WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/18/2021

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Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

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

FILM FESTIVALS – NORTH BEND FILM FESTIVAL (North Bend, WA & online, July 15-18):

Set in the Washington town where many of ““’s exteriors were filmed, the North Bend Film Fest is a ian destination, with a slate of films to match. The dreamlike fantasy The Blazing World and the online gaming nightmare/satire We’re All Going to the World’s Fair are two movies we’ve been awaiting since they were unveiled at Sundance, and the July 17 screening of Donnie Darko with in attendance should be a big ticket event. Here’s one more release we’ll keep an eye on:

  • Cryptozoo – Animated cryptozoology comedy (?) involving strange creatures and government conspiracies, from . Live screening only, July 17.Cryptozoo (2021)

This year’s festival will be a hybrid of in-person and online screenings (it remains to be seen if this format is the festival model of the future, or just a post-pandemic hangover). Virtual screenings are restricted to residents of the Pacific Northwest: Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

North Bend Film Festival official site.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Finding Ophelia: An advertising executive dreams of a mysterious woman. Roger Moore called it both “trippy” and “one of the more visually-arresting misfires you’ll encounter on the big screen.” Finding Ophelia official site.

Siberia: (and faithful collaborator ) continues his late-period navel-gazing with this tale of a man traveling through “dreams, memory and imagination” by dogsled.  Siberia was the movie that Ferrara’s alter-ego was seen working on storyboards for in TommasoSiberia official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT (crowdfunding):

Fat Fleshy Fingers (202?): A planned anthology film composed of segments centered around a sexual parasite, produced by alumni directors of the Sick ‘n’ Wrong Film Festival. They are hoping to make “the most brain-smashingly weird piece of movie art you’ve ever seen”; a lofty, but worthy goal. Currently almost halfway funded, with a little under two weeks left in the campaign. Fat Fleshy Fingers Kickstarter page.

IN DEVELOPMENT (in production):

Unicorn Wars (202?): (Birdboy) is hard at work on his next feature film, an expansion of his short “Unicorn Blood,” about a bloody fantasy war between unicorns and religious fanatic teddy bears. In production for three years now, he shared some of the work at the Annecy Animation Festival last week. “Bioluminescent hallucinogenic worms” are now confirmed. Variety has an extensive report, with frames.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Son of the White Mare [Fehérlófia] (1981): Read the Apocrypha Candidate review! After an agonizingly long wait (exacerbated by a global pandemic that wrecked plans for a theatrical release), ‘ classic psychedelic fairy tale animation is finally here on Blu-ray, courtesy of Arbelos films. Buy Son of the White Mare.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

This section will no longer be updated regularly. Instead, we direct you to our new “Repertory Cinemas Near You” page. We added many new venues to that page this week: the Balboa in San Francisco, the Film Lab in Detroit (screening The Lure this weekend), the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque  (screening Hedwig and the Angry Inch this weekend), the Screening Room in Buffalo (screening Eraserhead this very evening), Manhattan’s Film Forum (screening 8 1/2 this week), and the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens (screening 2001: A Space Odyssey this Sunday, with accompanying exhibit.) We will still continue to mention exceptional screenings in this space, like this one:

FREE WEIRD MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990): Read the Canonically Weird review! Two minor characters from “Hamlet” pass the time with intellectual games while awaiting their big moment. They may be dead, but they’re also “leaving soon” (from Tubi’s listings). Watch Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead free on Tubi.tv.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Amazon Prime subscribers can join us tomorrow night at 10:15 PM for a screening and group chat of the nearly-seasonally-appropriate relationship horror Midsommar (2019). The link to join will appear here, on Facebook, or on Twitter around 10 PM ET.

In reviews next week, Pete Trbovich will take a second look at the 1967 Casino Royale (that’s the psychedelic version, not the Daniel Craig version). And

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

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  1. “In reviews next week, Pete Trbovich will take a second look at the 1967 Casino Royale (that’s the psychedelic version, not the Daniel Craig version).”

    Could we be seeing Casino Royale in the Apocrypha list one day? If only…

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