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This Month at Close-Up: Czech, Polish and Experimental classics

 
 
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This Month at Close-Up: Czech, Polish and Experimental classics
by Tom Davies - Tuesday, 29 March 2016, 9:57 AM
 

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Following the recent passing away of Czech New Wave director Jan Němec, we pay tribute to one of Czech cinema’s most uncompromising nonconformists with a special screening of his debut feature Diamonds of the Night. In the second of their new strand of monthly screenings at Close-Up, Filmarmalade present a programme of moving image work and performance by Let Me Feel Your Finger First. We are also delighted to host the launch of film publication Fireflies Issue #3 with a special screening of Beau Travail on 35mm. We are extremely proud to be part of the 14th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival! We will host a series of programmes focusing on the great Polish directors that have defined Polish cinema. The Moving Image Research Centre at UEL present Filming the Personal, a programme curated by Jill Daniels and Sally Waterman, exploring the dynamics of paternal relationships. Also this month we have three more screenings in our Take Two series, with Franju / Almodovar; Kaurismaki / Kiarostami and Arnold / Mulligan double bills. And last but by no means least, a real treat with both Un Chien Andalou and L'Age d'or on 35mm!


1 April 2016

Fireflies Issue #3: Claire Denis / Jia Zhangke Launch

We are delighted to host the launch of film publication Fireflies Issue #3. Fireflies Issue #3 focuses on Claire Denis and Jia Zhangke across 160 pages of essays, poetry, fiction, visual art and interviews. The magazine launch will be followed by a screening of Claire Denis' Beau Travail on 35mm!


2 April 2016

Take Two: Eyes Without a Face / The Skin I Live In

How is the interior self can be redetermined through the transformation of the exterior? Two inexplicably beautiful and horrifying genre pieces, which forecast looming advances in posthuman sciences.


3 April 2016

Let Me Feel Your Finger First: Familienalbum

Part of their new strand of screenings at Close-Up, Filmarmalade presents a programme of moving image work and performance by Let Me Feel Your Finger First.


8 April 2016

Un Chien Andalou + L'Âge d'Or

Two classics of Surrealist cinema: The opening sequence of Un Chien Andalou 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. L'Âge d'Or was banned and vilified for many years for its subversive eroticism and furious dissection of 'civilised' values.


9 April 2016

Take Two: I Hired a Contract Killer / Taste of Cherry

Two men seek to end their lives. Two films showing how the unfathomable poetry of the everyday life survive the blackholes of neurosis.


10 April 2016

Take Two: Passage à l'Acte / To Kill a Mockingbird

Six-year-old Scout watches her father raise his dignified fists against bigotry, deceit, injustice and a symbolic rabid dog as he argues his doomed case in a small-town courtroom, in defence of the falsely accused African-American Tom Robinson. Martin Arnold Passage à l'Acte makes a simple breakfast scene from To Kill a Mockingbird look like a surrealist nightmare.


14 April 2016

Diamonds of the Night

Following the recent passing away of Czech New Wave director Jan Němec, we pay tribute to one of Czech cinema’s most uncompromising nonconformists with a special screening of his debut feature Diamonds of the Night, presented by Mehelli Modi, founder of Second Run.


15 - 30 April 2016

Close-Up on Masters of Polish Cinema

As part of the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival, Close-Up will host a series of programmes focusing on the great Polish directors that have defined Polish cinema. The series will start with three early films by Roman Polanski and Jerzy Skolimowski, and move on to explore the work and influences of other Polish directors such as Pawel Pawlikowski, Andrzej Wajda, Andrzej Munk, and Krzysztof Kieślowski to name a few.


21 April 2016

Filming the Personal

Curated by Jill Daniels and Sally Waterman, Filming the Personal is a programme that explores the dynamics of paternal relationships. What are the implications of filming autobiographical subjects? This selection of works reveals a range of everyday encounters, humorous tales, suppressed emotions and tender observations.