In an informal nod to his organization's third anniversary, Tomasz Warchol of CinemaSavannah is bringing in a trio of indie films to Muse Arts Warehouse to spice up the late summer.
Coming up this Saturday in two screenings is the hot new British film Berberian Sound Studio. Directed by Peter Strickland — "whose Katalin Varga has been one the most phenomenal feature debuts of my film experience," says Warchol — the film is getting tremendous buzz, having already won multiple British Independent Film Awards and the London Critics Circle Film Awards.
Cosponsored by Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah, this particular screening happens at 5 and 8 p.m. this Saturday at Muse ($8), only two weeks after Berberian Sound Studio's opening in New York.
The uniquely imagined horror film is about a meek British sound engineer who's in Rome to work on the soundtrack of a tale of witchcraft and murder in an all-girl riding academy. (!)
Hot on the heels of its New York and LA openings will be CinemaSavannah's screening of Tanta Agua (Too Much Water), screening at 5 and 8 p.m. July 19. This Uruguyan/Mexican project marks the debut of directors Ana Guevara and Laticia Jorge, winner of this year's Miami and San Sebastian Film Festivals. It's about a 14-year-old boy reluctantly on vacation with his father.
On Sept. 7, Warchol brings in The Hunt, a Danish film from 2012. Mads Mikkelsen (Open Hearts, After the Wedding, ) won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of Lucas, a former teacher forced to start over after a bitter divorce and the loss of his job.
Warchol chalks his success with bringing in so many hot new films to his long work at Georgia Southern as a film and literature professor, as well as to previously established relationships with distributors.
"It's an investment that's paying off now. Over the years I've been able to negotiate some good deals," he says.
Warchol had been showing CinemaSavannah films at the Victory Square multiplex until that became cost-prohibitive. His partnership with JinHi Soucy Rand and Muse Arts Warehouse, he says, is ideal.
"We've established a very friendly and accommodating relationship," he says.
"They work with me, they make the theatre available. We've been able to draw enough people that word gets around — so it's good advertising for the venue as well. It's a real win/win for everybody." — Jim Morekis