Film fans in San Francisco will have another chance to take in Francis Ford Coppola’s latest low-budget experiment, “Twixt,” beginning Friday, August 10. The iconic independent filmmaker has booked a weeklong run at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema and will himself appear for a pair of Q&As after two of the opening-night screenings, at 4:45 and 7:15 pm.
Coppola first unveiled his odd, Edgar Allen Poe-inspired Gothic horror film at, of all places, Comic-Con in July 2011. There, he presented footage from the film, including some in 3D, with musical accompaniment and a mix-and-match scene structure meant to provide an example of the unique, live performance feel he said he wanted each new audience to have. It then played at fests such as Toronto, San Francisco and others.
The film stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern and Elle Fanning and concerns a struggling novelist who lands in a creepy new town and gets pulled into a murder mystery that may or may not involve vampires. Alternating between color and black and white, 2D and 3D, “Twixt” is the kind of flawed curiosity that may appeal to fans of both experimental cinema and Coppola’s courageous efforts to continue pushing the limits of his creativity 50 years on.