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August 22–28, 2014

Chicago Premiere

Moebius

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"Gloriously off-the-charts"
  —Variety
"Moebius is so gracefully made—and in places so very funny"
  —Village Voice
"An impressive formal achievement"
  —Los Angeles Daily News
"The sheer bravado of Kim [Ki-duk]'s willingness to carry the drama through brutish physical incursions is gripping... its vulgar mayhem will leave you speechless"
  —Indiewire
3 stars½ "Moebius feels like a giddy, playful return to form. It's as uproarious as genital mutilation gets"
  —The Dissolve
3 stars "As soon as one thinks that Kim has pushed the envelope narratively and visually, he has something else disturbing up his bloody sleeve... To say the performers in Moebius are fearless...would be understating it significantly. Kim asks an amazing physical and emotional freedom of his actors and they all deliver"
  —RogerEbert.com
"This is not for the faint of heart, but to Kim's credit, it's not for the faint of mind either"
  —Chicago Reader
4 stars
  —TimeOut Chicago

Originally banned in his native country for its extreme nature, Korean master provocateur Kim Ki-duk's latest masterwork drives well past all conventional boundaries with purpose and poise, resulting in his most audacious opus yet. This Oedipal tragedy begins with a family in turmoil, as the wife, overwhelmed with hatred—having been spurned by her husband for a younger woman—attempts to slice off his offending member. When she fails to do so, she takes her revenge by removing her unwitting son's instead. So begins an odyssey that elevates horrifying acts of mutilation, sadomasochistic acts, and other taboo-busting atrocities into the level of high art.

At the hospital, the husband is distraught with guilt, severing his own manhood in solidarity and setting out to recover his son's happiness. Disfigured in such a radical way, the son slowly deviates from normal life, even falling for the husband's young mistress as the husband discovers strange and severe ways to help his son find pleasure again. With both husband and son damaged and living in grief, the wife returns as the family heads towards destruction even more horrific than before.

Moebius skillfully unfolds without any of its characters speaking a single word, plunging energetically into untold depths of depravity and existential crises, as the narrative hurtles forward with remarkable momentum and astonishing primal power. Ki-duk Kim's latest study in perversity ups the ante with arguably his most twisted nuclear family yet, a lust-and-guilt-ridden ménage à quatre.

Directed by Kim Ki-duk, South Korea, 2013, 89 mins.

Showtimes

  • Fri., Aug. 22 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Aug. 23 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Aug. 24 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Mon. & Wed.–Thurs., Aug. 25 & 27–28 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Tues., Aug. 26 at 9 pm
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$9 general admission

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The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or charles@facets.org.

  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation