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Showing This Weekend

Sun 29 January, 4pm: Le petit soldat

Sun 29 January, 4pm: Le petit soldat

Before his convention-shattering debut, Breathless, had even premiered, Jean-Luc Godard leapt into the making of his second feature, a thriller that would tackle the most controversial subject in France: the use of torture in the Algerian War.
Sun 29 January, 5:45pm: Tokyo Story

Sun 29 January, 5:45pm: Tokyo Story

Tokyo Story has regularly placed on the top ten lists of greatest films of all time, along with Rules Of the GameThe Passion of Joan of Arc, and Citizen Kane. It should be seen at least once, if not once a year. An elderly couple journeys to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude, and self-absorption.
Sun 29 January, 8:15pm: If I Had Four Camels

Sun 29 January, 8:15pm: If I Had Four Camels

Ehsan Khoshbakht's "Never on Sunday" programmes resumes with Chris Marker's underseen masterpiece If I Had Four Camels, which, with its sole reliance on still photographs stands next to his best known work, La Jetée.

Showing Next Week

Thu 2 February, 8:15pm: A Woman Is a Woman

Thu 2 February, 8:15pm: A Woman Is a Woman

A dizzying compendium of colour, humour, and the music of renowned composer Michel Legrand, A Woman Is a Woman finds the young Godard at his warmest and most accessible, revelling in and scrutinizing the mechanics of his great obsession: the cinema.
Fri 3 February, 8:15pm: The Exiles

Fri 3 February, 8:15pm: The Exiles

With its vivid, high-contrast black and white photography and creative soundtrack, Kent Mackenzie’s gritty depiction of this marginalized Los Angeles community draws comparisons to John Cassavetes, Charles Burnett and Vittorio De Sica.
Sat 4 February, 4:15pm: Eros + Massacre

Sat 4 February, 4:15pm: Eros + Massacre

One of the great late works of the Japanese New Wave, Yoshida’s enduring masterpiece offers an epic and extraordinary vision of unconventional desire as a potent yet ultimately untenable mode of political resistance.
Sat 4 February, 8:15pm: Made in USA

Sat 4 February, 8:15pm: Made in USA

Featuring characters with names such as Richard Nixon, Robert McNamara, David Goodis, and Doris Mizoguchi, and appearances by a slapstick Jean-Pierre Léaud and a sweetly singing Marianne Faithfull, this piece of pop art is like a Looney Tunes rendition of The Big Sleep gone New Wave.
Sun 5 February, 3pm: Non-Aligned Film Archives 02: Regards Inversés (Med Hondo)

Sun 5 February, 3pm: Non-Aligned Film Archives 02: Regards Inversés (Med Hondo)

The Non-Aligned Film Archives aims to share films that have been marginalised from dominant cinematic narratives. Each programme revolves around a single lost work that is instead invoked through other films that have survived. 
Sun 5 February, 6pm: La Chinoise

Sun 5 February, 6pm: La Chinoise

This cinematic cell of charismatic Reds is just part of La Chinoise’s dazzling lightshow of slogans, posters, and revolutionary images. Godard’s subtitle – “a film in the making” – was eerily prophetic, given the “children’s crusade” that hit the streets of Paris just a year later.
Sun 5 February, 8pm: Heroic Purgatory

Sun 5 February, 8pm: Heroic Purgatory

Heroic Purgatory is Yoshida's world-beater, a more condensed and intense dose of Yoshida-ness, in which a student gaggle of would-be terrorists angst about their communal non-action, a strange runaway teen infiltrates the lives of a middle-class couple, and characters keep taking off wigs, revealing that they’re someone else.

Calendar

Thu 02 Feb 8:15pm
A Woman Is a Woman
Fri 03 Feb 8:15pm
The Exiles
Sat 04 Feb 4:15pm
Eros + Massacre
Sat 04 Feb 8:15pm
Made in USA
Sun 05 Feb 3:00pm
Non-Aligned Film Archives 02
Sun 05 Feb 6:00pm
La Chinoise
Sun 05 Feb 8:00pm
Heroic Purgatory