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17 December 2017: In Memoriam: Frans Zwartjes


A month on from his passing, we celebrate the life of Dutch experimental filmmaker Frans Zwartjes with rare programme of seven of his films on 16mm. Under these dire circumstances we welcome Stanley Schtinter to introduce the programme and pay tribute to his friend and collaborator.
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This Month at Close-Up

7 November - 22 December 2017: Close-Up on Andrei Tarkovsky

7 November - 22 December 2017: Close-Up on Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky belongs to that handful of filmmakers (Dreyer, Bresson, Vigo, Tati) who, with a small, concentrated body of work, created a universe. Though he made only seven features, thwarted by Soviet censors and then by cancer, each honoured his ambition to crash through the surface of ordinary life and find a larger spiritual meaning: to heal modern art's secular fragmentation by infusing it with metaphysical dimension.
18 November - 16 December 2017: Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles

18 November - 16 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.
30 December 2017: Three Wishes for Cinderella

30 December 2017: Three Wishes for Cinderella

Close-Up presents a screening of the Czech Christmas classic Three Wishes for Cinderella – a much-loved version of the Cinderella fairytale, re-worked through the lens of socialist feminism.

Coming Soon

5 - 26 March 2018: Close-Up Film Course: Surrealism and Cinema from Luis Buñuel to David Lynch

5 - 26 March 2018: Close-Up Film Course: Surrealism and Cinema from Luis Buñuel to David Lynch

Due to popular demand Virginie Sélavy returns with her four-week course on 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.