Made by longtime friend Christian Braad Thomsen, FASSBINDER: TO LOVE WITHOUT DEMANDS is an intimate portrait of the prolific German director, filled with revealing and previously unseen interviews. As we approach what would have been Fassbinder’s 70th birthday, we screen the new documentary along with such favorites as ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT, VERONIKA VOSS and FOX AND HIS FRIENDS.
This year’s Kino Croatia series opens with THESE ARE THE RULES, a look at parents coming to grips with an attack on their son. There’s slightly lighter fare in HAPPY ENDINGS, a tale of best friends who try to shore up their failing business through a bank robbery. The documentary NAKED ISLAND is an exploration of family secrets and the terrors of a Yugoslav regime from decades past.
While eye-catching visuals always distinguished filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk’s work, he is best remembered for his series of languorous erotic films beginning with the 1974 anthology IMMORAL TALES. If THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE or his notorious THE BEAST were occasionally labeled “art-house softcore,” they also explored themes - female sexuality, ritualized absurdity, class hypocrisy - as provocative as their on-screen imagery. Discover one of Poland’s most fascinating directors with this 2-night series.
Writer-director Jim Akin’s autobiographical second feature THE OCEAN OF HELENA LEE follows 12-year-old Helena Lee’s lyrical pilgrimage from summer to spring with her self-destructive surf-rat father in Venice Beach. Kicking off with a world premiere event at the Egyptian's Rigler with cast and crew in person, the indie drama runs five nights in the Egyptian's smaller Spielberg Theatre, then moves to the Aero on a double bill with Akin's first feature, AFTER THE TRIUMPH OF YOUR BIRTH. Singer-songwriter Maria McKee, who costars in HELENA LEE, will perform after every screening.
This entry from our Cinema Italian Style 2014 showcase has received high praise from the critics upon its U.S. release. Black Souls will play May 1 - 3 at 7:30 PM in our Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian.
"Black Souls Is a Superior Italian Gangster Movie. ... the kind of gangster movie that other Mob films aspire to be."
- Village Voice
"'Black Souls' A Top-Notch Italian Gangster Film ... broodingly effective as a crime drama because it's driven by family dynamics as much as the mechanics of transgression."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times