October 23, 2017
Roxy Cinema Artist Series: Piazza Vittorio Q&A with Abel FerraraOctober 25, 2017
Documentary / 2017 / 76 minutes
Abel Ferrara’s new documentary is a vivid mosaic/portrait of Rome’s biggest public square, Piazza Vittorio, built in the 19th century around the ruins of the 3rd century Trofei di Mario. The Piazza is now truly a crossroad of the modern world: it offers a perfect microcosm of the changes in the west brought by immigration and forced displacement. Ferrara, now a resident of Rome himself, talks with African musicians and restaurant workers, Chinese barkeeps and relocated eastern Europeans, homeless men and women, artists, members of the right wing movement CasaPound Italia, filmmaker Matteo Garrone, actor Willem Dafoe, and others, all with varying opinions about the vast changes they’re seeing in their neighborhood and world.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Abel Ferrara.
After the movie Abel Ferrara will be performing in The Django with his band and Schooly D!
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Roxy Cinema Artist Series: Habit Q&A with Larry FessendenOctober 26, 2017
Horror / 1997 / 112 minutes
Larry Fessenden’s HABIT (1995) is in the canon of modern Vampire films that brings the classic dark tale of immortal life, death and lust into a contemporary setting as a parable for the existential crisis of a wandering soul, in this case in the dive bars and alphabet city apartments of a 1990s East Village milieu. Fessenden wrote, directed, and stars in HABIT playing the titular character of Sam, a listless young man grappling with the recent death of his archaeologist father and running a neighborhood bar with a listless worldview that includes as he puts it in the film, “committing suicide in his life installment plan”. His discontented life takes a mysterious turn when he meets a magnetically sensual stranger who casts a macabre spell over him. As their relationship deepens Sam’s pallor grows paler and his urges more primal that submerges him into the shadows alienating him from the world of the living. HABIT is a naturalistic and stark portrayal of personal demons, addiction, and losing control over the specter of madness in one’s life set against a bleak urban landscape.
Beach RatsOctober 27, 2017
Drama / 2017 / 98 minutes
With Beach Rats, her second feature film, Eliza Hittman establishes herself as a strong, honest voice in the world of indie cinema and a name to watch. A coming of age journey into uncertain sexual waters, the story follows Frankie, a coastal Brooklyn teen played by Harris Dickinson – making a stunning debut for himself – who divides his time between hanging out with his partying male friends, romancing a pretty local girl (Madeline Weinstein), and hooking up with older men he meets online while maintaining his hetero, working-class facade. With a gentle, assured hand, Hittman – aided by Helene Louvart’s lyrical cinematography – manages to craft a film that is both gritty and dreamlike, capturing the sensual desperation of her lead while creating a tangible sense of place and emotional truth. With Kate Hodge and Neal Huff.
MonogamishOctober 27, 2017
Documentary / 2017 / 73 minutes
Recovering from a very public divorce, independent filmmaker and Italian Prince Tao Ruspoli takes to the road to talk to his relatives, advice columnists, psychologists, historians, anthropologists, artists, philosophers, sex workers, sex therapists, and ordinary couples about love, sex & monogamy in our culture. What he discovers about his very unconventional family, and about the history and psychology of love and marriage leads him to question the ideal of monogamy, and the traditional family values that go with it.