WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/4/2014

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available on the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Under the Skin: Scarlett Johansson stars as a beautiful alien who lures men to their death in Scotland in this science fiction experiment with avant-garde visuals. By bringing us this one just after unleashing ‘s baffling doppelganger thriller Enemy on unsuspecting audiences, new distributor A24 is fast becoming the go-to outlet for limited-release weirdness. Under the Skin official site.

FILM FESTIVALS – Kansas City FilmFest (Kansas City, MO, Apr. 5-13):

Although there’s not much that’s newly weird at this heartland festival—we’ll only be highlighting one film that’s escaped our notice thus far in the festival season—there are a couple of very interesting themed programs of older movies running here. The first, dubbed “Afrofuturism,” features Sun Ra’s uncategorizable 1974 oddity Space is the Place (a sort of blaxploitation sci-fi musical from the avant-garde jazz orchestra leader who claimed to be an alien from Saturn) along with the satire Destination Planet Negro (about what might have happened if George Washington Carver had built a spaceship to colonize Mars) and a smattering of other films in this very small and specialized subgenre. The other notable program is an impressive animation slate that’s anchored by ‘s latest, Cheatin’, and Ari Folman’s long-awaited dystopian adaptation The Congress. Add to those a mid-1970s retrospective featuring Heavy Traffic (1973), the racially explosive Coonskin (1975), and Wizards (1977), and you have a truly weird series going. As to our new discovery:

  • Coherence – Described as “part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama,” this reality-bending debut is garnering comparisons to ‘s Primer for its mix of hard science and low budget. Screens April 10 & 12.

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Kansas City FilmFest home page.

NEW ON DVD:

L’immortelle (1963): A Frenchman vacationing in Istanbul falls in love with a woman who may be involved in the white slave trade. Redemption Video continues to slowly release their treasure trove Alain Robbe-Grillet’s playful, surreal and sadomasochistic movies. Buy L’Immortelle.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

L’immortelle (1963): See description in DVD above. Buy L’Imortelle [Blu-ray].

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

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