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Thu 25 April, 8.30pm:  Losing Ground + GAMA

Thu 25 April, 8.30pm: Losing Ground + GAMA

Followed by Q&A with Kaori Oda
Fri 26 April, 6.15pm: Absent Forces: The Politics of the Eerie in English Rural Moving Image

Fri 26 April, 6.15pm: Absent Forces: The Politics of the Eerie in English Rural Moving Image

Drawing upon Mark Fisher’s theorisation of the eerie as the sensation of absence, of either a presence or an absence, these works activate the dissonance between our imagined notion of the countryside and the political realities of this landscape.
Fri 26 April, 8.30pm: The Soldier’s Lagoon

Fri 26 April, 8.30pm: The Soldier’s Lagoon

The Soldier’s Lagoon (La Laguna del Soldado) is the second part in Pablo Álvarez-Mesa’s trilogy of films retracing Simón Bolívar’s passage during the Liberation Campaign of Colombia in 1819. Followed by Q&A with Pablo Álvarez-Mesa
Sat 27 April, 2pm: The Diagonal Force

Sat 27 April, 2pm: The Diagonal Force

Drawing from the writings and ideas of political philosopher Hannah Arendt, and particularly her focus on the human capacity to introduce something new into the world we share, Annik Leroy and Julie Morel travel across Europe, filming portraits of people and landscapes, gathering accounts of traumatic experiences that had been life-changing and transformative.
Sat 27 April, 6pm: In Focus: Simon Liu 2: Life as Usual

Sat 27 April, 6pm: In Focus: Simon Liu 2: Life as Usual

Curated by Simon Liu and featuring seven short films by Hong Kong artists spanning the last 45 years, Life as Usual surveys the often surreal and uncanny underbelly of life in the metropolis through gestures of disobedience, imaginary landscapes, and desires for an alternative future.
Sat 27 April, 8.30pm: The Sojourn + A Stone’s Throw

Sat 27 April, 8.30pm: The Sojourn + A Stone’s Throw

The Sojourn imagines a restless landscape film in Taiwan. Visiting scenic locations shot by King Hu, the short experiments with the road movie genre and its intersection with the martial arts epic. / A Stone’s Throw: Amine, a twice-exiled Palestinian elder, becomes a figure around whom AlSalah unravels the recurring violence of oil and labour extraction.
Sun 28 April, 3pm: Becoming Landscape

Sun 28 April, 3pm: Becoming Landscape

Followed by Q&A with the filmmakers
Sun 28 April, 8.30pm: Grandma’s Grammar: Time Machines

Sun 28 April, 8.30pm: Grandma’s Grammar: Time Machines

Like Chantal Akerman (D’Est) and Barbara Hammer (My Babushka: Searching Ukrainian Identities) Naomi Uman was drawn to return to the Eastern Europe of her great grandparents, in an act of reverse pilgrimage. Introduced by Elena Gorfinkel

Calendar

Thu 25 Apr 8:30pm
Losing Ground + GAMA
Fri 26 Apr 6:15pm
Absent Forces
Fri 26 Apr 8:30pm
The Soldier’s Lagoon
Sat 27 Apr 2:00pm
The Diagonal Force
Sat 27 Apr 6:00pm
In Focus : Simon Liu 2
Sat 27 Apr 8:30pm
The Sojourn + A Stone's Throw
Sun 28 Apr 3:00pm
Becoming Landscape