Cut & Wrapped: Un-glamourised, real sex, the Czech international film festival and more
NEW FILM OF THE WEEK: I WANT YOUR LOVE
The collaboration between Travis Mathews and James Franco Interior. Leather Bar - in which they tried to reproduce the lost 40 minutes of William Friedkin's 80s leather-scene thriller Cruising - grabbed a lot of attention at the Berlin Film Festival this year. Now set for Brit release is Mathews's prior I Want Your Love, a naturalistic, bittersweet snapshot of a young gay guy (Jesse Metzger) as friends and old flames gather for his leaving party and he reflects on where his life's at on his last night in San Francisco before moving back to the Midwest to take a break. Backed by porn studio Naked Sword and banned in Australia, it includes scenes of real sex that are non-glamourised, and often funny or awkward. Out in the UK on Friday 28 June.
OLD FILM OF THE WEEK: THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK
New York director Jerry Schatzberg's 1971 The Panic In Needle Park is a grimy, naturalistic account of heroin addiction in which Al Pacino plays junkie and small-time hustler Bobby. Bobby is among a group of smackheads who hang out in "Needle Park" - Sherman Square on Manhattan's Upper West Side. When he hooks up romantically with Helen (Kitty Winn) she also gets a habit - and the pair plunge into a downward spiral. Pacino's performance here is what convinced Francis Ford Coppola he had the intensity to star in The Godfather. Screening on Friday 28 June at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
EVENT OF THE WEEK: MASONIC TEMPLE: SECRET SOCIETIES
The East End Film Festival has kicked off, and for those with a high weird-out threshold a Masonic Temple will be the setting for a day of screenings taking in occult cabals, erotic knife-throwing acts, psychedelic nightmare-scapes, serial-killer conspiracies, apparitions and human sacrifices. The cult gems are: Bob Clark's classic Brit thriller Murder By Decree, Francesco Barilli's 70s giallo The Perfume of the Lady in Black, Chilean acid-style surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre and Amando de Ossorio's Spanish horror Tombs of the Blind Dead. Screening on Saturday 29 June at the Masonic Temple at the Andaz Hotel Liverpool Street in London.
FESTIVAL OF THE WEEK: KARLOVY VARY
Opening with Michel Gondry's latest film of dreamlike surrealism Mood Indigo, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is set to kick off for another year in the largely Russian-owned Czech spa town. One of Europe's most important and oldest film fests, highlights this year retrospectives of Jerry Schatzberg (behind gritty drugs-and-neurosis tales Puzzle of a Downfall Child and The Panic in Needle Park) and hot New York production collective Borderline Films (made up of trio Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Josh Mond, whose films include Afterschool and Martha Marcy May Marlene) and the freshest in new cinema - from Ben Wheatley's mushroom-fuelled civil-war trip A Field in England to a whole section dedicate to Eastern Europe's recent best. The festival runs from June 28 to July 6 in the Czech Republic.