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 ;-)
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.