence, its sexual liberty, and its mad cannibal (literally…) industrialists! Based on Mario de Andrade's modernist classic novel from 1928.