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SAT 4 Oct • Hackney Palestine Solidarity/The Catastrophe Club present
JERUSALEM: THE EAST SIDE STORY (12A) 1.15
(Palestine 2008) dir. Mohammed Alatar 57m. Subtitles. Digital.
Produced by the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee.
The latest film by Mohammed Alatar, director of the acclaimed documentary THE IRON WALL, takes a journey from 1948 to the present day exposing Israeli policies towards the city and its inhabitants. The film exposes Israel's policy to gain supremacy and hegemony over the city and its inhabitants and also touches on the future of the city: Jerusalem is the key to peace – without Jerusalem, there is no peace for anyone. The film includes interviews with Palestinian and Israeli leaders, human rights activists and political analysts.
+ Q&A with Mohammed Alatar www.eastsidestory.ps
FRI 17 Oct • South London Gallery presents
FLUX PARTY (18) 11.15pm
Legendary artist/filmmaker Jonas Mekas presents Flux Party featuring the complete Fluxus film anthology as assembled by George Maciunas, rare Fluxus audio and a few surprises. Includes films by Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Wolf Vostell, George Brecht, Dick Higgins, Robert Watts, John Cale, Chieko Shiomi, Paul Sharits and Ben Vautier. Jonas Mekas will be in attendance to discuss Fluxus and his friend and fellow Lithuanian émigré, the late George Maciunas.
Drinks will be served.
Supported by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and Freedom Beer.
This event is sold out
|Sun 19 Oct • 52nd The Times BFI London Film Festival
FRANKLYN (15) 1.30
(UK 2007) dir. Gerald McMorrow 98m.
Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green, Sam Riley, Bernard Hill.
FRANKLYN is an urban fairytale which successfully marries inventive storytelling with a striking visual sense. Set in both contemporary London and the futuristic religion-dominated Meanwhile City, it's a tale of four characters: an atheist vigilante who has vowed revenge on Meanwhile City's leader; a privileged but cynical and depressed young artist; a sensitive young man with a broken heart; and a deeply religious man who has come to London in search of his missing son. Switching between the worlds of the real and the imaginary allows first-time writer-director Gerald McMorrow full reign to imaginatively explore the relationship between love, fantasy and faith.
Advance booking for this screening is closed but a limited number of tickets will be available on the door.
INCENDIARY (15) 3.45
(UK 2008) dir. Sharon Maguire 100m.
Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor, Matthew Macfadyen.
Adapted by writer-director Sharon Maguire (BRIDGET JONES' DIARY), Chris Cleave's original novel, published just days before the July 2005 attacks on London, is the story of a young woman whose husband, a bomb disposal officer, and four-year-old son are killed in a London suicide bomb attack. Filled with guilt (she's been having an affair) and driven almost crazy by grief, she tracks down the son and wife of one of the terror suspects. The 'war on terror' backdrop looms large, but ultimately INCENDIARY is Michelle Williams' film, with a performance that brings a moving dignity and strength to the character.
|FRI 31 Oct • Halloween Late Show
NIGHT OF THE DEMON (PG) 11.15pm
(UK 1957) dir. Jacques Tourneur 92m.
Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis.
In one of the great supernatural horror thrillers of the 1950s, Jacques Tourneur, director of such eerie classics as the original CAT PEOPLE, creates another subtle masterpiece of menacing atmosphere and sheer terror. Based on the M.R. James story "Casting the Runes," it's a tale built around the notion that the black arts--particularly the use of ancient runic symbols-- can summon a deadly beast from hell. Determined to debunk the notion, a stubborn sceptic confronts a genteel but powerful occultist.
Ochre Works (underneath the Vortex) is creating a Hallowe'en Cocktail to celebrate. The cafe will be open to 2am so if you don't make it before the film, why not head there afterwards for a late night tipple - if you're not too traumatised - or needed at the coven.
Sun 2 Nov • Filmpro Benefit Premiere
WELCOME STOP (15) 12.00
(UK 2008) 25m. dir. Michael Achtman
Margo Virginia Cargill, Gary McFarlane, Peter Edwards.
An unconventional road movie exploring issues of relationship and boundaries among three disabled characters. It follows Morag along the first steps of her path to self-discovery, as she dumps her oppressive boyfriend at a motorway service station and hitches a ride with Gerry, a recovering sex-and-love addict. Attempting bold transformations in their lives, the characters don't always succeed gracefully, but at least they try. The journey towards self-discovery and the struggle to self-actualize are themes that, in WELCOME STOP, cross boundaries of race, disability and sexual orientation. Proceeds from the screening will go towards the purchase of a community-accessible wheelchair tripod. The screening will be subtitled and audio-described.
|SAT 15 Nov • Kinosound presents
THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI (PG) 11.30pm
(Germany 1920) dir. Robert Weine 72m. Digital.
Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss, Lil Dagover.
With live original score by MINIMA.
Inspired by an unsolved murder in a German fairground, this extraordinary film has become a cinematic icon. The bizarre Dr Caligari sends his performing sleepwalker Cesare out to commit murder, in a town entirely distorted by madness. Famous for its crazily expressionist sets, which seem about to fall in on themselves, and the haunting image of Conrad Veidt as Cesare; this screening is accompanied live by Minima, an acclaimed four-piece consisting of guitars, drums and cello.
Adm £7 including a free drink on arrival
Sun 16 Nov • UK Jewish Film Festival
FACES (15) 2.00
(Switzerland/France/The Netherlands 2007) dir. Gmax (Gerard Maximin) 75m. Digital.
FACES follows French photographer and street artist JR who in March 2007 led a group of fellow artists in a unique and fascinating 'Face 2 Face' project. Giant pictures of the smiling faces of both Israelis and Palestinians were pasted, illegally, onto Israel’s Wall of Separation in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities. The film records the project from the first photo-shoots to the eventual pasting in such hotbeds as Bethlehem, Tel Aviv, Hebron and Ramallah and along the way captures its own portrait of people from different political and religious backgrounds coming together with one voice.
+ Q&A with Marc Berrebi the film’s producer and one of the initiators of the Face2Face project
Sat 22 Nov * Matinee
BUDDHA COLLAPSED OUT OF SHAME (PG) 3.45
(Iran 2007) dir. Hana Makhmalbaf 77m. Subtitles. Digital.
Nikbakht Noruz, Abdolali Hoseinali, Abbas Alijome.
An evocative and engrossing portrayal of everyday life in Afghanistan set around Bamiyan, the site of the Taliban's notorious detonation of giant Buddha statues. Young Bakhtay's everyday struggles become a moving, inspirational and optimistic metaphor for life in a unhappy land.
SAT 22 Nov • London Children's Film Festival
LEAPS AND BOUNDS (PG) 1.30
(Sweden 2007) dir. Petter Næss 88m. Subtitles.
Age recommendation: 8+
Azad, a keen high jumper, and his brother are sent away from their home in Kurdistan and are supposed to travel to Germany. However, through a twist of fate, they end up in Sweden with no friends or family to help them. Little by little the boys learn to survive in a new country and Azad learns to follow his ambition, no matter how high he has to jump. Packed with uplifting moments and joyous triumphs, LEAPS AND BOUNDS is a festival winner!
+ DOT AND LINES (PG)
(Germany 2007) dir. Jess Pérez 6m.
£5 Adults/£4 Kids
SAT 29 Nov • London Children's Film Festival
MOZART IN CHINA (PG) 1.30
(Austria/Germany/China 2008) dir. Bernd Neuburger 91m. Subtitles.
Age recommendation: 7+
East meets west in this tale of puppetry, music and unexpected friendships.
A collision on the school football pitch in Salzburg catapults Li Wei into Danny’s life and brings about a trip to China to stay with Li Wei’s grandfather. Like Danny’s parents who run a marionette opera theatre, Grandfather also likes puppets. But as he restores an old puppet theatre with his granddaughter Lin Lin, an unwelcome caller knocks at the door threatening its existence. Will Danny, Li Wei and Lin Lin be able to save the theatre and the beautiful stories it creates?
+ URBAN STORIES: REFLECTION (PG)
(UK 2007) King’s Corner Youth Group, LCFF07 7m.
£5 Adults/£4 Kids
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