Celluloid Diaries: Offscreen 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Offscreen 2014

I'll be introducing several movies at the Offscreen Film Festival in Brussels this month. Here are the films I'll be talking about. Come by if you have the chance ;-)

Les Rencontres d'après Minuit (You and the Night)

On March 9, at 8 p.m., I'll be introducing the French film Les Rencontres d'après Minuit (You and the Night), an homage to the euro-trash cinema of the seventies. The film is directed by Yann Gonzalez and stars Eric Cantona and Béatrice Dalle.

les rencontres d'après minuit

The Image

Cult director Radley Metzger will be at Cinema Nova in Brussels on March 9 at 8 p.m. for the introduction of his movie The Image (1975), an erotic tale about a young woman who loves to be humiliated by her mistress.

the image metzger

The Opening of Misty Beethoven

Also on March 9, at 10 p.m., Radley Metzger and I will be introducing The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976), an erotic adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.

the opening of misty beethoven


The horror/sci-fi classic Xtro (1983) is all about alien abductions and blood-thirsty monsters. I'll give an introduction to this film on March 12 at 9 p.m at the Brussels' Cinematek.


Horror Hospital

Dr. Storm's Health Hotel is a seemingly peaceful and isolated community retreat. The problem is that the doctor in charge turns his visitors into mindless zombies. I.Q. Hunter, the author of the book British Trash Films, will join me for the introduction of this movie on March 14 at 22 p.m. in Cinema Nova.

horror hospital

Killer's Moon

Four violent mental patients escape their institution during an experimental LSD treatment and break into a motel where a busload of nubile schoolgirls is staying. I'll be introducing Killer's Moon (1976), one of the sickest British exploitation movies ever made, on March 14 at midnight in Cinema Nova, in the company of I.Q. Hunter.

killer's moon

The Bed Sitting Room

On March 16 I'll introduce another British cult classic, The Bed Sitting Room, at 10 p.m. in Cinema Nova.  Directed by Richard Lester, this is an utterly weird and offbeat look at post-nuclear-holocaust England in the British absurdist comedy tradition of the Goon Show and Monty Python.

the bed sitting room

Altered States

Through sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic drugs, research scientist William Hurt sets out to prove that the other states of consciousness are as real as everyday reality. Together with Paul Sutton, author of the book Becoming Ken Russell: The Authorised Biography Of Ken Russell: Volume One, I'll be introducing Altered States on March 21 at 10 p.m. at Cinema Nova.

altered states

The Lair of the White Worm

Ken Russell adapts Bram Stoker's final novel about an ancient pagan cult into a film full of frightening visuals, phallic imagery, and dark humor. I'll introduce this film on March 21 at midnight together with Ken Russell's widow Lizzy Russell.

the lair of the white worm


  1. I remember Xtro. One really weird alien flick!

  2. Oh, you will be a busy movie lady next few days!

  3. Can't wait to hear more about the festival movies.

  4. I'd love to see the erotic ones! Aliens and monsters, not so much.

  5. I've never seen any of these. Interesting.

  6. Sounds like a very cool festival! Wish I could be there. Have a great time!

  7. Sounds like a diverse, bewildering mix of films. If I had to choose, though, I'd see the second. Sounds intriguing and clever. Have great fun introducing these, Vanessa.


  8. Very cool!! I wish I could come! Have a great time! Wish you all the best!

  9. Sounds like a fun event to attend.

  10. What interesting and unique sounding films. I remember reading Pygmalion. :) Have a blast and thanks for sharing, :)

  11. sound like fun, and very interesting... :)

  12. Cool poster. I hope to go to a film festival one day.

  13. Xtro sounds very me. :)


  14. Nice list. I cannot wait to see what will be added.

  15. Sounds like a great event. Good luck with the hosting gig!
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  16. It was great meeting you at Offscreen and your introduction to Radley Metzger's masterpieces was excellent. It really is the most amazingly friendly, fun festival. Let's hope that Mr Metzger returns to Belgium and Cinema Nova very soon!

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