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Close-Up makes film culture and history accessible through its film programmes and mediatheque.

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Showing This Weekend

Saturday 20 July: Jacques Rivette: Out 1 (Episode 1 - 4)

Saturday 20 July: Jacques Rivette: Out 1 (Episode 1 - 4)

Conceived as a television mini-series, Jacques Rivette's legendary thirteen-hour monolith consists of eight feature-length episodes revolving around two theatre troupes, blackmail and conspiracy. Multiple characters introduce multiple plotlines, weaving a rich tapestry across an epic runtime. Programmed in parallel to our season on Claire Denis, whom worked as Rivette's assistant.
Saturday 20 July: White Material

Saturday 20 July: White Material

A towering masterpiece in modern cinema, the much-exalted White Material returned Denis to her conflicted West African roots to stage an incendiary study of postcolonial insurrection. Bruno Dumont DP Yves Cape, replacing an unavailable Agnès Godard, brilliantly exploits the blanching effects of an unsparing African sun. Huppert, in a tailor-made role, balances fury, fear, and aching sadness.
Sunday 21 July: Jacques Rivette: Out 1 (Episode 5 - 8)

Sunday 21 July: Jacques Rivette: Out 1 (Episode 5 - 8)

Conceived as a television mini-series, Jacques Rivette's legendary thirteen-hour monolith consists of eight feature-length episodes revolving around two theatre troupes, blackmail and conspiracy. Multiple characters introduce multiple plotlines, weaving a rich tapestry across an epic runtime. Programmed in parallel to our season on Claire Denis, whom worked as Rivette's assistant.
Sunday 21 July: Wings of Desire

Sunday 21 July: Wings of Desire

Angels perched atop the buildings of Berlin listen in on the innermost thoughts of mere mortals in Wim Wenders’s lovely, lyrical Wings of Desire, a soaring high-point of the director’s cinema and a moving, melancholic elegy to a Berlin still divided.

Showing Next Week

Monday 22 July: High Life

Monday 22 July: High Life

Claire Denis launches into the farthest reaches of outer space for her dazzling English language debut, a science-fiction head-exploder starring an international cast. Shocking, intense, and mysterious, High Life is one of Denis’ most mesmerizing variations yet on her recurring themes of desire, intrusion, and human connection.
Tuesday 23 July: Paris, Texas

Tuesday 23 July: Paris, Texas

Claire Denis worked as an assistant director on Wim Wenders’ Palme d’Or–winning study of masculinity, myth, and disconnection, which remains the director’s most moving and mysterious meditation on the physical and cultural landscape of America.
Wednesday 24 July: Wings of Desire

Wednesday 24 July: Wings of Desire

Angels perched atop the buildings of Berlin listen in on the innermost thoughts of mere mortals in Wim Wenders’s lovely, lyrical Wings of Desire, a soaring high-point of the director’s cinema and a moving, melancholic elegy to a Berlin still divided.
Thursday 25 July: Down by Law

Thursday 25 July: Down by Law

Following her work on Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas, Denis headed for Louisiana to assist Jim Jarmusch on his self-described “neo-Beat-noir-comedy” about a pimp (John Lurie), a radio DJ (Tom Waits), and a happy-go-lucky Italian immigrant (Roberto Benigni) who meet while sharing a cell in a New Orleans prison. Forming an unlikely friendship, the three misfits escape into the bayou and slog their way through the swamp towards uncertain futures.
Friday 25 July: Frans Zwartjes: Masterpiece

Friday 25 July: Frans Zwartjes: Masterpiece

A launch event for the first catalogued record on the "anti-record label (anti-everything)" purge.xxx, by Frans Zwartjes & Lodewijk de Boer. René Coelho's rarely seen 1971 documentary Frans Zwartjes, Filmmaker will play alongside Portrait of Frans Zwartjes, by Zwartjes' collaborator Stanley Schtinter. This event will be introduced by Schtinter, with copies of the new record available on the night.
Friday 25 July: The Liberated Film Club VII with Anna Thew

Friday 25 July: The Liberated Film Club VII with Anna Thew

"Because you're sick of knowing exactly what you're going to get and you're sick when you get it." We're thrilled to welcome Anna Thew as our special guest for the seventh instalment of The Liberated Film ClubFree to attend for Close-Up members, but booking is essential.
Saturday 26 July: No Fear, No Die

Saturday 26 July: No Fear, No Die

A precursor to Beau Travail's study of uneasy male camaraderie No Fear, No Die carefully observes the subtly shifting dynamic between the two men – wonderfully played by Denis’ favorite actors, Alex Descas and Isaach de Bankolé – and the rituals and cruelties that define their world.
Saturday 26 July: I Can't Sleep

Saturday 26 July: I Can't Sleep

Denis' mid-career masterpiece is based on the shocking true story of Thierry Paulin, a gay, black, HIV-positive drug dealer, transvestite and serial killer who preyed on elderly Parisian women during the mid-1980s. The mysterious, sensitive – but appropriately troubling – exploration of Paulin's crimes offered by I Can't Sleep is, however, worlds away from such a sensationalistic description of the facts.
Sunday 27 July: Paris, Texas

Sunday 27 July: Paris, Texas

Claire Denis worked as an assistant director on Wim Wenders’ Palme d’Or–winning study of masculinity, myth, and disconnection, which remains the director’s most moving and mysterious meditation on the physical and cultural landscape of America.

Calendar

Sun 21 Jul 8:00pm
Wings of Desire
Mon 22 Jul 8:15pm
High Life
Tue 23 Jul 8:15pm
Paris, Texas
Wed 24 Jul 8:15pm
Wings of Desire
Thu 25 Jul 8:15pm
Down by Law
Fri 26 Jul 6:30pm
Frans Zwartjes: Masterpiece
Sat 27 Jul 6:00pm
No Fear, No Die
Sat 27 Jul 8:00pm
I Can't Sleep
Sun 28 Jul 7:30pm
Paris, Texas
Mon 29 Jul 8:15pm
35 Shots of Rum
Tue 30 Jul 8:15pm
The Intruder
Wed 31 Jul 8:15pm
Beau travail