"Three Twisted Premieres"
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Screening Room, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F.
Begins Friday, Nov. 2, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 17,
Admission is $3-6
Granny is Doris Wishman, whose Satan Was a Lady (2001; screening Nov. 17) is the latest entry in an oeuvre that stretches back to the 1950s and includes, most famously, Chesty Morgan films like Deadly Weapons, starring the worn-out porn hag with 76-inch tits. The "satanic lady" this time is a Miami prostitute, Cleo (Honey Lauren), whose lust for the good life leads her to all manner of trouble. Wishman's trademarks -- narrative ruptures, rough soft-core sex -- are showcased in this creepy digital-video feature.
Equally creepy in an entirely different way is Catherine Breillat's A Real Young Girl (Nov. 2). Shot in 1975, the film was censored and then banned before it vanished -- that is, until its recent resurrection. Girl, which trails Alice (Charlotte Alexandra) through a dreary summer at home, is a kind of philosophical porn flick, with Alice processing teenage-girl rituals like puking on herself and trying to seduce one of her father's employees.
Takashi Miike's relentless Visitor Q (2001; Nov. 9-10) employs a candy-colored palette for its story of a family that has moved beyond dysfunction into dementia. Necrophilia, incest, scatology, and a floor full of mother's milk might seem the stuff of nightmares, but in Miike's hands they're just ammunition for a black-comic blast at Japanese culture. Miike also made Audition, which sent some viewers screaming for the exits. Expect a similar, perhaps louder, stampede for this one.