Bertolucci's first film in a decade, Robert Altman's Images on the big screen & Sundance in London
NEW DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEEK: F*ck For Forest
Polish director Michal Marczak’s doc F*ck For Forest gets close-in and intimate with Berlin-based, Norway-funded NGO Fuck For Forest, a cluster of neo-hippies who hold public orgies and sell web access to home-made porn to raise money for the environment. An intriguing look at alternative lifestyles and access to sexual fantasy in the digital age, the film follows FFF to the Amazon to negotiate both ayahuasca and local realities. Out in the UK on Friday 19 April.
OLD FILM OF THE WEEK: Pasolini's Arabian Nights
Italian maestro Pier Paolo Pasolini’s casually erotic 1974 adaptation of the ancient Arabic anthology, Arabian Nights sees Franco Merli play a young man who falls in love with a slave girl, then journeys in search of her after she’s abducted, escapes, and – disguised as a man – reaches a far-flung kingdom where she becomes king. Other travellers recount their own romantic, tragic experiences. Screening at London’s BFI on Saturday 20 April.
NEW FILM OF THE WEEK: Me And You
The first film in nearly a decade from legendary Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, Me And You is also the first major big-screen role for Sicilian actress and photographic artist Tea Falco. She plays a volatile junkie trying to go cold turkey, hiding out in a cellar with her half-sibling (Jacopo Olmo Antinori). Like the director's prior The Dreamers, the film – which has a soundtrack featuring Bowie and The Cure - turns on tense exchanges in a confined space. Out in the UK on Friday 19 April.
EVENT OF THE WEEK: FILMBAR70 - Altman's Images
New screening night Filmbar70 is presenting a rare chance to see Robert Altman’s 1972 psychological thriller Images on the big screen. When a wealthy housewife and children’s author (Susannah York) receives a series of disturbing phone calls hinting her husband is cheating on her, it sparks a descent into unhinged visions. Clips celebrating female extremity in on-screen freak-out performances from Isabelle Adjani to Catherine Deneuve will prep the audience for the main bill. On Monday 22 April at Roxy Bar and Screen.
FESTIVAL OF THE WEEK: Sundance London
Back for its second year, the Sundance London Film and Music Festival – an offshoot of the main Sundance fest in Utah – will screen a crop of the best of recent indie cinema over four days. Highlights include Shane Carruth's ambitious, hotly anticipated sci-fi Upstream Color, a barrage of fragmentary images and atmospheric sound; Michael Winterbottom's Paul Raymond biopic The Look of Love, which captures Soho at its vice-era seamiest; and Peaches Does Herself, a foray into electro transsexual rock opera from the renegade performer, who’ll also headline a live gig. Sundance London runs from 25 to 28 April at London’s O2.