Once upon a time, there were some people called the Rushers of Din. Each night as they slept, sweet dreams were delivered to them from sunny Frivoli, while nightmares came to them from the mysterious Murkworks. But the malevolent master of the Murk, Synonamess Botch, was not content. He wanted the Rushers to have non-stop nightmares. To do that, he would need to gain control of the Cosmic Clock.
A director of a television series on the history of cinema, who has been grappling with the screenplay of his first feature film, receives an assignment to oversee the installation of a television relay station in a remote region of Zahedan province, near the Afghanistan border. He has already hired Turkoman tribespeople for his film and selected his filming location. Meanwhile his wife, who is working on her Ph.D. dissertation about the Mongol invasion of Iran, attempts to dissuade him from accepting the assignment. One night, while working on his history of the cinema series, the director fantasizes a diagetic world that consists of clever juxtapositions of his different worlds: the history of cinema, the history of the mongol invasion, his own film idea and his imminent assignment to the desert.
Produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, THE DANCE OF REALITY is his first film in 23 years.
The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where the film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family.
Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Alejandro Jodorowskys philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a dance created by our own imaginations.
If you're familiar with Jodorowsky's films ('The Holy Mountain' / 'El Topo') you are already aware that your chances of fully understanding the menagerie he presents is futile; whole books can and have been written in an effort to deconstruct his symbolism and celebrate his imagery. It's very easy to focus on the humor and find distraction in the surrealism of his films – that was always the initial draw for me - but his ambitions are of substance with meanings often relevant only to the director himself. The seed of this film is an autobiographical story of Jodorowsky's early childhood in the isolated coastal city of Topopilla, Chile where he experienced alienation as a displaced Ukrainian Jew. Jodorowsky insists that reality is a subjective concept and he immediately describes his setting as a circus with an overbearing father who dresses as Stalin and a mother whose lines are entirely delivered in operatic sing-song.
The film is as much about his father's journey through life as it is his own and the performances are so passionate and over-the-top that, along with his vivid pallet of colors, there is a 'cartoon' quality to the experience. All whimsy aside, this is one of his most cohesive narratives and he refers to 'The Dance of Reality' (his first film in 23 years) as a therapeutic endeavor – or 'psychomagic' – intended to heal residual, family-related psychological distress. Films made for an audience of one will always be a challenge but it's an absolute privilege to be allowed a peek into the mind of such a unique artist.
A messy bachelor's apartment is a paradise for the huge colony of
cockroaches living there: no sprays, no traps, and plenty of food. When
the homeowner's girlfriend moves in, however, the party comes to an
abrupt end, and the roaches must quickly adapt to a life of struggling
for survival. Combines animation with live actors.
22h30: Germany 1970, 84min. GERMAN
1970 was a busy year for Zbynek
Brynych, as he managed to make Die Weibchen and Angels With Burnt Wings
in addition to this psychedelic curiosity.
The German Seventeen and Anxious was also released as O Happy Day. The
film's alternate title is a reference to a popular gospel song, which is
performed often and con brio in the course of the action. The film's
official title alludes to the coming of age experienced by its youthful
protagonists. The younger actors are green but eager to please, while
the veterans in the supporting cast-including Nadja Tiller and Karl
Michael Vogler-help make the film palatable for those among us not
politely inclined to nervous teenagers. The film's R rating is
admittedly necessary, but should not suggest that the film is overtly
offensive. Unfortunately, Seventeen and Anxious represents the
next-to-last film effort for its talented director, Zbynek Brynych. ~
Hal Erickson, Rovi
the hands of experimental Japanese filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi, the
tale of seven "unmarried" young high-school girls who, during a school
break, travel to a spooky, remote hilltop house to visit the reclusive,
mysterious Aunt of one of their fold only to be consumed one at a time
by the Ghost-House/Aunt in increasingly novel ways, is escalated into a
spastic, phantasmagorical confetti burst of avant-garde techniques and
tonalities. Not a minute goes by without some kind of imaginative and
spirited experimental visual manipulation or interjection; from
kaleidoscopic color schemes, to frame and time altering collage montage,
to wild, high-concept mixed media integration (animation, mattes,
props, sets, etc), to mini-movie injections (lovingly
parodying/mimicking everything from silent film stylistics, to romantic
fantasies to obligatory action scenes). Any and all workings of the film
form are here incorporatedly warped; from imagery and editing to music
and sound to content and presentation. Even the sketches of characters
and their respective performances by the actors are hemmed in time with
the overall off-the-wall configuration. (Example: Each girl is
intentionally drawn with their stock personalities (the musician, the
over-weight eater, the athlete, etc) novelly paraded in gleeful iconic
irreverence.) The moods and tones of the film are equally melodic in
their own discordant tangential way; seamlessly walking the line between
comedy, horror and the deadpan aloof. It all adds up to a whole lot of
fun. Where else could you see a girl eaten by a piano, an upright Bear
helping cook dinner at a roadside noodle-stand or a man turned into a
pile of bananas because he doesn't like melons!? With all its packed in
candy-colored confections and novel door prizes, "Hausu" is a cinematic
surprise party all in one...just add you.
KINO ANDERS 5of5 STARS!
22h10: USA 1986, 87 min. english
From Beyond is a 1986 American sci-fi/ body horror film directed by
Stuart Gordon (Reanimator), loosely based on the short story of the same title by H.
P. Lovecraft, and was written by Dennis Paoli, Gordon and Brian Yuzna.
From Beyond centers around a pair of scientists attempting to stimulate
the pineal gland with a device called The Resonator. An unforeseen
result of their experiments is the ability to perceive creatures from
another dimension that proceed to drag the head scientist into their
world, who returns as a grotesque shape-changing monster and preys upon
the others at the laboratory.
Elizabeth is tortured by horrible visions from her childhood. She
travels to a primative island to discover the truth about her dark past.
On the island Elizabeth finds a malevolent order of nuns. There seems
to be no escape from the menacing evil that inhabits this strange
This extremely stylish and unique
horror film is undoubtedly a must-see for every true horror fan - but
also for every film admirer in general. "Dark Waters" (released in the
U.S. as "Dead Waters") offers everything one might expect from an
Italian director: Beautifully shot sequences, uncanny settings, some
relentlessly violent moments and a creepy, thoroughly tantalizing
atmosphere. Not to forget the disturbing plot that leaves room for
various interesting analyses.
Especially remarkable is the fact that there is very few dialogue. This
makes the whole film an even more intriguing and breathtaking
experience. The story takes place in a convent on a Ukrainian island,
which gives gifted director Baino a lot of space to increase the ever
mounting tension as the plot unfolds. Another interesting fact that
makes this movie unique is that the important characters are all women;
men seem to have no importance without at least one woman, or they die
22h15: Mexico 1980, 86min. english subs
Intrepid Hells Angels-style Mexican bearded punks with
inverse Mohawks, led by a silicone-implanted blonde superstripper and a
masked pro wrestler in gold costume, go around robbing, blackmailing,
and raping people, sometimes lighting them on fire while playing rock
tunes in neighboring rooms or enjoying a casual game of Russian
roulette, until they manage to upset both the mob and the authorities,
who call upon a duet of uncharismatic supercops to put a stop to their
reign of over-the-top terror as well as end corruption in general in