Church of Film presents PENDA'S FEN

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Church of Film is a weekly gathering for the reverence and worship of cinema programmed and hosted by local cinephile Muriel Lucas.

Magic, the Occult, supernatural folk tales, witchy witches, mutant melodramas, anarchy, communism & the subaltern, Queer texts/subtexts, signs & symbols, third meanings, oblique narrative strategies, visual formalism, LSD, imminent worlds, sailors, phantom crews, ships adrift, graveyards and ruins, feminism, uncanny valleys, decolonization, gender deconstruction, cosmic games, ghosts & goblins, third world, beauty and her beasts, psychogeography, national & independent cinemas, masks of all kinds, the baroque, genres destroyed, Thanatos, ancient worlds, interior maps, guys and dolls, transhumanism, lost worlds, layers of vision, candles and candelabras, cobwebs, love stories, uncharted landscapes, deep dreams & secrets, the foreign country of the past, psychic fractures, the underworld, ultima thule, de-institutionalization, pitiless traps, Greek Key patterns, fate circumscribed in celluloid, voyeurism & paranoia, corridors & paths, the watcher and the watched,antifascism, isolation in the labyrinth, doors unopened, counter-cultured romance, priests and nuns beneath their frocks and habits, warm gods, gods dethroned, sisters, charlatans, disintegrating social structures, nuclear families on fire, dissent and silenced voices, slapstick and the mechanized body, the visual gag, tragic jokes, distant voices from other rooms, dogs baying in the darkness, flashlights, the imprisoned, the vanquished, the trapped spirits, the Kingdom of Shadows, the twentieth century, c-i-n-e-m-a.

Other locations include Century Bar on Sandy Boulevard and the Psychic Bar on Mississippi Avenue. Check the CofF Facebook page for more information about other screenings.

Church of Film presents PENDA'S FEN



Blending striking visions and dream sequences into a folk horror melange of ghosts, politics and sexuality, Alan Clarke's PENDA'S FEN was immediately hailed in the UK as a complex modern masterpiece.

penda's fen
Alan Clarke
United Kingdom
90 minutes

Wednesday, October 16th at the Clinton Street Theater! 8pm, $5-8 suggested donation, notaflof. Young Stephen, the son of a country Priest, doesn't quite fit in. Bullied at school, very awkward, obsessed with the music of Elgar, deeply conservative in his views of God and Country, and also deeply confused about his own sexual desires... None of which is helped by that fact that he lives in Pinvin, a small village that may be the resting grounds of England's last pagan king, Penda, or the grounds of some bizarre modern day military experiments. 

Special Admission

$5-8 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.