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VIRTUAL CINEMAPOLIS SCREENINGS BEGIN 3/5/21
3 day rental for $10
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Belgian funnyman Benoît Poelvoorde (Man Bites Dog) is Commissaire Buran, a good, bad cop interrogating Fugain, (Grégoire Ludig), an average Joe who discovered a dead body outside his apartment building. As the film begins, Fugain must, on an empty stomach, explain how and why he happened to leave home seven times in one night before coming across a corpse in a puddle of blood. Since he’s the investigation’s only suspect, Fugain’s anxiety is already sky-high when Buran leaves him alone with Philippe, a one-eyed rookie cop with bizarre speech patterns and a few minutes to live. Bloody, batshit hijinks ensue, and before long, we’re in Buñuel territory.
Between the opening sequence, when a man in just red briefs conducts a philharmonic orchestra in the open air, and the triple-meta denouement, Dupieux’s whip-smart script disregards audience expectations, the fourth wall, and the laws of time and space. You’ll never look at a protractor or an oyster the same way again.
French with English Subtitles
DIRECTOR: Quentin Dupieux
SCREENWRITER: Quentin Dupieux
CAST: Benoît Poelvoorde, Grégoire Ludig, Marc Fraize
Presented in collaboration with Ithaca Fantastik
“Equal parts Michel Gondry, Tex Avery and the Coen brothers. A fun exercise in genre-bending…well-orchestrated and amusing to watch.”