Featured

23 December 2019 - 31 January 2020: Essential Cinema


Our ongoing repertory series presenting masterpieces from throughout the history of cinema. The current programme particularly focusses on fairytales, folklore, ghost stories and the uncanny.
read more

January

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.
18 January - 8 February 2020: In Harm's Way: The Films of Majed Neisi

18 January - 8 February 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.
19 - 22 January 2020: Reminiscences of Jonas Mekas

19 - 22 January 2020: Reminiscences of Jonas Mekas

A year after his passing, the Lithuanian Culture Institute and Close-Up remember the great Jonas MekasThis programme presents his first diary film, Walden, alongside the rarely screened epic As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty – both projected from 16mm prints.

February

2 February 2020: Shoah: Holocaust Memorial Day

2 February 2020: Shoah: Holocaust Memorial Day

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) we present a commemorative screening of Claude Lanzmann's nine-hour opus Shoah. Using no archival footage, Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies, employing a circular, free-associative method in assembling them. The intellectual yet emotionally overwhelming Shoah is not a film about excavating the past but an intensive portrait of the ways in which the past is always present.
15 - 16 February 2020: Jonathan Rosenbaum on Portabella & Saeed-Vafa

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.

Calendar

Sat 18 Jan 6:00pm
Majed Neisi Programme 1
Sat 18 Jan 8:30pm
Majed Neisi Programme 2
Sun 19 Jan 2:00pm
As I Was Moving Ahead...
Sun 19 Jan 7:30pm
L’avventura
Mon 20 Jan 8:15pm
The Spirit of the Beehive
Tue 21 Jan 8:15pm
Pere Portabella Short Films
Wed 22 Jan 7:00pm
Walden
Fri 24 Jan 8:15pm
Carles Santos Short Films