prog: 2157

Driving Miss Crazy

While neurotic personalities have been pervasive throughout film history, few capture the imagination as wildly as the offshoots of female psychosis. A favoured staple feature in genre films, the neurotic woman stars as a vicious harpy in both horror and exploitation and incarnates the paranoid, hysterical, obsessive and downright dangerous forces found in the thriller and the psychological drama. Our selection covers a vast array of films made from the 1940s onwards, the era where women fought for equal rights and freed themselves from the stifling bodice of a male centered society. The weaker sex? We beg to differ.

This extensive programme (at Cinema Nova and Cinematek) gets its inspiration from the book by the Canadian film curator (Fantastic Fest), journalist (Fangoria) and auteur Kier-La Janisse: “House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films” (Fab Press, 2012). She will provide an introduction for some of the films during the first festival weekend.

Andrzej Zulawski, 1981, HD, ov st fr, 124

Their marriage in pieces, Anna and Mark’s tense relationship has become a psychotic descent into screaming matches, violence and self-mutilation. The unhinged woman takes on a secret affair with a demonic, tentacled creature... A deeply unsettling experience, this psychotronic classic is not to be missed.

03.03 > 21:30
5€ / 3,5€

A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin

Una lucertola con la pelle di donna

Lucio Fulci, 1971, HD, ov ang st fr, 102

The prim and proper housewife to a successful lawyer condones the loose morals of her promiscuous next-door neighbour, but is secretly excited by her hedonistic lifestyle. Unwillingly, she becomes the prime suspect in the police investigation of her murder. A tantalizing, psychosexual giallo by Lucio Fulci.

04.03 > 21:30
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€



Mario Bava, 1977, 35mm, ov ang , 93

With the emotional support of a new man in her life, Dora tries hard to settle back into the house she used to share with her late husband but fails to pick up her routine. The walls breathe with a disquieting presence that seems to immediately infect Dora’s son… The last film by the legendary Mario Bava.

04.03 > 23:30
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€

Dennis Hopper, 1980, 35mm, ov ang , 94

Rebellious Cebe feels abandoned by everyone. Father is in jail, mother is a junkie. Even Elvis is dead. A raw character study of a confused teenager drenched in grimy punk ethos. This spiritual follow-up to “Easy Rider” is a lost masterpiece by director Dennis Hopper - shown on a brand new 35mm print!

05.03 > 19:30
5€ / 3,5€

Singapore Sling

O anthropos pou agapise ena ptoma

Nikos Nikolaidis, 1990, 35mm, ov ang st fr, 111

A symphony of the foul and the fair that savours disgust: a man searches for his lost love and falls victim to a mentally deranged mother/daughter pair in their secluded mansion. He becomes a pawn in a game of sexual domination and torture. An aesthetically pleasing atrocity exhibition, soaked in bodily fluids!

06.03 > 21:30
5€ / 3,5€

Eckhart Schmidt, 1982, HD, ov st ang, 92

Teenage infatuation takes a turn for the worse when Simone becomes obsessed with her favourite pop star. She hunts down her idol and gets physically acquainted. When “R” turns cold Simone swears vengeance. A cult classic of unrequited love with controversial nude scenes and an excellent soundtrack.

12.03 > 21:30
5€ / 3,5€

Bryan Forbes, 1964, 35mm, ov ang , 121

This British gem benefits from the Method-inspired acting of its female protagonist. An unbalanced woman who believes she’s a medium, concocts a scheme by kidnapping a rich man’s daughter. While her weak-willed husband takes care of the dirty work, she offers her clairvoyant services to the girl’s parents…

13.03 > 17:00
5€ / 3,5€

Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal

Don’t Deliver Us From Evil

Joël Séria, 1971, 35mm, ov fr st ang, 102

Catholic schoolgirls Anne and Lore smoke cigarettes, read dirty magazines and rile up the local priest – all in the name of Satan. Their souls are irretrievably lost when seducing and butchering simpletons becomes part of their wicked ways. This disturbing but poetic film was blacklisted when it first came out.

18.03 > 21:30
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€


MS .45

Abel Ferrara, 1981, 35mm, ov st fr, 80

Cult actress Zoë Lund as an avenging angel of death in Abel Ferrara’s revenge thriller that treads a fine line between arthouse and exploitation. After she is raped on two consecutive occasions, Thana makes it her mission to gun down any man that comes close. The streets of New York are dangerous ground!

18.03 > 23:30
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€

Ted Post, 1973, HD, ov ang , 84

A social worker gets entangled with a twisted family whose only son is still in diapers. Kept under the thumbs of his domineering mother and malevolent sisters, twenty-year-old ‘Baby’ seems condemned to his cot. A striking finale tops off this deliciously perverse freak show that has to be seen to be believed.

19.03 > 21:30
5€ / 3,5€

lang: en
id_rubrique: 2161
prog: 2157
pos: aval