Dir. Panos Cosmatos. 2018, 121 minutes. DCP. With Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving, peaceful, and isolated existence. However, when their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is thrust into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire. Mandy made a splash with the midnight movie crowd, thanks in large part to the visionary direction by Panos Cosmatos, the sonic tapestry of synths and black metal, and no holds barred story. Mandy upholds the traditions of classic cult films in a mysterious, kinetic way, that it, too, is destined for its own cult status. Special guest, Aaron Stewart-Ahn, Mandy’s co-writer, will appear in person for a Q&A after the screening.
About Disreputable Cinema:
Some of the most distinctive and beloved works of cinema exist well apart from the mainstream. Often called cult or underground, these films comprise a subculture of hidden gems and alternative classics that often challenge the norms of art and entertainment. The new monthly series Disreputable Cinema will celebrate unusual films that both exemplify and challenge various notions of genre, from grindhouse manifestos to foreign fringe frenzies to bold new re-imaginings and mashups. Resistance to mainstream acceptance or approval remains part of the appeal for these works of disreputable cinema, yet the series aims to welcome both fans and discoverers, the diehards and the curious.
Organized by guest curators Jesse Berberich and Justin Rodriguez.