Jul 18, 2014

Maryland Film Festival Presents FREE SHORT FILMS during Artscape 2014 at the Charles Theater!

2014 Artscape July 18-20 2014!
Jul 15, 2014

Join MFF as we celebrate Artscape 2014 with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails + animated shorts at By Degrees Cafe, 415 South Central Street!…

Artscape 2014 Kickoff Party at By Degrees Cafe!
Jul 14, 2014

Sneak preview of Rob Reiner's AND SO IT GOES at AMC White Marsh at 7pm.  Free passes for Friends of the Festival!

AND SO IT GOES Sneak Preview

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Directed By: Kim Ki-duk
Run Time: 88 Minutes

Looking for the most deranged and graphic feature film in this year’s lineup? You’ve found it. Kim Ki-duk’s name is synonymous with insane concepts and brutal visuals, as anyone who’s seen his early features The Isle and Bad Guy can attest. But as unnerving as his imagery can be, it’s always in the service of a compelling narrative and profound insights. Moreover, in Kim’s filmography one will also find works such as 3-Iron and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring, elegant films that, if still punctuated by moments of startling violence, find their heart in the human search for tenderness, self-knowledge, and spiritual fulfillment. 

Moebius brings all elements of Kim’s career together into a wallop of a statement about cruelty, identity, and catharsis that’s absolutely not for the squeamish or faint of heart. This wordless but sonically dynamic film opens with a domestic fight between a couple as their son looks on. The fight quickly escalates into an act of violence as extreme as any previously depicted on film—a scene that had audience members at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere variously running for the exit, squealing in horror, or laughing in maniacal shock (all equally valid reactions). The story that follows is an unhinged mix of dark comedy, thriller, Oedipal tragedy, family drama—and, in its own strange way, romance.

If intense scenes of sex and violence turn you off, and unflinching exploration of transgressive concepts isn't your cup of tea, this isn’t the film for you. But if you believe cinema should sometimes use extreme means to cut through layers of societal falsity to larger truths, you might just be ready for Moebius. Oh, and if you’re already a fan of Kim Ki-duk, run don’t walk: this may just be the glorious madman’s masterpiece. (Eric Allen Hatch)



May 09, 2014
11:30 AM
The Windup Space
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11:30 PM
The Windup Space
May 10, 2014
11:59 PM
MICA Gateway Building