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

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Showing This Week

Friday 14 December: Alexei German: Khrustalyov, My Car!

Friday 14 December: Alexei German: Khrustalyov, My Car!

In anticipation of our Alexei German season, we're pleased to present the Daniel Bird and Arrow Films' new 2K restoration of the Russian director's penultimate masterwork Khrustalyov, My Car!

Showing Next Week

Monday 17 December: Sick Monday: Reflections of Evil

Monday 17 December: Sick Monday: Reflections of Evil

Sick Monday presents six newly commissioned short video works followed by Damon Packard’s underground masterpiece Reflections of Evil. Featuring new works by Liam Scully, Ada Wesolowska, Jason File, Laure Prouvost, Ben Rivers and Paul McCarthy.
Tuesday 18 December: Through a Glass Darkly

Tuesday 18 December: Through a Glass Darkly

While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family’s fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary ends. The first work in Bergman’s trilogy on faith, Through a Glass Darkly presents an unflinching vision of a family’s near disintegration and a tortured psyche further taunted by the intangibility of God’s presence.
Thursday 20 December: Shame

Thursday 20 December: Shame

Though he lived in neutral Sweden, Bergman was not immune to the horrors of the 20th century’s many nasty conflicts, and in Shame, the director’s aggrieved conscience regarding his longtime detachment from political conflict weighs heavily on a narrative that considers the ravages of violence on innocent bystanders. 
Friday 21 December: The Passion of Anna

Friday 21 December: The Passion of Anna

Like the prior two features, The Passion of Anna dramatizes the breakdown of a romantic relationship as exacerbated by a variety of external forces: an unseen animal killer terrorizing a small Swedish island community, intimations of the suffering wrought by the Vietnam War, and a neighboring couple with their own lingering tensions.
Saturday 22 December: Take Two: The Virgin Spring / The Sacrifice

Saturday 22 December: Take Two: The Virgin Spring / The Sacrifice

Arguably inventing the rape-revenge subgenre, Bergman's film expands upon a medieval poem to visualize the grim tale of a young virgin’s deadly defiling and her farmhand father’s retribution against her barbaric murderers. Tarkovsky’s final film is also one of his most overtly theatrical, a chamber drama drawn in characteristically virtuoso long takes. A philosopher vows to God that he will sacrifice all he holds dear if an imminent nuclear catastrophe can be averted.
Sunday 23 December Hour of the Wolf

Sunday 23 December Hour of the Wolf

The strangest and most disturbing of the films Ingmar Bergman shot on the island of Fårö, Hour of the Wolf stars Max von Sydow as a haunted painter living in voluntary exile with his wife (Liv Ullmann). This gripping film is charged with a nightmarish power rare in the Bergman canon, and contains dreamlike effects that brilliantly underscore the tale’s horrific elements.

Calendar

Fri 14 Dec 7:30pm
Khrustalyov, My Car!
Tue 18 Dec 8:30pm
Through a Glass Darkly
Thu 20 Dec 8:15pm
Shame
Fri 21 Dec 8:15pm
The Passion of Anna
Sat 22 Dec 6:00pm
The Virgin Spring
Sat 22 Dec 8:00pm
The Sacrifice
Sun 23 Dec 7:00pm
Hour of the Wolf
Thu 27 Dec 7:00pm
The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
Fri 28 Dec 7:00pm
Invention for Destruction