8PM SEPTEMBER 23rd
The Screening Room 127 E. Congress
2010, FRANCE, BELGIUM, NORWAY 91 Min
Directed by Olivier Babinet, Fred Kihn
Cast: Olivier Gourmet, Pablo Nicomedes, Bakary Sangaré, Danuta Stenka
Oliver Babinet’s charmingly idiosyncratic road-movie, packed with palpable references and influences including Jim Jarmusch, David Lynch, Jean-Luc Godard, zombie movies, and rockabilly music.
Franky Pastor (Pablo Nicomedes) is a down-and-out French actor with a dependency on sleeping pills. His greatest talent is his ability to lip-synch to Robert Mitchum’s voice in old movies. Franky’s manager is an agent and scriptwriter named Arsène (Olivier Gourmet) who’s into old-school cars and music on tape. Arsène is intimately familiar with the hard knocks world of hunting down that elusive big break. So when the stars have allegedly aligned, and there’s an opportunity for him to get his actor Franky in front of a big name director, he goes for gold. Risking everything, the pair set out from France with the intent of driving to a film festival held in the Arctic Circle. However, as we all know, pretty much nothing ever goes according to plan. As the voyage unfolds we learn more about the softly strange Franky, and just how desperate Arsène really is. For that matter, we’re not even certain that Franky can actually perform.
“Pastiche and genuine charm in reference-packed road-movie” – Hollywood Reporter
“A collective of cult characters and a pervasive nostalgia in music and cinema in past decades, compose a cinephile’s dreamy trip.” – Cinemart
Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival
Odokuro – click the title for more info
2011, CANADA, 7 Min
Directed by Voltaire
Cast: Gary Numan
The skeleton of a rat-monkey comes to life in a room full of cursed objects in this Gothic tale with a sci-fi twist. Narrated by electro-Goth, New Wave icon, Gary Numan.