Kotatsu: Belladonna of Sadness (18)

Saturday 30 September

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Kotatsu: Belladonna of Sadness (18)

Japan/1973/86mins/18 Dir: Eiichi Yamamoto With: Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama, Chinatsu Nakayama

Beautiful peasant woman Jeanne is ravaged by the local lord and in her distress she meets and makes a pact with the Devil. This is the start of a tale of sexual frenzy and misery in medieval France. A legendary film in the world of animation: erotic and surreal backed by a psychedelic folk rock soundtrack, recently restored to incredible effect. 

"Breathtaking, erotic, grotesque, and transgressive, the film mixes watercolors influenced by Western art—Klimt is in here, but so are Degas and Kandinsky—with imagery ripped straight from a nightmare. "
Chicago Sun-Times

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