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Close-Up makes film culture and history accessible through its film programmes and mediatheque.

Located in the heart of Shoreditch, Close-Up is the ideal venue for all your screening needs, whether you wish to host a press screening, corporate event, presentation, conference, Christmas or birthday party. Our adjoined cafe and bar is fully licensed and offers a convivial atmosphere for drinks receptions, networking or informal post-screening discussion.

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Showing This Week

Saturday 23 February: Fruit of Paradise

Saturday 23 February: Fruit of Paradise

Vera Chytilová's little-seen masterwork is the companion piece to Daisies, a dazzlingly complex, formally rigorous allegory of Adam and Eve that poses the eternal question, “Can one live with the truth?” – then refuses to answer it.
Saturday 23 February: The Phantom of Liberty

Saturday 23 February: The Phantom of Liberty

Bourgeois convention is demolished in Luis Buñuel’s surrealist gem The Phantom of Liberty. Featuring an elegant soiree with guests seated at toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips, and police officers looking for a missing girl who is right under their noses, this perverse, playfully absurd comedy of non sequiturs deftly compiles many of the themes that preoccupied Buñuel throughout his career – from the hypocrisy of conventional morality to the arbitrariness of social arrangements.
Sunday 24 February: Lost Futures: Let The Summer Never Come Again

Sunday 24 February: Lost Futures: Let The Summer Never Come Again

A young man leaves his village to audition for a dance company in town. He starts getting involved in illegal activities. He goes to bed with men for money. He falls in love with a man. He starts performing with a dance company. So begins Georgian filmmaker Alexandre Koberidze’s first feature Let The Summer Never Come Again, and before long what may seem like a fairly straightforward film proves itself to be a source of frequent wonders.

Showing Next Week

Monday 25 February: Take Two: Un Chien Andalou / L'Age d'Or

Monday 25 February: Take Two: Un Chien Andalou / L'Age d'Or

The opening sequence of Buñuel’s first film contains one of the most indelible images, and most primal “cuts”, in film history – the chillingly tranquil slicing of an eyeball with a razor blade. Realising his goal of enraging fascists, Catholics, the bourgeoisie, and his general audience in this follow-up to Un Chien Andalou, Buñuel proved too radical this time for even Salvador Dalí, who quickly distanced himself from this explosive cinematic revolution.
Tuesday 26 February: Film Course: Surrealism in Cinema from Luis Buñuel to David Lynch

Tuesday 26 February: Film Course: Surrealism in Cinema from Luis Buñuel to David Lynch

Virginie Sélavy returns with an expanded five-week course exploring the influence of Surrealism on cinema from the beginnings of the movement through to 1960s psychedelia and experimentation, up until its more recent incarnation in the films of Guy Maddin and David Lynch.
Wednesday 27 February: That Obscure Object of Desire

Wednesday 27 February: That Obscure Object of Desire

Buñuel’s final film explodes with eroticism, bringing full circle the director’s lifelong preoccupation with the darker side of desire. Drawn from Pierre Louÿs’ 1898 novel, La Femme et le Pantin, That Obscure Object of Desire is a dizzying game of sexual politics punctuated by a terror that harkens back to Buñuel’s brilliant surrealistic beginnings.
Thursday 28 February: The Liberated Film Club II

Thursday 28 February: The Liberated Film Club II

"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 Chinese-British novelist, essayist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo as our special guest for this second instalment.
Friday 01 March: Daisies

Friday 01 March: Daisies

Věra Chytilová’s classic of surrealist cinema is the most adventurous and anarchic Czech film of the 1960s. Two young women, both named Marie, revolt against a degenerate, decayed and oppressive society, attacking symbols of wealth and bourgeois culture. A riotous, punk-poem of a film that is both hilarious and mind-warpingly innovative.

Coming Soon

2 - 31 March 2019: Close-Up on Andrei Tarkovsky

2 - 31 March 2019: Close-Up on Andrei Tarkovsky

Tarkovsky belongs to that handful of filmmakers 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. Coinciding with our season on the Russian auteur's close friend, Sergei Parajanov.
3 March 2019: Lost Lost Lost: A Tribute to Jonas Mekas

3 March 2019: Lost Lost Lost: A Tribute to Jonas Mekas

One month on from his passing, we pay tribute to the great Jonas Mekas with an evening of films by him and his friends, including Lost Lost Lost on 16mm. Comprising fourteen years of filming, starting from his arrival in America as a political refugee, Lost Lost Lost documents the New York counterculture of the '50s and the development of Mekas' own filming style.
8 - 30 March 2019: Close-Up on Sergei Parajanov

8 - 30 March 2019: Close-Up on Sergei Parajanov

Born in the Soviet Republic of Georgia to Armenian parents, Parajanov studied cinema at the illustrious VGIK in Moscow under Aleksandr Dovzhenko. After he saw Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood, he disowned his earlier films and re-dedicated himself to cinema with the astonishing Shadows of Forgotten AncestorsThis season presents Parajanov's four key-features and three shorts, including new digital restorations and 35mm prints. Alongside this we're thrilled to present a parallel programme of screenings, performances, talks and discussions.

Calendar

Sat 23 Feb 6:00pm
Fruit of Paradise
Sat 23 Feb 8:00pm
The Phantom of Liberty
Mon 25 Feb 8:15pm
Un chien andalou + L'Age d'Or
Wed 27 Feb 8:15pm
That Obscure Object of Desire