The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD
2014, George Hencken, UK, 110 min.
“Who'd have thunk the life and times of casual popsters Spandau Ballet could be so entertaining?...A funny, absorbing, trivia-filled portrait of friendship, the ’80s music biz and bad hair.”
— Ian Freer, Empire
Remember Spandau Ballet? The fop five with the grisly name (look it up) and the groovy threads jostled Duran Duran and Ultravox in the forefront of the New Romantic movement that succeeded Punk and flooded early MTV with flamboyant fashions and dreamy synth sounds. In her directing debut, longtime Julien Temple producer Hencken draws upon a wealth of superb archive footage and voiceover narration by all five Spands to trace the band’s North London working-class origins, key personalities (including Thatcherite lead singer Tony Hadley and now-renowned actor Martin Kemp), big hits (“True,” “Gold”), rivalry with Duran Duran, breakup, lawsuits, and tension-fraught reunion. DCP digital. (MR)
2014, Pedro Costa, Portugal, 104 min.
“Strange, hauntingly beautiful…looms very large in the weight of its ideas and its profound feeling for lives ground up and spit out by the threshing machine of history.”
— Scott Foundas, Variety
“A sustained eeriness that takes HORSE MONEY into the realm of expressionistic horror…casts a spell that’s impossible to shake.”
— Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Ventura, the gaunt, grizzled Cape Verdean immigrant who has served as director Pedro Costa’s muse and central character in films including COLOSSAL YOUTH returns in an even more commanding role in HORSE MONEY. Mysteriously at death’s door, Ventura takes an eerie journey through dark episodes in his own life as they coalesce with Portugal’s troubling colonial past. Former lovers, friends, and work mates may be illusions as the powerful puzzle comes together in bewitching chiaroscuro imagery. In Cape Verdean, Creole, and Portuguese with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of The Cinema Guild. DCP digital. (BS)