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27 January 2017: Nashville


Following dozens of characters around the title city in the days before a political rally featuring country music performers, Nashville brought its already-celebrated director to the pinnacle of acclaim. It is quintessential Altman in its loose narrative structure and large ensemble cast – Altman is said to have ordered screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury to up the number of characters in her script from sixteen to twenty-four. At the same time, it finds this most idiosyncratic of filmmakers engaged with the national mood to an unusual extent.
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28 January 2017: Short Cuts

28 January 2017: Short Cuts

Prefiguring a string of turn-of-the-21st-century multi-narratives through which a large cast of characters crisscross, Short Cuts remains the most richly woven of the era – not due to a cleverly circular precision or overarching moral message, but rather because of its open, improvisational structure allowing for even more overlapping layers of connective tissue.
28 January 2017: Shoah: Holocaust Memorial Day

28 January 2017: Shoah: Holocaust Memorial Day

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day we present a commemorative screening of Claude Lanzmann's nine-hour opus Shoah. Using no archival footage, Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies, employing a circular, free-associative method in assembling them. The intellectual yet emotionally overwhelming Shoah is not a film about excavating the past but an intensive portrait of the ways in which the past is always present.
29 January 2017: Mania Akbari: One.Two.One / 10+4

29 January 2017: Mania Akbari: One.Two.One / 10+4

Close-Up and Sharna Pax present two films by Mania Akbari – guest curated and moderated by artist and filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Following each screening, Sophie Mayer and Zimmerman will be in conversation with Akbari about her role and working process as a woman filmmaker particularly in the context of Iran, and how her films consider the body, life and death.

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3 - 24 February 2017: Mythical Poetry: The Cinema of Govindan Aravindan

3 - 24 February 2017: Mythical Poetry: The Cinema of Govindan Aravindan

Close-Up and Rattis Books are pleased to present the first European retrospective of the Indian artist-filmmaker Govindan Aravindan. This programme offers a rare opportunity to discover six of his most important works, known for their sparse naturalism, silences and long shots. Almost a quarter of a century since his demise, he largely remains a little known figure outside India compared to his peers like Mani Kaul and Kumar Shahani.
3 February 2017: Golden Seeta + A Dream Takes Wings

3 February 2017: Golden Seeta + A Dream Takes Wings

Aravindan’s most enigmatic film to date is his version of the Ramayana episode about Rama (Ramdas) and his bride Seeta, represented here only as aspects of nature such as the rustling of the wind in the trees or as rain bringing harmony where discord threatens. The director’s most daring gesture is his attempt to renovate the mythological as a genre.
4 February 2017: Esthappan

4 February 2017: Esthappan

Esthappan is a strange and mysterious figure, allegedly immortal, in a Christian fishing village in Kerala. Although a more earthly version of Kummatty (the subject of Aravindan's previous film), all manner of virtues and magical powers are ascribed to the Christ-like worker of miracles. The film can be seen as celebrating confusion, jumbling together religious iconography, pop music, tourism and garish calendar-art colours and artistic creativity.
5 February 2017: No Home Movie + But Elsewhere Is Always Better

5 February 2017: No Home Movie + But Elsewhere Is Always Better

Close-Up is proud to present present a screening of Vivian Ostrovsky’s portrait of Chantal Akerman, paired with the groundbreaking auteur’s final film No Home Movie.
6 February 2017: The Writerly

6 February 2017: The Writerly

University of East London Moving Image Research Centre presents a programme of short films and sound works by contemporary artists foregrounding notions of communication and dialogue across different media, spaces and times.
7 February 2017: Mairéad McClean: Rerecorded Pasts

7 February 2017: Mairéad McClean: Rerecorded Pasts

Sheffield Fringe present the first retrospective screening in London of MAC award-winning Northern Irish artist-filmmaker Mairéad McClean, whose films disrupt and restructure past events, highlighting the unreliability of personal and political histories. Using archival footage, sound recordings and film footage she generates herself, McClean opens, re-evaluates and reinterprets material evidence to create a highly personal narrative vantage point of politics and history.
9 February 2017: Rosalind Nashashibi: FILMN YOUR LIFE WITH FASHION

9 February 2017: Rosalind Nashashibi: FILMN YOUR LIFE WITH FASHION

Sheffield Fringe, in association with the Whitechapel Gallery symposium Object! On the Documentary as Art presents an evening of films by artist-filmmaker Rosalind Nashashibi, surveying her work from 2000-2015. Ahead of her upcoming presentation of new works at documenta 14 in April, this retrospective selection of films - rarely encountered together in the cinema context – will be screened in their original 16mm format, followed by a discussion with Nashashibi.