Nitehawk is happy to welcome the Northside Film Festival back onto our screens for several marquee screenings. We’ve put together a quick guide to what we’ll be showing, who’s going to be there, and how drunk you an get at after parties.

Wednesday, June 19

Maniac (2012) | Tickets

Maniac_193x294Director: Franck Khalfoun

Starring: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder

When is it Playing: Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm

Format: DCP

Who’s Going to Be There: Elijah Wood will be doing a Q&A after the film

How Drunk Can You Get: You can drink away the trauma of watching Elijah Wood scalp women for a party in the bar after the film.

What’s the Deal with This Movie Anyway?: A remake of William Lustig’s chilly, violent cult classic, this version of Maniac is helmed by a pair of French filmmakers who have already made quite the mark on violent horror cinema: Franck Khalfoun, who directed the parking garage thriller P2; and Alexandre Aja who brought us High Tension, the surprisingly good Hills Have Eyes remake, and Piranha 3D, the greatest film ever made. Elijah Wood is this film’s maniac, a mannequin store owner named Frank with who struggles with violent psycho-sexual impulses. As he attempts a normal relationship with a woman, Frank’s obsessive wild side begins seeping more and more to the surface as he begins scalping, stabbing and slashing his way through dark L.A. streets.

Kopfstand (1981) | Tickets


Director: Ernst Josef Lauscher

Starring: Christoph Waltz

When is it Playing: Wednesday, June 19 at 9:45 pm

Format: Digital

What else?: The Brooklyn Film Collective short Unstrung

How Drunk Can You Get: No party for this one, but the movie involves unnecessary electro-shock treatments, so you’ll probably need one during the movie.

What’s the Deal with This Movie Anyway?: In Christoph Waltz’s first film, the German actor plays Markus, a young punk who doesn’t get along with his mother. When an argument escalates into violence, his mother has him dragged to a mental institution where the boy is left to wallow in depression and an over utilization of electro-shock therapy.

Thursday, June 20

The Invader (2011) | Tickets

TheInvaderPoster-thumb-300xauto-25493-219x313Director: Nicolas Provost

Starring: Issaka Sawadogo, Stefania Rocca

When is it Playing: Thursday, June 20 at 7:00 pm

Format: Digital

What Else?: There will be a Q&A with director Nicoloas Provost after the film

How Drunk Can You Get:

What’s the Deal with This Movie Anyway?: The struggles of Amadou, a large, charismatic African man, who washes onto the shores of Europe with hopes of building a better life for himself. After making his way to Brussels, Amadou shares many of the exploitative experiences that immigrants face in a resistant society. Opportunities arise and then vanish, leaving Amadou with little else to rely on than his brute strength.

Look of Love (2013) | Tickets

LookOfLove_193x294Director: Michael Winterbottom

Starring: Steve Coogan, Imogen Poots, Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton

When is it Playing: Thursday, June 20 at 10:00 pm

Format: DCP

What else?: The Brooklyn Film Collective short Gawking Red

How Drunk Can You Get: Northside’s closing party will be held after this screening. So, responsibly drunk.

What’s the Deal with This Movie Anyway?: Steve Coogan plays British adult magazine publisher Paul Raymond, who woke up the randy side of notoriously stuffy and repressed English culture to become Britain’s richest man. The movie illustrates the rise of Raymond’s empire, how it shaped English culture and the lasting, damaging effect his success had on his family.