Cine Excess VII: European Erotic Cinema: Identity, Desire and Disgust

Midlands Arts Centre
Alumni, Arts and Law
Friday 15th (13:00) - Sunday 17th November 2013 (22:00)
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For more information, contact: Alex Marlow-Mann ( or Xavier Mendik (


Now in its seventh year, Cine Excess, the world's leading cult film conference and festival comes to Birmingham for the first time, courtesy of B-Film. Staged at Birmingham's premiere arts venue, Mac Birmingham, this three day event combines an academic conference with industry-based panels and workshops, UK theatrical premieres of new and classic films.

This year's theme is 'European Erotic Cinema' and its special guests are the controversial and acclaimed French filmmaker Catherine Breillat (Romance, Fat Girl, Anatomy of Hell) and arthouse actor turned cult Italian auteur Francesco Barilli (The Perfume of the Lady in Black, Pensione paura), both of whom will receive Cine-Excess lifetime achievement awards at the event.

Key features of this year's event are:

Echoes of Excess: Cult Film Creation, Financing and the New Digital Economy

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MAC, Cine-Excess is hosting this special public industry panel which brings together international film producers, directors and regional film agency representatives to discuss how the new digital economy and current remake trends are helping aspiring filmmakers looking to make an impact in the low budget cult film arena. Guests appearing on this special panel include director Federica Martino, producer Meg Thomson (Echo Remakes), Prof. Roger Shannon (Edge Hill University), Daniel Lawson (Creative Skillset) and Prof. Gillian Youngs (University of Brighton).

Dark Desires, Dark Obsessions: Dark Romance

A series of UK theatrical premieres and screenings with special guests of new and classic films dealing with the dark side of eroticism.

Friday 15th November 7pm
Pensione paura / Hotel Fear (1977, Italy, Francesco Barilli) UK theatrical premiere
+ Il cavaliere errante (2012) + on-stage Q&A with Francesco Barilli

Friday 15th November 10pm
Tulpa (2012, Italy, Federico Zampaglione) UK theatrical premiere

Saturday 16th November 6pm
Rouge sang / The Storm Within (2012, Canada, Martin Doepner) UK theatrical premiere

Saturday 16th November 8pm
Catherine Breillat retrospective screening (title tbc) + on-stage Q&A with Catherine Breillat

Sunday 17th November 6pm
Para Elisa / For Elisa (2013, Spain, Juanra Fernández)

Sunday 17th November 8pm
Siren (2013, USA, Jesse Peyronel) UK theatrical premiere

Conference: European Erotic Cinema: Identity, Desire and Disgust

Running across the daytime slots of 15-17 November, the Cine-Excess VII conference features over 35 talks from international critics and scholars who will be considering the subject of European Erotic Excess.

From mainstream cinema’s first nude scene in Ekstase (1933) and the extreme arthouse imagery of Romance (1999) via the exploitation films of Joe D’Amato and Jess Franco, Europe has always been at the cutting edge of cinematic depictions of the erotic, pushing the boundaries of what it is legitimate to represent on screen. Employing varied genres and filmmaking modes – from the pseudo-educational sex films of Scandinavia and Germany to the surrealist exploits of Walerian Borowczyk or the arty bourgeois respectability of Emmanuelle (1974) – European cinema has shifted the paradigms through which the (eroticised) body can be represented and consumed, blurring and problematizing the boundaries between ‘art’ and ‘exploitation’. Often these celluloid sexual experimentations also traverse accepted boundaries of desire and disgust, with unsettling and controversial results. In so doing, these films prompt a profound re-mapping of the body, as well as of the concepts of art, commerce and even the very notion of ‘European’.

The daytime conference ‘European Erotic Excess: Identity, Desire and Disgust’ is open to the public and also features a number of networking panels on ‘research funding for cult film’, ‘PG networking in cult film’ and ‘programming cult and extreme cinema’.

How to Book for Cine Excess VII

Delegate passes include entrance to all papers, panels, films and interviews and are available for one-day or for the full three-days (lunch provided on the Saturday and Sunday slots as part of the package).
One day pass: £80 (£50 concessions)
Three day pass: £150 (£90 concessions)

Tickets for individual films are available for £7 (£5 concessions)

The ‘Echoes of Excess’ industry panel is free and open to the general public, but booking is essential.

Tickets for all these events are available from the MAC website or by calling the box-office on 0121 446 3232.

For More Information

For more information on the event, please contact Alex Marlow-Mann ( or Xavier Mendik (