Love and Anarchy

A film by Lina Wertmüller

Wednesday, July 30
20:00 — Mindpirates Vereinsheim

In 1930s fascist Italy, the employees of a popular Roman bordello realize that the young freckle-faced and soft-spoken bumpkin (Giancarlo Giannini) who just took up lodging at the brothel, under the invitation of the anti-fascist prostitute Salomé (Mariangela Melato) is planning to assassinate Mussolini. When one of the girls (Lina Polito) falls in love with him, she’s torn between saving him and devotion to her country.
This is the film that put Italian director Lina Wertmüller on the map of world cinema.
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Film Night: Man Bites Dog

A film by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel & Benoit Poelvoorde

Wednesday, August 13
21:00 — Mindpirates Vereinsheim

What a delightful, happy boy Benoit was. How charming and bright and singular.

This is what the grandparents and mother of the hero in the weirdly funny Belgian comedy “Man Bites Dog” have to say about their darling, now-grown-up boy. And yes, we would certainly have to agree that Benoit is a unique fellow. He plays the piano, spouts poetry and discourses on the aethestic corruption of senior citizen housing. All in all, he’s good, if somewhat domineering, company.

That is, if you don’t mind his being a mass murderer.

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Film Night: My Own Private Idaho

A film by Gus van Sant

Wednesday, August 20
21:00 — Mindpirates Vereinsheim

Gus Van Sant’s MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO – the title taken from a B52s song, and the story, in part, from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts I and II – stars River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as two young street hustlers: Mike Waters, a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him, and Scott Favor, the wayward son of the mayor of Portland and object of Mike’s desire. Navigating a volatile world of junkies, thieves, and johns, Mike takes Scott on a quest from the grungy streets to the open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home.

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Film Night: Happiness


Wednesday, August 27
21:00 — Mindpirates Vereinsheim

A seemingly normal group of characters (several of them related) living in well to do America each harbour disturbing dysfunctions. Among them are a Psychiatrist, husband and father who has paedophilic tendencies, a phone-sex pest, and a plus-sized woman with a secret.

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Film Night: Profondo Rosso

A film by Dario Argento

Wednesday, September 3
21:00 — Mindpirates Vereinsheim

Blow-Up star David Hemmings plays a jazz pianist who, while working in Rome, witnesses the brutal murder of a famous psychic. Befriended by an assertive female reporter (Daria Nicolodi), Hemmings seeks to solve the mystery, only to find himself a suspect, then a target, drawn into a shocking web of dementia, savagery and violence.

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Ciné Club: The Happiness of the Katakuris

A film by Takashi Miike
Wednesday, July 23
20:00 — Mindpirates Vereinsheim

Japan, 2001, 113 min
It’s hot, everybody is feeling crazy, come enjoy this marvelous gem of a absurdist splatter musical (?!) by the great Japanese shock auteur Takashi Miike. きゃーーーー!!!
“such a feat of highly demented cinematic imagination simply must be seen.” (

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Made in Africa

Screening preview

Friday, July 25  
20:00 — Mindpirates Auditorium

Made in Africa is a feature-length documentary about African digital innovation culture – it will break with clichés and let the viewer experience a side of Africa they have never seen before. What do you think of when you hear the phrase “Made in Africa”? Safaris? Massai walking into the sunset? Wooden masks and big colourful prints? Refugee camps and famine? Diamond mines and child soldiers? In the past, Africa has been portrayed as the lost continent, the dark continent, a continent ridden by crisis and dependent on aid. Positive stories from Africa have been mostly limited to adventure stories, tribal fantasies and sunset-safaris – Africa is much more!

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