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August at CLOSE-UP: Ousmane Sembène, Nanni Moretti, Peter Hutton, and August closures

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August at CLOSE-UP: Ousmane Sembène, Nanni Moretti, Peter Hutton, and August closures
by Tom Davies - Monday, 31 July 2017, 10:09 AM

CLOSE-UP Film Centre writes:

Following this weekend's culmination of our John Cassavetes and On the Road seasons we will be taking a two week break – returning to our usual programming and opening hours in mid-August, with a season on the father of African cinema, the great Ousmane Sembène. This programme presents an overview of Sembène's oeuvre, featuring eight films, six of which will be screened from 35mm prints.

This month we're also proud to present a tribute to the visionary artist Peter Hutton, one year on from his passing, in collaboration with Rattis Books. Presenting the first substantial screening of Hutton’s works in London in a decade, this two-night programme focuses on a cross-section the filmmaker’s intimate and lush portraits of urban, rural and marine environments. We’re pleased to welcome Ed Halter – critic, curator and co-founder of Light Industry in New York – to introduce the programme.

Finally, marking the Italian auteur's birthday we’re pleased to present Nanni Morreti’s wry, affectionate and very funny odyssey through the Roman suburbs, the Aeolian Isles, and the Italian health system. Travelling around a deserted Rome in mid-August, Dear Diary presents a testimony and love letter to cinema, Italy and life.


Please note: Close-Up will be closed from Monday 31 July through to Sunday 13 August. There will be no library or box office during this period. Any enquiries please email and we will endeavour to get back to you when we re-open on Monday 14 August.

Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused, and wishing you all a wonderful summer!


15 - 27 August 2017

Close-Up on Ousmane Sembène

A former bricklayer and soldier turned trade union organiser, Sembène is widely recognised today as one of the most prolific African writers and film makers. Sembène’s significance moves beyond the question of his productivity. He is celebrated today throughout Africa and around the world as the first African creative artist with a “virginal faith” in the redemptive and galvanising power of art and as a filmmaker who used the barrel of the camera to restore the African self-image. Featuring two screenings of Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman's documentary Sembene!, the first of which will feature a live performance with jazz guitarist and singer Muntu Valdo. 


19 August 2017

Dear Diary

Screened on 35mm. Nanni Moretti earned Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival for this unusual and deceptively simple melange of humorous and sober musings told in three vignettes. Relaxed and leisurely, Dear Diary is an effortless blend of documentary and fiction: part road movie, part sociological satire, part polemical reminiscence. In the first segment, wanderings and coincidences reveal Moretti’s views on cinema as he naively takes in a screening of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. The second episode, set in Sicily, riotously reflects on the lapse of the politics of the 1960s into marginality. In the final segment, Moretti touchingly turns the camera on his own struggle with cancer. 


30 - 31 August 2017

Peter Hutton's Haikus

Screened on 16mm. Drawing on the traditions of 19th-century landscape painting and still photography, Hutton's contemplative, meticulously composed films unfold as a series of tableaux separated by black leader. "Hutton's black and white haikus are an exquisite distillation of the cinematic eye. The limitations imposed – no colour, no sound, no movement, no direct cuts since the images are born and die in black – ironically entail an ultimate freedom of the imagination. ...If pleasure can disturb, Hutton's ploys emerge in full focus. These materialising then evaporating images don't ignite, but conjure strains of fleeting panoramas of detached bemusement. Hutton's contained-with-in-the-frame juxtapositions are filmic explorations of the benign and the tragic."