Sion Sono's "Guilty of Romance" and "Himizu"

 

 

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GUILTY OF ROMANCE
Friday, January 18th: 9:15pm
Saturday, January 19th: 8:00pm
Sunday, January 20th: 12:45pm
Monday, January 21st: 10:45pm
Tuesday, January 22nd: 5:00pm
Wednesday, January 23rd: 10:30pm
Thursday, January 24th: 10:30pm

 

HIMIZU
Friday, January 18th: 6:15pm
Saturday, January 19th: 5:00pm
Sunday, January 20th: 3:30pm
Monday, January 21st: 3:30pm
Tuesday, January 22nd: 2:00pm
Wednesday, January 23rd: 7:30pm
Thursday, January 24th: 7:30pm

GUILTY OF ROMANCE
We’ve made no secret of the unrepentant film crush the Cinefamily has on Sion Sono. His mixture of cinematic intelligence and trashy sensibilities fits us like a tailored suit, and our enthusiasm for his films Love Exposure and Cold Fish in the last year or two has flowed intensely. He’s now hit a third home run in a row with this horrifying tale of sex and violence, concluding his trilogy of “Hate Films” with another satisfyingly constructed, potent and provocative movie. The sinful yin to Cold Fish’s heavy yang, Guilty of Romance is a similar tale of a female protagonist’s roiling Id boiling over, this time featuring the repressed and oppressed Izumi (Megumi Kagurazaka), whose escape from patriarchy starts by selling sausages in a supermarket, but ends down a rabbit hole of perversion and daytime prostitution. Guilty of Romance works like a more punishing, disturbing reworking of Bunuel’s Belle De Jour, with the darkest of consequences, and is sure to rile audiences in the best of ways.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 112 min.

HIMIZU
Full-throttle gonzo auteur Sion Sono turns his signature urgency up to 11 in this blinding aneurysm of a film, a star-crossed teenage Greek tragedy that redefines resilience in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami disaster. Fifteen-year-old Yuichi (Shôta Sometani) does his best to deflect the blows of his ruined family and the stalker-caliber crush of manic pixie nightmare Keiko (Fumi Nikaidô)– but normalcy eludes him with Euripidean relentlessness as he navigates a world that crushes every strain of hope under piles of untenable personal turmoil and escalating natural and nuclear disasters. Based on the popular manga of the same name, Sono’s film exudes a near-Zulawskian level of apoplectic emotional fervor, matching the strife found within the real-life settings of a decimated rural Japanese landscape, and the über-angst of teenagers with no way out. As with his other recent films, the stylistic choices — from the convulsive performances demanded of the film’s gifted young duo (who jointly won the 2011 Venice Film Festival’s “Best New Young Actor” award), to the elegant strains of Mozart and Barber accompanying so much of the intensity — result in a viewing experience befitting of one of the world’s greatest living directors.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 129 min.

 

Watch the trailer for “Guilty of Romance”!

 

Sion Sono's "Guilty of Romance" (1/24, 10:30pm)

From the director of Love Exposure!
guiltyofromance4_website
1/24/2013 - 10:30PM

We’ve made no secret of the unrepentant film crush the Cinefamily has on Sion Sono. His mixture of cinematic intelligence and trashy sensibilities fits us like a tailored suit, and our enthusiasm for his films Love Exposure and Cold Fish in the last year or two has flowed intensely. He’s now hit a third home run in a row with this horrifying tale of sex and violence, concluding his trilogy of “Hate Films” with another satisfyingly constructed, potent and provocative movie. The sinful yin to Cold Fish’s heavy yang, Guilty of Romance is a similar tale of a female protagonist’s roiling Id boiling over, this time featuring the repressed and oppressed Izumi (Megumi Kagurazaka), whose escape from patriarchy starts by selling sausages in a supermarket, but ends down a rabbit hole of perversion and daytime prostitution. Guilty of Romance works like a more punishing, disturbing reworking of Bunuel’s Belle De Jour, with the darkest of consequences, and is sure to rile audiences in the best of ways.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 112 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Guilty of Romance”!

Sion Sono's "Himizu" (1/24, 7:30pm)

Sion Sono, turned up to 11!
himizu1_website
1/24/2013 - 7:30PM

Full-throttle gonzo auteur Sion Sono turns his signature urgency up to 11 in this blinding aneurysm of a film, a star-crossed teenage Greek tragedy that redefines resilience in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami disaster. Fifteen-year-old Yuichi (Shôta Sometani) does his best to deflect the blows of his ruined family and the stalker-caliber crush of manic pixie nightmare Keiko (Fumi Nikaidô)– but normalcy eludes him with Euripidean relentlessness as he navigates a world that crushes every strain of hope under piles of untenable personal turmoil and escalating natural and nuclear disasters. Based on the popular manga of the same name, Sono’s film exudes a near-Zulawskian level of apoplectic emotional fervor, matching the strife found within the real-life settings of a decimated rural Japanese landscape, and the über-angst of teenagers with no way out. As with his other recent films, the stylistic choices — from the convulsive performances demanded of the film’s gifted young duo (who jointly won the 2011 Venice Film Festival’s “Best New Young Actor” award), to the elegant strains of Mozart and Barber accompanying so much of the intensity — result in a viewing experience befitting of one of the world’s greatest living directors.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 129 min.

Watch the trailer for “Himizu”!
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Sion Sono's "Guilty of Romance" (1/23, 10:30pm)

From the director of Love Exposure!
guiltyofromance2_website
1/23/2013 - 10:30PM

We’ve made no secret of the unrepentant film crush the Cinefamily has on Sion Sono. His mixture of cinematic intelligence and trashy sensibilities fits us like a tailored suit, and our enthusiasm for his films Love Exposure and Cold Fish in the last year or two has flowed intensely. He’s now hit a third home run in a row with this horrifying tale of sex and violence, concluding his trilogy of “Hate Films” with another satisfyingly constructed, potent and provocative movie. The sinful yin to Cold Fish’s heavy yang, Guilty of Romance is a similar tale of a female protagonist’s roiling Id boiling over, this time featuring the repressed and oppressed Izumi (Megumi Kagurazaka), whose escape from patriarchy starts by selling sausages in a supermarket, but ends down a rabbit hole of perversion and daytime prostitution. Guilty of Romance works like a more punishing, disturbing reworking of Bunuel’s Belle De Jour, with the darkest of consequences, and is sure to rile audiences in the best of ways.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 112 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Guilty of Romance”!

Sion Sono's "Himizu" (1/23, 7:30pm)

Sion Sono, turned up to 11!
himizu3_website
1/23/2013 - 7:30PM

Full-throttle gonzo auteur Sion Sono turns his signature urgency up to 11 in this blinding aneurysm of a film, a star-crossed teenage Greek tragedy that redefines resilience in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami disaster. Fifteen-year-old Yuichi (Shôta Sometani) does his best to deflect the blows of his ruined family and the stalker-caliber crush of manic pixie nightmare Keiko (Fumi Nikaidô)– but normalcy eludes him with Euripidean relentlessness as he navigates a world that crushes every strain of hope under piles of untenable personal turmoil and escalating natural and nuclear disasters. Based on the popular manga of the same name, Sono’s film exudes a near-Zulawskian level of apoplectic emotional fervor, matching the strife found within the real-life settings of a decimated rural Japanese landscape, and the über-angst of teenagers with no way out. As with his other recent films, the stylistic choices — from the convulsive performances demanded of the film’s gifted young duo (who jointly won the 2011 Venice Film Festival’s “Best New Young Actor” award), to the elegant strains of Mozart and Barber accompanying so much of the intensity — result in a viewing experience befitting of one of the world’s greatest living directors.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 129 min.

Watch the trailer for “Himizu”!
YouTube Preview Image

Sion Sono's "Guilty of Romance" (1/22, 5:00pm)

From the director of Love Exposure!
guiltyofromance1_website
1/22/2013 - 5PM

We’ve made no secret of the unrepentant film crush the Cinefamily has on Sion Sono. His mixture of cinematic intelligence and trashy sensibilities fits us like a tailored suit, and our enthusiasm for his films Love Exposure and Cold Fish in the last year or two has flowed intensely. He’s now hit a third home run in a row with this horrifying tale of sex and violence, concluding his trilogy of “Hate Films” with another satisfyingly constructed, potent and provocative movie. The sinful yin to Cold Fish’s heavy yang, Guilty of Romance is a similar tale of a female protagonist’s roiling Id boiling over, this time featuring the repressed and oppressed Izumi (Megumi Kagurazaka), whose escape from patriarchy starts by selling sausages in a supermarket, but ends down a rabbit hole of perversion and daytime prostitution. Guilty of Romance works like a more punishing, disturbing reworking of Bunuel’s Belle De Jour, with the darkest of consequences, and is sure to rile audiences in the best of ways.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 112 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Guilty of Romance”!

Sion Sono's "Himizu" (1/22, 2:00pm)

Sion Sono, turned up to 11!
himizu2_webste
1/22/2013 - 2PM

Full-throttle gonzo auteur Sion Sono turns his signature urgency up to 11 in this blinding aneurysm of a film, a star-crossed teenage Greek tragedy that redefines resilience in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami disaster. Fifteen-year-old Yuichi (Shôta Sometani) does his best to deflect the blows of his ruined family and the stalker-caliber crush of manic pixie nightmare Keiko (Fumi Nikaidô)– but normalcy eludes him with Euripidean relentlessness as he navigates a world that crushes every strain of hope under piles of untenable personal turmoil and escalating natural and nuclear disasters. Based on the popular manga of the same name, Sono’s film exudes a near-Zulawskian level of apoplectic emotional fervor, matching the strife found within the real-life settings of a decimated rural Japanese landscape, and the über-angst of teenagers with no way out. As with his other recent films, the stylistic choices — from the convulsive performances demanded of the film’s gifted young duo (who jointly won the 2011 Venice Film Festival’s “Best New Young Actor” award), to the elegant strains of Mozart and Barber accompanying so much of the intensity — result in a viewing experience befitting of one of the world’s greatest living directors.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 129 min.

Watch the trailer for “Himizu”!
YouTube Preview Image

Sion Sono's "Guilty of Romance" (1/21, 10:45pm)

From the director of Love Exposure!
guiltyofromance4_website
1/21/2013 - 10:45PM

We’ve made no secret of the unrepentant film crush the Cinefamily has on Sion Sono. His mixture of cinematic intelligence and trashy sensibilities fits us like a tailored suit, and our enthusiasm for his films Love Exposure and Cold Fish in the last year or two has flowed intensely. He’s now hit a third home run in a row with this horrifying tale of sex and violence, concluding his trilogy of “Hate Films” with another satisfyingly constructed, potent and provocative movie. The sinful yin to Cold Fish’s heavy yang, Guilty of Romance is a similar tale of a female protagonist’s roiling Id boiling over, this time featuring the repressed and oppressed Izumi (Megumi Kagurazaka), whose escape from patriarchy starts by selling sausages in a supermarket, but ends down a rabbit hole of perversion and daytime prostitution. Guilty of Romance works like a more punishing, disturbing reworking of Bunuel’s Belle De Jour, with the darkest of consequences, and is sure to rile audiences in the best of ways.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 112 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Guilty of Romance”!

Sion Sono's "Himizu" (1/21, 3:30pm)

Sion Sono, turned up to 11!
himizu1_website
1/21/2013 - 3:30PM

Full-throttle gonzo auteur Sion Sono turns his signature urgency up to 11 in this blinding aneurysm of a film, a star-crossed teenage Greek tragedy that redefines resilience in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami disaster. Fifteen-year-old Yuichi (Shôta Sometani) does his best to deflect the blows of his ruined family and the stalker-caliber crush of manic pixie nightmare Keiko (Fumi Nikaidô)– but normalcy eludes him with Euripidean relentlessness as he navigates a world that crushes every strain of hope under piles of untenable personal turmoil and escalating natural and nuclear disasters. Based on the popular manga of the same name, Sono’s film exudes a near-Zulawskian level of apoplectic emotional fervor, matching the strife found within the real-life settings of a decimated rural Japanese landscape, and the über-angst of teenagers with no way out. As with his other recent films, the stylistic choices — from the convulsive performances demanded of the film’s gifted young duo (who jointly won the 2011 Venice Film Festival’s “Best New Young Actor” award), to the elegant strains of Mozart and Barber accompanying so much of the intensity — result in a viewing experience befitting of one of the world’s greatest living directors.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 129 min.

Watch the trailer for “Himizu”!
YouTube Preview Image

Sion Sono's "Himizu" (1/20, 3:30pm)

Sion Sono, turned up to 11!
himizu3_website
1/20/2013 - 3:30PM

Full-throttle gonzo auteur Sion Sono turns his signature urgency up to 11 in this blinding aneurysm of a film, a star-crossed teenage Greek tragedy that redefines resilience in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami disaster. Fifteen-year-old Yuichi (Shôta Sometani) does his best to deflect the blows of his ruined family and the stalker-caliber crush of manic pixie nightmare Keiko (Fumi Nikaidô)– but normalcy eludes him with Euripidean relentlessness as he navigates a world that crushes every strain of hope under piles of untenable personal turmoil and escalating natural and nuclear disasters. Based on the popular manga of the same name, Sono’s film exudes a near-Zulawskian level of apoplectic emotional fervor, matching the strife found within the real-life settings of a decimated rural Japanese landscape, and the über-angst of teenagers with no way out. As with his other recent films, the stylistic choices — from the convulsive performances demanded of the film’s gifted young duo (who jointly won the 2011 Venice Film Festival’s “Best New Young Actor” award), to the elegant strains of Mozart and Barber accompanying so much of the intensity — result in a viewing experience befitting of one of the world’s greatest living directors.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 129 min.

Watch the trailer for “Himizu”!
YouTube Preview Image

Sion Sono's "Guilty of Romance" (1/20, 12:45pm)

From the director of Love Exposure!
guiltyofromance3_website
1/20/2013 - 12:45PM

We’ve made no secret of the unrepentant film crush the Cinefamily has on Sion Sono. His mixture of cinematic intelligence and trashy sensibilities fits us like a tailored suit, and our enthusiasm for his films Love Exposure and Cold Fish in the last year or two has flowed intensely. He’s now hit a third home run in a row with this horrifying tale of sex and violence, concluding his trilogy of “Hate Films” with another satisfyingly constructed, potent and provocative movie. The sinful yin to Cold Fish’s heavy yang, Guilty of Romance is a similar tale of a female protagonist’s roiling Id boiling over, this time featuring the repressed and oppressed Izumi (Megumi Kagurazaka), whose escape from patriarchy starts by selling sausages in a supermarket, but ends down a rabbit hole of perversion and daytime prostitution. Guilty of Romance works like a more punishing, disturbing reworking of Bunuel’s Belle De Jour, with the darkest of consequences, and is sure to rile audiences in the best of ways.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 112 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Guilty of Romance”!

Sion Sono's "Guilty of Romance" (1/19, 8:00pm)

From the director of Love Exposure!
guiltyofromance2_website
1/19/2013 - 8PM

We’ve made no secret of the unrepentant film crush the Cinefamily has on Sion Sono. His mixture of cinematic intelligence and trashy sensibilities fits us like a tailored suit, and our enthusiasm for his films Love Exposure and Cold Fish in the last year or two has flowed intensely. He’s now hit a third home run in a row with this horrifying tale of sex and violence, concluding his trilogy of “Hate Films” with another satisfyingly constructed, potent and provocative movie. The sinful yin to Cold Fish’s heavy yang, Guilty of Romance is a similar tale of a female protagonist’s roiling Id boiling over, this time featuring the repressed and oppressed Izumi (Megumi Kagurazaka), whose escape from patriarchy starts by selling sausages in a supermarket, but ends down a rabbit hole of perversion and daytime prostitution. Guilty of Romance works like a more punishing, disturbing reworking of Bunuel’s Belle De Jour, with the darkest of consequences, and is sure to rile audiences in the best of ways.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 112 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Guilty of Romance”!

Sion Sono's "Himizu" (1/19, 5:00pm)

Sion Sono, turned up to 11!
himizu2_webste
1/19/2013 - 5PM

Full-throttle gonzo auteur Sion Sono turns his signature urgency up to 11 in this blinding aneurysm of a film, a star-crossed teenage Greek tragedy that redefines resilience in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami disaster. Fifteen-year-old Yuichi (Shôta Sometani) does his best to deflect the blows of his ruined family and the stalker-caliber crush of manic pixie nightmare Keiko (Fumi Nikaidô)– but normalcy eludes him with Euripidean relentlessness as he navigates a world that crushes every strain of hope under piles of untenable personal turmoil and escalating natural and nuclear disasters. Based on the popular manga of the same name, Sono’s film exudes a near-Zulawskian level of apoplectic emotional fervor, matching the strife found within the real-life settings of a decimated rural Japanese landscape, and the über-angst of teenagers with no way out. As with his other recent films, the stylistic choices — from the convulsive performances demanded of the film’s gifted young duo (who jointly won the 2011 Venice Film Festival’s “Best New Young Actor” award), to the elegant strains of Mozart and Barber accompanying so much of the intensity — result in a viewing experience befitting of one of the world’s greatest living directors.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 129 min.

Watch the trailer for “Himizu”!
YouTube Preview Image

Sion Sono's "Guilty of Romance" (1/18, 9:15pm)

From the director of Love Exposure!
guiltyofromance1_website
1/18/2013 - 9:15PM

We’ve made no secret of the unrepentant film crush the Cinefamily has on Sion Sono. His mixture of cinematic intelligence and trashy sensibilities fits us like a tailored suit, and our enthusiasm for his films Love Exposure and Cold Fish in the last year or two has flowed intensely. He’s now hit a third home run in a row with this horrifying tale of sex and violence, concluding his trilogy of “Hate Films” with another satisfyingly constructed, potent and provocative movie. The sinful yin to Cold Fish’s heavy yang, Guilty of Romance is a similar tale of a female protagonist’s roiling Id boiling over, this time featuring the repressed and oppressed Izumi (Megumi Kagurazaka), whose escape from patriarchy starts by selling sausages in a supermarket, but ends down a rabbit hole of perversion and daytime prostitution. Guilty of Romance works like a more punishing, disturbing reworking of Bunuel’s Belle De Jour, with the darkest of consequences, and is sure to rile audiences in the best of ways.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 112 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Guilty of Romance”!

Sion Sono's "Himizu" (1/18, 6:15pm)

Sion Sono, turned up to 11!
himizu1_website
1/18/2013 - 6:15PM

Full-throttle gonzo auteur Sion Sono turns his signature urgency up to 11 in this blinding aneurysm of a film, a star-crossed teenage Greek tragedy that redefines resilience in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami disaster. Fifteen-year-old Yuichi (Shôta Sometani) does his best to deflect the blows of his ruined family and the stalker-caliber crush of manic pixie nightmare Keiko (Fumi Nikaidô)– but normalcy eludes him with Euripidean relentlessness as he navigates a world that crushes every strain of hope under piles of untenable personal turmoil and escalating natural and nuclear disasters. Based on the popular manga of the same name, Sono’s film exudes a near-Zulawskian level of apoplectic emotional fervor, matching the strife found within the real-life settings of a decimated rural Japanese landscape, and the über-angst of teenagers with no way out. As with his other recent films, the stylistic choices — from the convulsive performances demanded of the film’s gifted young duo (who jointly won the 2011 Venice Film Festival’s “Best New Young Actor” award), to the elegant strains of Mozart and Barber accompanying so much of the intensity — result in a viewing experience befitting of one of the world’s greatest living directors.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2011, digital presentation, 129 min.

Watch the trailer for “Himizu”!
YouTube Preview Image