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New boundary-pushing genre films
Images - Paracinema Fest 2018
If films haven't quite been hitting the mark for you and you find yourself wishing for something crazier, tastier, smarter, funnier, or simply weird, the inaugural Paracinema Fest just may be the one for you. A film festival for the weirdly wonderful comes our way, arriving in Melbourne on Thursday 29 November to Wednesday 5 December 2018. Screening at Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick, Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn and Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave, you'll find the full flavoursome program HERE.
Book tickets for Classic Cinemas, Lido Cinemas or Cameo Cinemas, for the latest festival to claim space in Melbourne's thriving cinema scene. Open your eyes to new boundary-pushing genre films that embraces all forms of transgressive visual media culture; a mutation of high and low art, conjoining cinema academia with (not) guilty pleasure films and everything in between.
To kick off the festival on Thursday 29 November, the screening of Quentin Dupieux's Keep an Eye Out will be accompanied by complimentary champagne and oysters (audiences will understand the reference when they see the film!). Boiling with energy, individuality, and fun, Paracinema Fest launches headlong into the abyss with the purest cinematic joy, so let's get weird!
In addition to the exciting, avant-garde film fare, Paracinema Fest will also host a variety of fun events for audiences of all kinds. Kids who love putting things together and pulling them apart will delight in the robotics workshop presented by Young Engineers following a screening of the heartwarming animated film The Iron Giant (1999) on Sunday 2 December in the Lido Cinemas foyer. Later that day, there'll be Dungeons & Dragons sessions running in the Lido foyer, and in the evening on Monday 3 December, the new Southside Jazz Room in Classic Cinemas will be broken in by Melbourne cult film night CineCultVHS with their compilation of nostalgic Australian VHS delights, titled Video Tape Dreaming.
A Melbourne premiere highlight at this brand new festival of cinematic wonders, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn tells the story of Lulu Danger, whose less than satisfying marriage is shaken up when a mysterious man comes through her town. Sudden and mysterious incidents begin piling up and her long lost dream of grandeur and romance returns, but not without a dropkick male at every turn. An outstanding cast zigzags between heightened comedy, melodrama, and neo-noir.
An unmissable title in the program could be Luz, a German film that was director Tilman Singer's thesis piece, currently holding a 100% fresh rate on Rotton Tomatoes. An audacious feature debut, a young woman named Luz works as a cab driver in a small town. Unfortunately for Luz, she has a demonic entity following her, determined to possess her. Winning the Jury Award for Best Horror Feature at Fantastic Fest this year, Paracinema Fest is its Melbourne premiere.
Spotlighting the works of two very special underground filmmakers in two repertory double feature screenings, the first being The Films of Sarah Jacobson, it includes I Was a Teenage Serial Killer and Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore. A respected figure of the riot grrrl movement in 1990s New York, Jacobson wrote, produced and created her own films, which were praised by critic Roger Ebert as well as Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. Featuring songs by seminal 90s punk bands including Heavens to Betsy, Mudhoney, Babes in Toyland, The Cosmic Psychos, and more, Jacobson's films have been lovingly restored into 2K by the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA). This double feature is an international premiere.
Mary in I was a Teenage Serial Killer is a good girl grown tired of all the sexist pigs in the world and decides to get rid of them. Whereas, the other Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore is a clerks-esque coming-of-age story about Mary Jane, a young girl who works at an independent cinema with the usual gang of weirdos and punks. She's just lost her virginity, so things are getting all shook up. With 18 films in the program, 4 being international premieres, 6 Australian premieres, and 3 Melbourne premieres, there's lots of weird and wonderful to look forward to, so get booking for Melbourne's first!