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Pushing Buttons and Boundaries in Film: Quad Cinema in New York presents Unrated: A Week of Sex in Cinema

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To explore the edgier side of relationships in film, Cinema Libre Studio has teamed up with filmmaker and producer Philippe Diaz to curate a retrospective of six films that spiked controversy when they were released, and continue to do so now.

  9 SONGS (Released in 2004)

Directed: by Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley

Michael Winterbottom’s controversial 9 SONGS focuses on Matt, a young glaciologist who soars across the vast, silent, icebound immensities of the South Pole as he recalls his love affair with Lisa. They meet at a mobbed rock concert in a vast music hall—London's Brixton Academy, and end up in bed together that night. Together, over a period of several months, they pursue a mutual sexual passion whose inevitable stages unfold in counterpoint to nine live-concert songs.
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  NOW & LATER (Released in 2009)

Directed: by Philippe Diaz
Starring: Shary Solanis and James Wortham

When Angela (Shari Solanis) is an illegal Latina immigrant living in Los Angeles meets Bill (James Wortham), a disgraced banker on the run in Now & Later, she begins a relationship with him that consists of passionate sex and soul-searching conversations she helps Bill see the world in a different way—before his life takes an unexpected turn. The film touches on politics, philosophy, and other worldly pleasures.
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  ANTICHRIST (Released in 2009)

Directed: by Lars von Trier
Produced by Zentropa
Starring: Willem DeFoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg

A mother's grief consigns her to hospital after she and her husband lost their young son when he falls out the window while they have sex in the other room in Antichrist. To help her confront her fears and repair their troubled marriage, they retreat to their remote cabin in the woods. The story is told in four chapters with a prologue and epilogue and deals with the darker side of nature and relationships.
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  BETTY BLUE (Released in 1982)

Directed:by Jean-Jacques Beineix
Starring: Beatrice Dalle and Jean-Hughes Anglade

This Best Foreign Film Academy Award nominee stars Beatrice Dalle and Jean-Hughes Anglade in a story about passionate and obsessive lovers. Zorg is a handyman who lives a quiet and peaceful life, when the beautiful, wild, and unpredictable Betty walks into his life—and ultimately gets a bit too wild and out of control.
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  THE PRICE OF PLEASURE (Released on DVD in 2010)

Directed: by Chyng Sun and Miguel Picker

This eye-opening and disturbing film tackles the complexity behind this seeming paradox, placing the voices of critics, producers, and performers alongside the observations of men and women as they candidly discuss the role pornography has played in shaping their sexual imaginations and relationships. Honest and non-judgmental, The Price of Pleasure moves beyond the liberal vs. conservative debates to paint a myth-busting and nuanced portrait of how pleasure and pain, commerce and power, liberty and responsibility have become intertwined in the most intimate area of our lives.
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  SHORTBUS (Released in 2006)

Directed: by John Cameron Mitchell
Starring: Sook-Yin Lee, Peter Stickles and PJ DeBoy

Director John Cameron Mitchell brings together a cast of characters desperate to connect in bohemian New York City in Shortbus. The characters converge in a weekly underground salon in Brooklyn known for it’s blend of art, music, politics and carnality, where they face their faltering relationships and their individual sexual repressions. The film took place in early 2000, but was first released at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006.
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Unrated: A Week of Sex in Cinema runs from Friday, Feb. 18 to Feb. 24 at the QUAD Cinema in New York at 34 W. 13th St. For tickets and showtimes, please go to



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