The End of August at the Hotel Ozone & Glen and Randa

Location: Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 

The Cinefamily continues its Post-Apocalypse Now screenings with this double bill, which unlike others films in the series takes an art-house approach to the end of the world as we know it. From the website:

HOTEL OZONE: does not come from the realm of the fantastical or surreal. Unrelentingly bleak in its depiction of a human de-evolution, it's the stark Czech tale of a wise old woman and her band of feral female survivors foraging for food and mate-able males in a rural post-nuke landscape. Mangling wildlife for primal kicks and exhibiting no civilized tendencies, the womens' journey has them stumble upon one final survivor, a gentle old man keeping watch over a tiny gallery of pre-Holocaust artifacts at an abandoned inn. Hotel Ozone's tragic, Twilight Zone tone is just the right buffer between the audience and the terrifying bummer of its scenario -- right down to its final chilling frames. NOTE: Be advised -- this film contains scenes depicting realistic animal cruelty.

GLEN AND RANDA: "The city’s far, far away, over the mountains," the magician told him. "I was 15 when it was totaled. They was droppin’ dead in the streets for years." "Take me to the city," Glen said. But the magician had other business, so just like Prince Valiant on his quest for the Holy Grail, Glen set out for the city. The record of the journey is Glen and Randa, a primitive, desperate odyssey by the last bewildered survivors of an atomic holocaust. Neither moralizing sci-fi nor melodrama, despite its fanciful premise, the film is rather like a cinéma verité doomsday doc — a parable in newsreel form. Using a rigorously unadorned style, director Jim McBride and co-writer Rudy Wurlitzer convey a sense of primitive desolation, transforming contemporary landscapes into primeval heaths. Although the film is unsparing in its vision, its dour brutality is frequently alleviated by a cool eye for satire.

Director Jim McBride will appear after the 9:30pm screening of GLEN AND RANDA to discuss his film.

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Start Time: 20:00
Date: 2010-03-19