La Belle Saison (Summertime)

As part of Woman Director Awareness Month, we are bringing Catherine Corsini’s latest – and best – film, La Belle Saison (Summertime) to Leeds. Just arrived in Paris, country girl Delphine is swept up by a group of radical feminists led by a charismatic teacher, Carole. Delphine’s political beliefs soon merge with her personal desires as she becomes fascinated by Carole, and the two find themselves struggling for a more private cause.

Join us to watch this engaging celebration of ‘la belle saison’ of the 1970s in Paris, a time when traditional values were being challenged and individuals were obliged to decided whether they would stand up and be counted.

Always Somewhere Else – The Cinema of Angela Schanelec in Dialogue

This first comprehensive retrospective in the UK dedicated to Angela Schanelec proposes a dialogue between the films of the German filmmaker and those by international directors such as Chantal Akerman, Edward Yang, Joanna Hogg, or Claire Denis.

Considered to be part of the so-called Berlin School, which emerged in the 1990s, with colleagues such as Christian Petzold and teachers like Harun Farocki, Angela Schanelec (b. 1962) has subtly maintained a strong position towards neoliberal life in contemporary Europe. She poses important questions about what it means to be a woman, to care for a child or to fall in love. Schanelec’s unique approach to these topics is to focus on the silences rather than the sounds, to follow the disappearances rather than the appearances, to protect her protagonists instead of exposing their emotions.

By combining her work with that of other filmmakers the retrospective not only aims at placing Schanelec’s work into a larger context but also at offering new entry and exit points to a fascinating and baffling oeuvre. Many of the films will be shown on 35mm.

Angela Schanelec will be present at some of the screenings to talk about her work.

More details to follow.

Curated by Patrick Holzapfel.

Crap Film Club presents HARD TICKET TO HAWAII

Hard Ticket to Hawaii is a 1987 action thriller film directed and written by Andy Sidaris. Scantily-clad crime fighters Donna and Taryn stumble across a cache of diamonds whilst flying tourists along the sun-drenched Hawaiian islands. Said gems belong to Seth Romero, seedy bar owner/crime kingpin, who sends his eccentric goons after the busty duo. As if that weren’t enough, the girls have another problem in the slithery form of a toxin-infected snake that snuck aboard their plane and is now snarfing hapless tourists across the island. Not to worry, because the girls have an ally in oh-so-buff-and-handsome D.E.A. agent Rowdy Abilene who arrives with his ponytailed karate expert pal, Jade. Aided by a transvestite spy and a bikini-clad musclewoman, Romero abducts pneumatic undercover agent Edy Stark, prompting Rowdy and the girls to ride to the rescue.

Join us this September to keep the summer vibe alive as we celebrate the crowning achievement in the filmography of Andy Sidaris. Best known for his “Bullets, Bombs, and Babes” series of B-movies produced between 1985 and 1998, Sidaris was originally a pioneer in sports television, directing coverage of hundreds of football matches, basketball games and Olympic events before expanding into film. Specializing in action flicks featuring buxom gun-toting Playboy Playmates and Penthouse Pets with titles like “Fit to Kill” and “Savage Beach”, most of Sidaris’ “Triple B” series (later given the title L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies) focused on the adventures of a team of secret agents and were mostly filmed in Hawaii. Although the series featured recurring characters, continuity between films was not a priority and it was common for an actress who played a villain (and was killed off) in one film to re-appear in a subsequent film as a hero.

Hard Ticket to Hawaii has developed a cult following due to its over-the-top violence, cheesy dialogue, unintentional humor, and overall absurdity, and is very well known among “bad movie” lovers. So do come along for a drink (or several!), some snacks, the chance to win a crappy prize in our competition, and to experience the film described by Paste magazine as the “best B movie of all time.”

“This is the one with the skateboarding assassin inexplicably wielding an inflatable sex-doll.” – The Spinning Image

“Eight breasts. 15 corpses. Message in a sandwich. Razorblade Frisbee. Sumo wrestling. Cross dressing. Kung fu fighting. Exploding toilet.” – DVD Talk

“We love this film and highly recommend it. It’s a must see.” – Stinker Madness

“Hard Ticket To Hawaii is insane. It may not be any good but it is a lot of fun.” – Unobtainium 13

“Drink some really cheap liquor and sit down for ninety minutes of one of the worst – and yet best – perpetrations of film abuse ever committed.” – The Moderate Voice

“Truly the work of a b-movie master!” – Simplistic Reviews

One Sings, The Other Doesn’t

“I’ve had friends who’ve been very important in my life. In L’Une chante, l’autre pas I’ve told their story as if it were a novel.”

After a hiatus from making feature films to focus on having a family, Varda’s return to filmmaking was largely inspired by her involvement in the French Women’s Movement of the 1970s, which left a profound affect on her. In order to share her story she chose to present the film as a musical, a genre more associated with the films of her late husband, Jacques Demy.

This feminist decade-spanning musical is a chronicle of the friendship between Suzanne (Thérèse Liotard) and Pauline (Valérie Mairesse), who first meet in 1962 when Suzanne, who is already a mother of two, decides to get an abortion. The film then jumps ten years ahead, finding the pair at very different stages in their lives, both in regards to personal growth and social change.

Doors from 7pm, feature starts at 7:30pm

Daisies (Vera Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 1966)

“One of the great outpourings of cinematic invention in an age of over-all artistic liberation.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Daisies is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.

It’s a satirical, wild and irreverent story of teenage rebellion. Two young women rebel against a degenerate and oppressive society, attacking symbols of wealth and bourgeois culture. A riotous, punk-rock poem of a film that is both hilarious and mind-warpingly innovative, Daisies was banned in native Czechoslovakia and director Vera Chytilová was forbidden to work until 1975.