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Treasure of the Bitch Islands

Treasure of the Bitch Islands

Treasure of the Bitch Islands

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1990 / 108min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: F.J. OSSANG

CAST: STéPHANE FERRARA, DIOGO DóRIA, JOSé WALLENSTEIN, MAPI GALáN

A phantasmagoric, definition-defying film from perhaps France’s premier underground filmmaker, Treasure of the Bitch Islands begins with the mysterious disappearance of an engineer who has discovered a new energy source, and follows a post-nuclear Ulysses’ voyage to find the substances used in the engineer’s formula, only to be harvested on an island of mad scientists and headhunters. An anarchic allegory with a punky sensibility, part Guy Maddin pastiche, part surrealist mix-and-match, and pure cult classic.

Screening as a part of Darius Khondji.

Special thanks to Jed Rapfogel and Kolbe Resnick at Anthology Film Archives and La Cinématheque de Toulouse