Greetings from The Deja View at Camden Palace Hotel.
After a year we are back with a second edition of a science fiction programme, maybe starting a tradition where September will be a science fiction month in Cork. One can only hope.
This year we decided to have a sub-theme as well to make it a bit easier for us to choose from the vast amount of good sci-fi movies out there. The theme is post-apocalyptic & dystopian. It was not easier.
These two genres are often hard to distinguish from each other, leading to nit-picky word wars on the interweb by sad people and to avoid their wrath we combined them in to one. Devious…we know.
Last year we have started our science fiction theme with 2001: A Space Odyssey so we wanted to start again with equally culty classic and here the choice isn’t that big anymore. But luckily we thought ahead, a very surprising act here at The Deja View and we have already chosen the film last year. Blade Runner (Wed 2.9.2015) was a strong candidate in our 2014 sci-fi programme but was kept back until now.
Even our second film A Boy and his Dog (Wed 9.9.2015)was a clear choice. This film was part of our film marathon at our opening night but since he was scheduled as the last film and due to major delays of all the previous ones it never made it to the screen. Since then it was trying to find its spot but had to wait almost two years for it.
For the rest we tried to find a healthy mix of cult classic and independent films but still ended up with more of the former. So now without further ado our science fiction programme:
2.9. Blade Runner by Ridley Scott (1982)
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.(imdb)
9.9. A Boy and his dog by L.Q.Jones(1975)
A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex, and they stumble into an underground society … (imdb)
16.9. Akira by Katsuhiro Ôtomo (1988)
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.(imdb)
Post-apocalyptic or dystopian future is a very common theme in Japanese animation and we knew we just have to include at least one into our programme. The obvious choice was of course the cult classic ‘Akira’ but we thought maybe we should go for something less known and there were some great candidates but how can you not show Akira on a big screen. Tell us…how?!?
23.9. Sexmission (Seksmisja) by Juliusz Machulski (1984)
Two scientists are chosen as guinea pigs for a time experiment: they are placed in hibernation and should be brought back to life after three years. In the meantime, however, the World War III breaks out and life have been wiped out of the surface of the Earth.
As promised before at least one entry in each theme will be a Visegrad film. The first Visegrad Film Festival took place in June 2015 showcasing films from the Visegrad region (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland). But it is an ongoing project and we will have several screenings throughout the year until the next edition in 2016. The choice here was easy, the cult classic sci-fi comedy from Poland is a must watch.
30.9. Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick (1971)
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society’s crime problem – but not all goes according to plan.(imdb)
Welly, welly, welly, welly, well…Join us for little bit of the good ol’ ultra violence and Moloko Plus. Alex and his droogs will take you bezoomny journey so put the date in your gulliver and we will see you there on Wednesday at 8PM. Stanley Kubrick opened our last years theme so we thought we have to invite him again.
7.10.FRENCH DOUBLE BILL :
Delicatessen by Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet (1991)
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.(imdb)
This was one of the first movies I watched when I started to visit art house cinemas at the age of 14. And it was here where I realized that a good movie do not have to come from Hollywood, quite the opposite. So without this film (and few others) there probably wouldn’t be any Deja View and therefore this film would not be shown right now. Life is funny sometimes.
Le Dernier Combat by Luc Besson (1982)
In the post-apocalyptic future, only a few humans are left. No one is able to speak; the film contains no dialogue, and characters communicate non-verbally.
On this night we will try a little experiment. See how you feel about a double bill screening and from there we can maybe move towards a marathon. Like “Alien” for example. But for now we shall screen two great post-apocalyptic tales from France. Chance to see a very young Jean Reno as well.
14.10. 12 monkeys by Terry Gilliam (1995)
Follows the journey of a time traveller from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will nearly destroy the human race.
Terry Gilliam was also part of the science fiction programme last year with his probably most famous film ‘Brazil’. ‘Twelve Monkeys’ is his most mainstream endeavour but it is also one of the few time travelling movies that is not caught up by its own logic or the lack of for that matter. Instead of the usual short films this evening we will show ‘La Jetee’ at 7.30PM, the short film that inspired ‘Twelve Monkeys’.
(*we know the picture is from the miniseries and not from the movie but its pretty so shut up)
21.10. Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru) by Kinji Fukasaku (2000)
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary “Battle Royale” act.
This film is a great transition to our horror programme that will follow next but it is also a great example of a dystopian film. It is the Hunger Games for adults.