Psychedelic Cinema Festival, hosted by Lviv Copernicus Cinema, is an international psychedelic film festival that features content revolving around metaphysical matters, the expansion of consciousness and abstract aesthetics.
Psychedelia in film is characterized by distortion (both in image and in sound), experimentation in narrative and editing, and sometimes drug-inspired hallucinations. Like the psychoactive drugs which produce heightened sensory perceptions and distortion, psychedelic films present to their audience an unfamiliar and/or dream-like view of reality.
7 films that will be screened during the Lviv Psychedelic Cinema Festival, use cinematography, narration, editing, sound design, and music to create worlds of distortion. Whether the films depict drug-induced madness or create an atmosphere of existential confusion, they somehow make experiments with the audience’s sensory perceptions in order to uproot the viewer from reality. These films welcome (or in some cases, force) the audience to interact with a plethora of psychedelic imagery, sounds, and/or narration.
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Visitors will have a chance to watch the following movies:
Lost Highway (David Lynch)
After a bizarre encounter at a party a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Jim Jarmusch)
A hitman who lives by the code of the samurai, works for the mafia and finds himself in their crosshairs when his recent job doesn't go according to plan. Now he must find a way to defend himself and his honor while retaining the code he lives by.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam)
The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark.
Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
Puppeteer Craig Schwartz and animal lover and pet store clerk Lotte Schwartz are just going through the motions of their marriage. Despite not being able to earn a living solely through puppeteering, Craig loves his profession as it allows him to inhabit the skin of others. He begins to take the ability to inhabit the skin of others to the next level when he is forced to take a job as a file clerk for the off-kilter LesterCorp, located on the five-foot tall 7½ floor of a Manhattan office building. Behind one of the filing cabinets in his work area, Craig finds a hidden door which he learns is a portal into the mind of John Malkovich; the visit through the portal which lasts fifteen minutes after which the person is spit into a ditch next to the New Jersey Turnpike. Craig is fascinated by the meaning of life associated with this finding. Lotte's trips through the portal make her evaluate her own self.
Trainspotting (Danny Boyle)
A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friends: Sean Connery wannabe Sick Boy, dimbulb Spud, psycho Begbie, 14-year-old girlfriend Diane, and clean-cut athlete Tommy, who's never touched drugs but can't help being curious about them
From Dusk Till Dawn (Robert Rodriguez)
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece is an awe-inspiring, brilliant piece of art. The film’s stunning visuals combined with the grandeur of the classical music scores and György Ligeti’s haunting, dissonant avant garde music produce a filmic experience like no other. Kubrick’s exploration of the history and future of humankind excites the viewer’s senses as it leads us to confront the great unknown of space and time.
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When: December 1st - December 7th, 2016.
Where: 9, Kopernika street. Lviv. Copernicus Movie Theater.