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September 2016 at Close-Up: Tarkovsky, Joshua Oppenheimer, and more

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September 2016 at Close-Up: Tarkovsky, Joshua Oppenheimer, and more
by Tom Davies - Thursday, 1 September 2016, 11:05 AM

Close Up Cinema writes:

We return to a full month of film programmes for September - beginning  the month with rarely screened films by Frans Zwartjes, including the recently restored Medea. On Friday we continue our loose series of ethnographic film screenings with the extremely rare César's Bark Canoe, detailing the rapidly disappearing tradition of canoe building in Canada.

For our core programmes this month we focus on two visionary directors, presenting a weekend retrospective on the boundary-pushing documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer, featuring both his award-winning feature films and the complete cycle of his newly re-released early works. We're also honoured to finally bring the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's astonishing, newly restored oeuvre to Close-Up; featuring a selection of guest introductions and a rare screening of Chris Marker's tender, ruminative portrait of the reclusive filmmaker.

Elsewhere this month we host a panel discussion and screening by the German Screen Studies Network, focussing on rhythm and movement in the films of pioneering animator Lotte Reiniger; and finally we begin a new stand of screenings in collaboration with Rattis Books with a screening of Goodbye in the Mirror by Storm de Hirsch, founder member of the Film-Makers' Cooperative.

1 September 2016

Frans Zwartjes' Medea

By popular demand, this is the second and final opportunity in London to see Frans Zwartjes' formerly "lost" film, Medea, with an introduction by curator, and Zwartjes' collaborator, Schtinter. Hailed by Susan Sontag as "the most important experimental filmmaker of his generation," Medea is the Dutch master’s strident, confrontational take on the Euripides tragedy, performed and adapted for stage by Ganci Geraedts and Josee Ruiter. Also screening Fragments: unseen and enigmatic samples reclaimed from Zwartjes' cutting room floor. 


2 September 2016

Ethnographies: César's Bark Canoe

Part of our ongoing screenings of ethnographical films, Paul Harnden Shoemakers presents a very rare screening of César's Bark Canoe by Bernard Gosselin. This documentary shows how a canoe is built the old way. César Newashish, a 67-year-old Attikamek of the Manawan Reserve north of Montreal, uses only birchbark, cedar splints, spruce roots and gum. 


3 - 30 September 2016

Close-Up on Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky belongs to that handful of filmmakers (Dreyer, Bresson, Vigo, Tati) 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. To that end he rejected Eisensteinian montage and developed a demanding, long-take aesthetic, which he thought better able to reveal the deeper truths underlying the ephemeral, performing moment. 


8 September 2016

Films of Rhythm and Movement: Lotte Reiniger and Oskar Fischinger

Part of the German Screen Studies Network 4th Annual Symposium "Living Past, Moving Present" – a three days of screenings, workshops and panel discussions exploring German cinema – we will host a programme of films by Lotte Reiniger and Oskar Fischinger. This screening and panel discussion brings together selected works from Reiniger including Papageno, Thumbelina, Carmen with the commercial film Here and There, screened alongside Oskar Fischinger’s Studie Nr 8. 


9 - 11 September 2016

Close-Up on Joshua Oppenheimer

Joshua Oppenheimer is one of the world's most renowned documentary filmmakers. His multi award-winning films The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence have challenged and redefined perceptions about the very nature of documentary cinema. This season presents all his films including twelve of his early works, revealing how Oppenheimer's instinct for social justice has developed into a fully-fledged art form. 


16 September 2016

Storm De Hirsch: Goodbye in the Mirror

Rattis Books presents Storm De Hirsch's Goodbye in the Mirror: "A determined pixie woman, Storm De Hirsch, went to Rome, got mad, grabbed a camera, and made a feature-length movie. She had never touched the camera before. Then she cut the film in pieces, hid it in trunks, smuggled it back to New York, closed herself in a midtown loft, didn't show herself for a year, then came out with a finished brand new movie, Goodbye in the Mirror." 


19 September 2016

Jem Cohen: Fragments

Following the premiere of Counting here last year, and fresh from his foray at the Estuary Festival, we’re delighted to have Brooklyn-based filmmaker Jem Cohen with us again at Close-Up. Defender of celluloid, advocate of creative, political and social autonomy and one of the medium's natural collaborators, Cohen will discuss his practice whist sharing shorts and fragments from across his prolific body of work. 


24 September 2016

Cosmopolitan Universal Cinema

We are delighted to host a performance by artist and writer Nikhil Vettukattil, Cosmopolitan Universal Cinema based on Kluge's text The Cosmos as Cinema. The performance will be followed by a screening of Kluge's The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time. Both works take different approaches in considering what Miriam Hansen has described as "the historical significance – and imminent loss – of the cinema as a site of different temporalities".