Director: Anna Biller Run Time: 120 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 2007
Starring: Anna Biller, Jared Sanford, Bridget Brno, Chad England
Nearly 10 years before her instantly iconic The Love Witch, director Anna Biller crafted her first feature Viva, a colorful sex comedy set in the 70s for which she is not only credited as writer, director, producer, editor, production designer and costume designer, but also plays the lead.
Citing the main influences as early Playboy photo spreads and Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour, Biller created the suburban world of Barbi, a housewife who has her world turned upside down after her husband abandons her. She dives into the sexual revolution, and indulges in all it has to offer, testing her own boundaries. With her signature meticulousness, Biller fills the frame with colorful decor and wild costumes (she even painted some of the canvases on display), effectively making Viva seem like a rediscovered lost film.
Includes a raffle of early copies of Anna Biller’s new book, “Bluebeard’s Castle.”