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MADAGASCARSat 4 Feb • Matinee

MADAGASCAR (U) 1.15

(US 2005) dirs.Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath 88m. Animation.
Voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith.

"The animals of New York Zoo have a good life. They get food on demand and the public adore them, but Marty the zebra still pines for the wild. After a botched escape attempt lands him and his friends on a remote beach, the animals have to learn to fend for themselves. Striking a perfect balance between wit, slapstick and self-awareness, Madagascar is as fluffy as a meringue and twice as tasty."
(Paul Arendt, BBCI Films)

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LE GRAND VOYAGESun 5 Feb • Double bill

LE GRAND VOYAGE (PG) 1.45

(Fr/Mor 2004) dir.Ismael Ferroukhi 108m.
Nicolas Cazale, Mohamed Majd, Jacky Nercessia.

"Ismaël Ferroukhi's first feature is an affecting road movie about an elderly Moroccan exile in France forcing his irreligious younger son to drive him on a 3,000 mile Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is made notable and even remarkable for the unprecedented scenes at Mecca itself. This is the first time for a feature film, and Ferroukhi has his characters mingling with the pilgrims making the hajj - two million extras! It really is an incredible spectacle: an authentic religious phenomenon which is largely invisible and under-imagined in Western culture. That extraordinary panorama of white-clad pilgrims crowding into the mosque's inner terraces has not yet been rendered familiar as an image in the same way as, say, St Peter's in Rome. There are very good performances from Mohamed Majd and Nicolas Cazalé as father and son."
(Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

ATASH+ ATASH (12A) 3.50

(Palestine/Israel 2004) dir.Tawfik Abu Wael 109m. Subtitles.
Roba Blal, Amal Bweerat, Hussein Yassin Mahajne, Jamila Abu Hussein.

"Abu Shukri (Hussein Yassin Mahajne) is so ashamed of his eldest daughter's ill-deserved reputation as a woman of loose morals that he's moved his family into a hovel in the Palestinian desert, far from town. A stern patriarch whose work as a charcoal-burner only just makes ends meet, he insists his son Shukri (Ahamad Abed) forego school and help him collect timber from forests run by the Israeli authorities. This tyranny, along with his attitude towards the 'dishonoured' Gamila (Roba Blal) and his refusal to return to town, provokes the disapproval of his wife Um Shukri (Amal Bweerat). Tempers are frayed; maybe building a pipeline to bring water to their remote home will cool things down a little...This debut feature from Palestinian Tawfik Abu Wael has a lot going for it: Assaf Sudry's striking cinematography, Wissam Gibran's fine music, and strong first-time performances from a cast of non-professionals. Also impressive is the way the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is allowed to cast a shadow over the familial tensions even though it's never explicitly depicted or alluded to. Rather, while it's a film about freedom and rebellion, need and desire, fear and oppression, tradition and change, its milieu feels mythic rather than contemporary, poetic rather than a realistic reflection of everyday life. It's a bold, brave film; its maker is probably someone to keep an eye on."
(Geoff Andrew, Time Out)
HIDDENTue 7 Feb • Parents & Babies Club

HIDDEN (Caché) (15)

(Fr/Aust/Ger/It 2005) dir.Michael Haneke 118m.
Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou, Annie Girardot, Lester Makedonsky, Bernard Le Coq, Walid Afkir.

"Georges (Daniel Auteuil) hosts a TV literary chat-show, and discovers the drawbacks to celebrity when he and his wife Anne (Juliette Binoche) start receiving videotapes of their comings and goings filmed outside the house and wrapped in childlike drawings evocative of bloody violence. Haneke uses this relatively straightforward story to explore a complex range of issues to do with contemporary life: celebrity and social inequality, the erosion of privacy, the fear of the Other, the weight of the past, the relationship between responsibility, repression and conscience, voyeurism and technology. It's a spectacularly intelligent movie, but it also succeeds superbly as suspenseful, gripping and emotionally affecting drama, thanks in no small part to the uniformly excellent performances. A film of many splendid ambiguities; the final shot is just the icing on the cake."
(Geoff Andrew, Time Out)

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MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTSWed 8 Feb • Classic Matinee

MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS (12A) 2.30

(UK 2005) dir.Stephen Frears 103m.
Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Will Young, Kelly Reilly, Thelma Barlow, Christopher Guest.

"Oh, what a lovely, horrible war! Just as Stephen Frears's half-true, half-imagined account of the birth of topless musical entertainment at Soho's Windmill Theatre in the 1930s and '40s threatens to float off on the back of one of its own breezy showtunes... boom! The Second World War starts, and we're treated to almost as fine and sensitive a vision of the defiant wartime spirit as Humphrey Jennings himself could have crafted. It's this mix of escapism and harsh reality, theatre and real life, that defines MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS, a film that just about walks on the right side of sentiment and nostalgia. The effect is both moving and terrific fun. Before the arrival of the bombers, Frears's film breathlessly recounts the beginnings of the unlikely partnership between recent widow Laura Henderson - a wealthy septuagenarian who buys a derelict West End theatre because she is 'bored with widowhood' - and Vivian Van Damm, a respected theatre impresario who she employs to manage the place. Van Damm has the wizard idea of staging all-day, non-stop entertainment, to which Henderson throws nudity into the mix. As their theatre kicks into life, we witness plenty of gutsy performances; Kelly Reilly shines among the chorus girls as Maureen, a non-professional persuaded by Van Damm to strip in the name of art. Off-stage, we are party to a near-romantic clash of two distinct personalities: Van Damm, experienced and no-nonsense, and Henderson, a headstrong woman of no theatrical experience but plenty of forthright opinions. In the latter stages of the film, images of war have a sobering effect. Grief and secrecy add weight to gentle pantomime. The outbreak of war exposes equally these personal traumas and the compassion at the heart of Frears's superb new film."
(Dave Calhoun, Time Out)

N.B. With a 15 min interval

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HIDDENThur 9 Feb • Parents & Babies Club

HIDDEN (Caché) (15) 12.30

(Fr/Aust/Ger/It 2005) dir.Michael Haneke 118m.
Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou, Annie Girardot, Lester Makedonsky, Bernard Le Coq, Walid Afkir.

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THE LIBERTINESun 12 Feb • Double bill

THE LIBERTINE (18) 2.00

(2004) dir. Laurence Dunmore 114m.
Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, Johnny Vegas.

"Johnny Depp delivers one of the best performances of his idiosyncratic career in THE LIBERTINE, a low-budget British gem from debut director Laurence Dunmore. Depp shines through the murky gloom of 17th-century England in this intoxicating biopic about the little-known John Wilmot, aka the Earl Of Rochester, a debauched poet who proved mad, bad and very dangerous to know for all who hovered around his seductive light. Equal parts charmer and harmer, he doesn't care who he offends, repeatedly upsetting the King, Charles II (John Malkovich), with his bawdy take on life. Closer to home his wicked, wicked ways with wine and women leave his loving wife (a fantastically raw Rosamund Pike) despairing. Potential salvation arrives in the shape of upcoming actor Elizabeth Barry (Samantha Morton), but when Wilmot falls for the career-minded thespian, the seeds of his doom are sown. THE LIBERTINE is based on a play by Stephen Jeffreys, and those roots are on show in the dialogue-heavy scenes. That's not a criticism, however, for this is a mature, intelligent drama full of wit and sparkle. It also feels surprisingly relevant for modern times. Laurence Dunmore's past lies in advertising, and he brings that visual elan to the 17th-century with eye-catching results. And if that still doesn't convince you, there's always Johnny Vegas in a wig."
(Adrian Hennigan, BBCi Films)

A COCK AND BULL STORY+ A COCK AND BULL STORY (15) 4.15

(UK 2005) dir.Michael Winterbottom 94m.
Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Ronni Ancona, Kelly MacDonald, Shirley Henderson, Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, Ian Hart, Parson Yorick, Naomie Harris, Dylan Moran.

"Winterbottom pulls off something of a coup with this almost-adaptation of 'Tristram Shandy'. Rather than trying to shoehorn Sterne's proto-post-modern novel into cinematic form, he presents an equally squirmy, self-reflexive account of a film crew's attempt to do just that; like Shandy, COCK AND BULL spends its duration struggling to account for its own birth. Coogan plays himself playing Tristram, gamely mining his own tabloid reputation in the behind-the-scenes sequences - a conceit that makes the most of both Sterne's and modern entertainment's almost crippling self-awareness. As funny as it is clever, with the rivalry between Coogan and Brydon (MARION & GEOFF) a particular delight."
(Ben Walters, Time Out)
I AM CUBASun 19 Feb • Double bill

I AM CUBA (Soy Cuba) (15) 2.00

(USSR/Cuba 1964) dir.Mikhail Kalatozov 141m. Re-release. Subtitles.
Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, Luz María Collazo. José Gallardo, Raúl García.

"This extraordinary film was last re-released in the UK three years ago and then as now, I am baffled as to why it isn't in everyone's Top 10 lists. Made in 1964, it is a Soviet-Cuban celluloid love letter to the Castro revolution, filmed in beautiful, pellucid monochrome. It is lyrical, passionate and visually dazzling. Director Mikhail Kalatozov and cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky deserve medals for the bravura scenes and sequences they contrive: effortless, fluid travelling shots in the crowds, in the streets, even underwater. It really is a neglected classic."
(Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

+ I AM CUBA: THE SIBERIAN MAMMOTH (15) 4.40

(Brazil 2004) dir.Vincente Ferraz 90m. Documentary. Subtitles.

"Excellent doc on the making of the celebratory early '60s Cuban-Soviet co-production I AM CUBA, directed by Mikhail Kalatosov and shot with panache by Sergei Urussevsky - but dubbed I AM NOT CUBA by disappointed Cuban critics. Brazilian director Ferraz conducts wide-ranging interviews with cast and crew (notably the lead, co-scripter and the ex-head of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Arts and Industry), many of whom seem surprised to hear of the film's rediscovery (in the '90s) by Coppola and Scorsese and suspicious of its 'lost masterpiece' status." (Wally Hammond, Time Out)
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCKTue 21 Feb • Parents & Babies Club

GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (PG) 1.00

(US 2005) dir.George Clooney 93m.
David Strathairn, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Ray Wise, Frank Langella, Jeff Daniels, Tate Donovan, Thomas McCarthy.

"For his second film as director, Clooney takes a surprising sidestep into political drama with an astute, fascinating, entertaining true story about a journalist who took a stand against injustice. Edward R Murrow (David Strathairn) was the pride of CBS Television in 1953, so when he and producer Fred Friendly (George Clooney) decided to confront Senator Joe McCarthy over his communist witch-hunt methods, the network boss (Frank Langella) stood behind him. This was a daring report to make, because a climate of fear gripped the nation, allowing McCarthy to violate constitutional rights in the name of freedom. The entire pool of CBS newsmen (Robert Downey Jr, Patricia Clarkson, Tate Donovan, Thomas McCarthy, and more) put their necks on the line as well. This is fairly dense filmmaking, focussing on the power of words. And the script is a marvel of intelligent, provocative writing, blending Murrow's lacerating monologues with a jagged, cynical journalistic humour. It's rare to find a film that appeals so engagingly to our minds, and yet Clooney also manages to make us gasp with a few powerfully visceral sequences. And it looks gorgeous - beautifully lit and fluidly shot in black-and-white by veteran Robert Elswit, plus a gentle, pace-setting jazz score featuring vocalist Reeves. Meanwhile, the performances are so earthy and real that we feel like we're watching the actual events unfold, a tone that's enforced by the inclusion of extensive actual news film. Standout performances are from the astonishing Strathairn and Wise, as a tormented anchorman caught in a vice grip of suspicion. Clooney tells the story sparingly, never inflicting self-indulgent side-roads or gimmicky film styles. He keeps it cracking right along. This is a cry for proper responsibility in media that have sold their soul to advertisers and government manipulation. And in that sense, it's essential for everyone.
(Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall)

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GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCKThur 23 Feb • Parents & Babies Club

GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (PG) 1.00

(US 2005) dir.George Clooney 93m.
David Strathairn, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Ray Wise, Frank Langella, Jeff Daniels, Tate Donovan, Thomas McCarthy.

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Fri 24 Feb • Late Night Shorts

Future Shorts (15) 11.15pm

LOCUST
(Singapore 2003) dir.Vitric Thng 4m.
Une déclaration poétique.

BLIND
(Germany 2003) dir.Jenny Alten 23m.
Rena falls head over heals and places her heart in the hands of Torben, a dashing young high diver. Submerged in the fantasy of true love, it takes a dive of her own for Rena to bare all and bring the truth to light.

THE KISS (Le Baiser)
(France 2005) dir.Stéfan Le Lay 5m.
A young woman is waiting for her beloved for their first french kiss, when suddenly everything turns upside down

SLAVEK THE SHIT
(Czech Republic 2005) dir.Grimur Hakanarson 6m.
A love story in a public toilet. Slavek, a toilet guard, falls in love with a toilet attendent who works across the street.

FIVE O CLOCK SHADOW
(UK 2004) dir.Malcolm Lamont 9m.
A bald man attempts to seduce his neighbour, the jazz singing bearded beauty.

LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME ALONE
(UK 2003) dir.Duane Hopkins 10m.
A young boy and girl against the backdrop of the countryside try to understand and express their feelings for each other. A study in the articulations and limitations of first love.

DO THE WHIRLWIND
(UK 2005) dir.Nima Nourizadeh 3m.
Australian band 'architecture' in Helsinki, go for a rollercoaster ride in this cult, one-shot video, made in under two hours on a Brighton pier.

TWO CARS ONE NIGHT
(New Zealand 2004) dir.Taika Waititi 11m.
Sometimes first love is found in the most unlikely of places...

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BitesizeSat 25 Feb • Short Films Special

Bitesize Winter Programme (15) 5.00

Bitesize Cinema scour the world of short film for award winning, original work from the hottest new movie-making talent with each quarterly programme featuring genres and styles to suit all palates. The Winter 2006 series includes:

HIBERNATIONHIBERNATION
(UK 2005) dir.John Williams 15m.
The short film sensation of 2005! Set in 1985 in a secret treehouse, two children disguised in animal costumes experiment to revive a bee but they are searching to bring back something much bigger.
WINNER - BEST SHORT - EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST 05
WINNER - GRAND PRIZE BEST SHORT - MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FEST 05
WINNER - BEST SHORT - RHODE ISLAND FILM FEST 05
WINNER - BEST SHORT - ZAGREB FILM FEST 05

SOCKSOCK
(UK 2005) dir.Dave Waters 7m.
A hilarious comedy starring the voices of Jack Dee and Phil Jupitas set in the heart of Soho, two actors gripe about casting, typecasting and life on the edge of the limelight. They both work but end up back where they started, grumbling in a pub.
RUNNER UP - ASENT MEDIA SHORT FILM AWARD - RUSHES SOHOSHORTS 05

JONA/TOMBERRYJONA/TOMBERRY
(Holland 2005) dir.Rosto12m.
A weird, surreal and nightmarish short film whose characters occupy the troubled border between nightmares and reality, utilising live footage, CGI and 3D animation; Jona/Tomberry builds a disturbing & twisted world that becomes seemingly impossible to escape from.
OFFICIAL SELECTION - CANNES CRITICS WEEK
OFFICIAL SELECTION - MONTREAL, EDINBURGH, MELBOURNE, SAO PAULO & ROTTERDAM FILM FESTIVALS

LETTERS OF SERVICE LETTERS OF SERVICE
(UK 2005) dir.Duncan Wellaway 13m.
A rest home nurse pieces together the haunted past of a 100 year old psychiatric patient about whom nothing known but his date of birth and his name. Understated performances, exquisite photography, and a mesmerizing soundtrack, dispense with the need for dialogue, and create a growing tension that culminates with the revealing of the old man's eighty-year secret.
WINNER - BEST SHORT & BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - KODAK/BAFTA SHOWCASE 05
WINNER - BEST SHORT - SLAMDANCE 05

OUT OF TIMEOUT OF TIME
(UK 2005) dirs.Blake & Dylan Ritson 12m.
A hilarious little film staring spaced actor Mark Heap, which has been immensely successful on the international short film circuit. An important work presentation is jeopardised when a man's voice slips out of time with his mouth.
OFFICIAL SELECTION AT SAO PAULO, MONTREAL, EDINBURGH & LONDON FILM FESTIVALS 2005

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Sun 26 Feb • Jean Renoir double bill

OUT OF TIMELA BÊTE HUMAINE (PG) 2.45

(France 1938) dir.Jean Renoir 105m. Subtitles.
Jean Gabin, Simone Simon, Fernand Ledoux, Julien Carette, Jean Renoir.

Renoir's second adaptation of a Zola novel updated the story to the 30s and came partly from Jean Gabin's desire to play a locomotive engineer, in this case Jacques Lantier, a man tainted with the bad blood of his ancestors. The story deals with a romantic triangle, but the human passions are stunningly complemented by Renoir's location filming, bringing steam and sex together in a potent cocktail.

"Stunning images of trains and railway lines as a metaphor for the blind, immutable forces that drive human passions to destruction. Superb performances from Gabin, Simon and Ledoux as the classic tragic love triangle. The deterministic principles of Zola's novel, replaced by destiny in Lang's remake Human Desire, are slightly muffled here. But given the overwhelming tenderness and brutality of Renoir's vision, it hardly matters that the hero's compulsion to kill, the result of hereditary alcoholism, is left half-explained."
(Tom Milne, Time Out)

BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING+ BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING (Boudu sauvé des eaux) (PG) 4.45

(France 1932) dir.Jean Renoir 85m. Subtitles. Re-release.
Charles Granval, Séverine Lerczinska, Marcelle Hainia, Jean Dasté.

"The most startling thing about Boudu is just how incredibly fresh it remains. It's hard to believe that sound cinema was a mere five years old when, in 1932, Renoir and his collaborator, actor and producer Michel Simon brought their tale of the disruptions wreaked by a priapic Parisian tramp to fruition. The film's extraordinary vif and spontaneity is partly explained by Renoir's liberating approach to acting, his leisurely takes and formal experimentation (notably with sound), and partly by his use of real location - you really feel you could step right on to these bustling boulevards. Simon's 'Boudu' - who's fished out of the river following a suicide attempt by a later rueful philanthropist and given the ultimate Trinny & Susannah makeover - is a comic masterpiece and stands alongside his Père Jules in L'AtalantE as a contender for his greatest screen role. Everybody has their reasons, but Boudu's are finally hard to divine. His libidinous anarchy may provide the director with his funniest comedy but Renoir never pretends to unravel his sometimes surreal but often dark, troubling and challenging enigma. Great stuff."
(Wally Hammond, Time Out)

CROSSING THE BRIDGETue 28 Feb • Parents & Babies Club

CROSSING THE BRIDGE (12A) 1.00

(Germany/Turkey 2005) dir.Fatih Akin 90m. Documentary. Some Subtitles.
Alexander Hacke, Baba Zula, Orient Expressions, Duman, Replikas, Erkin Koray, Ceza, Istanbul Style Breakers, Mercan Dede, Selim Sesler, Brenna MacCrimmon, Siyasiyabend, Aynur, Orhan Gencebay, Muzeyyen Senar, Sezen Aksu.

"One of the world's great cities comes vibrantly alive through its music and musical denizens. Documentary by Turkish-German director Fatih Akin (2004 Berlinale winner HEAD-ON) is a belated love letter to a metropolis which also reflects his own mixed-cultural make-up - poised between East and West, with influences from both Europe and Asia. Alexander Hacke, longtime member of German avant-garde band Einstuerzende Neubauten, unlocks some of Istanbul's cultural secrets. Hacke recorded a few songs for Akin's partly Istanbul-set HEAD-ON and the city has fascinated him ever since. Hacke first hooks up with Turkish 'neo-psychedelic' band Baba Zula and stands in for the band's absent bassist. He then starts a musical journey through Turkish rap, experimental music, street music, Kurdish laments and even a couple of modern Whirling Dervishes. Intercut with these encounters and jamming sessions is footage painting the city's bustling street life, both by day and by night, that avoids the normal tourist clichés. As one observer points out, the city is also a living rebuttal of the old chestnut, 'East is East, West is West, and never the twain shall meet'. The music does most of the talking, culminating in two emotionally powerful sessions by legends of popular Turkish music: former matinee idol-cum-composer Orhan Gencebay and legendary songstress Sezen Aksu."
(Derek Elley, Variety)

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CROSSING THE BRIDGEThur 2 Mar • Parents & Babies Club

CROSSING THE BRIDGE (12A) 1.00

(Germany/Turkey 2005) dir.Fatih Akin 90m. Documentary. Some Subtitles.
Alexander Hacke, Baba Zula, Orient Expressions, Duman, Replikas, Erkin Koray, Ceza, Istanbul Style Breakers, Mercan Dede, Selim Sesler, Brenna MacCrimmon, Siyasiyabend, Aynur, Orhan Gencebay, Muzeyyen Senar, Sezen Aksu.

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CROSSING THE BRIDGEFri 3 & Sat 4 Mar • Matinees

CROSSING THE BRIDGE (12A) 1.15

(Germany/Turkey 2005) dir.Fatih Akin 90m. Documentary. Some Subtitles.
Alexander Hacke, Baba Zula, Orient Expressions, Duman, Replikas, Erkin Koray, Ceza, Istanbul Style Breakers, Mercan Dede, Selim Sesler, Brenna MacCrimmon, Siyasiyabend, Aynur, Orhan Gencebay, Muzeyyen Senar, Sezen Aksu.
GURUSun 5 Mar • Special event in association with Astanga Yoga London

GURU (U) 11.00am

(UK 2006) dir.Robert Wilkins 30m.

Filmed in 2005 during his 90th birthday celebrations, this documentary about yoga guru Sri K Pattabhi Jois explores what it is to be and to have a 'guru'. The film includes exclusive interviews and footage of Jois and his family during birthday celebrations in India attended by yoga students from around the world. The film also includes intimate footage from inside the Astanga Yoga Research Institute's yoga shala.

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33 X AROUND THE SUNSun 5 Mar • Double bill

33 X AROUND THE SUN (15) 2.15

(UK 2005) dir.John Hardwick 83m.
Lars Rudolph, Eileen Walsh.

"In this barren epoch for genuinely independent film - independent in production, form and content - it's a real pleasure to welcome this new London feature into the frame, eccentric kin to the hybrid dérives of Andrew Kötting and Ben Hopkins. Starring Lars Rudolph (the compelling presence at the heart of Bela Tarr's 'Werckmeister Harmonies'), Hardwick's lo-budget, hi-ambition vision quest is a one-of-a-kind take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, a descent into the underworld (here reconfigured as the East End) in search of one's love, that encounters a Brick Lane Sunday market's-worth of chancers, street denizens and plodding coppers, not to mention a film crew on one jaded shoot too many. Made for next to nothing, 33X is a maverick movie looking leftfield in all-too-mainstream times; a strange, personal message in a bottle, thrown out to those longed-for friendly shores."
(Gareth Evans, Time Out)

13 (TZAMETI)+ 13 (TZAMETI) (15) 4.00

(France/Georgia 2005) dir.Géla Babluani 93m. Subtitles.
George Babluani, Pascal Bongard, Augustin Legrand, Philippe Passon, Aurélien Recoing.

"The terrible game of life is boiled down to its essentials in this new film from 26-year-old Georgian director Géla Babluani, who makes a stunning debut with what might yet become a classic. TZAMETI is made in grainy monochrome, and shot on a tight budget. Babluani's storytelling talent is coupled to a sharply tuned visual sense; he transcribes lived-in faces on screen with a gift akin to that of a portraitist or still photographer. Sebastien is a Georgian immigrant builder in France, repairing the roof of a shabby house inhabited by Godon, a malevolent morphine addict. Godon dies unexpectedly before settling up with Sebastien, who on an angry and vengeful whim steals a letter belonging to his late employer, containing a hotel reservation, a rail ticket and instructions that appear to offer the chance of riches. Galvanised with excitement, Sebastien impersonates Godon, unaware that he is getting mixed up in someone else's Faustian bargain. This compelling film could well be remade by Hollywood. Make sure you see the original right now."
(Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)
CROSSING THE BRIDGEMon 6 Mar  • Matinee

CROSSING THE BRIDGE (12A) 1.15

(Germany/Turkey 2005) dir.Fatih Akin 90m. Documentary. Some Subtitles.
Alexander Hacke, Baba Zula, Orient Expressions, Duman, Replikas, Erkin Koray, Ceza, Istanbul Style Breakers, Mercan Dede, Selim Sesler, Brenna MacCrimmon, Siyasiyabend, Aynur, Orhan Gencebay, Muzeyyen Senar, Sezen Aksu.
SYRIANATue 7 Mar • Parents & Babies Club

SYRIANA (15) 12.30

(US 2005) dir.Stephen Gaghan 128m.
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Mazhar Munir, Alexander Siddig, Amanda Peet, Christopher Plummer, Chris Cooper, William Hurt, Akbar Kurtha, Sonell Dadral, Tim Blake Nelson, William C Mitchell, Mark Strong, Max Minghella, Robert Foxworth.

"With a structure and tone exactly like his Oscar-winning TRAFFIC script, Gaghan shows an intelligent and stylish eye for directing with this multi-strand look at the oil industry. Four interlocking stories centre on the merger of two giant oil companies. A CIA operative (George Clooney) is trying to stop Arab Prince Nasir (Alexander Siddig) from signing oil contracts with the high-bidding Chinese. An economic analyst (Matt Damon) is advising Nasir on the situation, while in Washington the oil company's lawyer Bennett (Jeffrey Wright) looks for skeletons lurking in any closets. And a young Pakistani Muslim (Mazhar Munir), who lost his job due to the merger, is being groomed as a terrorist. Gaghan's script wisely sticks to the human story as things twist and turn toward a series of explosive climaxes. This is gritty, gripping, in-your-face filmmaking. The most striking thing about this film is the way it boldly strips away the veneer of our civilisation and reveals us as the greedy villains we are. This isn't anything new, but it does drive home the point that the horror of suicide terrorism isn't such a surprising result."
(Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall)

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THE PRODUCERSWed 8 Mar • Classic Matinee

THE PRODUCERS (12A) 2.30

(US 2005) dir. Susan Stroman 134m.
Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Roger Bart, Gary Beach.

"Brooks and Stroman take an intriguingly stagy approach to putting this hit Broadway musical (based on Brooks' 1968 classic film) on the big screen. Max Bialystock (Lane) is a bad Broadway producer who gets an idea from his nervous accountant Leo Bloom (Broderick): with some creative accounting, they could make more from a flop than a hit. So they find the worst play imaginable (a musical called 'Springtime for Hitler', written by Ferrell's neo-Nazi nutcase) and the worst director in town (Beach's cross-dressing flouncer). Along the way, they hire leggy Swedish dancer Ulla (Uma Thurman) as their secretary/lust object. And of course it doesn't remotely go as planned. It's so much like watching a play that we want to burst into applause after each outrageously entertaining musical number. Broderick and Lane really warm up as we get to know them, and the people around them are riotously funny. Thurman and Ferrell are great, showing untapped song and dance skills, while Bart steals the show with the only cinema-style performance. He's flat-out hysterical. And every musical number is a triumph of slapstick, satire and energetic silliness. The story gets increasingly raucous, the musical numbers get more complicated and the theatre references get sharper. We never want it to end. So stick around through the credits for even more, including Ferrell's priceless love-theme remix and a final production number."
(Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall)

N.B. With a 15 min intervall

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SYRIANAThur 9 Mar • Parents & Babies Club

SYRIANA (15) 12.30

(US 2005) dir.Stephen Gaghan 128m.
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Mazhar Munir, Alexander Siddig, Amanda Peet, Christopher Plummer, Chris Cooper, William Hurt, Akbar Kurtha, Sonell Dadral, Tim Blake Nelson, William C Mitchell, Mark Strong, Max Minghella, Robert Foxworth.

An opportunity for parents with babies to visit the cinema without having to find a baby sitter or worry about their babies causing disturbance. A secure space is provided for pushchairs.

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13th London Turkish Film Festival
Friday 10 - Thursday 16 March 2006

INTRODUCTION
Welcome to the London Turkish Film Festival - now in its 13th year and still as unique and vibrant as ever. We hope you are able to join us on our cinematic journey through seven days of the best new feature films, documentaries and shorts accompanied by some of the people who made them.

Highlights of TFF 2006 include:
Antalya Audience Prize Best Film winner DREAMING GAMES; TOSS UP, centred around the armed conflicts in South Eastern Turkey; the beautifully told and moving story of a woman connecting with her lost past WAITING FOR THE CLOUDS; urban drama ANGEL'S FALL; historical tale KILLING THE SHADOWS; Reha Erdem's intriguing story of amnesia MUMMY I'M SCARED; the remarkable Iranian production BORDER CAFÉ; the truly outstanding MY FATHER AND MY SON and from closer to home, the London produced CULTURAL MENACE.

This year the Festival includes four programmes of documentaries: FAR, a personal documentary about the remaining inhabitants of a Kurdish village and those who have left + WHEEL, Ahmet Soner's charming portrait of village life; FRAGMENTS OF THE PAST, exploring the tradition of cinema-going among the Turkish speaking communities in London + I USED TO LIVE IN CYPRUS, tracking the journeys of first generation Turkish Cypriots migrating to the UK; UPSIDE DOWN TANGO, documenting triumph in the bleakest times following the Argentinian economic crash of 2001; and finally acclaimed director Fatih Akin's dazzling musical portrait of Istanbul CROSSING THE BRIDGE.

A programme of short films will showcase the very best work from young filmmakers working in the UK and Turkey.

As usual the Festival will include appearances from directors and actors from some of our featured films. This year we look forward to welcoming: Ezel Akay (director, KILLING THE SHADOWS), Sebnem Dönmaz and Beyazit Ozturk (actors, KILLING THE SHADOWS), Isil Yücesoy, Koksal Engur and Ali Düsenkalkar (actors, MUMMY I'M SCARED).

See full programme or download the Festival programme booklet.

The Festival programme booklet will be available from Wednesday 8 March. To receive a copy by post, e-mail: tff@riocinema.org.uk

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Sat 11 Mar • Special event

Halkevi Newroz event 1.30

A one man drama/comedy show in Kurdiish starring Murat Batgi, the most famous Kurdish comedian. Admission by invitation only from the Halkevi Centre, tel: 020 7249 6980

London International Gypsy Film Festival: Finding RomanistanFri 17 – Thur 30 Mar • London International Gypsy Film Festival

London International Gypsy Film Festival: Finding Romanistan

Romany peoples are among the most maligned and persecuted in Europe, while at the same time the romantic ideal of the Gypsy is constantly held up as embodying the spirit of freedom and a love of the open road. How can such polarities of response co-exist and where does the reality of life lie for the Romany today? In the first gathering of its kind and scale in the UK, the London International Gypsy Film Festival offers a unique chance to view 30 programmes of features, documentaries and short films that both celebrate the extraordinary culture and experience of this diverse global community and also reveal the suffering and oppression they still face. Drawing on work from more than a dozen countries, the festival will bring a truly international range of Romany cinema into the capital. Screenings will take place at the Genesis Mile End, Curzon Soho and Ciné Lumiere as well as the Rio. Special elements include a retrospective of the path-breaking and internationally acclaimed Romany film-maker Tony Gatlif and live music events. Associated presentations, seminars and question and answer sessions with film-makers, academics, writers and community campaigners will present an alternative and empowered view of Romany culture, traditions, history, myths, ideologies and the challenges of everyday life. The festival is supported by Film London, News International Staff Charity Committee, the London Borough of Hackney and the Romanian Cultural Centre in London. For more information, please visit: www.ligff.org.uk (from 10 February 2006).

There are Festival screenings at the Rio on: Sat 18 Mar and from Sat 25 to Wed 29 Mar (see below for details).

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Sat 18 Mar • London International Gypsy Film Festival

Shorts Programme 2.00

ATCHATCH (PG)
(UK 2005) dir.Jake Bowers 15m.
This film, made for schools hangs a story – about a family's difficulty in finding a place to stop (to ‘atch) – on the BUGSY MALONE (1976) idea of using children to play adult roles.

ONCE WE WERE BIRDS ONCE WE WERE BIRDS (Prezhde my byli ptitsami) (PG)
(Russia 1982) dir.Garri Bardine 18m.
This animated film is based on an old Russian/Romanian folktale that describes how and why the Roma changed from birds into people.

SAFARISAFARI (Szafari)
(Hungary 2002) dirs.Róbert Pölcz & Boglárka Pölcz 10m.
A short film offering a taste of freedom and far away countries with almost ethnographic pictures of a few playful Roma kids and life around them. Originally shot on video, transferred to 35 mm and hand coloured.

ANGEL
(Romania 2001) dir.Alexander Smolyanov 30m. Subtitles.
A short story about two friends Angel and Yana and their magical adventures under the old pine tree.

£5.50/£4.50 Concs & Under 15's

THE RAGGEDY RAWNEYSat 18 Mar • London International Gypsy Film Festival

THE RAGGEDY RAWNEY (15) 4.00

(UK 1989) dir. Bob Hoskins 103m.
Bob Hoskins, Dexter Fletcher, Zoe Nathenson, Zoe Wanamaker, Dave Hill, Ian Dury, Ian McNeice, Veronica Clifford.

In THE RAGGEDY RAWNEY, Hoskins transposes to WWI a traditional Rom folk tale he used to hear from his Gypsy grandmother. Tom is a young deserter who escapes by donning woman's clothing and taking to the countryside. A band of Gypsies, who mistake him for an old vagabond female and fortune-teller – a ‘rawney’ – take him into their company. A warm and committed account on the warts-and-all humanity of the travellers culture and survival instinct.

£5.50/£4.50 Concs

HAVANA SUITESun 19 Mar • Cuban Cinema on Tour

HAVANA SUITE (Suite Habana) (PG) 1.45

(Cuba 2003) dir.Fernando Pérez 83m. Documentary. Subtitles.

“A city film in the great tradition that goes back to Ruttman and Vertov, a wordless visual tapestry which captures the ambiguous mood of present-day Havana through portraits of a cross-section of characters facing the daily grind of existence and finding time for their dreams, while volunteers guard Havana’s new statue of John Lennon to prevent the theft of his glasses. The outstanding Cuban documentary of recent years, with an extraordinary soundtrack of music and urban sounds.” (bfi)

LUCÍA+ LUCÍA (18) 3.30

(Cuba 1968) dir.Humberto Solás 160m. Subtitles.
Raquel Revuelta, Eslinda Nuñez, Adela Legra.

“An astonishing first feature by the 26-year-old Humberto Solás, and another of the definitive Cuban films of the 60s, this is a trilogy of tales about women called Lucía at different moments in Cuba’s history: 1895, 1933 and the 60s. Each is a love story – the first tragic, the second melodramatic, the third a social comedy – which together add up to a powerful allegory on Cuban history, where women’s experience is seen as the node of social contradictions and changes.”
(bfi)

TSOTSI Tue 21 Mar • Parents & Babies Club

TSOTSI (15) 1.00

(South Africa 2005) dir.Gavin Hood 94m. Subtitles.
Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe, Percy Matsemela, Jerry Mofokeng, Benny Moshe, Nambitha Mpumlwana, Zenzo Ngqobe, Kenneth Nkosi, Thembi Nyandeni.

“The third film by helmer Gavin Hood, contemporary-set TSOTSI tells of a township hoodlum (an ace debut for Presley Chweneyagae), who learns to care for an infant whose mother he shot. Powered by a pounding soundtrack of dance hall Kwaito music, the film has vital, urban energy similar to the Brazilian crossover CITY OF GOD. The plot has been carved by writer-director Hood from a sprawling novel by Athol Fugard and transposed gracefully from the early '60s to the present. The title character Tsotsi's name means literally ‘thug’, a nickname he picked up on the streets after running away from a brutal father (Israel Makoe) and a mother (Sindi Shambule) dying of AIDS. Caring for the child gradually repairs Tsotsi's broken spirit, a trajectory that could have been mawkish or unbelievable in lesser hands, but which Hood and particularly Chweneyagae make utterly convincing.”
(Leslie Felperin, Variety)

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TSOTSI Thur 23 Mar • Parents & Babies Club

TSOTSI (15) 1.00

(South Africa 2005) dir.Gavin Hood 94m. Subtitles.
Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe, Percy Matsemela, Jerry Mofokeng, Benny Moshe, Nambitha Mpumlwana, Zenzo Ngqobe, Kenneth Nkosi, Thembi Nyandeni.

An opportunity for parents with babies to visit the cinema without having to find a baby sitter or worry about their babies causing disturbance. A secure space is provided for pushchairs.

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Fri 24 March • Late Night Shorts

Future Shorts (15) 11.15pm
Future Shorts is back this March with an eclectic mix of the very best of short films and music videos from round the world. There is a decidedly musical edge to the proceedings this month with the beautiful LA APERTURA that explores friendship, love and tango. The seriously quirky THE LOUNGE BAR from New Zealand, the evocative and stylish HOCK HIAP LEONG from Singapore and much more. See and feel different cinema. Short film is where it's at. More info at futureshorts.com or myspace.com/futureshorts

SUBA SUBA
(UK 2005) dir. Alastair Graham
Rival jungle tribes prepare huge robots for gladiatorial combat, but when they meet, the result is unexpected.

LA APERTURALA APERTURA
(UK/Argentina 2005) dir. Duska Zagorac
Daniel can have it all: the girl, the dream, a way out of his poor Buenos Aires neighbourhood, there is only one problem. He has to betray his best friend.

HUMAN RADIO
(UK 2001) dir. Miranda Pennell
Ordinary people dance in private moments of personal abandon, in living-rooms across London.
                                       
THE LOUNGE BAR
(New Zealand 1989) dir. Don McGlashan / Harry Sinclair
In a waterfront bar, a singer begins his song. A man and woman meet for the first time. Who are they? What brought them there?

TEA
(UK 1997) dir. Barney Cokeliss
Tea drinking and masturbation - two great British traditions.

COLLISION                            
(UK 2005) dir. Max Hattler
Islamic patterns and American quilts and the colours and geometry of flags as an abstract field of reflection.

WHAT YOU CALL IT WHAT YOU CALL IT
(UK 2003) dir. Adam Smith
Original and insightful documentary looking into the world of MC's and the underground music scene in London.

ASSOCIATIONS                                
(UK 1975) dir. John Smith
Using the ambiguities inherent in the English language, 'Associations' sets language against itself, as image and word work together/against each other to destroy/create meaning.

PHARCYDE - Drop
(US 2004) dir. Spike Jonze
Slick and innovative pop video shot backwards

HOCK HIAP LEONGHOCK HIAP LEONG                             
(Singapore 2001) dir. Royston Tan
A beloved, defunct coffee shop in Singapore is honoured through meditation and show-stopping song.

+ introductions from Miranda Pennel, director of HUMAN RADIO and John Smith, director of ASSOCIATIONS.

+ a free beer with your ticket, courtesy of Stella.

£5.50/£4.50 Concs

Sat 25 Mar • 6th Constellation Change Screen Dance Festival

Dance, Camera, Action, Programme 4 2.00

Discover emerging new talent and Award winning shorts in the last of four exciting programmes of UK & International dance shorts. This is an ideal opportunity to meet filmmakers, and for networking with producers and broadcasters. Programme includes:

PULSE: A STOMP ODYSSEY PULSE: A STOMP ODYSSEY (U)
(US 2003) dirs.Luke Cresswell & Steve McNicholas 40m.
A celebration of diversity, culture, humanity and rhythm. Guided by the creators and performers of the internationally acclaimed show, STOMP, audiences explore all five continents of the globe to experience spectacular sights and breathtaking sounds.

LEPIDULTEROUSLEPIDULTEROUS (U)
(Canada 2005) dir.James Vooper 5m.
UK Premiere. The tale of a doomed cross species love affair enacted on a forest floor beneath the Aurora Borealis. A caterpillar and a spider meet and fall in love only to have their differences inevitably drive them apart.

DANCE FOR MEDANCE FOR ME (U)
(US 2005) dir.Dan Hill 10m.
UK Premiere. A Lively, fast paced and wholly engaging account of a hip Hop dance contest on the south side of in Chicago with people ages 14-44 moving.

OUT OF BEATOUT OF BEAT (U)
(US 2005) dir.Andrea Lira 2m.
UK Premiere. Little 8 year-old Camila wants to be a ballerina like the other girls, but she can't keep the beat, that is, until she discovers the real rhythms inside her – found in the colourful streets of her Latin American town.

RELEASERELEASE (U)
(UK 2005) dir.Nadine Patterson 13m.
Release is about the power of dance to communicate the things that we cannot express in words. It takes its dramatic arc-a busted-up family-and reimagines it as a short in dance form.

HAMPSTEAD HEATH THE MUSICAL (U)
(UK 2005) dir.Benjamin Till 2m.
In this short film from the 'Untold London' competition, first-time director Benjamin Till rounds up an assortment of dancers, musicians and swimmers in a celebration of all things beautiful on Hampstead Heath. This short received a huge response from viewers when shown on BBC London.

£5.50/£4.50 Concs & Under 15’s

STATUS YO! (15) 4.00

(Germany 2004) dir.Till Hastreiter 123m. Subtitles.

London Premiere. Breathlessly energetic Berlin-set hip-hop epic STATUS YO! employs performers and locations from the local music scene to tell an ambitious story of one eventful night in the German capital. With just 24 hours in which to organize the biggest party the city's ever seen, Yan Eq, Jamie, Sera and others must deal with their love lives, tenuous living arrangements and various shady characters on their way to hip-hop glory.

£5.50/£4.50 Concs

Sat 25 Mar • Late Night London International Gypsy Film Festival

Live music from European Gypsy Jazz Ensemble 11.15pm

+ IAGALO

(Romania 2001) dir.Paul Tanicui 21m. Subtitles.

'Johnny Depp was interested in us. He brought Vanessa Paradis, he brought Lili Rose, all the guests. That guy from the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movie came - what's his name?' These are the words of Caliu, one of the Gypsy singers from a Romanian village. IAGALO means 'to burn', to be dedicated to what you are doing, to be talented, to respect what is valuable. The music of these people just about says it all and reflects on what they would like to achieve in their lives.

IAGALO+ IAG BARI: BRASS ON FIRE (15)

(Germany 2002) dir.Ralf Marschalleck 103m. Subtitles.

Another swinging musical documentary about Gypsy musicians, this time with some insight into how 'Fanfare Ciocarlia' the 'Skylark Brass Band' came from a small village in the Carpathian mountains of Romania to the attention of a world audience. The film shows the start of their journey from the remote village, their wonderful experiences abroad and the source of Gypsy culture on the eastern borders of Europe, but it's also a love story. The director was inspired to make this film by Gypsies are found near Heaven which is also showing in this festival.

Adm £7.50/£5.50 Concessions

Sun 26 Mar • London International Gypsy Film Festival

LATCHO DROM (U) 2.30

(France 1993) dir.Tony Gatlif 103m. Subtitles.

“An impassioned, semi-allegorical odyssey traced, using one group of Roms after another, from India – by way of Egypt, Istanbul, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and the annual pilgrimage to Saintes Maries de la Mer in the Camargue – to Spain. A document of customs, craftsmanship, costumes, faces and, most especially, song and dance, it's a musical celebration of the gypsies' sense of community and ability to survive in the face of upheaval, prejudice and persecution. Technically, the film, shot in numerous locations in 'Scope and stereo, is a triumph, transcending the staged nature of many sequences by means of colour and movement. Crucial to the film's success, however, is the music, not only as an expression of the gypsies' feelings about distance, love, exile, history and hope, but glorious in its own right. Only the cavalier way with bird song on the soundtrack and the sentimental use of a non-Romany mother and child in the Hungarian episode ring false. Otherwise, it's a joy.”
(Geoff Anbdrew, Time Out)

+ GADJO DILO (15) 4.35

(France 1997) dir.Tony Gatlif 101m. Subtitles.
Romain Duris, Rona Hartner, Izidor Serban, Florin Moldovan, Ovidiu Balan, Dan Astileanu.

“Tony Gatlif, a Rom himself, continues his exploration of gypsy culture with this tale of a young Parisian who travels to Romania in search of a gypsy singer. Slowly accepted by a clan suspicious of the outside world, he witnesses the joys and heartbreaks of Romany experience. This funny, bawdy, moving blend of gritty drama, glorious music and dance, and ethnographic semi-documentary never romanticises the characters. Simultaneously stirring and illuminating.”
(Geoff Andrew, Time Out)

£7.50/£5.50 concs

Mon 27 Mar • London International Gypsy Film Festival

NIM SOFYAN (12A) 7.00

(Turkey 2005) dir. Funda Aras 43m. Subtitles.

An uplifting feast of Romany culture as music teachers from an Istanbul university set out to give formal lessons to the youngsters of Kushtepe. The film reflects the optimism of downtrodden people refusing the victim status sometimes assigned to them.

+ PRETTY DYANA (12A) 7.45

(Serbia & Montenegro 2003) dir.Boris Mitic 40m.

A lively multi-award-winning film about refugee Romanies in Belgrade who transform Citroën 2CVs and Dyanas into Mad Max-like vehicles to cruise the suburbs for scrap for recycling. These modern horses mean freedom, hope and prestige for their owners. The car batteries are also ingeniously used as generators to power lights and TVs and to recharge mobiles. The police are less impressed by these vehicles of dubious roadworthiness.

£5.50/£4.50 concs & Under 15’s

TSOTSI Tue 28 Mar • Parents & Babies Club

TSOTSI (15) 1.00

(South Africa 2005) dir.Gavin Hood 94m. Subtitles.
Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe, Percy Matsemela, Jerry Mofokeng, Benny Moshe, Nambitha Mpumlwana, Zenzo Ngqobe, Kenneth Nkosi, Thembi Nyandeni.

An opportunity for parents with babies to visit the cinema without having to find a baby sitter or worry about their babies causing disturbance. A secure space is provided for pushchairs.

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PAVEE LACKEENTue 28 Mar • London International Gypsy Film Festival

PAVEE LACKEEN (Traveller Girl) (15) 6.30

(Ireland 2005) dir.Perry Ogden 89m.
Winnie Maughan, Paddy Maughan, Rose Maughan, Rosie Maughan.

“This is directed by an English photographer who produced a pictorial book, Pony Kids, about poor children in Dublin, and now shows himself to be a film-maker with special skills. His depiction of some families of Irish Travellers living in cheap caravans wherever they can park them around the prosperous multi-culti Irish capital uses mostly non-actors to convincing effect. As the sub-teen at the centre of the film, Winnie Maughan, herself a Traveller, immediately persuades you to forget that she is acting as she helps her mother and siblings, chats with Grandmother and, once she has bunked off school, mooches around the city. The film is uncompromising, patronising no one: not the Travellers, beset by drug temptations and damaged by alcohol abuse even as some of them urge education on their children, the council officials with their hidden agendas, the not-always-reliable social workers or the sympathetic activists. Yet it has great warmth.” (Derek Adams, Time Out)

£7.50/£5.50 Concs

Wed 29 Mar • London International Gypsy Film Festival

THE SORROW OF BLACK GOLD (Tristetea Aurului Negru) 6.45

(Romania 1994) dir.Sinsa Dragin 14m. Subtitles.

An impression of the harsh reality of Gypsy 'survivors' in a village near Bucharest, who find an oil well near a refinery and start using it to provide fuel for heating. The local police intervene... Without commentary, the camera follows the people from a distance, accommpanied by the music of the Romanian Gypsy orchestra Taraful din Clejani.

+ I EVEN MET SOME HAPPY GYPSIES (Skupljaci perja) (15) 7.00

(Yugoslavia 1967) dir.Alexander Petrovic 94m. Subtitles.

A classic film from the late 60s that follows a Gypsy named Bora Petrovic as he struggles to live against the tide of poverty and prejudice moving against him. The film has been foundational for cinematic representations of Roma peoples ever since; Petrovic's imprint can be seen in the filmmaking of Kusturica, Gatlif et al, not to mention his general influence on the generations of Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav directors who have come of age since the 1960s. From the very beginning of the film, the insistent portrayal of Gypsies as no more or less crooked than anyone else – including the Church, municipal judges and the police-is strongly expressed. All the while, we follow Bora (who in his white suit bears a striking resemblance to Jean-Paul Belmondo) through the muddy streets of his village, cadging for a lucky break.

£7.50/£5.50 Concs


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