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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

Thursday 21 March: Nostalghia

Thursday 21 March: Nostalghia

A film of stark symbols and mesmerizing long takes, Nostalghia’s nearly agonizing picture of personal loss is tempered by the painterly beauty of its compositions. Tarkovsky himself professed to be surprised at seeing how these images revealed "an exact reprint of my state of mind" during what was to be a permanent exile.
Friday 22 March: Stalker

Friday 22 March: Stalker

Arguably Tarkovsky’s purest articulation of the film as spiritual quest, Stalker develops a radically different attitude to time than the jigsaw of his previous film, Mirror. "A perverse replay of Solaris’s cosmic voyage, a remake of Rublev in a secular world of postapocalyptic misery, a premonition of Chernobyl and Soviet disintegration." – J. Hoberman
Saturday 23 March: The Sacrifice

Saturday 23 March: The Sacrifice

Tarkovsky’s final film is also one of his most overtly theatrical, a chamber drama drawn in characteristically virtuoso long takes. A philosopher celebrates his birthday by planting a tree with his young son on an otherwise barren landscape. Disgusted with modernity, he finds his calling after reports of an impending nuclear war, the reality of which remains occluded in dream.
Sunday 24 March: Solaris

Sunday 24 March: Solaris

Mindful that a space odyssey might find better favor with the Soviet film authorities following Andrei Rublev, Tarkovsky reshaped Stanisław Lem’s metaphysical science-fiction novel to his own preoccupations with memory and sacrifice. A psychologist travels to a space station orbiting Solaris to explore rumors that the planet’s ocean may be a "thinking substance," materializing the astronauts’ memories.

Showing Next Week

Monday 25 March: The Liberated Film Club III

Monday 25 March: The Liberated Film Club III

"Because you're sick of knowing exactly what you're going to get and you're sick when you get it." The Liberated Film Club continues its monthly fixture, featuring a special guest introducing an unknown short and feature. We're thrilled to welcome New York-based cinematographer Sean Price Williams as our special guest for the third instalment.
Wednesday 27 March: Mirror

Wednesday 27 March: Mirror

While Mirror, like all Tarkovsky’s films, pays homage to painting, music, and poetry, it also makes plain that the Russian director understood Mnemosyne to be the mother of the muses. Being a poet, he sought not only to retrieve the past but to reveal its essence – and in so doing to redeem an inherently flawed present. 
Thursday 28 March: The Colour of Pomegranates

Thursday 28 March: The Colour of Pomegranates

A breath-taking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema, Sergei Parajanov’s masterwork overflows with unforgettable images and sounds. In a series of tableaux that blend the tactile with the abstract, The Colour of Pomegranates revives the splendours of Armenian culture through the story of the eighteenth-century troubadour Sayat-Nova, charting his intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth through iconographic compositions rather than traditional narrative.
Friday 29 March: Solaris

Friday 29 March: Solaris

Mindful that a space odyssey might find better favor with the Soviet film authorities following Andrei Rublev, Tarkovsky reshaped Stanisław Lem’s metaphysical science-fiction novel to his own preoccupations with memory and sacrifice. A psychologist travels to a space station orbiting Solaris to explore rumors that the planet’s ocean may be a "thinking substance," materializing the astronauts’ memories.
Saturday 30 March: Sayat-Nova Outtakes

Saturday 30 March: Sayat-Nova Outtakes

We're thrilled to welcome film restoration specialist Daniel Bird to present a unique screening and discussion of the restored camera negatives of hours of outtakes from Parajanov's masterpiece The Colour of Pomegranates (Sayat-Nova).
Saturday 30 March: The Colour of Pomegranates

Saturday 30 March: The Colour of Pomegranates

A breath-taking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema, Sergei Parajanov’s masterwork overflows with unforgettable images and sounds. In a series of tableaux that blend the tactile with the abstract, The Colour of Pomegranates revives the splendours of Armenian culture through the story of the eighteenth-century troubadour Sayat-Nova, charting his intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth through iconographic compositions rather than traditional narrative.
Saturday 30 March: Andrei Rublev

Saturday 30 March: Andrei Rublev

Originally titled The Passion According to Andrei, Tarkovsky’s second feature remains a wholly original epic, a life of the medieval icon painter encompassing the full horror of history. The culminating vision of Rublev’s Trinity only emerges from the yoke of Tartar occupation, mystic rites, excommunications, and nearly unrelieved suffering.
Sunday 31 March: Stalker

Sunday 31 March: Stalker

Arguably Tarkovsky’s purest articulation of the film as spiritual quest, Stalker develops a radically different attitude to time than the jigsaw of his previous film, Mirror. "A perverse replay of Solaris’s cosmic voyage, a remake of Rublev in a secular world of postapocalyptic misery, a premonition of Chernobyl and Soviet disintegration." – J. Hoberman

Coming Soon

6 April 2019: Film Poems

6 April 2019: Film Poems

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his first Film Poems touring programme, Peter Todd presents a programme framed by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid's Meshes of the Afternoon and Guy Sherwin's Messages.
8 - 14 April 2019: Kinoteka: Witold Sobociński

8 - 14 April 2019: Kinoteka: Witold Sobociński

Cinema is nothing without its cinematographers, those women and men who work at the magical intersection of art and technology. Late last year, Poland sadly lost one of its early, influential cinematographers, Witold SobocińskiIn partnership with Kinoteka, we celebrate his life and legacy with a selection of screenings from some of his most iconic films.
25 April 2019: Filmarmalade: Doozy

25 April 2019: Filmarmalade: Doozy

Part creative documentary, part essay film, Richard Squires' debut uses animated antihero "Clovis" as a means to explore the 1960s voice casting of actor Paul Lynde as a series of Hanna-Barbera villains. Through the lens of one of Hollywood’s hidden queer histories, Doozy contemplates cartoon villainy and hysterical masculinity; the use of voice to signify "otherness" and the frequently uneasy relationship between character and actor.

Calendar

Thu 21 Mar 8:15pm
Nostalghia
Fri 22 Mar 7:30pm
Stalker
Sat 23 Mar 7:30pm
The Sacrifice
Sun 24 Mar 7:30pm
Solaris
Mon 25 Mar 8:15pm
The Liberated Film Club III
Wed 27 Mar 8:15pm
Mirror
Fri 29 Mar 7:30pm
Solaris
Sat 30 Mar 4:00pm
Sayat-Nova Outtakes
Sat 30 Mar 5:30pm
The Colour of Pomegranates
Sat 30 Mar 7:00pm
Andrei Rublev
Sun 31 Mar 7:30pm
Stalker
Tue 02 Apr 8:15pm
Mirror
Wed 03 Apr 8:15pm
Nostalghia
Thu 04 Apr 8:15pm
The Sacrifice
Fri 05 Apr 7:30pm
Solaris
Sat 06 Apr 6:00pm
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Sat 06 Apr 8:00pm
Film Poems
Mon 08 Apr 8:15pm
Family Life
Tue 09 Apr 8:15pm
The Colour of Pomegranates
Wed 10 Apr 8:15pm
Solaris
Fri 12 Apr 7:30pm
Stalker