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6 - 27 November 2017: Close-Up Film Course: Surrealism and Cinema from Luis Buñuel to David Lynch


Surrealism is one of the art movements that has had the strongest influence on cinema and its impact has lasted to the present day. During this four-week course, Virginie Sélavy will look at the history of Surrealist cinema,  from its beginnings in the 1920s to its re-emergence in the 1960s-70s art/exploitation/psychedelia and Surrealism's socio-political contextualisation in Eastern European cinema before concluding with a survey of the role of Surrealism in contemporary cinema.
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Screening This Month

1 - 25 October 2017: Close-Up on Aki Kaurismäki

1 - 25 October 2017: Close-Up on Aki Kaurismäki

Close-up presents a retrospective on the Finnish miserablist director Aki Kaurismäki in celebration of the launch of Curzon Artificial Eye’s new box-set, which will be released in November. The world of Aki Kaurismäki undoubtedly owes much to the deadpan mien of his homeland, instantly identifiable by a single frame from almost any of his films. The uncommon union he forges between social realism and visual stylization, and between dry comedy and warm-hearted humanism, is something Kaurismäki’s actors refer to as “Akiland”.
7 September - 26 October 2017: The Incredible Simultaneity Console

7 September - 26 October 2017: The Incredible Simultaneity Console

Gordon Shrigley presents  a season of twenty-eight artists’ film and videos to celebrate ten years of the artists-run DVD publication project Filmarmalade.
20 - 22 October 2017: Mika Taanila: A Survey

20 - 22 October 2017: Mika Taanila: A Survey

Close-Up presents the final two programmes of Mika Taanila’s London-wide survey, and parallel interventions in sound and silence, featuring Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic) and Erkki KurenniemiMika Taanila will be present for both screening programmes. Curated by Stanley Schtinter.
27 October 2017: Sixpackfilm: A Tribute

27 October 2017: Sixpackfilm: A Tribute

Sixpackfilm’s deputy director Gerald Weber presents two programmes celebrating the Vienna based archive’s phenomenal collection of Austrian experimental film and video. We’re pleased to welcome Weber to introduce and discuss two thematic programmes gleaned from Sixpackfilm’s extensive archive. Generously supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum London.
28 - 29 October 2017: pic.london festival

28 - 29 October 2017: pic.london festival

As part of their inaugural festival, pic.london presents a two-day film programme exploring the relationship between still and moving images. Beginning with film’s infancy at the end of the 19th Century – through the 1960s avant-garde – this programme investigates the ways in which artists and theorists have engaged the moving image to develop, challenge and critique photographic language.
30 October 2017: Simon Liu: I Decided to Turn Left

30 October 2017: Simon Liu: I Decided to Turn Left

This programme is an assortment of handmade 16mm films by Hong Kong and Brooklyn based artist Simon Liu. The works, made primarily between 2015 through 2017, consist of diaristic imagery of the filmmaker's home and travels that have been shrouded by chemical manipulations and printing processes.
31 October 2017: Night of the Living Dead

31 October 2017: Night of the Living Dead

A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of flesh-eating ghouls newly arisen from their graves, Romero’s claustrophobic vision of a late-sixties America tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor in the lead role.

Coming Soon

1 - 5 November 2017: London Korean Film Festival 2017

1 - 5 November 2017: London Korean Film Festival 2017

The London Korean Film festival presents two programmes of as part of their classic and independent film strands, with retrospectives on Bae Chang-ho and Jung Yoon-suk.
4 - 5 November 2017: For Example, the Philippines

4 - 5 November 2017: For Example, the Philippines

The Centre for Film & Ethics at Queen Mary University of London presents American documentary director John Gianvito’s complete seminal diptych For Example, the Philippines over one weekend including the UK premiere of Wake (Subic). At once an act of agit-prop and an ethical witnessing, For Example, the Philippines presents a genuine “history from below.” Acknowledging that landscape is always also political, the biochemical violations inflicted by militarism finally emerge as an assault on life itself. John Gianvito will be present for Q&As after the films. 
6 - 27 November 2017: Close-Up Film Course: Surrealism and Cinema from Luis Buñuel to David Lynch

6 - 27 November 2017: Close-Up Film Course: Surrealism and Cinema from Luis Buñuel to David Lynch

Surrealism is one of the art movements that has had the strongest influence on cinema and its impact has lasted to the present day. During this four-week course, Virginie Sélavy will look at the history of Surrealist cinema,  from its beginnings in the 1920s to its re-emergence in the 1960s-70s art/exploitation/psychedelia and Surrealism's socio-political contextualisation in Eastern European cinema before concluding with a survey of the role of Surrealism in contemporary cinema.
18 November - 9 December 2017: Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles

18 November - 9 December 2017: Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles

The visionary filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless was one of the great exiles of World Cinema. A seminal figure of the Iranian New Wave, Shahid Saless moved to West Germany in the mid-1970s, where this self-described “guest worker” created an unparalleled body of works for cinema and television: In meditative but searing images of everyday life, his slow-paced films tell simple stories that speak forcefully to the traumas of homelessness and displacement.