AFTER THE TRIUMPH OF YOUR BIRTH
2012, 119 min, USA, Dir: Jim Akin

Jim Akin wrote, directed and shot this surreally dark-humored portrait of outsider Eli Willits, compressed into a seven-day, philosophical-geographical quest through the wilds of Los Angeles. A music-driven celebration of uncertainty, the film features gorgeously composed digital cinematography and an original soundtrack by acclaimed singer-songwriter Maria McKee.


WILL NOT STOP THERE
NIJE KRAJ
2008, 100 min, Croatia, Dir: Vinko Bresan

Vinko Bresan’s deliciously cynical black comedy is told from the point of view of Djuro (Predrag “Predjo” Vusovic), a jaded porn star enlisted by Croatian war veteran-turned-private detective Martin to help find his missing love, Desa. But Desa has gotten herself mixed up in a Serbian prostitution ring, and when the two finally find her, they must contend with a money-grubbing pimp to get her back. Winner of the Audience Award at the Pula Film Festival. “Mixes sex, violence and humor into a rollicking whole.” – Variety. In Croatian with English subtitles.


THE LOVED ONE
1965, Warner Bros., 121 min, USA, Dir: Tony Richardson

Marketed as "the motion picture with something to offend everyone!" this achingly funny, pitch-black comedy could only have been released in the anything-goes era of the 1960s. Judged unfilmable for more than a decade (Luis Buñuel was trying to set it up for years), writer Evelyn Waugh’s spot-on satire of Southern California - specifically the funeral business – finally was brought to the screen in the mid-’60s by director Tony Richardson (TOM JONES) with a screenplay by Terry Southern (CANDY, EASY RIDER) and Christopher Isherwood (!). Robert Morse (Bert Cooper in "Mad Men") plays a British youth visiting his uncle (John Gielgud) in Los Angeles who encounters the weird world of Tinseltown’s mortuary subculture, embodied by twins Henry and Reverend Wilbur Glenworthy (Jonathan Winters in a dual role), embalmer Mr. Joyboy (Rod Steiger) and his beautiful apprentice, Aimee Thanatogenous (Anjanette Comer). With Liberace, Paul Williams, Dana Andrews.


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