One night only: all three films of Takashi Miike’s DEAD OR ALIVE Trilogy, back-to-back, uncut, in a five hour marathon of the most totally insane yakuza sleaze you’ve ever witnessed.
Beginning with an explosive, six-minute montage of sex, drugs and violence, Takashi Miike’s unforgettable Dead or Alive Trilogy features many of the director’s most outrageous moments set alongside some of his most dramatically moving scenes. Made between 1999 and 2002, the Dead or Alive films cemented Miike’s reputation overseas as one of the most provocative enfants terrible of Japanese cinema, yet also one of its most talented and innovative filmmakers.
In Dead or Alive, tough gangster Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) and his ethnically Chinese gang make a play to take over the drug trade in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district by massacring the competition. But he meets his match in detective Jojima (Show Aikawa), who will do everything to stop them. Dead or Alive 2: Birds casts Aikawa and Takeuchi together again, but as new characters, a pair of rival yakuza assassins who turn out to be childhood friends; after a botched hit, they flee together to the island where they grew up, and decide to devote their deadly skills to a more humanitarian cause. And in Dead or Alive: Final, Takeuchi and Aikawa are catapulted into a future Yokohama ruled by multilingual gangs and cyborg soldiers, where they once again butt heads in the action-packed and cyberpunk-tinged finale to the trilogy.
Each of them unique in theme and tone, the Dead or Alive films showcase Miike at the peak of his strengths, creating three very distinct movies connected only by their two popular main actors, each film a separate yet superb example of crime drama, character study, and action filmmaking.
A Skype Q&A with Bowie’s first wife, Angie Bowie, will follow the 7pm screening on Monday, 9/4!
With exclusive voice-over contributions from David Bowie, BESIDE BOWIE: THE MICK RONSON STORY is a celebration of the life and work of guitar virtuoso Mick Ronson, a rock hero virtually uncelebrated despite his direct contribution and involvement in countless compositions, lyrics and recordings that changed the face of music forever. From award-winning producer/director Jon Brewer (B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY).
Mick Ronson’s humble beginnings in Hull, England underpinned his values and modest, unpretentious personality as he worked with the city’s council whilst pursuing his craft with consummate dedication. Soon word of his talent reached David Bowie, who grabbed at the chance to work with Ronson, in what would become a career-long association, alongside collaborations with other greats such as Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter, Lulu, Lou Reed, Morrissey and John Mellencamp. The Man Who Sold the World, Aladdin Sane, Hunky Dory, The Jean Genie – all were constructed with Ronson on guitar.
Sadly in 1993, while working on a solo album, Ronson passed away before receiving the recognition he so richly deserved. Now, with unprecedented access to archival backstage footage – never before released – and iconic imagery from superstar photographer Mick Rock, this fascinating and at times controversial special reveals the ultimate authentic chronicle of the career of a cornerstone of rock.
MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS + Spoke Art present “A Genuine Tribute to Tom Waits” Double Bill. Hosted by Jesse Hawthorne Ficks
7:00pm DOWN BY LAW (35mm, 1986)
Jim Jarmusch’s deliciously deadpan comedy is even more poignant now than it was upon its release 30+ years ago. With Robby Müller’s glorious black and white camerawork gliding through the cinematic streets and swamps of New Orleans, its the pitch perfect cast led by Tom Waits and John Lurie (both of whom who scored the film.) Although, it might be Nicoletta Braschi and Roberto Benigni’s priceless performances that could make this one of your all time favorite films. Come find out at this 35mm screening courtesy of Rialto Pictures. 107 minutes. Preceded 35mm trailers by other Jim Jarmusch gems.
NOTE: As an added bonus, Spoke Art will be designing an exclusive limited edition poster available only at this event!
9:15pm BiG TiME (Extremely RARE 35mm, 1988)
Chris Blum’s unforgettably unique documentary of Tom Waits late 1980s live show has to be seen to be believed and oddly enough, it never had a proper theatrical release in the US and is still unavailable on any home media! Scripted by Tom Waits and musical collaborator (and partner in crime) Kathleen Brennan, this mesmerizing and surreal live show (shot in Los Angeles and San Francisco circa Waits’ albums Frank’s Wild Years and Rain Dogs) will leave you begging to watch it all over again! Do not miss this EXTREMELY RARE 35MM SCREENiNG courtesy of Park Circus screened from the only known 35mm print in existence! Special guest, director Chris Blum IN PERSON! 90 minutes.
I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre’s heyday, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.
Directed by Daniel Cross, 2016, 106 minutes. HD Digital.
Negar (Linda Kiani) is about to get married to Aslan (Javad Ezzati) but she also is obsessed with the idea of moving overseas. But it is not so easy for an Iraninan woman to get visa. She finally flees Iran illegally by her friends help and in the process she also steals money from Aslan. But Aslan who is in love with Negar, does not give up. He tries everything to go to Europe to find her and bring her back. However, to get visa it is not easy for him either. He doesn’t have any qualification nor he has a lot of cash in his bank account. Through the help of a smuggler, Agha Bahman (Amir Jafari), he tries absurd ways to get visa including pretending to becoming Christian and Gay.
“Oxidant”, an intriguing cinematic twist, is the second directing project of Hamed Mohammadi. Previously, Mohammadi’s lean scripts propelled movies such as “The Painting Pool” by Maziar Miri and “Gold and Copper” by Homayoun Asadiyan two box-office success-list, winning the attention of cinema critics and audiences at the same time.
97min, DCP, IRAN, 2017
Writer/Director: Hamed Mohammadi
Producer Manoochehr Mohammadi
Cast: Javad Ezzati, Amir Jafari, Shabnam Moghadami, Reza Behboodi, Linda Kiani
The new film by Bertrand Bonello is a terrorism thriller like no other, following a group of tense, shifty adolescents as they prowl the streets and subways of Paris, well underway with a bombing plot. And then the film becomes something familiar, yet altogether different, as these subversives tuck away inside a shopping mall and lose themselves in consumer culture—clothes, televisions, toys, and a stirring soundtrack that includes Blondie, Chief Keef, Shirley Bassey, Bonello’s menacing electronic score, and Willow Smith. Will they survive the unseen, encroaching authorities? Or, as the walls close in, will they even survive each other? Nocturama presents no easy answers; what it does offer is one of the 21st century’s most stirring cinematic experiences.
Directed by Bertrand Bonello. 2017 / 130min / DCP. A Grasshopper Film release.
This documentary follows parallel stories about the shattering human consequences of corruption and impunity in Mexico. Miriam was arbitrarily accused of human trafficking and incarcerated in a violent prison in northern Mexico without evidence. Adela is a professional clown whose daughter disappeared years ago, and who has received death threats for trying to find her. Guided by these women’s voices, this film explores what it means to find emotional strength in the face of violence, injustice, and helplessness.
Este documental sigue historias paralelas que se tratan de las desgarradoras consecuencias humanas de la corrupción y la impunidad en México. Miriam fue acusada de tráfico de personas, sin razón aparente y sin pruebas, y fue encarcelada en una prisión violenta en el norte del país. Adela es una payasa profesional cuya hija desapareció hace años; ha recibido amenazas de muerte por sus intentos de hallarla. Guiada por las voces de estas dos mujeres, esta película explora cómo se encuentra la fortaleza emocional ante la violencia, la injusticia y el miedo aparentemente sin remedio.
Directed by Tatiana Huezo. 2017. Mexico. In Spanish with English subtitles. 105 min.
Inés is a columnist in her thirties who breaks up with her long-term boyfriend. Embracing her newfound independence, she’s thrown into existential crisis. What is a single woman in her thirties supposed to do and be? In this Mexican box office hit, Inés is catapulted into the comic, recognizable mishaps that come with being caught between her career and her biological clock, between the pressure and advice being dished out by everyone she knows. It’s a journey to find herself, and hopefully find love into the bargain.
Inés es una columnista de treinta y tantos años que termina con su novio. Abrazando su nueva independencia, es arrojada a una crisis existencial. ¿Qué debe ser y hacer una mujer soltera en sus treinta? En este éxito de taquilla mexicano, Inés vive los contratiempos cómicos e identificables de encontrarse atrapada entre la carrera y el reloj biológico, entre las presiones y los consejos de las personas que conoce. Quiere lograr el autodescubrimiento y, ojalá, un poco de amor también.
Directed by Chava Cartas. With Andrés Almeida, Andrés Zuno, Angélica Aragón, Bárbara Mori, Claudette Maillé, Claudio Lafarga, Héctor Bonilla, Jordi Mollà, Juan Pablo Medina, Karla Carrillo, Marimar Vega, Natasha Dupeyrón, Perla Villarello, Roberto Quijano, Sarah Nichols. 2017. Mexico. In Spanish with English subtitles. 98min.
Lucio and Martina had a passionate romance during their youth at a strict Catholic high school. 25 years later, they unexpectedly run into each other in the city of San Miguel de Allende. Their immediate reaction is to each pretend to be married happily––even if it’s all lies. As they try to maintain their false images in a comedy of errors, we find out just what happened between the young couple so long ago.
Lucio y Martina vivieron un romance apasionado durante su juventud en un colegio católico sumamente estricto. 25 años después, se topan por azar en la ciudad de San Miguel de Allende. La reacción inmediata de cada quien es fingir estar felizmente casado––aunque esto sea puras mentiras de ambas partes. Mientras intentan mantener sus imágenes falsas en una comedia de enredos, descubrimos lo que realmente pasó entre la joven pareja hace tanto tiempo.
Directed by Manolo Caro. With Andrés Almeida, Cecilia Suárez, Eréndira Ibarra, Francesco Roder, Javier Jattin, Juan Pablo Medina, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Mariana Treviño, Mayte Gil, Natasha Dupeyrón, Nina Rubín, Paz Vega, Sebastián Aguirre, Sofía Sisniega, Ximena Romo. 2017. Mexico. In Spanish with English subtitles. 91 min.
A millenary language agonizes: Its last two speakers, Evaristo and Isauro had a quarrel 50 years ago and haven’t spoken to each other since. Martin, a young linguist, will undertake the challenge of bringing the two old friends back together and convince them to talk to each other again in order for him to be able to obtain a record of the language. Yet, hidden in the past, in the core of the jungle, lies a secret hidden in the language that makes it difficult to believe that the heart of Zikril will beat again.
Una milenaria lengua indígena agoniza: sus dos últimos hablantes Evaristo e Isauro se pelearon cincuenta años atrás y desde entonces no se dirigen la palabra. Martín, un joven lingüista asumirá el reto de reunir a los dos viejos para convencerlos de hablarse una vez más y obtener un registro grabado de la lengua. Pero oculto en el pasado, en las entrañas de la jungla, yace un secreto escondido por el idioma que hace difícil creer que el corazón del zikril vuelva a latir.
Directed by Ernesto Contreras. With Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, Eligio Meléndez, Manuel Poncelis, Fátima Molina, Norma Angélica, Mardonio Carballo, Juan Pablo de Santiago, Hoze Meléndez, Nicolasa Ortiz Monasterio, Mónica Miguel. 2017. Mexico, Netherlands. In Spanish, Zikril with English subtitles. 103 min.