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June 24–30, plus July 2, 5 & 6

Belladonna of Sadness

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Belladonna of Sadness

Eiichi Yamamoto / 1973, Japan
86min / Digital

One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., BELLADONNA OF SADNESS is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (“ASTRO BOY” and “KIMBA THE WHITE LION”), BELLADONNA unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa’s RAN) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire. Extremely transgressive and not for the easily offended, BELLADONNA is fueled by a mindblowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements – and including over 8 minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux’s FANTASTIC PLANET and Ralph Bakshi’s WIZARDS as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, BELLADONNA marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell. (In Japanese with English subtitles.)

"a bewitching masterpiece" New York Times

Showtimes:
Wed 6/29: 9pm
Thur 6/30: 7pm & 9pm
Sat 7/2: 5pm
Tues 7/5 & Wed 7/6: 9pm


July 1–3, 5-7

Lady Snowblood

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Lady Snowblood

Toshiya Fujita / 1973, Japan
97min / Digital

NEW RESTORATION! Gory revenge is raised to the level of visual poetry in Toshiya Fujita’s stunning Lady Snowblood. A major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill saga, this endlessly inventive film, set in late nineteenth-century Japan, charts the single-minded path of vengeance taken by a young woman (Meiko Kaji) whose parents were the unfortunate victims of a gang of brutal criminals. Fujita creates a wildly entertaining action film of remarkable craft, an effortless balancing act between beauty and violence.

Showtimes:
Fri, Sat, Tues, Thur: 7pm
Sun: 5pm


July 1–3, 6

Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance

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Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance

Toshiya Fujita / 1974, Japan
89min / Digital

NEW RESTORATION! Meiko Kaji returns in Toshiya Fujita’s invigorating sequel to his own cult hit Lady Snowblood. Our furious heroine is captured by the authorities and sentenced to death for the various killings she has committed; however, she is offered a chance of escape—if she carries out dangerous orders for the government. More politically minded than the original, Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance is full of exciting plot turns and ingenious action sequences. .

Showtimes:
Fri, Sat: 9pm
Sun & Wed: 7pm


July 7

SexWorld

SexWorld

Presented by the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
Anthony Spinelli / 1977, USA
91 min. / Digital

NEW RESTORATION! In this hardcore mash-up of Westworld and Fantasy Island, an ensemble of lonely, sexually frustrated people arrives at a luxury resort where robotic lovers fulfill their wildest fantasies. Featuring sensitive, provocative, and very sexy performances by many of the era’s biggest stars, SexWorld is one of the crowning achievements of the Golden Age of Porn.

This screening is a fundraiser for the 2017 Seattle Erotic Cinema Society (SECS) Festival. Introduction and Q&A by Dr. David Church, author of Disposable Passions: Vintage Pornography and the Material Legacies of Adult Cinema. No one under 18 admitted!

Showtimes:
Thur: 9pm


July 8 & 9

A Cat in the Brain

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A Cat in the Brain

Lucio Fulci / 1990, Italy
95min / Digital

NEW RESTORATION of the UNCENSORED DIRECTOR'S CUT! The most VIOLENT movie ever made! Starring Godfather of Gore Lucio Fulci Acclaimed Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci, director of ZOMBIE and THE BEYOND, stars in this blood-soaked epic as a director being driven insane by his own movies. Fulci is thrust into an ultra-violent nightmare of death and depravity where murder and madness consume his sanity in a vortex of violence. CAT IN THE BRAIN is a psychological masterpiece in the tradition of such cinematic classics as PSYCHO, STRAIT-JACKET, ERASERHEAD and Fellini’s 8 1/2.

“The fun never stops! Sadism, carnage, brutality, lust and utter psychosis delivered as only Lucio Fulci can.” - Clive Barker, director, Hellraiser

Showtimes:
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July 8–14

Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously

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Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously

Patrick Meaney / 2016, USA
95min / Digital

Neil Gaiman is a New York Times #1 best selling author, one of the most beloved storytellers in the world. In 2013, he set out on the largest book signing tour in history, spanning 40 cities in three months, the final signing tour he’ll ever take, and we followed him along the way. Combining tour footage with extensive interviews, the film lets Neil tell his entire life story, with the help of friends and collaborators like Bill Hader, George RR Martin, Jonathan Ross, Michael Sheen and Grant Morrison. The film follows Neil through one of the most chaotic and exciting periods of his life, and gives unprecedented access to Neil and his world.

Showtimes:
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July 15–21

Lucha Mexico

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Lucha Mexico

Alex Hammond, Ian Markiewicz / 2015, Mexico
103min / Digital

In Mexico, the fight between good and evil has been waged every week for decades, thrilling generations of fans with the spectacle of Lucha Libre. Real life superheroes and villains, these masked wrestlers work tirelessly to entertain their legions of fans. Gaining unprecedented access to all the major Lucha organizations, directors Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz offer an entertaining, no holds barred look at some of the sports top performers, featuring "1000% Guapo" Shocker, Luchador heir Blue Demon Jr, tragic hardcore wrestler El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo, and extreme American bodybuilder Jon "Strongman" Andersen. Lucha Mexico goes behind the mask, on a journey into the heart of Mexico. In Spanish and English with English subtitles.

Showtimes:
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July 15 & 16

Lizard in a Woman's Skin

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Lizard in a Woman's Skin

Lucio Fulci / 1971, Italy
95min / Digital

NEW RESTORATION! Carol Hammond, the frustrated wife of a successful London lawyer, is having bizarre, erotic dreams about her uninhibited neighbor, Julia Durer, who presides over noisy, sex and drug filled parties in the house next door. One night, Carol's dreams culminate in violent death and she wakes to find her nightmares have become reality - Julia has been murdered and Carol is the main suspect. This frightening discovery is just the beginning of a labyrinthine psycho sexual shocker which takes the viewer on a wild ride through a series of frequently breathtaking set pieces that set new standards for the Italian thriller.

Showtimes:
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July 21

Industrial Musicals

Industrial Musicals

Various years / 90min / Digital

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$12 general, $8 student/senior, $5 member

"The Bathrooms Are Coming"? "Diesel Dazzle"? "Got to Investigate Silicones"? When Letterman writer Steve Young began finding obscure corporate musicals while gathering albums for the "Dave's Record Collection" segment, he had no idea of the journey he was beginning. Now, twenty years and one book later, Steve is the world's authority on the bizarrely entertaining shows created for company conventions and sales meetings from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. He's been a guest on NPR's "Fresh Air" and Dave Letterman's "Late Show," he does presentations at conventions and festivals, and he loves to screen ultra-rare films from his collection. Thrill to in-house musical propaganda from General Electric, Kellogg’s, Citgo, American-Standard, Purina, and more, with Steve’s informative and hilarious commentary. It’s a secret world of Americana that will astonish, amuse, perplex—and make you want to get out there and sell something!

Showtimes:
Thur: 7pm


July 22-28

Land and Shade

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Land and Shade

César Augusto Acevedo
2015, Colombia-France-Netherlands-Chile-Brazil
97min / Digital

Alfonso is an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his son, who is gravely ill. He rediscovers his old house, where the woman who was once his wife still lives, with his daughter-in-law and grandson. The landscape that awaits him resembles a wasteland. Vast sugar cane plantations surround the house, producing perpetual clouds of ash. 17 years after abandoning them, Alfonso tries to fit back in and save his family. In Spanish with English subtitles.

WINNER: Caméra d'Or, 2015 Cannes Film Festival

"Cesar Acevedo's deliberately paced and distant-feeling debut works its way under audiences' skin, weaving a haunting allegory through painterly compositions." Variety

Showtimes:
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July 23 & 24

The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale

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The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale

Bob Hannam / 2016, USA
90min / Digital

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Director in attendance! “The Colossus Of Destiny - A Melvins Tale” is a film about a band who have defied all the rules, for over 33 years and counting, and still managed to succeed and do it their own way. This is the journey of band members King Buzzo and Dale Crover which leads us from the backwards-waters of the Chehalis River in Washington State, down through the Golden Gate of Northern California, finally settling into the Los Angeles River Basin of Southern California with the rest of the world thrown in along the way. Witness first hand the beliefs and attitudes, values and obscenities, slows and fasts, triumphs and toils, loves and hates, wits and giggles of a hugely talented and highly influential band. Featuring interviews with Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, Jello Biafra, Gene Simmons, Krist Novoselic, Mark Arm, J. Mascis, Josh Homme, David Yow and many more. 

Showtimes:
Sat & Sun: 5pm & 9pm


Coming later

Long-lost film noir PRIVATE PROPERTY, starring Warren Oates.