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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.
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21 October 2017: Shadows in Paradise

21 October 2017: Shadows in Paradise

Aki Kaurismäki regulars Matti Pellonpää and Katja Outinen star in this offbeat yet remarkably touching romantic comedy. Pellonpää plays Nikander, a rubbish collector and would-be entrepreneur who finds his plans for success dashed when his business associate commits suicide. Whilst searching for a job, he meets Ilona, a down-on-her luck cashier in a local supermarket - and, falteringly, a bond begins to develop between them. Part one of the Proletariat Trilogy.
20 - 22 October 2017: The Listening Screen

20 - 22 October 2017: The Listening Screen

The Listening Screen is the pitch-black auditorium, for which Mika Taanila has produced two exclusive sound installations of music by his collaborators and mentors, both of whom sadly passed away earlier this year.
22 October 2017: The Listening Screen II: Erkki Kurenniemi

22 October 2017: The Listening Screen II: Erkki Kurenniemi

Mika Taanila revisits private dairy and field recordings of Kurenniemi, as well as the sounds of his instruments. An intensely personal and private rumination on Kurenniemi’s adamant and inspiring will to live.

22 October 2017: Electric Forest

22 October 2017: Electric Forest

Close-Up presents a rare opportunity to experience Finnish experimental films as selected and introduced by Mika Taanila.
22 October 2017: Museum Planet

22 October 2017: Museum Planet

Mika Taanila presents a selection of his films, two of which focus on his friend and mentor Erkki KurenniemiFollowed by Taanila in conversation with Maria Palacios Cruz.

Showing Next Week

23 October 2017: The Man Without a Past

23 October 2017: The Man Without a Past

The Man without a Past delivers a new edge to the story that stirred viewers all around the world in Drifting Clouds. Without side-stepping bitter issues, one could paint an image of a small country in the North in a touching, amusing, and liberating way. At the beginning of this new film, a man has travelled to Helsinki in search of work, gets mugged, loses his memory, and has to start completely anew, from scratch.
24 October 2017: Lights in the Dusk

24 October 2017: Lights in the Dusk

Screening on 35mm. Lights in the Dusk concludes the trilogy began by the Drifting Clouds and the The Man Without a Past. Where the trilogy's first film was about unemployment and the second about homelessness, the theme of Lights in the Dusk is loneliness.
25 October 2017: The Other Side of Hope

25 October 2017: The Other Side of Hope

Screening on 35mm. Leave it to Aki Kaurismäki, peerless master of humanist tragicomedy, to make the first great fiction films about the 21st century migrant crisis. Parallel stories dovetail to gently comic and enormously moving effect in Kaurismäki’s politically urgent fable, an object lesson on the value of compassion and hope that remains grounded in a tangible social reality.
26 October 2017: The Incredible Simultaneity Console VIII

26 October 2017: The Incredible Simultaneity Console VIII

Week eight of Filmarmalade's Anniversary programme, curated by Gordon Shrigley. Featuring fims and videos by Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Miranda Pennell and Sarah Wood.
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.
28 October 2017: The Unveiled

28 October 2017: The Unveiled

The invention of photography unveiled the dream of fixing time and memory. The cinema offered a new experience to viewers but also new ways for image-makers to interrogate the medium of photography through experimentation. Beginning with a selection of Lumière Brothers shorts, made at the dawn of the 20th Century, this programme compares early industrial and mid-century modernist investigations with moving image.
28 October 2017: Abstraction vs. Representation

28 October 2017: Abstraction vs. Representation

What one sees in an image does not necessarily represent the truth of the subject shown. Photography and film inherently create a tension between representation and abstraction, expertly highlighted by Iimura and Ito.
28 November 2017: Memory, Politics and Power

28 November 2017: Memory, Politics and Power

The politics and the power of the image are revealed through Godard's deconstruction of a photograph and Marker's construction of a film.
29 October 2017: Untold Stories

29 October 2017: Untold Stories

Two films which bring to life the artists searching for the meaning between frames: Chris Marker's Si J'avais 4 Dromadaires and Sophie Calle and Gregory Shephard's Double-Blind

Coming Soon

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.
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.

Calendar

Sat 21 Oct 8:30pm
Shadows in Paradise
Sun 22 Oct 6:00pm
Mika Taanila: Electric Forest
Sun 22 Oct 8:00pm
Mika Taanila: Museum Planet
Mon 23 Oct 7:30pm
The Man Without a Past
Tue 24 Oct 7:30pm
Lights in the Dusk
Wed 25 Oct 8:00pm
The Other Side of Hope
Fri 27 Oct 7:00pm
Sixpackfilm: A Tribute
Sat 28 Oct 6:00pm
pic.london weekend pass
Sat 28 Oct 6:00pm
The Unveiled
Sat 28 Oct 8:30pm
Memory, Politics and Power
Sun 29 Oct 7:30pm
Untold Stories
Tue 31 Oct 7:30pm
Night of the Living Dead
Wed 01 Nov 7:30pm
People in the Slum
Thu 02 Nov 7:30pm
Whale Hunting
Fri 03 Nov 8:00pm
The Dream
Sat 04 Nov 1:00pm
Vapor Trail (Clark)
Sat 04 Nov 7:30pm
Non Fiction Diary
Sun 05 Nov 1:00pm
Wake (Subic)
Sun 05 Nov 7:30pm
Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno
Sat 18 Nov 4:00pm
Utopia
Wed 22 Nov 7:30pm
Order
Sat 09 Dec 4:00pm
Hans - A Young Man in Germany