Friday, October 30 at 9pm
Saturday, October 31 at 4:30 pm and 9pm
Sunday, November 1 at 4:30pm
(Götz Spielmann, Austria, in German w/ Eng st., 121 min., 35mm, 2008)
Nominee for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2009
At once a gripping thriller and a tragic drama of nearly Greek proportions, Revanche is the stunning, Oscar–nominated, international breakthrough film from Austrian filmmaker Götz Spielmann. In a ragged section of Vienna, hardened ex-con Alex (the mesmerizing Johannes Krisch) works as an assistant in a brothel, where he falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara (Irina Potapenko). Their desperate plans for escape unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop (Andreas Lust) and his seemingly content wife (Ursula Strauss). With meticulous, elegant direction, Spielmann creates a tense, existential, and surprising portrait of vengeance and redemption, and a journey into the darkest forest of human nature, in which violence and beauty exist side-by-side.
This weekend the Union Theatre will present a rare screening of Mario Bava's groundbreaking classic Italian horror film from 1960, BLACK SUNDAY.
Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31 at 11pm
Black Sunday (La Maschera del Demonio)
*Uncut European Version!
(Mario Bava, Italy, 87 mins., 35mm, 1960)
Mario Bava’s directorial debut still stands as one of the most celebrated Italian horror films ever made. Princess Asa Vajda (Barbara Steele) and her brother Prince Vajda (Ivo Garrani), are found guilty of conspiring with Satan, and they are punished by having a mask of steel spikes hammered into their faces. Centuries later the Princess’ body is disturbed and resurrected to reap revenge on a distant relative (also played by Barbara Steele) and her family. In a mixture of folklore, traditional superstition, and genre convention, Bava creates a poetic world and injects it with a streak of sadistic violence and cinematic style that would come to signify Italian horror cinema for the next thirty years.
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