With a plot stripped from a 1969 letter to Penthouse Magazine, Viva tells the story of Barbi, a naïve housewife who sets out to discover the seedy underbelly of the sexual revolution. With her best friend Sheila in tow, she encounters everything from prowling cougars, grandmotherly brothel madams and lesbian supermodels to full-blown orgies. Toss in a gay hairdresser, a funk-gasmic soundtrack and some surreal animated and musical sequences and you’ve got one smoking hot slice of nouveau cult cinema.
Director Anna Biller’s truly amazing accomplishment in Viva comes courtesy of her uncannily authentic design. It doesn’t emulate the spirit of those swinging times, it’s possessed by them. Just one whiff of the cheap cologne, one glance at the rugged polyester, and you’ll have to submit to this killer escapade. -Fab Magazine
Writer/director/star Anna Biller will be in-person for a post-screening Q&A session!
Dir. Anna Biller, 2007, 35mm, 120 min. Tickets here.

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