Films get their very own post this weekend because there are quite a few screenings and openings worth noting:
Our friends at Rooftop Films are teaming up with Sweden’s Music Doc festival to present a special screening of Knut Eric Jensen‘s classic documentary, Cool & Crazy, tonight at the Open Road Rooftop at 350 Grand Street (don’t worry, the event will move inside at the same location if it’s raining). It’s a portrait of the dedicated members of Norway’s Berlevag Male Choir. The film tells the story of the distinguished male voice choir of Berlevåg, one of Norway ‘s most exposed and northerly fishing villages (and the setting for Isak Dinesen’s Babette’s Feast). A live performance by Norway’s Hanne Hukkelberg will start the evening off at 8:00pm. $10. Go here for tickets or pay at the door.
Billed as “the world’s first street art disaster movie,” Exit Through the Gift Shop, a film by the elusive graffiti artist Bansky, opens at The Sunshine today. The synopsis reads: Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP is the story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. …The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey (who shares director credit), Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. Read NYTimes contributor Melena Ryzik’s piece on the film here.
If you like suspense films, the Australian neo-noir thriller The Square, which opens today as well, at The Sunshine, has been getting exciting reviews and looks like a lot of fun. It’s the first feature directed by Nash Edgerton, an Australian stuntman turned filmmaker. Watch what he has to say about the film here.
Last but never least, the Sunshine’s Midnight Movie is Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, with an animated short film, ‘Tummy Trouble’, before the feature. $9.99 at midnight tonight and tomorrow night.