On Friday, Oct. 31, the Berlin Film Society is going to play David Lynch‘s first feature film, Eraserhead (1977). Suitable for Halloween night, The film depicts a Kafka-esque society of sad, grotesque characters. In the nightmarish and unstable plot of misfortunes, desperations, perverted desires, awkward conversations, and ungrounded accusations, the characters of Eraserhead occupy a world where nothing can be expected and where reality constantly adjusts itself. In this film, Lynch describes a charismatic array of misfits and bizarre beings, from the tortured spermatozoon baby of Mary X, to the singing Lady in the Radiator with her huge lumpy cheeks. The main character Spencer helplessly struggles through the nonsensical mechanics of this apocalyptic society, perhaps something not altogether unfamiliar to many of us. Halloween offers us a chance to exaggerate and mock the absurdity of reality: Lynch’s distinct atmosphere and powerful black-and-white aesthetic promises to set the perfect tone.
Doors open at 8pm and the film starts at 9:30. After the film there will be a haunted house and a DJ set and (of course) a dance party till the morning hours. Guests are encouraged to dress up as Lynch characters – a series of suggestions can be found here – and the first 100 who appear in character will get a free drink.
BERLIN FILM SOCIETY
Leipziger Straße 60 (entrance Jerusalemstraße) (click here for map)
Blog entry by Alena Sokhan in Berlin; Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014