Church of Film presents Surrealism of the Low Countries

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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 Surrealism of the Low Countries


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Surrealism of the Low Countries

Awash in the dreamy eroticism of the sea, under the spell of Rene Magritte and the artists drinking at La Fleur en Papier Doré, Belgian and Dutch artists captured their land and their sublimated desires on film throughout the ages! This program of avant-garde shorts includes legendary Surrealist prankster and Magritte collaborator Marcel Mariën's only film, IMITATION OF CINEMA (1960), Count Henri D'Ursel's notorious THE PEARL (1929), Ernst Moerman's playful dream-riff on masked-man crime serials, MR. FANTOMAS (1937), and many more rare and delightful treasures! Enjoy a few wet dreams, so to speak.

Special Admission

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