a free to the public screening this friday at USM of 13th- a film which follows the history of mass incarceration of african americans up to its present day, is being presented at 6pm. essential, unnerving and deeply researched 13th analyzes with a clear-headed sharpness that has the capacity to move past mere awareness and inspire action against a deeply corrupt, broken system that is stealing the lives of generations and erasing cultures. co-presented by SPACE Gallery, Maine NAACP Portland Branch, Maine Initiatives and University of Southern Maine, this is a great chance to share an important subject with your community and partake in the discourse when the film ends.
this afternoon (wednesday the 25th at 1:30pm) at railroad square in waterville there will be a screening of terrance mallick's 1978 masterpiece, days of heaven, shown on 35mm. this is one of the most gorgeous cinematic experiences, and rewards itself with repeat viewing. the laura manz voice over narration may haunt you for life. you'll find yourself telling your cinematographer friends about how mallick shot the entire film during the "magic hour" of the hour before dusk or dawn. you might need to erase the past few mallick films from your mind and just realize how great he was in the 70s.
at SPACE gallery on thursday at 7pm there will be a screening of The Love Witch a bizarre looking retro-oddity from director Anna Biller. its stylized, 60's inspired technicolor vibes, awkward high-trash acting and elaborate set pieces will surely tantalize a crowd deeply in need of a laugh. at the same time it will reward film-goers with its utter singularity. also- witches.
and finally, if you get a chance, track down Elle- the isabelle huppert starring, paul veerhoven melodrama thats quietly making its ways through theaters. if i'd seen it before i made my list of films from last year it would've been in the top 5. 20th century women is also real great and showing currently at the nick.