NEW FILM OF THE WEEK: SIMON KILLER
Set in Paris, bleakly menacing, stylish Simon Killer is the latest from New Yorker Antonio Campos, who as part of top-notch indie filmmaking collective Borderline Films produced Martha Marcy May Marlene. The film sees an initially disarming yet moodily volatile and narcissistic American graduate (Brady Corbet) get in over his head after shacking up with a prostitute (Mati Diop) and embarking on a scheme to end their financial desperation. Out in the UK on Friday 12 April.
TRAILER OF THE WEEK: REPO MAN
Alex Cox’s blackly comic, quintessential ‘80s cult film, set in a desolate LA, stars Harry Dean Stanton as a weathered car repossessor and Emilio Estevez as the young punk he initiates into the profession. The job becomes more than either envisioned when they’re enlisted to repossess a mysterious ’64 Chevy Malibu loaded with otherworldly cargo. Iggy Pop, Black Flag and Suicidal Tendencies all feature on the iconic soundtrack. A revamped special DVD edition is being released on Criterion on Tuesday 16 April.
OLD FILM OF THE WEEK: THEOREM
Italian directing maestro Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1968 Theorem, which outraged the Vatican on its release, sees a divine force known as The Visitor (Terence Stamp) appear to disrupt the bourgeois trappings of a family in Milan. The mysterious figure embarks on sexual affairs with the entire household, from the pious maid to the tormented father, in a narrative that echoes the form of the Catholic mass. Screening at London’s BFI Southbank from April 12 to 21.
DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEEK: LAST SHOP STANDING
Crowd-funded by music fans and made in a month, documentary Last Shop Standing salutes the struggle of Brit independent record stores facing “death by a thousand cuts” to stay in business. Richard Hawley, Billy Bragg, Johnny Marr and Paul Weller all appear, but the film – based on a book by record distributor Graham Jones - is as much about the store owners, who recall in quirky, anecdotal style the histories of their establishments. An extended panel discussion with director Pip Piper and others follows a screening on Thursday 18 April at Curzon Soho.
EVENT OF THE WEEK: FRINGE! FESTIVAL
London’s not-for-profit Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival is back for its third year. Highlights include an exclusive presentation by LA-based underground filmmaker Bruce La Bruce (of Hustler White fame) of his 34 fave YouTube vids, and the world premiere of In Their Room London from Interior. Leather Bar director Travis Matthews – a portrait series of men in their personal spaces talking about their sex lives as they get ready for dates. The fest runs from April 11to 14 across various East London venues.