AND LIFE GOES ON
ZENDEGI EDAMÉ DÂRAD
1992, Janus Films, 95 min, Iran, Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

In the aftermath of a 1990 earthquake that left 30,000 dead, Abbas Kiarostami returned to the village of Koker where his camera surveys not only the devastation but the teeming life that continues in its wake. Blending fiction and reality into a playful, poignant road movie, AND LIFE GOES ON follows a film director (played by an actor standing in for Kiarostami) who, along with his son, makes the difficult trek to the region in hopes of finding out if the young star of his movie WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE? is among the survivors. There he discovers a resilient community pressing on in the face of tragedy as he’s helped along on his journey by the generosity of those he meets. Finding beauty in the bleakest of circumstances, Kiarostami crafts a quietly majestic ode to the best of the human spirit.


SUPERGIRL
1984, Warner Bros., 124 min, UK/USA, Dir: Jeannot Szwarc

After an energy source for a community of Krypton survivors is accidentally whisked to Earth, Kara-El (Helen Slater) chooses to go to Earth to find it and bring it back. Upon her arrival, Kara becomes just as powerful as her cousin but encounters dangerous battles and unexpected obstacles including an evil witch (Faye Dunaway). Peter O'Toole, Mia Farrow and Brenda Vaccaro costar in this magical SUPERMAN spin-off, the first superhero film with a female lead.


A*P*E
1976, Kino Lorber, 87 min, South Korea/USA, Dir: Paul Leder

A freighter glides across the still waters of the Pacific; its cargo is a recently captured 36-foot-tall ape. Suddenly a giant fist bursts through the deck, sending the sailors sprawling - the A*P*E (Attacking Primate monster) is loose! After battling a very large snake and a giant white shark, A*P*E defies the JAWS of the great white and is the victor. An American actress (Joanna Kerns, TV’s “Growing Pains”) arrives in South Korea to appear in a film at the same time that A*P*E does and must survive as the beast destroys the city of Inchon and everything in his path. Paul Leder (I DISMEMBER MAMA) co-wrote and directed this cult classic that needs to be seen to be believed. Co-starring Hollywood veteran Alex Nicol.


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