Mondo Culto | Offscreen
The beginning of a new academy year this October at film school RITCS means also the renewal of the series of cult classics in collaboration with Offscreen at Cinema RITCS: MONDO CULTO.
3 March 2020
After collaborating on a number of short films, friends Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet decided it was time for a full-length feature: their debut, “Delicatessen”, also turned out to be their big breakthrough. This surreal black comedy takes place in a murky post-apocalyptic France where food is scarce and the eccentric inhabitants of an isolated apartment block are obliged to resort to cannibalism to survive. Imaginative low-fi production design, delightfully cartoonish caricatures, deftly choreographed comic set-pieces and a touch of Grand Guignol add up to a bizarre and uniquely entertaining film experience.
4 February 2020
In 1993, Richard Linklater (known for the "Before" trilogy and "Boyhood") came up with the hilarious coming-of-age movie "Dazed and Confused". It is May 1976 in Texas. The last schoolday of the year has arrived and with it the annual hazing of new freshmen. Meanwhile, the local teenagers experiment with drugs, alcohol and sex. The star cast includes (in junior version) Ben Affleck, Jason London, Milla Jovovich, and and excellent Matthew McConaughey.
3 December 2019
In this atypical western, accountant William Blake (played by Johnny Depp) goes looking for a job, but the endeavor proves more difficult than expected. Moreover, it's no coincidence that Blake shares the same name as the late British poet. "Dead Man" is a must-see for lovers of original genre films, not only because it features Iggy Pop in a dress, but also thanks to its beautiful poetry, Robby Müller's cinematography (his fourth collaboration with Jim Jarmusch), and Neil Young's incredible soundtrack.
5 November 2019
"Mystics in Bali" is called the 'holy grail of Asian cult cinema.' It's the film that introduced a new kind of vampire to the world's cinema screens. A sensation on its initial release in Asia, "Mystics in Bali" was deemed too bizarre and shocking to be screened in the west.
1 October 2019
Inspired by Nicolas Winding Refn and David Lynch, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut is a dark and surreal fairytale about the life of a single mother (Christina Hendricks) and her two children in a dilapidated and bleak little town. To keep her home, she accepts a job that will confront her with the most macabre aspects and people of the area. Meanwhile, her eldest son discovers the magical and mysterious origins of the lost river, while fighting to maintain what he loves.
2 April 2019
Roaming the cities and highlands of Scotland, a mysterious young woman (Scarlett Johansson) seduces lonely men and lures them to a secluded hangar where she reveals to them her true, frightening nature. A visually and aurally stunning vision of mankind as seen through extraterrestrial eyes.
5 March 2019
A terrifyingly plausible story in which a 12-year-old American girl (Linda Blair) is possessed by a demonic entity. When modern medicine proves powerless, her desperate mother calls on two priests for help. Popular and controversial from the moment of its release, this masterpiece of supernatural horror still leaves audiences shaken and disturbed. To be shown in the Extended Director's Cut.
5 February 2019
The debut by Harmony Korine (writer of "Kids" and director of "Julien Donkey Boy" and "Trash Humpers") is simultaneously repelling and engrossing, brutally real yet hauntingly dreamlike. It's a confronting graphic and voyeuristic portrait of small-town Middle America. In Xenia, Ohio, every bizarre, insensitive and depraved act is committed without a second thought. This is the kind of town you'd never want to call home...
4 December 2018
Noel Marshall spent up to 11 years on this special movie known as one of the most dangerous ever. Not only did he take place in the director's chair, but he also plays zoologist Hank who lives among the bloodthirsty wild animals in Africa. When Hank's family joins him on his estate, they'll discover the dangers of staying among lions, tigers, pumas, jaguars, and elephants.
6 November 2018
2 October 2018
In 1980, two years after his death, Ed Wood was voted “worst director of all time”. This turned his low budget movies into cult items, including his science-fiction film “Plan 9 From Outer Space”. The biggest star of the film, Bela Lugosi, died two days after shooting began and was replaced by a lousy double. Criswell (a then famous psychic), Vampira and catcher Tor Johnson complete the cast.
2 May 2018
A surreal cult classic about three students (led by Malcolm McDowell, in a performance that anticipated his iconic role in “A Clockwork Orange”) who revolt against the suffocating atmosphere and social hierarchy in a typical English boarding school for boys. Their anger turns into a violent confrontation.
18 April 2018
7 February 2018
6 December 2017
8 November 2017
4 October 2017
3 May 2017
In this exhilaratingly tasteless fantasy, a man bids his petty life farewell. He turns his appartment into a cave, while all dialogue turns into a weird proto-language of unintelligible grunts and gibberish. A brutal, anarchic and comically absurd attack on the bourgeoisie and its norms and values.
19 April 2017
Italian horror maestro Dario Argento (“Suspiria”, “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage”, “Phenomena”) made his true giallo masterpiece with “Profondo Rosso”. David Hemmings is a jazz musician working in Rome and witness to a murder. “Profondo Rosso” is a psychedelic nightmare full of sadistic yet stylish set pieces.
1 March 2017
The counter-culture of the late sixties made “El Topo” into one of the first cult hits in the midnight screening circuit. Sergio Leone's “A Fistful of Dollars” meets “Freaks” in this surreal western. A gunslinger all dressed in black departs on a quest for spiritual enlightment.
1 February 2017
It's October 1988 and the end of the world is coming in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. At least, it will be according to Frank, a man-sized talking rabbit that can only be seen by brilliant but troubled teen Donnie Darko (a role by Jake Gyllenhaal).