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4 June 2017: Take Two: Pickpocket / Vivre sa Vie


Godard’s tragic portrait of a life told in 12 scenes set out to show rather than explain the plight of its young Parisian protagonist, trimming away all superfluous narrative and leaving the audience with 12 fragments of a larger story. This attempt at cinematic "objectivity" mirrors Pickpocket, in which Bresson’s austere storytelling only shows what is necessary to gain an "objective" perspective of the film’s story.
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3 - 30 June 2017: On the Road

3 - 30 June 2017: On the Road

Close-Up presents a two-month programme the exploring the road as a state of mind within late 20th Century American and European independent cinema
5 - 19 June 2017: Abbas Kiarostami: Early Works

5 - 19 June 2017: Abbas Kiarostami: Early Works

Almost a year since Abbas Kiarostami's unexpected departure, Close-Up celebrates the art of Iranian cinema's poet by screening some of his rarely seen early films made in the 1970s and 1980s for Kanoon. This programme shows the filmmaker reframing the world and the relationships between individuals through his creative involvement with actors – often amateurs and children – producing philosophical works that reinvigorated the genres of documentary and narrative fiction.
8 June 2017: Bred and Born

8 June 2017: Bred and Born

As part of the East End Film Festival 2017, Four Corners presents a double-bill of films by founder-member Joanna Davis, looking at women’s lives in 1970s and 80s East London. Shown here on 16mm prints, both films place women at the centre of the images and stories, seeking to counteract male-defined culture and to create a new visual language through which women’s identity can be explored.
9 - 23 June 2017: Yasujirō Ozu: Noriko Trilogy

9 - 23 June 2017: Yasujirō Ozu: Noriko Trilogy

Regarded by many to be amongst the finest film directors of all time, Yasujirō Ozu’s films tend to portray the subtle conflict between traditional Japanese culture and contemporary modern values – made in an elegant, restrained, formalist style that belie the emotional intensity they convey.
11 June 2017: Take Two: Ordet / Theorem

11 June 2017: Take Two: Ordet / Theorem

Putting the lie to the term “organised religion,” Ordet is a challenge to simple facts and dogmatic orthodoxy. Layering multiple stories of faith and rebellion, Dreyer’s adaptation of Kaj Munk’s play quietly builds towards a shattering, miraculous climax. Pasolini’s atmospheric tale follows a prominent, dysfunctional Milanese family which engineers its own destruction when a spiritually minded stranger moves in on them.
18 June 2017: Take Two: Johnny Guitar / Pierrot le fou

18 June 2017: Take Two: Johnny Guitar / Pierrot le fou

Ray’s second colour film marks an important turning point in his career toward the blatantly stylized, melodramatic style that would become his trademark and calling card. In his stunning exploration of personal and global violence, Godard depicts the picaresque journey across France of a disaffected Everyman and his girlfriend, who become involved in criminal activities along the way.

Showing This Week

31 May 2017: Rouch 100

31 May 2017: Rouch 100

UEL Moving Image Research Centre presents a programme of shorts to mark the 100th anniversary of Jean Rouch’s birth and explore the influence of his work on artist cinema today. The filmmakers will be present for a Q&A following the screening.
1 June 2017: Abigail Child and Ruth Novaczek: Trilogies

1 June 2017: Abigail Child and Ruth Novaczek: Trilogies

Close-Up is pleased to present a joint programme focusing on the works of experimental filmmakers Abigail Child and Ruth Novaczek. Each of the filmmakers present trilogies of films which explore boundaries of Identity, desire, memory and the built environment, as they journey through personal and collective histories. Abigail Child and Ruth Novaczek will be conversation following the screenings.