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JUNE 15 – JULY 20: OUTLAWS
Six weeks of revenge, revolution and renegades featuring filmmakers who fought against the odds to achieve their vision. All starting times 8pm (doors 7:30pm), tickets $10 on the door.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 15TH
(1981, dir. Abel Ferrara, 91 min, English language no subs)
A provocative and eerie revenge tale anchored by a mesmerising performance from Zoë Lund as Thana, a young garment worker who- after two brutal attacks- finds herself roaming the streets of nighttime New York City with an unquenchable thirst for vengeance. This hostile urban nightmare taps into Ferrara’s talent for sordid imagery while never sensationalising Thana’s plight, as she gradually comes to believe her world is too sick to be saved.
Audience note: this film contains depictions of sexual assault
WEDNESDAY JUNE 22ND
(1977, dir. Robert Warmflash, 95 min, English language no subs)
A genre-blending grindhouse classic perfectly embodying the mid-1970s NYC genre film aesthetic, DEATH PROMISE oozes sublime sleaze and wild fight moves from beginning to end. The residents of a dilapidated New York tenement are harassed and threatened by dummy corporation Iguana Realty, in an effort to force them out of their homes. When karate master Charley’s father is murdered by the landlords’ hired thugs, he develops a vengeful plan to murder every last Iguana board member!
Restoration courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome and the American Genre Film Archive
WEDNESDAY JUNE 29TH
(1998, dir. Hype Williams, 96 min, English language no subs)
The debut feature film from legendary music video auteur Hype Williams, BELLY is an expressionistic wonder starring Nas and DMX as partners in crime trying to survive in a treacherous power struggle. Otherworldly style and powerful performances drive this heady mix of classic outlaw genre archetypes filtered through peak pre-millennial MTV aesthetic.
|ASHES AND DIAMONDS (Popiół i diament)|
WEDNESDAY JULY 6TH
(1958, dir. Andrzej Wajda, 108 min, Polish w/English subs)
The final part of Wajda’s War Trilogy and one of the most celebrated Polish films of all time, starring Zbigniew Cybulski as a resistance fighter struggling morally with his orders to assassinate a political enemy. Awash with breathtaking visuals and a dynamic sense of 50s rebellion, reflecting the internal conflict of a nation trying to choose its own destiny.
|BORN IN FLAMES|
WEDNESDAY JULY 13TH
(1983, dir. Lizzie Borden, 80 min, English language no subs)
Radical, audacious and unforgettable. Set in a supposedly utopian socialist future, Lizzie Borden’s militant no-wave feminist/anti-racist/anti-capitalist pseudo documentary harnesses the simmering power of direct action and dares to imagine the potential for collectives to overcome their splintered differences for real change. Born from the hellscape of Reagan’s America, it remains a funny, hopeful and raw satire: a vision of what might be.
WEDNESDAY JULY 20TH
(1987, dir. Alex Cox, 94 min, English/Spanish w/English subs/ASL)
A devastating deconstruction of American imperial fantasy, the true story of William Walker’s invasion of Nicaragua- turned into a warped, anachronistic Western by Alex Cox (REPO MAN) in the movie that destroyed his Hollywood career. Shot and edited within Nicaragua during the Sandinista Revolution and starring Ed Harris as the terrifying manifestation of Manifest Destiny, WALKER is a true oddity in its subversion of the biopic genre, throwing historical accuracy to the wind in favour of crackling anger and vibes.