By Jake Spencer
March 21, 2016
Indie outfit Cinelicious Pics recently restored Eiichi Yamamoto’s ambitious animated masterpiece, “Belladonna of Sadness,” for the big screen. The film’s trailer, released last month, reveals just how controversial the film still is after all all these years (it was first released in 1973).
The film follows Belladonna, a peasant woman, who makes a pact with the devil to gain magical powers after she is banished from her village after a horrific attack. What follows seems like a psycho-sexual journey into the depths of a woman’s despair.
“Belladonna of Sadness” opens May 6 for its fist ever run in America, first at the brand-new Metrograph theater in New York and the Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission in San Francisco, and at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles the week of May 13, with a national rollout to follow. Check out our exclusive poster below.