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Showing This Week

Thursday 23 January: Nocturno 29 + No compteu amb els dits

Thursday 23 January: Nocturno 29 + No compteu amb els dits

Nocturno 29 begins where he left us in No compteu amb els dits: in front of the blank screen and the materiality of the projection. Co-scripted by the poet Joan Brossa, the film adopts a loose, fragmentary approach, depicting the lives of a bourgeois couple who engage in extramarital affairs. The title of the film refers to the 29 "dark years" of the Franco dictatorship.
Friday 24 January: Carles Santos Short Films

Friday 24 January: Carles Santos Short Films

We're thrilled to host a very special evening with Tom Wheatley, presenting three newly restored films by Carles Santos (two of which feature friend and collaborator Pere Portabella) screening for the first time outside of Spain. Part of the Liberated Film Club's retrospective on Pere Portabella.
Saturday 25 January: Los Golfos

Saturday 25 January: Los Golfos

Produced by Pere PortabellaFollowing the exploits of a teenage gang who plan a burglary of a large factory in order to finance the bullfighting career of a friend, Carlos Saura creates a hard-edged look at a rapidly modernizing Spain as seen from the bottom up. Much of the camerawork is hand-held, giving the film a striking, almost visceral kind of immediacy.
Saturday 25 January: El Cochecito

Saturday 25 January: El Cochecito

Produced by Pere Portabella. Buñuelian black humour informs the social satire of this first masterpiece by Marco Ferreri. El Cochecito portrays the trials and tribulations of Anselmo Proharán, a retiree willing to do anything, even do away with his family, in order to get himself a mobility scooter like those owned by his elderly cronies at the park. Screening for the first time with its original, uncensored ending.
Sunday 26 January: Tren de sombras

Sunday 26 January: Tren de sombras

Produced by Pere PortabellaIn this meditative, beautiful film, Guerín pays tribute to another artist, Gérard Fleury, an amateur filmmaker who disappeared in 1930 while scouting a location for a silent film. Home movies, re-creations, and present-day visits to key locations are intertwined and scenes are repeated and restaged, blurring fiction and nonfiction and questioning our ability to judge what is authentic.
Sunday 26 January: Viridiana

Sunday 26 January: Viridiana

Produced by Pere Portabella. Banned in Spain and denounced by the Vatican, Luis Buñuel’s irreverent vision of life as a beggar’s banquet is regarded by many as his masterpiece. In it, novice nun Viridiana does her utmost to maintain her Catholic principles, but her lecherous uncle and a motley assemblage of paupers force her to confront the limits of her idealism.

Showing Next Week

Monday 27 January: In The Same Boat

Monday 27 January: In The Same Boat

Produced by Pere Portabella. An artistic and sophisticated analysis of the effects of globalisation on the world, which presents an optimistic argument for the future of the planet. Guided by some of the world's leading radical figures, In The Same Boat travels the world discovering the views of its people on work, happiness, the environment, and the economy.
Tuesday 28 January: Walden

Tuesday 28 January: Walden

Jonas Mekas' first completed diary film is an epic portrait of the New York avant-garde art scene of the 60s and a ground-breaking work of personal cinema.
Wednesday 29 January: Umbracle + Mudanza

Wednesday 29 January: Umbracle + Mudanza

Fragments of what might be a film reverberate rather than progress as Portabella's camera follows Christopher Lee around a dream-like Barcelona. The critic Jonathan Rosembaum said: "few directors since Resnais have played so ruthlessly with the unconscious narrative expectations to bug us"
Friday 31 January: The Film Not The Country

Friday 31 January: The Film Not The Country

The Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was announced by Theresa May to take place in 2022 to celebrate the success of an independent Britain. The artist and filmmaker Winstanley Schtinter decided 2022 was too long to wait and appointed himself director, running the event at notorious Manchester nightclub The White Hotel on October 31 in 2019. The Film Not The Country is a feature presentation documenting The Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland through surveillance footage.
Friday 31 January: Cría cuervos

Friday 31 January: Cría cuervos

Shot while General Franco was on his deathbed, Cría cuervos melds the personal and the political in a portrait of the legacy of fascism and its effects on a middle-class family. Seamlessly shifting between fantasy and reality, the film subtly evokes both the complex feelings of childhood and the struggles of a nation emerging from the shadows.
Saturday 1 February: As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

Saturday 1 February: As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

A rare and beautiful work made by one of the greatest practitioners of autobiographical cinema, Jonas MekasAs I Was Moving Ahead… is composed of diary footage shot in New York City and environs mostly between 1970 and 1974, the selections and sequencings ordered largely by chance. What we see in this nearly five-hour-long epic is a wonderfully poetic expression of the sweet little moments of everyday life.
Sunday 2 February: Shoah

Sunday 2 February: Shoah

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) we present a commemorative screening of Claude Lanzmann's nine-hour opus Shoah. Using no archival footage, Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies, employing a circular, free-associative method in assembling them. The intellectual yet emotionally overwhelming Shoah is not a film about excavating the past but an intensive portrait of the ways in which the past is always present.

Coming Soon

15 - 16 February 2020: Jonathan Rosenbaum on Portabella & Saeed-Vafa

15 - 16 February 2020: Jonathan Rosenbaum on Portabella & Saeed-Vafa

We’re pleased to welcome American film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum for a weekend of masterclasses. Day 1 concludes the Liberated Film Club's Pere Portabella retrospective with an extensive masterclass on the Catalan director’s work. On Day 2 Jonathan will present a special preview of Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa’s first feature, A House Is Not A Home: Wright or Wrong followed by a lecture on the subjects addressed in the films.

Calendar

Fri 24 Jan 8:15pm
Carles Santos Short Films
Sat 25 Jan 6:00pm
Los Golfos
Sat 25 Jan 8:00pm
El Cochecito
Sun 26 Jan 6:00pm
Tren de sombras
Sun 26 Jan 8:00pm
Viridiana
Mon 27 Jan 8:15pm
In The Same Boat
Tue 28 Jan 7:30pm
Walden
Wed 29 Jan 8:30pm
Umbracle + Mudanza
Fri 31 Jan 7:00pm
The Film Not The Country
Fri 31 Jan 8:30pm
Cría cuervos