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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.
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February

26 November 2019 - 15 February 2020: A Worm’s Tail View is Often the True One: Films by Pere Portabella

26 November 2019 - 15 February 2020: A Worm’s Tail View is Often the True One: Films by Pere Portabella

The most ambitious, creative and complete retrospective of works by "the most important living director you’ve never heard of" – Pere Portabella – will tour London’s most engaged cultural institutions from November 2019 until February 2020. Organised by Winstanley Schtinter at Close-Up, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Cafe Oto, Brixton Prison and University of Cambridge.
1 January - 26 February 2020: Essential Cinema

1 January - 26 February 2020: Essential Cinema

Our ongoing repertory series presenting masterpieces from throughout the history of cinema. The current programme focusses on Federico Fellini, in celebration of his centenary.
15 February 2020: Hortensia/Beancé

15 February 2020: Hortensia/Beancé

Maenza made three works in his short, intense career characterised by the concerns of revolution, sexuality, Marxism, Situationism, ritual and collage; the last of which, Hortensia/Beancé is an exercise in filmmaking as political and revolutionary act, a chaotic and explosive social experiment expressed on film but left unfinished at the time of Maenza's death. The screening copy which premieres at Close-Up and closes the London-wide Pere Portabella film survey has been specially edited for the occasion by Pere Portabella and Marcelo Expósito.
16 February 2020: A Simple Event + Saless: Far From Home

16 February 2020: A Simple Event + Saless: Far From Home

Complementing Jonathan Rosenbaum's presentation on Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa we're pleased to present Saeed-Vafa's documentary Saless: Far From Home alongside a rare screening of Sohrab Shahid Saless's debut feature, A Simple Event.
19 February 2020: Peggy and Fred in Hell: Folding

19 February 2020: Peggy and Fred in Hell: Folding

We’re thrilled to welcome Leslie Thornton to present a rare screening of her epic Peggy and Fred in Hell cycle in full.
20 February 2020: Yama – Attack to Attack

20 February 2020: Yama – Attack to Attack

Filmed at the height of Japan’s economic boom of the 1980s, Yama - Attack to Attack is an unflinching record of the struggles of unionised day-labourers in the San’ya district of Tokyo. A vital document that is relevant to this day, exploring the intersection of labour rights, corruption, police violence and class and racial discrimination, highlighting labour and power relations as operating under capitalism.
21 February 2020: The Liberated Film Club XII with Stewart Home

21 February 2020: The Liberated Film Club XII with Stewart Home

It's not dark yet: the shallow months of 2020 watch the final commencement of the Liberated Film Club at Close-Up. We are delighted to welcome writer and artist Stewart Home to introduce the twelfth instalment.

March

14 March 2020: In Harm's Way: The Films of Majed Neisi

14 March 2020: In Harm's Way: The Films of Majed Neisi

Born in Southwest Iran, Majed Neisi has dedicated himself to examining the pathology of war in a succession of Middle Eastern battlegrounds in Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan for two decades, documenting a rare picture of ordinary people's resilience in his often short and straight-to-the-point films. We're delighted to welcome Majed Neisi to Close-Up for the first UK retrospective of his documentaries.

April

2 April 2020: Essay Film Festival: Drylongso

2 April 2020: Essay Film Festival: Drylongso

Seeing Cauleen Smith's debut feature (and only full length fiction film to date) today offers audiences a snapshot into both a community and a specific moment in time. Set in Oakland, California, the film centres around a young African American woman navigating her responsibilities as a breadwinner, daughter and student whilst coming to terms with the threat of violence befalling young men in her community.

Calendar

Thu 20 Feb 8:30pm
Yama – Attack to Attack
Sat 22 Feb 8:15pm
Sun 23 Feb 7:30pm
L’avventura
Mon 24 Feb 8:15pm
La strada
Wed 26 Feb 8:30pm
Satyricon
Sat 14 Mar 6:00pm
Majed Neisi Programme 1
Sat 14 Mar 8:30pm
Majed Neisi Programme 2