This meet up is for 'The Museum' by leading Israeli director Ran Tal. Nominated for the Best Documentary prize at the 2018 Israeli Film Festival, the film is being shown as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival. Please see below for a short description, taken from the Cine Luminere website:
Ran Tal (Children of the Sun, Garden of Eden) spent 18 months chronicling the Israel Museum, the country’s most important cultural institution. Roaming its galleries, storage spaces, labs and conference rooms and speaking with an array of employees and visitors, Tal offers a rare look behind the scenes and presents the museum as a unique microcosm of contemporary Israeli society, which reflects its good, bad and rather absurd elements.
The trailer can be found here:
The running time is 72mins and we'll head out after the film for food, drink and a discussion of the film for those that are interested.
Any questions, just drop me a comment.
This meetup is to watch the 2.30pm screening of the landmark anti-war film 'Oh! What a Lovely War' starring Colin Farrell, Maggie Smith, Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Olivier. For people who have time, after the film, we'll go to a cafe to discuss the film. Contact Heather on[masked] with any questions. A description of the film from the BFI website is below.
An adaptation of a stage show with a genius concept and a narrative woven from period songs – no not Mamma Mia!, but a landmark anti-war film. Essentially ‘Lions Led by Donkeys – the musical,’ the film’s Brighton-pier settings and cheery music-hall songs run progressively counter to the devastating fate of the cannon-fodder Tommies. Attenborough’s final shot is brilliant and shattering.
"A biting sense of topicality pervades this passionate account of the murder of protesters at a mass pro-democracy protest in Manchester in 1819 ... Mike Leigh brings an overwhelming simplicity and severity to this historical epic, which begins with rhetoric and ends in violence. There is force, grit and, above all, a sense of purpose" (Guardian) (https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/sep/01/peterloo-review-grit-and-brilliance-in-mike-leighs-very-british-massacre)
‘Elaine May directs and also stars as Henrietta, a botanist who dreams of the day when a frond, herb or previously unclassified fern will be named for her. Walter Matthau plays Henry, an aging bon vivant who has squandered his fortune and is told by his butler that he has few choices: Suicide, perhaps, or marrying money …
"A New Leaf " is a love story about these two people, who are in desperate need of each other even if he doesn't know it. It is one of the funniest movies of our unfunny age’ (Roger Ebert - https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/a-new-leaf-1971)
"An erotic webcam performer is plunged into a nightmarish world of duplicity and fear in this provocative techno-shocker."
This is a thriller/ horror set in the US web cam/ porn industry, written by a former web cam- sex worker.
Ambitious camgirl Alice (known to fans as Lola) is desperate to hit number one in the chatroom charts and knock main rival, enduring fan favourite Baby, off the coveted top spot. Inching slowly up the league tables with her increasingly outlandish and risqué shows, Alice’s hard work appears to be paying off. However, one day she finds herself unable to access her account and inexplicably discovers that Lola is still active online. But who is this mysterious virtual doppelgänger and how can Alice stop her? Collaborating closely with friend and former sex worker Isa Mazzei, Daniel Goldhaber’s whip-smart, impressively dextrous thrill ride skilfully sidesteps all-too familiar moralising about the perils and supposed shame of sex work, instead offering up a refreshingly progressive critique on internet privacy and the commodification of the female body in a digital age.
RSVP when you have booked your seat. I am in M14.
Directors Messora and Salaviza previously lived in Pedra Branca, which informs their deep understanding of the world they portray and the intimacy imbued in their characters.
Following the death of his father and in a state of mourning, Henrique Ihjãc Krahô becomes grudgingly aware of his destiny as a shaman. Unwilling to respond to this calling, he runs away to the city.
Shot on 16mm and featuring immersive sound design, this is a captivating reality-made-fiction piece which holds its spellbinding presence from beginning to end.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year, The Dead and the Others is a sophisticated and sensitive film, detailed in its representation of Brazil’s indigenous people and inspiring in its innovative use of cinematic language.
Set in Columbus, a small city in Indiana famed worldwide for its striking modernist architecture and public art, this off-kilter love story is about the meeting of minds between Jin (John Cho) and Casey (Haley Lu Richardson).
Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, is stuck in Columbus, where he attends to his sick father. Casey, an aspiring architecture student, has chosen to remain in Columbus to care for her mother - a recovering addict.
These two lost and troubled souls find each other through their exploration of the town, its buildings and their conflicted emotions on family and the ties that bind them.
PLEASE NOTE: This showing has limited availability as it is at the small Minema screen at Curzon Bloomsbury. To avoid missing out, please book soon after RSVPing.
Duration: 104 minutes
Tickets: £16.50 plus £1 booking fee
Book for the 3.50pm showing at: https://www.curzoncinemas.com/bloomsbury/film-info/columbus
This meetup is for the 7.30pm screening of new British film SINK followed by a Q&A with writer/director Mark Gillis and lead actor Martin Herdman. This is a London-set drama that tells the story of Micky Mason, a skilled manual worker who, since the crash, can find nothing but menial zero hours jobs. He takes a course of action that is completely out of character, but it’s the only way he can see of keeping his family together. Sink is about surviving, but it’s not all anguish and despair – it’s also warm and tender. It’s about people finding their way through.
This meetup is for the 3pm screening of Lenin's Guard at the Barbican. This film sounds fascinating but be warned - it's 3 hours long! After the film, for those who have time, we'll go for a drink to talk about the film. There are still quite a lot of tickets left but it's selling out fast, so book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Here's information on the film:
Three young friends meet again in post-war Moscow and discover a new society characterised by openness, liberalisation and optimism.
Meandering through everyday life of the Moscow new intelligentsia, Lenin’s Guard conjures a rarely seen vision of Soviet youth, as liberated children of WWII.
The film is notable for incorporating New Wave elements: non-actors and non-staged scenes, including documentary footage of a poetry evening by Yevgeny Yevtushenko and other prominent Soviet poets living in Moscow at that time, as well as a party scene with a young Andrey Tarkovsky.
The Thaw was unprecedented time when many great writers emerged and the poets were like modern-day pop stars, holding their poetry readings in packed stadiums. Led by Nikita Khrushchev, the era was characterised by new enthusiasm about Socialist society and its achievements.
The ever-generous, radical and playful Agnès Varda (who turned 90 this year) hits the road with her unlikely collaborator JR, casting their distinct visions on life in rural France.
The unconventional duo share a passion for images and how they’re created, displayed and shared; Agnès Varda through cinema, JR through his arresting outdoor installations. Inspired by this connection, they set out in JR’s photo booth-enhanced truck, exploring the villages and small towns of rural France and meeting its residents – all the while creating large-scale portraits plastered across unconventional locations.
What follows is a heart-warming insight into unnamed communities, documented here in Varda’s typically playful and tender manner. A Cannes Film Festival award-winner and Academy Award nominee, Faces Places is a deeply charming and life-affirming look at not only the subtle power of community, but the inspiration that comes from the most cross-generational of friendships.
In French with English subtitles
Seats cost £12
We will meet back in the foyer afterwards to go for a drink/food and discussion.