The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Belladonna of Sadness

By popular demand, The Frida Cinema is excited to bring back the Japanese art house sensation, Belladonna of SadnessCome see a uniquely unforgettable film that will be unlike any cinematic experience you’ve ever had.

On what was suppose to be the happiest day of her life, Jeanne’s wedding day, she is kidnapped by the Lord and his court and brutally deflowered. With the help of an unknown spirit, she is able to raise herself and her husband to power. But when Jeanne is deemed a “witch” by the Lord’s mistress, she is shunned by everyone, including her husband, and forced to hide in the wilderness. Consequently, Jeanne learns that the spirit helping her is the devil. Immediately, she makes a pact with him to become a powerful witch, so she can gain control over the people who shunned and abused her. 

Belladonna of Sadness is artistically a film ahead of its time. It’s an erotic psychedelic experience, which pushes the boundaries of artistic animation. This groundbreaking film will be shown in a stunning 4K digital restoration with the original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see this bewitching film on the big screen!


“There’s a constant awareness of the effort and artistry that went in to the film, and it’s as if we’re active participants in its creation.” – Siddhant Adlakha, Birth.Movies.Death

“Whatever it is, it’s an experience unlikely ever to be replicated. And maybe that’s for the best, but at least we can finally see it on a big screen.” – Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

“Breathtaking, erotic, grotesque, and transgressive, the film mixes watercolors influenced by Western art—Klimt is in here, but so are Degas and Kandinsky—with imagery ripped straight from a nightmare.” – Roger Ebert, Rogertebert.com