PSYCHEDELIA IN FILM
Leading up to Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 2016, FACT and Picturehouse present a special season of PSYCHEDELIA IN FILM inspired by the upcoming festival. The programme includes cult-classic Holy Mountain, psych thriller Enter The Void, visceral period-trip A Field In England and Věra Chytilová’s 1960s masterpiece Daisies.
The screenings take place each Wednesday from 31st August through to 21st September, with tickets available from FACT or picturehouses.com. In addition to this, we will be welcoming FACT at this year’s festival as curators of our PZYK Cinema programme. The full programme of artist-made shorts will be announced ahead of the festival in September.
The full programme of films being screened by FACT / Picturehouse in the run up to the festival is as follows:
Holy Mountain (Dir: Alexandro Jodorowsky, Mexico / 1973 / Cert: 18 / 115 mins)
Wednesday 31 August 6.30pm, The Box
Jodorowsky’s visually arresting, completely surreal, fantasy masterpiece follows a powerful alchemist who leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the HOLY MOUNTAIN, where they hope to achieve enlightenment. Drug-fuelled cemetery parties, a living art museum, and a sex machine are only snippets of the intense imagery which combines to create one of the most confusingly brilliant films you will ever see.
Enter The Void (Dir: Gaspar Noé, France / 2006 / Cert: 18 / 154 mins)
Wednesday 7 September 6.30pm, The Box
This psychedelic thriller by visionary French maverick Gaspar Noé (IRREVERSIBLE, I STAND ALONE), is a visceral journey set against the thumping, neon, club scene of Tokyo, starring Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta. Shot from the point of view of a recently killed American drug-dealer, ENTER THE VOID is a technically stunning endurance feat which hurls the viewer into an astonishing trip through life and death, as well as the wonderful and horrible moments in between.
A Field In England (Dir: Ben Wheatley, UK / 2013 / Cert: 15 / 91 mins)
Wednesday 14 September 6.30pm, The Box
A FIELD IN ENGLAND is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness from Ben Wheatley, award-winning director of Down Terrace, KILL LIST and SIGHTSEERS. This grimly visceral period drama follows a group of soldiers during the English Civil War of the 17th century and their gradual, grisly descent into mushroom-fuelled madness.
Daisies (Dir: Věra Chytilová, Czechoslovakia /1966 / Cert: 15 / 79 mins)
Wednesday 21 September 6.30pm, The Box
Věra Chytilová’s 1960s masterpiece DAISIES is a brilliantly surreal trip into an aesthetic paradise, and a utopia where women are liberated from the conservative conventions of etiquette. The film stars two young girls who, upon realising that “Everything’s going bad in this world” decide to “go bad” themselves, and spend the rest of the film in a psychedelic rebellion.