Church of Film

August 6th, 2018


Monday, August 6th. 9:30pm at Century. Free admission & popcorn! 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].
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August 13th, 2018


Monday, August 13th. 9:30pm at Century. Free admission & popcorn! 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!
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July 23rd, 2018


Monday, July 23rd. 9:30pm at Century. Free admission & popcorn! 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!
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July 25th, 2018

A BROAD BELLFLOWER at Clinton Street Theater

Wednesday, July 25th at the Clinton Street Theater! $5-8 suggested donation. 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!
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July 26, 2018


Thursday, July 26th. 8pm at HOLOCENE! $10/21+ 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!
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July 30, 2018


Monday, July 30th. 9:30pm at Century. Free admission & popcorn! 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!
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