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15 December 2017: 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.
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16 December 2017: Hans - A Young Man in Germany

16 December 2017: Hans - A Young Man in Germany

Adapted from Hans Frick’s 1977 auto-biographical novel The Blue Hour, Hans chronicles the last throes of the Third Reich as experienced by a young man marked as “Halbjude” by Nazi race laws.
16 November 2017: The Sacrifice

16 November 2017: 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.
17 December 2017: In Memoriam: Frans Zwartjes

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.

Showing Next Week

14 November - 19 December 2017: Mirror

14 November - 19 December 2017: 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. 
12 November - 22 December 2017: Solaris

12 November - 22 December 2017: Solaris

Mindful that a space odyssey might find better favor with the Soviet film authorities following Andrei Rublev, Tarkovsky reshaped StanisÅ‚aw 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.

Coming Soon

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.

Calendar

Fri 15 Dec 7:30pm
Nostalghia
Sat 16 Dec 4:00pm
Hans - A Young Man in Germany
Sat 16 Dec 7:00pm
The Sacrifice
Sun 17 Dec 7:30pm
In Memoriam: Frans Zwartjes
Tue 19 Dec 7:30pm
Mirror
Fri 22 Dec 7:00pm
Solaris
Sat 30 Dec 7:30pm
Three Wishes for Cinderella