CURLING
2010, New Yorker Films, 92 min, Canada, Dir: Denis Cote

In this blacker-than-black comedy by Quebecois director Denis Cote (ALL THAT SHE WANTS, OUR PRIVATE LIVES), overprotective misanthrope and bowling alley employee Jean-Francois (Emmanuel Bilodeau) keeps his daughter Julyvonne away from school and from the doctor's office. Yet the two-person family's neurotically ordered private world begins to fray when the nearby snow-blanketed Canadian countryside becomes the site of a few horrific - and possibly connected - events. Official selection and winner of the Best Director Award at the Locarno Film Festival 2010. "Cote's bewitching fifth feature is not what you might call a sports film... the director sets a mood that is at once bleak and yet teems with dark, wild impulses that range from the carnal to the murderous." - Slant Magazine. "One of those films that will linger in your head for days." -Twitch. In French with English subtitles.


THE UNCHASTENED WOMAN
1925, 52 min, USA, Dir: James Young

In Theda Bara’s last feature she stars as a pregnant woman who, having been scorned by her philandering husband, runs off to Europe and becomes the toast of society. But she doesn’t forget to return to America and settle the score with her hubby.


A FOOL THERE WAS
1915, 67 min, USA, Dir: Frank Powell

Heterosexual men beware! The legendary Theda Bara stars as the Notorious Woman ("Kiss me, my fool!") who started the vamping craze. "See what you made of me, and still you prosper, you hellcat!" exclaims a once-prominent businessman, now a panhandler, to the irresistible femme fatale.


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