Sept. 21, Muse Arts Warehouse. A multiple award winner of the 2010 Venice Film Festival, this 2010 Russian drama follows two men on a mission: When Miron's beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the Merja culture; they set out on a road trip thousands of miles across the boundless land, to the banks of the sacred lake where they will forever part with the body. Subtitled.
Sept. 23, Muse Arts Warehouse. Director Wim Wenders' dance documentary/performance about avant-garde choreographer Pina Bausch, described by Psychotronic Film Society head Jim Reed (who's sponsoring the film) as a "visually stunning movie (that) finds some of the top modern dancers in the world today performing some of her most famous works."
Sept. 28, Lucas Theatre. Alfred Hitchcock's multi-tiered 1958 masterpiece with James Stewart as private eye Scotty Ferguson, smitten with his mysterious subject, the mysterious Kim "Carlotta" Novak. Trivia: It was shot under the title From Among the Dead.
Night of the Living Dead
Sept. 28, Muse Arts Warehouse. The Psychotronic Film Society deals many hands in Savannah; under its auspices, there are periodic midnight horror screenings on Friday nights. Here's George Romero's pioneering zombie apocalypse classic in all its bloody glory.
Oct. 7, Muse Arts Warehouse . Based on true events, Compliance is a disturbing drama about a prank caller (Pat Healy) who convinces a fast-food manager (Ann Dowd) that one of her employees is a thief, with disastrous results. The controversial film premiered at Sundance last January.
Sept. 29. Lucas Theatre. Alfred Hitchcock's World War II espionage tale re-teams two of the stars of Casablanca - Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains - and the leading men to end all leading men, Cary Grant. It's a combination of intrigue, romance and subterfuge amongst government agents and ex-Nazis in Rio de Janeiro. (To be followed by a mystery Hitchcock screening).
Rebel Without a Cause
Oct. 6, Trustees Theater. Nicholas Ray's great 1955 melodrama stars James Dean (in the second of this three films), playing rebellious middle-class teen Jim Stark, whose dalliances with the dark side of his nature have unfortunate consequences. With Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo and Jim (Gilligan's Island) Backus.
Oct. 20. Lucas Theatre. It's Professor Mustard in the drawing room! This 1985 mystery/comedy, which waws not a box office hit but has achieved some sort of cult status, is based on the board game of the same name. Tim Curry leads what was, at the time anyway, an all-star cast.
Savannah Film Festival
Oct. 27-Nov. 3, downtown. A full week of screenings including major movies that haven't even opened yet, independent features and shorts, and celebrities events and award ceremonies. The 2012 schedule hasn't been announced - expect it soon.
Nov. 10, Trustees Theater. Director Stanley Kubrick's bizarre-but-classic 1980 interpretation of the Stephen King horror novel, with Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. It all takes places in a remote, snowed-in Colorado hotel during the off-season ... ah, you know the story. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Nov. 23, Muse Arts Warehouse. From Psychotronic mastermind Jim Reed: "When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn't going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last." We're sold!
In the Family
Dec. 2, Muse Arts Warehouse. Writer, director and lead actor Patrick Wang will be in attendance for this Psychotronic-sponsored screening of his independently-released adoption drama, which the New York Times called one of the most accomplished and undersold directorial debuts this year."