Reykjavík’s quirky independent cinema, Bíó Paradís, is throwing a two day The Room Fan Fest starting tonight! Greg Sestero (Oh Hi Mark!) will be hosting the event and it’s guaranteed to be a blast. Anyway, how’s your sex life?
Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 movie, The Room, which he wrote, starred, produced and directed, has often been labelled “the best worst film ever made” (with one film researcher labelling it “the Citizen Kane of bad movies”).
The cringe cult classic has played in theatres across the globe and never fails to draw a crowd ready to shout quotations and throw plastic cutlery. The event is bound to be keenly attended by a local loyal fanbase but there are still tickets available should you want to be a favourite customer (if you haven’t seen the movie, you are forgiven for feeling quite lost right now).
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Bíó Paradís will hold a number of events, some of which will be hosted by Greg Sestero, who famously played Mark in the movie. Events will include script readings by Greg, a Q&A session, a fancy dress pub quiz and, of course, screenings.
Alongside The Room, which will play on Saturday, the festival will also be showing the 2017 thriller Best F(r)iends Volume I & II, which sees Greg and Tommy reunited fifteen years after their first emotional and rocky cinematic endeavour.
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Due to its absurd storytelling techniques, pitiful acting, technical flaws and peculiar narrative, the movie quickly became a cult classic, inspiring countless screenings across the world which, in turn, have drawn new fans each year.
This car crash of a movie has even inspired Hollywood; the 2017 film, The Disaster Artist, starring James Franco, tells the story of this bizarre production and its cultural impact.
Friday 18th of January 2019
17:00-18:00 – Official opening of the Fanfest with Greg Sestero
18:00-20:00 – Screening of Best F(r)iends: Volume I
20:30-23:00 – Premier of Best F(r)iends: Volume II + Q&A with Greg
Saturday 19th of January 2019
18:00-20:00 – Fancy Dress Pub Quiz and video-making of scenes from The Room
20:00-22:00 – Screening of the documentary A Night Inside The Room, and a reading from The Room’s original script with Greg Sestero.
22:00-24:00 – Audience participation screening of The Room
There are still tickets available to all of the shows, you can buy yours here.