This Tues March 22nd 8pm!
Daughters of the Air: A Spring Equinox Celebration (feat. the Czech "Little Mermaid"!)
Cinefamily continues its new tradition of gathering for every solstice and equinox! As we leave behind Old Man Winter and thaw out from his chilly touch, let us rejoice in the reemergence, rebirth, resurrection and rejuvenation that is the spirit of Spring. Join us this night as we toast the turn, turn, turning of the season.
The evening starts off with live performances by ASKA, Becky Stark, and British acts Jane Weaver and Emma Tricca!
Our feature tonight is Mala Morska Vila, the 1976 Czech version of "The Little Mermaid". The story of the underwater siren who trades her enchanting voice with a witch in return for becoming a human princess has, over the past century, acquired a near-universal legacy -- so it should come as no surprise that, with their strong aflliction to fairy tale heritage, the Eastern Europeans produced the most truly memorable, haunting, and brilliantly unsettling version of all. Following in the pure Czech New Wave tradition of equally fantastical films like Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, Daisies, and Cassandra Cat, Mala Morska Vila is psychedelically anima-infused, with blue-haired mermaids and mermen, vampiristic fish shoals, and icy white-webbed witches -- all sumptuously photographed on exotic ocean locations, along with simulated underwater fantasy worlds created at alien-looking Czech lime quarries. The film’s second-to-none design, costumes and cinematography are also matched by one of the most idiosyncratic and magical undiscovered musical scores in the annals of European cinematic history; composed by the vibrant Zdenek Liska, the soundtrack has all the hallmarks of a Broadcast album some twenty years before the band first committed sound to vinyl. Finders Keepers Records is excited to present Mala Morska Vila for the first time ever in all its subtitled glory!
DJs Mahssa, Hymnal and KXLU's Taylor 2000 will keep the vernal vibes perennially budding throughout the night accompanied by flower power movies courtesy of Cinefamily's own Tom Fitzgerald.
tickets n' info: cinefamily.org/calendar/events.html#spring
Co-presented by B-Music/Finders Keepers Records
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