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13 November - 4 December 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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7 - 21 November 2017: Close-Up on Andrei Tarkovsky

7 - 21 November 2017: Close-Up on Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky belongs to that handful of filmmakers (Dreyer, Bresson, Vigo, Tati) who, with a small, concentrated body of work, created a universe. Though he made only seven features, thwarted by Soviet censors and then by cancer, each honoured his ambition to crash through the surface of ordinary life and find a larger spiritual meaning: to heal modern art's secular fragmentation by infusing it with metaphysical dimension.
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.
19 November 2017: Lewd Looks Book Launch + Vibrations

19 November 2017: Lewd Looks Book Launch + Vibrations

Launching her new book Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s, Elena Gorfinkel presents a screening of Joe Sarno’s late 1960s sexploitation gem Vibrations, in a new 2K restoration by Film Media. Gorfinkel will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A about the book, which will be available to purchase following the screening.
25 November 2017: Trouble in the Image: Pat O'Neill

25 November 2017: Trouble in the Image: Pat O'Neill

Pat O'Neill presents a programme of films selected from his five decade career to coincide with the UK premiere of his new film Where the Chocolate Mountains at Tate on the 23 November.
26 November 2017: Erase and Forget

26 November 2017: Erase and Forget

An excavation of the influence of fiction on truth in the American imagination of warfare and gun culture. ‘Bo’ Gritz is one of the most decorated Vietnam vets. He inspired the character of Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo. But when disenchantment set in at covert methods of suppression, he turns whistle-blower to high level collusion and corruption in the US Government, making him an official outcast.
28 November - 1 December 2017: Il Cinema Ritrovato: The Shock of the Old

28 November - 1 December 2017: Il Cinema Ritrovato: The Shock of the Old

Close-Up in collaboration with Il Cinema Ritrovato presents a programme touching on two of the festival's distinctive strands: women’s cinema and film restoration – both have added new chapters to film history and brought enormous pleasure to cinephiles in recent years.

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2 December 2017: Edge of Frame: You, Me, Them

2 December 2017: Edge of Frame: You, Me, Them

You, Me, Them presents ten films exploring disconnection and the limits of communication. Language and images can be misleading and inadequate but when re-contextualised, distorted or ruptured, we can sometimes glimpse what lurks behind the surface.
3 December 2017: Edge of Frame: After Nature

3 December 2017: Edge of Frame: After Nature

After Nature is a two-part programme featuring works engaged with ideas of technology and the environment. In Part One a selection of films respond to man-made waste, disasters and ecological catastrophe. Part Two explores ideas of landscape and technology, and the merging of the real and the virtual, with works combining CG animation, live action and found footage.