Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

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Feature Film: Revisiting Melancholie Der Engel

REVISITING MELANCHOLIE DER ENGEL (Unrated), 2017
Dir. Magnus Blomdahl, Sweden, 60 mins

In 2009, Marian Dora’s Melancholie Der Engel horrified and fascinated viewers in equal measure. A perennial feature on ‘most disturbing film’ lists, this enigmatic and transgressive film from an infamous and reclusive director has carved out a place in extreme horror folklore. Revisiting Melancholie Der Engel is a unique documentary exploring this singular film, looking at the places, stories and processes behind its production.

Film Gutter says: Anyone familiar with Melancholie Der Engel will know that is is a complex, dense piece of film-making that isn’t instantly easy to unpack – and that’s before we come to the more outlandish, shocking content featured with the movie. As such, Magnus Blomdahl’s Revisiting Melancholie Der Engel is a much-warranted deeper look at one of the most talked about features of all time, and a rare chance to hear more from Marian Dora himself – rarely interviewed and practically never seen in public – about his ideas and working process. It’ll also be a great complement to Melancholie itself, whether it’s a movie you’re already familiar with or not.

 

Feature Film: Nekromantik (1987)

NEKROMANTIK (18), 1987
Dir. Jörg Buttgereit, Germany, 75 mins
INCLUDING Q+A WITH DIRECTOR 
JÖRG BUTTGEREIT!

One of the most infamous of the ‘video nasties’, Nekromantik follows a love triangle between young lovers Rob and Betty and a corpse that Rob steals from his work as a ‘cleaner’. However, the third party in their relationship soon leads to difficulties between the couple, and terrible consequences in turn…

Transgressive, shocking and artistic, Nekromantik is a cinema experience not to be missed for any fan of extreme horror. Still banned in numerous counties, the movie was finally approved uncut by the BBFC in 2014 and is brought to you in all its glory today.

The movie will be preceded by a Q+A with director Jörg Buttgereit, in conversation with Film Gutter writer and reviewer Alex Davis.
Film Gutter says: For all of its disturbing subject matter – and some truly shocking visuals – Nekromantik remains a strangely beautiful movie. It’s a darkly hypnotic piece, and the title is perfect – there’s an unusual air of romance that sits alongside the necrophilia aspect of the film. It’s the kind of adventurous, dangerous, low-budget feature that was a hallmark of the era and it’ll be a pleasure to welcome Jorg to talk about the film – his output throughout the #80s and again more recently has been fascinating, and this one is an essential for any lover of cult horror.

 

Guest: Jörg Buttgereit

JÖRG BUTTGEREIT

The controversial director will be joining us for the whole weekend and will be taking part in a Q&A introduction for his classic piece of extreme cinema Nekromantik (1987).

Jörg Buttgereit, born 1963 in Berlin, has been called a ‘Tash Poet’, ‘Punk Surrealist’ and ‘Underground Icon’ by the press. He is the director and author of arthouse-horror-movies (Nekromantik, Der Todesking, Schramm), TV- documentaries (Monsterland, Into the night with…), stageplays (Captain Berlin versus Hitler, Gabba Gabba Hey! – The Ramones musical) and radio dramas (Green Frankenstein, Sexmonster!). He also works as a film journalist for books and magazines.

Away from the extreme side of things, Jörg directed an episode of TV series Lexx in 1999.

We’re delighted to have Jörg with us to give us an insight into his work.

Note: all guests appear subject to work commitments. Guests may charge for autographs/photographs at their discretion.

Guest: Tom Paton

TOM PATON

Filmmaker Tom Paton came onto our radar with his debut movie Pandorica, which we screened at the 2016 STARBURST International Film Festival. We’re delighted to have Tom with us with his follow-up film, Redwood. As well as directing both movies, Tom also wrote and edited them. Redwood will be screened in its new theatrical cut, prior to the film’s home video release. We will also be screening exclusive extracts from his upcoming film Black Site.

We’ve been lucky to have set visits to all of Tom’s films, and have featured them heavily in the print edition of the magazine.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TomPatonFilm

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