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Peter Strickland: Moving in Stereo

Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio (2012) and The Duke of Burgundy (2014) are showing in June and July, 2019 on Mubi in the United Kingdom.“…if the film or television image seems to ‘speak’ for itself, it is actually a ventriloquist’s speech.”—Michel Chion, Audio-Vision, 1990In an early scene in The Duke of Burgundy, a character describes how one can tell two seemingly-identical species of butterfly apart by the sound each makes, saying, “Since these species are so visually indistinguishable from each other, the sound they produce should differentiate the two.” In a way, the statement provides a thesis for much of the cinema of Peter Strickland relative to his aesthetic forebears. According to the majority of film writing that takes either of his two features Berberian Sound Studio or The Duke of Burgundy as a subject, Strickland’s oeuvre owes something to European genre cinema—more popularly known in French
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New to Streaming: ‘Her Smell,’ ‘Birds of Passage,’ ‘Everybody Knows,’ ‘Climax,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Birds of Passage (Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra)

It probably says more about Ciro Guerra’s last film than this inimitable new offering (which he co-directed with his long-serving producer Christina Gallego) to suggest that fans of Embrace of the Serpent might find Birds of Passage just a little on the linear side. However, to compare the two is surely akin to comparing the varying potency of two strains of class-a hallucinogens. Set in Columbia in the 1960s, this violent, operatic, and sparsely trippy film follows the early days of marijuana trafficking in the region. Don’t worry if that all sounds a touch familiar. – Rory O.
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The Best Movies New to Every Major Streaming Platform in May 2019

Netflix may get most of the attention, but it’s hardly a one-stop shop for cinephiles who are looking to stream essential classic and contemporary films. Each of the prominent streaming platforms — and there are more of them all the time — caters to its own niche of film obsessives. From chilling horror fare on Shudder, to the boundless wonders of the Criterion Channel, and esoteric (but unmissable) festival hits on the newly launched Ovid.tv, IndieWire’s monthly guide will highlight the best of what’s coming to every major streaming site, with an eye towards exclusive titles that may help readers decide which of these services is right for them.

Here’s the best of the best for May 2019.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime continues to be among the best streaming platform for exclusive streaming access to “first-run” arthouse and foreign films that you may have just missed in theaters.
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Horror Highlights: Etheria Film Night Honors Gale Anne Hurd, Head Count, Spirit Reckoning Casting Update

The incredible producer Gale Anne Hurd will be honored for her many accomplishments in film and television at this year's Etheria Film Night. Also in today's Highlights: Head Count trailer and release details and new casting details for Spirit Reckoning.

Etheria Film Night and Inspiration Award Details: "Etheria Film Night is proud to present the 2019 Official Lineup of Shorts on Saturday, June 29. Eight Short Films will be screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA followed by a Q&A with directors in attendance conducted by Rebekah McKendry (Blumhouse’s Shock Waves Podcast). The 2019 Inspiration Award will be presented to producer Gale Anne Hurd at the live ceremony by legendary filmmaker Roger Corman. The 2019 Stephanie Rothman Fellowship winner will be announced.

Etheria Film Night is the world’s most respected annual showcase of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, showrunners, distributors, and genre fans. Past
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Shout! Factory and Agfa Are Bringing 50 Cult Classics Back to the Big Screen

The American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive and distributor in the world, is excited to announce a theatrical partnership with Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company. Agfa will distribute fifty film classics from Shout! Factory's cult classic movie library to theaters in 2019. This is Agfa's latest collaboration following their distribution partnerships with home video labels Arrow Films (Donnie Darko), Severin Films (Santa Sangre), and Vinegar Syndrome (Dolemite). Said Agfa Head of Business Affairs Alicia Coombs.

"We could not be more thrilled about this partnership. Shout! Factory's catalog is so diverse, and every title is a winner -- both for us as fans, and for the cinema-going public."

Agfa has curated fifty stunning classics from Shout's movie catalog to reissue in theaters throughout the year. Thesemovies include fan favorites such as Bob Clark's Black Christmas, arthouse milestones like John Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence,
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American Genre Film Archive and Shout! Factory Team Up for Theatrical Distribution Partnership

Have you ever wanted to screen movies from Shout! Factory's eclectic catalog on the big screen in your hometown cinema? Now you can explore that enticing option, as the American Genre Film Archive has teamed up with Shout! Factory for a theatrical distribution partnership. At this time, 50 movies from Shout! Factory's archives can be booked for theatrical screenings, including Black Christmas (1974), Chopping Mall, Dreamscape, Galaxy of Terror, The Ninth Configuration, Piranha, Rabid, Slumber Party Massacre, Slumber Party Massacre II, and more!

Press Release: Austin, TX | April 16, 2019 – The American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive and distributor in the world, is excited to announce a theatrical partnership with Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company. Agfa will distribute fifty film classics from Shout! Factory’s cult classic movie library to theaters in 2019. This is Agfa’s latest collaboration following their distribution partnerships with home video labels Arrow Films (Donnie
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From the outrageous to the intimate: Peter Bradshaw's top five sex scenes

Today’s film-makers seem to be avoiding them – and all too often they are awkward and problematic. But some sex scenes are defining moments in cinema

Cut! Why have films got so prudish?

The subject of sex scenes in films is surrounded by evasive pieties: from the male critics who affect to find them “boring” (their noses aren’t their only tumescent part) to female stars whose characters are glimpsed having supposedly uninhibited sex, but wearing a bra because of no-nudity clauses. Anna Biller’s gloriously lush exploitation homage The Love Witch, starring Samantha Robinson and unashamedly in love with empowered sexiness, is almost one long sex scene in itself, though there is one particular moment that stands out when a man is drugged by the witch’s love potion. It is not very explicit, or even protracted, but like the rest of the film is almost unique in that
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Shudder to Launch New Podcasts Featuring Eli Roth, Adrienne Barbeau, Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah

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Shudder is already the go-to source for watching horror movies, but the streaming service is expanding its reach in the audio world as well. Last year, Shudder launched the Video Palace audio drama, and this year, they're launching three new podcasts that should be must-listen experiences for diehard horror fans: Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut, She Kills (hosted by genre legend Adrienne Barbeau), and Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah.

Press Release: February 21, 2019 — Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers, and the supernatural, announced today an exciting trio of original podcasts offering candid conversations with many of the most important and iconic figures in the genre: Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut, an expansion of the television series AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror; She Kills, a podcast by and about women in the horror genre, hosted by Adrienne Barbeau; and Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah,
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Edgar Wright, Karyn Kusama, Panos Cosmatos & More Reveal The Scariest Horror Film Scenes Of All Time

It’s Halloween, and film fans may be trying to figure out what movies to watch to celebrate the occasion. Well, lucky for us, some of the best filmmakers in the world have revealed their favorite horror film moments and it provides a pretty great list of what films to enjoy.

Edgar Wright, Alice Lowe, Karyn Kusama, Anna Biller, and Panos Cosmatos spoke to the Guardian recently and explain why the five moments they’ve chosen are the five scariest ever put to film.

Continue reading Edgar Wright, Karyn Kusama, Panos Cosmatos & More Reveal The Scariest Horror Film Scenes Of All Time at The Playlist.
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Infinite Fest

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The first installment of Infinite Fest, a monthly column by festival programmer and film critic Eric Allen Hatch, author of the recent “Why I Am Hopeful” article for Filmmaker Magazine, tackling the state of cinema as expressed by North American film festivalsIllustration by Alice Meteignier.The first film festival I ever attended was the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) in 1998. I was there, improbably, as a bonus from my retail job as a manager at Video Americain, Baltimore’s late, great rental shop immortalized in John Waters’ Serial Mom. With me was the manager of another Video Americain location, Sean Williams (perhaps now better known as the cinematographer of films like Queen of Earth and Good Time). It was a whirlwind trip on a tight budget: a frighteningly compact puddle-jumper from Delaware to Buffalo; a rental-car jaunt across the border; two days, one night in Toronto.I was young, glum,
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Horror Highlights: Etheria Film Night 2018, Night Of The Living Dead Bring the Noise Program, Distorted Trailer, The Haunting Of Mia Moss, The Hollow Child

The lineup of the ten shorts set to debut at Etheria Film Night 2018 have been released as well as a stellar list of guests and the recipient of the 2018 Inspiration Award. Also in today's Highlights: Film Independent at Lacma's Night of the Living Dead Bring the Noise event, a look at the Distorted trailer, new Luz photos, first details for The Haunting of Mia Moss, and The Hollow Child's theatrical release.

Etheria Film Night 2018: Press Release: "(Hollywood, CA – May 9, 2018) Etheria Film Night (www.etheriafilmnight.com) is proud to present the 2018 Official Lineup of Shorts on Saturday, June 16. Ten Short Films will be screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA followed by a Q&A with directors Maria Alice Arida (“Instinct”), Devi Snively (“Bride of Frankie”), Naledi Jackson (“The Drop In”), Mac Montero ("The Agency"), Anca Vlasan (“C U Later Tuesday”), Cidney Hue (“Ovum”), Jocelyn Stamat (“Laboratory
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Peter Bradshaw's predictions for the 2018 film Baftas

Will Brit hopefuls Lady Macbeth and The Death of Stalin triumph? And will Daniel Day-Lewis get a final gong before retiring? Our chief critic places his bets

The Baftas are almost here, exciting news for the truly excellent British films which could well be rewarded: Lady Macbeth, The Death of Stalin, God’s Own Country. There could well be a final Bafta for one of Britain’s great screen actors, Daniel Day-Lewis (although he has dual citizenship with the Republic of Ireland) who is bowing out with a sensational performance, in fact one of his very best, as the enigmatic 1950s fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. My guess is that Guillermo Del Toro’s swooning romance The Shape of Water will be the big winner, but that Greta Gerwig’s tremendous autobiographical coming-of-age comedy Lady Bird will have a real showing, largely because of
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Anna Biller would like you to stop calling old movies "feminist" because that has specific meaning. It does not just mean 'has great female characters' which many old movies do

• Deadline Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) is working on a biopic about the early life of Rosa Parks

• Av Club Ian McKellen: Playing the Part, is a new documentary out later this year. Apparently it made a festival appearance last year and is planning a unique release of some kind.

• Vulture an interview with the legendary Bernadette Peters. She sounds like a tough woman to interview but somehow her constant reticence about the question and obvious withholding sounds charming rather than nightmarish

• Pride Sasha Lane (American Honey) comes out as gay

• Show-Score I wrote this piece (experimenting with the human interest profile format) about two women who travelled together inspired by the Broadway musical Come From Away. Hope you like.
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Sundance 2018 Women Directors: Meet Augustine Frizzell — “Never Goin’ Back”

“Never Goin’ Back”

Augustine Frizzell is the director of “I Was A Teenage Girl” and “Minor Setback,” both of which premiered at SXSW and screened at many other festivals worldwide. “Never Goin’ Back” is her first feature.

“Never Goin’ Back” will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 22.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Af: It’s about two 16-year-old best friends who have dropped out of school, work at a diner, and live on their own with a couple of loser roommates. They just want to get out of town for a few days to chill at the beach but everything that could go wrong does.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Af: It was inspired by real events from my teen years. I wanted to make a comedy for kids like me who didn’t come from middle class suburbia.
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‘The Love Witch’ Director Anna Biller: Most of the Film’s Crew ‘Hated What We Were Shooting’ and Never Even Saw the Movie

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‘The Love Witch’ Director Anna Biller: Most of the Film’s Crew ‘Hated What We Were Shooting’ and Never Even Saw the Movie
The Love Witch” was beloved by most who saw it last year, with Anna Biller writing, directing, producing, composing, and designing her way to instant cult-classic status. Not everyone was so enamored during production, however. In a series of tweets posted earlier this morning, Biller revealed that most of the film’s crew “hated what we were shooting and did not even see the movie after it was done.”

Read More:‘The Love Witch’ Review: Anna Biller’s Technicolor Throwback Is a Spellbinding Feminist Delight

“It was so bad that during reshoots we had different ADs, and they were appalled at what was going on. ‘Your own crew is sabotaging you. Why??’ they asked,” she continued. “For example, a location asst. told me we had to stop shooting in the park because he couldn’t get the right permit, but then lost his shit when a park ranger said yes,
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‘Tales From Beyond the Pale’ Season IV Ends With ‘Conviction’ and ‘The Vampire Party’ — Plus a Listening Party

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‘Tales From Beyond the Pale’ Season IV Ends With ‘Conviction’ and ‘The Vampire Party’ — Plus a Listening Party
As you may have noticed, tomorrow is Halloween. To celebrate, “Tales From Beyond the Pale” is celebrating with a listening party in New York for Season IV’s final two episodes: “Conviction” and “The Vampire Party.” Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid, the horror podcast’s co-creators, shared a few thoughts on the stories’ conceptions — and what comes next for “Tales.”

Read More:‘Tales From Beyond the Pale’: ‘Barricade’ and ‘Speaking in Tongues’ Prove That Hearing Is Believing (Exclusive)

“Me and my buddy went to this very eccentric home of vampire enthusiasts and had a most unusual evening,” recalls Fessenden when asked about “Vampire Party,” which he wrote by his lonesome. “It was a story I often told in celebration of the wacky things one can get up to to promote a movie, and the crazy subcultures in old Hollywood.” About two indie filmmakers promoting their horror movie when they
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Rushes. Jerry Lewis, Locarno Festival, Serge Daney in English, "Nocturama" Debate

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSWe are devastated by the death of performer and director Jerry Lewis this week at the age of 91, one of the 20th century's greatest—and most inspiring—artists. Dave Kehr for The New York Times has penned an excellent obituary, and it's worth revisiting Christoph Huber's 2013 coverage of the Viennale's epic retrospective of Lewis's work as an actor and a filmmaker. Last year, Adrian Curry published a selection of the international poster designs for Lewis's films.The Locarno Festival wrapped last week, with the top prize going to Chinese documentarian Wang Bing's Mrs. Fang. We were at the festival covering it day by day, including its retrospective of Hollywood genre director Jacques Tourneur (Cat People, Out of the Past). See all the awards and read our coverage from the Swiss film festival.Recommended VIEWINGThe
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Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art for Effects, Starring Tom Savini & Joe Pilato

Alamo Drafthouse's American Genre Film Archive announced an August 22nd Blu-ray release date and special features for Dusty Nelson's Effects. So many creative minds in the horror world are behind Effects, including Tom Savini, who stars alongside Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead) and John Harrison (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie).

Press Release: (Austin, TX | Tuesday, July 18, 2017) - Alamo Drafthouse's American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, is excited to announce an August 22, 2017, release date for the Effects Blu-ray.

Cobbled together with loose change by George Romero's friends, Effects is a mesmerizing do-it-yourself horror movie starring Tom Savini (Dawn Of The Dead), Joe Pilato (Day Of The Dead), and John Harrison (Tales From The Darkside: The Movie). A group of coked-up filmmakers -- including Savini and Pilato -- gather in Pittsburgh to make a slasher called Duped: The Snuff Movie.
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‘Hostel: Part II’ and the Monster of Neoliberal Late-Capitalism

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

The torture scenes in writer-director Eli Roth’s Hostel openly evoked the 2003 Abu Ghraib photographs, which depicted United States military and Central Intelligence Agency personnel subjecting Iraqi prisoners to acts of profound cruelty and abuse. The film also addressed post-9/11 U.
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Amazon Prime: Watch 7 Overlooked Indie Gems from 2016

Amazon Prime: Watch 7 Overlooked Indie Gems from 2016
In the battle for what will be the premier streaming home for current independent film, Amazon Prime is showing signs that it could top Netflix, FilmStruck, and Mubi. Between funding auteur-driven Amazon originals like Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson,” Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden,” Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester By the Sea,” and their exclusive deal with A24 (“American Honey,” “Lobster,” “Swiss Army Man,” and “Moonlight” which arrives 5/21), Prime has a good percentage of the best titles.

What often gets lost in Amazon’s suboptimal browsing interface is the number of recent lower-profile indies on the service that feature some of the most exciting filmmaking of the last year. Here are seven recent gems you shouldn’t miss.

The Love Witch

You have never seen anything like this film. Sure, it looks like a late-era technicolor film — shot on 35mm, with deliciously saturated production and costume design — but this isn’t nostalgic kitsch.
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