This Week’s Agenda
Based on his own 1982 manga of the same name, Hayao Miyazaki wrote and directed Kaze no tani no Naushika [Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind] in 1984. The film depicts a planet Earth after industrial civilization self-destructs and what rests is mostly a poisonous jungle, inhabited by enormous mutant insects. The success of the film led to the foundation of Miyazaki’s now world-renowned Studio Ghibli. Nausicaä is screened in the context of the Offscreen Film Festival.
Also in Brussels, at Flagey, the screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus (1928) is accompanied by a soundtrack performed live by Brussels Philharmonic. It is in many ways one of Chaplin’s most personal films, “a film about the pressure to be funny”, as Pamela Hutchinson remarked. The last film he made in the silent era, the film is all the while a return to the place where the filmmaker took his first steps in the arts: the circus.
The Liège based Le Cercle du Laveu screens Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio (1988) in their “radio” themed cycle. It stars Eric Bogosian as a local talk radio host who is simultaneously haunted by the pressure of going national and by his perverted fan base. Earlier this year, we selected this “Cum Town: The Movie”, as one letterboxd user described the foul-mouthed film, in our agenda of online screenings, back to back with two other films regarding radio.