This Week At The Cinema: Rock vs North Korea, Ballet, and Anime


Muisc and politics collide in Memphis movie theaters this week.

The Indie Memphis weekly film series brings us an unusual documentary. The Slovenian band Laibach have been bringing their weird, satirical totalitarian industrial music to the world since 1982. But in 2015, they went really weird by attempting to play a show in North Korea. Officials of the authoritarian country were confused about exactly how seriously to take Laibach's act—which made them like everybody else in the world—and the gig threatened to turn into a full blown international incident. The documentary about the band's quest to play in North Korea, Liberation Day, screens tonight at Studio on the Square.

On Wednesday night at Crosstown Arts, Saturday Church, a popular movie from last year's Ouflix festival returns. In Saturday Church, a young gay man, tormented by his family and peers, retreats into a fantasy world, complete with fully staged musical numbers, until he finds acceptance in an LBGTQ support group.

A classic anime is getting its first ever US theatrical release. Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card was released in 2000, and has circulated on DVD since 2003. It's hitting the big screen now ahead of a new Cardcaptor series released this year.

If you're looking for something a little more high culture, you can see the Bolshoi Ballet dancing The Lady of the Camelias 1 PM on Sunday at the Paradiso.

See you at the movies!

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