3117 16th Street (at Valencia Street)
San Francisco, California

USA Premiere
“I am reworking old sexploitation movies from the 60s and early 70s from a woman's point of view. Vintage sexploitation films interest me because they revolve around fantasies of a woman's power over the male, her beauty, her desirability, her sex appeal.” - Writer/Director/Star Anna Biller

“Viva” is a cult freak-out retro 1970s spectacle, about a bored housewife who gets sucked into the sexual revolution. Abandoned by her Ken-doll husband, Barbi is dragged into trouble by her girlfriend, who spouts women's lib as she gets Barbi to discard her bra and go out on the town.

Biller's highly stylized film draws on classic exploitation cinema for its look and characters—right down to the campy and self-assured performances, the big lighting, the plethora of negligées, and the delirious assortment of Salvation Army ashtrays, fabrics, and bric-a-brac. Whether you're looking for alcoholic swingers, stylish sex scenes, a sea of polyester, Hammond organ jams, glitzy show numbers, white horses, blondes in the bathtub, gay hairdressers, or psychedelic animation, “Viva” has it all!

With an absurd sense of humor that lets it all hang out, “Viva” is a sumptuously visual commentary on the icons of the Playboy-era sexual revolution and its symbols, and a tribute to the best of exploitation cinema, from Herschell Gordon Lewis' “Suburban Roulette” to Radley Metzger's “Camille 2000.”

Directed by:
Anna Biller

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Official Website: http://www.sfindie.com/site/node/235

Added by ivanoats on February 9, 2007

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