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BAND + MAD / WOMAN
Wednesday, November 9, 9:15pm
BAND (2022, DCP, Iceland, 88m) dir Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir. If This Is Spinal Tap had been centered on an all-female group of Icelandic performance-artist musicians, it would look a lot like Band. singer-turned-filmmaker Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir’s hilarious and poignant portrait of the misadventures of her Post Performance Blues Band. Renowned in the underground Reykjavik music scene since 2016 for their electro-punk sound and spandex-clad modernist dance moves, Álfrún and her friends Saga and Hrefna, nearing 40, double down on their artistic pursuits: They give themselves one year to become avant-garde pop stars—or relinquish their ambitions once and for all. Filled with absurdist humor and hard-to-believe-it’s-real moments, Band is a colorful, zany, and subversively heartfelt celebration of adult friendship and an ode to boldly, if also somewhat recklessly, pursuing your dreams. Trylon Discount Cards are not accepted. MN premiere.
MAD / WOMAN (2022, DCP, USA, 15m) dir Marc Acito. A woman beaten unconscious by her husband searches her mindscape for a way out. Inspired by the songs of genre-fluid indie rocker Storm Large and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s classic feminist short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” this musical phantasmagoria continues in the surrealist tradition of Queer Cinema pioneers Jean Cocteau and Derek Jarman. Shot by an all-female crew, MAD/WOMAN is the film directorial debut of Broadway librettist Marc Acito. Midwest premiere.
Director Marc Acito in attendance.