Church of Film
Magic, the Occult, supernatural folk tales, witchy witches, mutant melodramas, anarchy, communism & the subaltern, Queer texts/subtexts, signs & symbols, third meanings, oblique narrative strategies, visual formalism, LSD, imminent worlds, sailors, phantom crews, ships adrift, graveyards and ruins, feminism, uncanny valleys, decolonization, gender deconstruction, cosmic games, ghosts & goblins, third world, beauty and her beasts, psychogeography, national & independent cinemas, masks of all kinds, the baroque, genres destroyed, Thanatos, ancient worlds, interior maps, guys and dolls, transhumanism, lost worlds, layers of vision, candles and candelabras, cobwebs, love stories, uncharted landscapes, deep dreams & secrets, the foreign country of the past, psychic fractures, the underworld, ultima thule, de-institutionalization, pitiless traps, Greek Key patterns, fate circumscribed in celluloid, voyeurism & paranoia, corridors & paths, the watcher and the watched,antifascism, isolation in the labyrinth, doors unopened, counter-cultured romance, priests and nuns beneath their frocks and habits, warm gods, gods dethroned, sisters, charlatans, disintegrating social structures, nuclear families on fire, dissent and silenced voices, slapstick and the mechanized body, the visual gag, tragic jokes, distant voices from other rooms, dogs baying in the darkness, flashlights, the imprisoned, the vanquished, the trapped spirits, the Kingdom of Shadows, the twentieth century, c-i-n-e-m-a.
In 1968, 19 year old Norio Nagayama stole a handgun and took four lives in a killing spree that lasted nearly a month before his capture. AKA SERIAL KILLER (1969, Japan) is a radical documentary that follows his life, and what led up to his crimes, in an unusual way. Masao Adachi developed his revolutionary landscape theory of cinema, hypothesizing that by focusing on the environment that surrounds people, we may interrogate the subtle and terrifying ways in which we are controlled and alienated from our desires. In doing so, he humanizes a killer sensationalized as a monster in the media, and indicts instead a culture of institutionalization, poverty, militarism, and social repression.
Two Paris sanitation workers, Bokolo and Mamadou, discover a cookbook discarded in the trash. They become fascinated by the recipes and culinary treasures within, and develop a taste and expertise for French cuisine. When their street sweeper friend Bruno becomes ill, they must somehow raise the funds to send him back to Africa. Is the secret ingredient to their success hidden in the cookbook? A DESSERT FOR CONSTANCE is a wistful, lighthearted anti-colonial comedy by the late Sarah Maldoror. It will be featured with a few of her later short films. Subtitles by Church of Film.
THE PRINCESS & THE PEA is a dreamy Soviet fairy tale film full of beautiful designs and effects, and more than a little satirical and modernist tweaks.
A fair young prince is cast out into the world to search for a princess to woo. He comes across a few interesting ladies, but between the mesmerizing troll kings, mechanical music boxes, and a myriad of contests and trials, he's unable to secure a proper match. Maybe that was waiting at home for him all along, and the answer to everything may lie in a tiny pea!