Unsound Festival 2013: Interference film programme


12 - 16 October

Once again, the UK audio-visual duo Jigoku have put together a film program for Unsound, drawing largely from their obscure VHS And Betamax video collection. Screened at Kino Pod Baranami, the series kicks off with an all-night movie marathon on 12th October, then follows with a film each midnight.

Films are either in English or with English subtitles, and can be found in the program schedule - expect a whole lot of weirdness.

Here is a statement from the curators: "And so, another year another unique Jigoku film programme for Unsound. For our fourth collaboration with the festival we have dug hard and deep. When asked to programme a theme around conspiracies and interference our initial reaction was one of excitement and bewilderment - excitement at the challenge of undertaking such a theme, bewilderment at the notion of where to begin. The titles selected for this year's programme encompass the obsessive multi-genre viewing traits we have always adhered to - therefore art-house clashes with counterculture, cross fertilising with motifs of the political, macabre, verite and exploitation. We have chosen movies that inherently jumble narrative traits into a jagged pill that defies diagnosis. That said, despite the multi-genre threads underpinning this years program, within each narrative grain there is a consistent theme of ‘normality’ being suffocated by chaotic shards - creating confusion, paranoia, erasure of identity, loss of power and ultimately self-destruction. We hope you like this year’s programme as much as we have enjoyed sourcing these esoteric, eclectic prints. Long Live the New Flesh.... " 

Saturday, October 12, 00.15
/ All Night Marathon 

WATCHED! (1974, US, dir. John Parsons, 97') features hippies, drugs and psychedelia as a DA goes into paranoiac meltdown after watching surveillance footage of a case he cannot solve. Music from prog legends Weather Report. 

THE MASSIVE (1978, HK, dir. Wu Ma, 91') is an intricately plotted, Giallo-esque old school martial arts belter about a hunt for stolen jewellery. English Language version.

In LITAN (1982, FR, dir. Jean-Pierre Mocky, 84') a couple attempt to escape from a sinister village where a bizarre festival is taking place. A unique, bewildering meshing of art house and B Movie. French language with English subtitles. 

Sunday, October 13, 00.00 

EXQUISITE CORPSES (1976, IT, dir. Francesco Rosi, 116') is a dark, foreboding Euro conspiracy thriller in which a burnt-out detective investigates the murder of supreme court judges only to discover a wider, more dangerous conspiracy around him. The ominous, jazzy Piero Piccioni score can only be described as proto-drone. Italian Language with English subtitles.

Monday, October 14, 00.00

In THE KIRLIAN WITNESS (1979, US, dir. Jonathan Sarno, 88') a woman has the power to telepathically communicate with plants. A flower is the only "witness" to her sister's murder and she must use her mind reading skills to uncover the culprit. A unique underground sleeper that defies description. English language.

Tuesday, October 15, 00.00

SHADOWS UNSEEN (1972, IT, dir. Camillo Bazzoni, 97') tells the story of a police commissioner who becomes obsessed with a mysterious case, leading to murder and madness. An unsettling 70’s Euro Crime/Giallo hybrid with a suffocating, downbeat vibe. The powerful score is from maestro Riz Ortolani. Letterboxed print sourced from VHS in English language with Dutch subtitles. 

Wednesday, October 16, 00.00 

SUICIDE CULT (1975, US, dir. James Glickenhaus, 75'), from the man who later directed The Exterminator, is a rarely seen, off-beat messiah/cult/paranoia indie flick about a secret government agency that monitors astrologically gifted beings, in the aim of uncovering the second coming of Christ. Full screen print sourced from an old school UK Pre-Certification Betamax tape. English language.

All screenings in English or with English subtitles.


All Night Marathon: 20 PLN

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