Eyeshadow: The Ice Storm + Torii
Screened in 35mm.
Ang Lee (Eat Drink Man Woman, Sense and Sensibility) attracted renowned actors for his caustic tale of a family disintegrating.
Kevin Kline and Joan Allen are locked in a frozen marriage, Sigourney Weaver is the woman next door with whom Kline shares some extramarital moments. The couple”s two teenage kids struggle to find their way in this emotionally disconnected world, with fourteen-year old daughter (Christina Ricci) fast turning into a pushy nymphomaniac.
When first released, The Ice Storm was taken as a biting comment on the 1970s, the decade of partner swapping on sloshing waterbeds and people trying to find their “real selves” in a selfish scramble for personal growth as the Watergate scandal was unfolding on TV.
The Ice Storm ought to have been hailed as a masterpiece when it was released, according to Eyeshadow programmer Ronald Simons: “Ang Lee”s superbly filmed and perfectly acted family drama may appear cool on the surface, but is buzzing with energy and passions underneath. The public just wasn”t ready for it in 1997, so it's time to give the film the credits it deserves.”
It”s up to Torii to release all those simmering feelings. The five-strong band from Leiderdorp which previously performed at festivals including Le Guess Who has its roots in garage rock and loves improvisation. Torii makes it all happen with a guitar, percussion, a laid-back bass and a well-used organ. Plus vocals, and lots of energy.
Eyeshadow is a monthly series on Saturday night featuring cool, offbeat and thrilling films, live performances and drinks at the bar. Each edition starts with a film screening, followed by a performance. Every month Eyeshadow selects a high-profile modern classic with a striking soundtrack. After the film screening, a live band plays music that connects with the film.