Austin Film Society presents Lates
Lates are late-night weekend screenings of the new cult film canon.
- May 25, 26, and 29: Run, Lola, Run - Gripping, pulse racing adrenaline meets MTV-spiked existentialism set to a techno beat in Run Lola Run, a breathlessly hip blend of romance, thrilling action, and animation in perpetual motion. Tasked with the impossible, acquiring 100,000 Deutsche Marks in 20 minutes in order to save her boyfriend’s life, Lola races through three wildly different scenarios, each with a small variance. Exhilarating, heart-pounding urgency drives this punchy, non-stop thrill ride from visionary German director Tom Tykwer. First premiering to international acclaim in 1998, this dizzying, electro-sensation celebrates its 20 year anniversary at 140 BPM.
- June 1, 2, and 4: 36th Chamber Of Shaolin - One of the greatest martial arts films from the epochal Shaw Brothers studio, and a personal triumph for director Lau Kar-Leung and his star Gordon Liu. Liu plays a young man who aspires to become a member of the Shaolin priesthood but must first complete the rigorous spiritual and physical training regimen. An astonishing spectacle of martial arts – and filmmaking – prowess.
- June 8, 9, and 11: Valerie & Her Week Of Wonders - A lascivious vampire yearning for lost youth, a lecherous priest looking to exploit it, and impish denizens parade in and out of this nonlinear tale, culminating in a bacchanal of swelling passions as the sweet pulp of desire is first tasted in this surreal fantasy. Wanton dreams flirt with grotesque nightmares in this indulgent, Freudian fairy tale of girlhood and libidinal urges. A lyrical exploration of sexual awakening, at once enchanting daydream and gothic nightmare. A timeless, menacing journey – delicate as lace.
- June 15, 16, and 19: Trouble Every Day - Claire Denis’ bloody erotic romance, starring Béatrice Dalle and Vincent Gallo, took the film world by surprise when it was released in 2001. Few were prepared for its extreme, frank approach to violence and sex, and its willingness to stray into the horror genre. Today, audiences have caught up with it, and it has assumed a reputation as a touchstone of Denis’ oeuvre
- June 22 and 23: More - Love and defiant youth are aflame in this paradisiac, Pink Floyd-scored junkie illusion. A sweltering descent into sunbaked psychedelia from director Barbet Schroeder, the Nestor Almendros-lensed More spills onto the screen with hazy, washed out nihilism. Glamorous, kaftan-clad embodiment of heroin chic Estelle (Mimsy Farmer), an American expatriate, meets and seduces a German student into tuning in and dropping out into the exciting world of sex, drugs, and counterculture. As their lust grows, the couple discovers freedom is just another mirage under the rays of the sun.
- June 29 and 30: Koyaanisqatsi - Philip Glass provides the score for Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi. Taking its title from a Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” Koyaanisqatsi provides a meditative keynote on the breathtaking collision of nature and mankind’s artificial world. Relentlessly propulsive – a work both of and ahead of its time.