The night has acquired in Delhi a radical, almost profound notoriety over the previous few years. Akin to its spiritual cousins from across the world - Dhaka, Cairo, Lahore, Sarajevo, Tehran; ancient cities in modern husks - the night in Delhi constitutes an unique paradox.
The various residents of the city - its chief witnesses and the purveyors of its spirit - render themselves invisible, and yet, it is during the night when the city in itself becomes the most visible, in that, its truest, most primal self begins to emerge from behind the mask it adorns the rest of the day.
The event of the midnight movie exhibition constituted historically a reversal. It was instituted originally as a mode of dispersal for the chaff. A series of titles that represented a sensibility not permissible in civilised, educated Middle America needed outlets where they could play, so to say, without supervision. As such, and as in the case with various decisions taken in contemporary America, a special concession was made: moral scarcity could be accommodated, but only through an allotment, a categorisation. The films could play, but in the dark of the night.
Already present in this modus operandi is a strain of politics - this is true, after all, of all mechanisms that employ a quota - in this case, a temporal one, a 'slot' for the notorious title. The atmosphere in 1960s America, however, distilled this strain into a more potent, pointed version: the midnight movie came to consciously symbolise a counter-cultural sentiment. The youth of the day would use their attendance at such an event to emphasise a difference: of taste, of moral attitudes and from the daily clock set in motion by the industrial society. The midnight movie exhibition was no longer a mere film screening - it constituted infact the very reversal of a day, as one understood it.
With Radium Cinema, Lightcube will engage with this legacy. It will contemplate the paradox of the night in Delhi: invisible people, and visible city - and attempt, in its capacity, to achieve a reverse. The cult horror films that will be screened at this series of films will exist to harness the city's sinister, nocturnal energy into an incredible, invisible force, while also providing for an outlet for the wanderers, those lost in the nighttime to gather, to become visible again - and if possible, to reclaim the streets.
The Man From The South / Norman Llyod / 1960 / 26'
Februray 3, 2018
An out of his luck gambler is intrigued when a man makes an unusual bet. If the gambler can ignite his lighter ten times in a row, the man will give up his costly convertible. If, however, the lighter fails, the gambler must give up the little finger of his left hand. A girl and another gambler watch as bet starts. After the gambler manages to light his lighter seven times in a row, the bet is called off after the intervention of the a woman who claims to be the man's wife. She claims that the convertible is hers and that her husband has nothing to bet since she has already won everything he owns. As the woman reaches for the car's keys the gambler notices that her left hand has only one finger and a thumb.
Suspiria / Dario Argento / 1977 / 92'
Frebruary 3 & 4, 2018
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders.
Body Snatchers / Abel Ferrara / 1993 / 87'
February 17 , 2018
A teenage girl and her father discover alien clones are replacing humans on a remote U.S. military base in Alabama.
The Invitation / Karyn Kusama / 2015 / 100'
February 18, 2018
While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.
Imprint / Takshi Miike / 2006 / 63'
March 3, 2018
In the 1800s, an American returns to Japan to find the prostitute he fell in love with, but instead learns of the psychical and existential horror that befell her after he left
Purana Mandir / Shyam Ramsay, Tulsi Ramsay / 1984 / 144'
March 3 & 4, 2018
After a rich young girl has suddenly known about a demon and it's terrible curse brought by her family for generations, she decides to go to her paternal village with her lover and his friend to find out the truth.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night / Ana Lily Amirpour / 2014 / 101'
March 10, 2018
In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.