I’ve enjoyed and shared Nacho Vigalondo’s debut feature many times but this was the first time I had seen it on the big screen. Fantastic Fest had a special screening in 35mm to commemmorate the limited release of the film’s score on vinyl, composed by his friend, Grand Piano director Eugenio Mira, together with a limited Mondo print (pictured). Both men were in attendance and talked at length about he experience making the film ahead of the screening. A fantastic one-of-a-kind event.
The latest work of absurdist humour from Japanese comedian Matsumoto is extreme, even by his own bafflingly delightful standards. On the face of it, R100 is set-up as an outrageous sex comedy, in which a reserved mattress salesman joins an S&M club, only to enter into a never-ending cycle of torment from PVC-clad dominatrixes. Against expectations, however, the film is incredibly restrained, delivering a slow burn of layered surrealism and meta-humour that only begins to seap through the cracks of respectability in its second half. Rest assured, things do eventually go bonkers, and Matsumoto delivers a singular comedic experience the likes of which no other filmmaker could ever conceive.