We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Arkansas Sounds to host the U.S. premiere of Tav Falco‘s ambitious and fascinating new film “Urania Descending” on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m. Falco was born on a farm in rural Arkansas and today lives in Vienna, where he writes books, directs films and records music with the cult art-rock band Panther Burns, whose most recent album, “Command Performance,” was released in March. For many years, Falco lived in Memphis, where he befriended and collaborated with a cast of now-iconic characters that included the producer Jim Dickinson, the photographer William Eggleston and Big Star front man Alex Chilton.
Influenced by the German Expressionist cinema of Fritz Lang and F.W. Murnau, the film follows a young woman in Little Rock who travels to Vienna, where she “becomes embroiled in an intrigue to uncover buried Nazi plunder.” Part fable and part tone poem, it’s an eerie and powerful experiment from one of Arkansas’ most distinctive native artists. The film, Falco’s first full-length feature, has been screened at David Lynch’s club Silencio, in Paris, but Falco has held off on American showings until he could premiere the movie in his home state. Falco will attend the premiere and participate in an audience discussion after the screening, which is free and open to the public.