Fin de Cinema: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders with live music by Palm Dat & Noah Bernstein, Yaara Valey & Derek Hunter Wilson

21 and up
Wednesday, October 20
Doors: | 8pm // Show: | 8:30pm
$10
 PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of our customers, we will be requiring proof of full COVID vaccination to enter the venue, until further notice. More details at holocene.org/vaccine

A screening of:
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Jaromil Jires, 1970)
with live score composed and performed by:
Akila Fields (Palm Dat) with Noah Bernstein
Derek Hunter Wilson
Yaara Valey

We are so honored and thrilled to be bringing back Fin de Cinema, our longstanding live film score series curated by Holocene talent buyer Gina Altamura, after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic.

For this edition, we are presenting the gorgeous and surreal vampire cult classic Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970).

 

Just as we are returning to life and to gathering after months of isolation, and finding things the same, yet different – So too do we return to Valerie and her fantastical world, where things are never quite as they seem  - 

We presented this film back in 2009, as one of the first in the series, and return to it now years later, with a new set of sonic interpretations, in a re-imagined live soundtrack by three visionary sets of artists / composers: 

 

Pianist Akila Fields (aka Palm Dat) collaborating with saxophonist Noah Bernstein (both members of Shy Girls)

Yaara Valey, vocalist and soundscape artist 

Derek Hunter Wilson, playing synth, viola and piano

 

With Valerie, we enter the realm of fairy tale, which resists literal interpretation. But we would offer up that this cinematic marvel and its rich symbolism explores themes of our personal and collective Shadow, the dangers and harm of patriarchy and dogma, and the feminine spirit which practices intuitive ways of knowing.

 

“A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale, set in a quasi-medieval landscape. Ravishingly shot, enchantingly scored, and spilling over with surreal fancies, this enticing phantasmagoria from director Jaromil Jireš is among the most beautiful oddities of the Czechoslovak New Wave.” – Janus Films / Criterion Collection

 

*cw: Sexual assault*

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This decision was made in response to the surging and highly transmissible delta variant, in Oregon and across the US. In the close-quarters of a music venue — with customers drinking maskless, singing, dancing, talking in each others’ ears — the best way we can keep customers safe is to ensure the people in the room have the strongest protection from Covid, and especially from its worst outcomes. We appreciate your understanding.

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