Film Series

Vengeance is Hers

 
 
Feb 7—Feb 18, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
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“Yet another ingenious program… In its cross-genre, transglobal approach, Vengeance is Hers creates a vast sorority of avenging angels, an expansive sisterhood of the traveling rants, making it possible for the retaliating sheroes of Pasolini's and Shindô's lofty high-art projects to be comrades in arms with the lady legends of grindhouse cinema.”
—Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice

From screwball proto-feminism to witchy gothic horror to cerebral auteurist classics, this series gathers some of cinema’s most unforgettable heroines and anti-heroines as they seize control and take no prisoners. Seen through the eyes of some of the world’s greatest directors, including female filmmakers like Chantal Akerman and Kathryn Bigelow, these films explore the full gamut of cinematic retribution in all its thrilling, unnerving dimensions.

Curated by Nellie Killian (BAMcinématek) and Thomas Beard (Light Industry).


 
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PAST EVENTS
Film
Medea
 

Superstar opera diva Maria Callas is riveting as the avenging sorceress of Greek tragedy.

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
Newly restored
 
 
Film
Ms. 45
 

A mute rape victim wages war on Manhattan’s male population in Abel Ferrara’s classic.

Feb 7—Feb 9, 2014
 
 
Film
Blue Steel
 

Kathryn Bigelow helms this stylish police thriller starring Jamie Lee Curtis.

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
 
 
Film
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
 

Akerman’s feminist landmark charts three days in the humdrum life of a widow.

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
 
 
Film
Secret Defense
 

A research scientist seeks revenge for her father’s death in Rivette’s enigmatic thriller.

Mon, Feb 10, 2014
 
 
Film
Kuroneko
 

Two murdered women return as angry cat spirits in this stylish ghost story.

Tue, Feb 11, 2014
 
 
Film
Hyenas
 

Senegalese director Mambéty’s comedy about an aging woman who returns to her hometown.

Wed, Feb 12, 2014
 
 
Film
The Match Factory Girl
 

Kaurismäki’s grim and grimly hilarious film about a painfully shy Helsinki factory worker.

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
 
 
Film
The Heiress
 

The Hollywood literary adaptation par excellence, starring Olivia de Havilland.

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
 
 
Film
Valentine's Day Dinner & a Movie: The Lady Eve
 

Celebrate Valentine's Day with one of the greatest screwball comedies of all time.

Fri, Feb 14, 2014
 
 
Film
Carrie + High School Reunion
 

Brian De Palma’s bloody Stephen King adaptation is one of the all-time great horror films.

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
 
 
Film
Black Sunday + Possibly in Michigan
 

Mario Bava explores perverse sexuality in this delirious adaptation of Gogol.

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
 
 
Film
Nine to Five
 

Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton star in this 80s comedy classic.

Sun, Feb 16, 2014
 
 
Film
She-Devil
 

Roseanne Barr and Meryl Streep star in this twisted comedy.

Sun, Feb 16, 2014
 
 
Film
Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan
 

This controversial martial arts gem is exploitation cinema at its most lurid and luxurious.

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
 
 
Film
Coffy
 

Badass blaxploitation goddess Pam Grier stars as a shotgun-wielding avenging angel.

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
 
 
Film
Terminal Island + S.C.U.M. Manifesto
 

Stephanie Rothman’s subversive action flick about the female convicts of a prison island.

Tue, Feb 18, 2014