The new Takeshi Kitano film, the Kinoteka Polish film festival and film events of the week from Carmen Gray
OLD FILM OF THE WEEK: Pink Narcissus
Shot mostly on 8mm in a downtown Manhattan loft, this intensely coloured, hallucinogenic 1971 cult classic took six years to make. In it, a young gay hustler fantasises about worlds in which he’s variously a matador, a Roman slave boy, and a male harem keeper. The anonymity of its director James Bidgood initially led to false rumours that Andy Warhol was behind the film. Screening at Tate Liverpool on 6 March.
DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEEK: Over Your Cities Grass will Grow
A sprawling, derelict silk factory in the south of France taken over by artist Anselm Keifer is the other-worldly setting for this beautifully shot, ethereal documentary by Brit filmmaker Sophie Fiennes. Near wordless – aside from a sparkling interview in which the German artist waxes philosophical on everything from light to the value of boredom - it glides us through industrial installations, towering ash-paintings and subterranean chambers. Screening at London’s ICA on 3 March.
FESTIVAL OF THE WEEK: Kinoteka
The freshest in Polish cinema is showcased in the 11th edition of the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival. Highlights include Michal Marczak’s documentary on eco-porn activism F*ck for Forest, a shorts selection of painterly ‘60s animation by Witold Giersz, and Filip Marczewski’s controversial, intense and stylishly shot incest drama Shameless. The festival runs from March 7 to 17 at venues across the UK.
NEW FILM OF THE WEEK: Outrage Beyond
Amoral, stark and full of baroque violence, this hard-boiled Japanese yakuza film from Takeshi Kitano is a cold but visually immaculate watch. Rival clans vie for the favour of the head family through scheming and constantly betrayed allegiances in an underworld in which honour among crims is quickly becoming obsolete. London’s Curzon is holding a special preview screening on 7 March.
EVENT OF THE WEEK: Dollmania
A night of films inspired by celebrated outsider artist Morton Bartlett, whose intricately carved, lifelike plaster dolls also influenced the Chapman brothers. Twilight Zone episode from the ‘60s Living Doll, domestic black comedy Mister E about a young wife’s revenge and Hitchock’s Southern Gothic tale Where the Woodbine Twineth feature in the selection. At the Horse Hospital in London on 7 March.