Jean Paul Gaultier has recently confessed to Variety magazine this decadent and audacious adaptation of Petronius’ famous chronicle of degenerate life in ancient Rome to be his favourite film. The movie screens as part of the Gaultier season at the Barbican. Full details here.
Time Out review:
Sprawling and conspicuously undisciplined, this is less an adaptation of Petronius than a free-form fantasia on his themes. Fellini's characteristic delirium is in fact anchored in a precise, psychological schema: under the matrix of bisexuality, he explores the complexes of castration, impotence, paranoia and libidinal release. And he pays homage to Pasolini's ethnographic readings of myths. It's among his most considerable achievements.
Here (and above) is the trailer.
No2: Mold (Aydin, 2012): Rio Cinema, 6.45pm
This film is screening as part of the London Turkish Film Festival.
Here is the LTFF introduction:
Hope springs eternal in this Venice Film Festival Best First Feature Film Award winner. Basri is a railway worker whose job is to check miles of track each day. But Basri’s real concern is to find his missing son, a university student, who ‘disappeared’ in police custody 18 years ago. So on the first and 15th day of every month for the last 18 years, Basri has written to the state, appealing to the authorities to find his son. The story is simple but the emotions run deep and there's a superb central performance by Ercan Kesal, best known for his collaborations as both actor and co-writer with Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The Anatolian landscape around the town of Belemedik provides a backdrop of stunning grandeur.