City of the Sun
Jul
14
Jul 20

City of the Sun

CITY OF THE SUN

Dir. Rati Oneli, Georgia/United States/Qatar/Netherlands 2017, 100 min

 

Chiatura is a city in western Georgia. There was a time when it was responsible for supplying 50% of the world's manganese and at its peak, the mine employed up to 10,000 workers. Today, with drastically reduced manganese production, dangerous working conditions and little prospect for any improvement, it is well on its way to becoming a ghost town.

In City of the Sun, the lives, dreams and destinies of extraordinary characters unfold amid the ruins of a semi-abandoned mining town. A music teacher keeps demolishing the city to build a new life for himself and his family, a miner-turned-actor lives in a limbo, unable to make a decision between his passion (theater) and money (working at the mines), and two malnourished champion athletes have to keep running just to survive.

The screening on 14 July is the London premiere

JULY 14TH -20TH, ICA LONDON


The Solitude (La Soledad) +  Q&A
Apr
29
8:15 pm20:15

The Solitude (La Soledad) + Q&A

THE SOLITUDE (LA SOLEDAD) + Q&A

Dir. Jorge Thielen Armand, Venezuela/ Canada/ Italy 2016, 89 mins

A poetic evocation of a decaying world.

Combining sharp social critique with the offbeat poetry of magical realism, La Soledad offers an engaging portrait of the effects of economic catastrophe on individuals’ lives. 

Director Jorge Thielen Armand’s debut feature, this film sees him return to La Soldedad: a house in Venezuela once inhabited by his great-grandparents and now threatened with demolition. The house is dilapidated: antique portraits hang from crumbling walls; garden weeds force their way through the cracks. Yet, in the midst of Venezuela’s economic and political crisis, it has become a sanctuary for those who live there.  

La Soledad not only offers a lyrical evocation of a decaying world but also opens up new possibilities for documentary cinema.

Q&A with director Jorge Thielen Armand will be hosted by Nico Marzano, ICA Film Programmer and FoR Curator.

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE FOR Q+A

UK PREMIERE

APRIL 29TH, 8.15PM, ICA LONDON

 
Mister Universo + Intro
Apr
29
6:00 pm18:00

Mister Universo + Intro

MISTER UNIVERSO + INTRO

Dir. Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel, Austria/Italy, 90 mins

An evocation of a world in which the real and the fantastic are intertwined.

Mister Universo offers a lyrical vision of people working in a dying profession. Through a creative form that blurs the lines between documentary and fiction, it vividly depicts the world of the circus and the stories of its performers.

Centred on the story of young lion tamer Tairo, the film follows his quest across Italy. He is searching for a man who once gave him a good luck charm – a former Mr Universe. As it portrays his journey, the film riffs on the notion of performance, creating a playful, hybrid form that is true to the magical fictions of the circus stage.

LONDON PREMIERE

29 APRIL, 6.00PM, ICA LONDON

 
Aesthetics Of Working - Panel Discussion
Apr
29
4:00 pm16:00

Aesthetics Of Working - Panel Discussion

AESTHETICS OF WORKING

PANEL DISCUSSION

The final panel discussion of the festival will bring together filmmakers, experts and academics to talk about the central themes of the festival, looking at the ethics of representing of labour on film, as well as the importance of considering the infrastructures of working bodies that support the process of filmmaking itself. A particular focus will be the creative and affective methodologies available to documentary cinema, which may include elements of storytelling, fiction, and sensual stimulation.

This panel will be moderated by film critic Wendy Ide (The Observer, Screen) joined by film directors Omar A Razzak (The Calm Tempest) and Jorge Thielen Armand (The Solitude), Dr Denise deCaires Narain (Senior Lecturer in English, University of Sussex & CHASE Director) and Eloise King (Women on Docs).

29 APRIL, 4PM, ICA LONDON

The Calm Tempest (La Tempestad Calmada) + Q&A
Apr
28
8:15 pm20:15

The Calm Tempest (La Tempestad Calmada) + Q&A

THE CALM TEMPEST (LA TEMPESTAD CALMADA) + Q&A

Dir. Omar A. Razzak,  Spain, 2016, 73 mins

A contemplative look at life on an island that used to be a prison.

In the middle of the ocean is a place where past and present meet - an island that used to be a prison. With haunting images and innovative sound design, La Tempestad Calmada tells its story, weaving together the lives of its current inhabitants and memories of the past. 

We see one of the few fishing boats left on the island set off to work for the last time, its journey told through evocative but static shots. Dialogue is often replaced with song, natural sounds or lingering silences. This compelling portrait of a unique place invites us to lose our bearings, asking where history ends and we begin.

This masterclass is presented in collaboration with Open City Docs.

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INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

28 APRIL, 8.15PM, ICA LONDON

 
A Night With Radio Atlas - Radio Documentary Programme
Apr
28
6:15 pm18:15

A Night With Radio Atlas - Radio Documentary Programme

A NIGHT WITH RADIO ATLAS

RADIO DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMME

Radio Atlas is a platform for subtitled audio - documentaries, dramas, works of sound art - made in languages you don’t necessarily speak. At this event we’re screening work which explores what falls through the cracks within language. In ‘Writer’, Katharina Smets enters a room as a reporter but finds her words floating free of their meaning, drawing her deeper into danger. A repeated refrain, from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, begins to embody the tension in the room - ‘That is not what I meant at all’. In ‘My Share of the Sky’, Sheida Jahanbin and Rikke Houd offer an audio language which cracks and fragments. English, Farsi and Norwegian jaggedly interrupt each other, artfully dizzying the listener. We feel the disorientation of Jahanbin as she is forced to move from Iran to Norway in search of a new home, a new language, a new self - lost in translations.

28 APRIL, 6.15PM, ICA LONDON

Gulîstan, Land Of Roses + Intro
Apr
27
8:15 pm20:15

Gulîstan, Land Of Roses + Intro

GULÎSTAN, LAND OF ROSES + INTRO

Dir. Zaynê Akyol, Canada/ Germany, 2016, 86 mins

The story of women who are fighting for their freedom.

Gulîstan left Montreal as a young woman to join the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in its fight against Daesh. Following her story, director Zaynê Akyol brings us a powerful vision of women risking their lives for what they believe in. We see them train in guerrilla tactics, form new friendships. Throughout, the threat of violence continues to grow.

Patient and self-aware, Akyol elicits mesmerising interviews which shed light on the women’s motivations and fears. At root is the question: what is the cost of our freedom?

UK PREMIERE

27 APRIL, 8.15PM, ICA LONDON

 
 Peripheral Bodies - Workshop With Salomé Lamas
Apr
27
6:15 pm18:15

Peripheral Bodies - Workshop With Salomé Lamas

PERIPHERAL BODIES

WORKSHOP WITH SALOME LAMAS

In contemplating her rich body of work, writer and filmmaker Salome Lamas will help the audience explore new areas of documentary filmmaking. She will discuss common themes present both in her feature films and her previous shorts, which test the boundaries between cinema and artist’s film. Lamas will explore issues around representation of memory and storytelling through images, as well as her unique approach to pre-production, and her relationship to the shooting and editing of her films.

Workshop with Salome Lamas will be hosted by Andrea Lissoni – Senior Curator, International Art, Tate Modern.

27 APRIL, 6.15PM, ICA LONDON

Eldorado XXI + Q&A
Apr
26
6:15 pm18:15

Eldorado XXI + Q&A

ELDORADO XXI + Q&A

Dir. Salome Lamas, Portugal/France, 125 mins

A cinematic vignette of life in the highest settlement in the world.

La Rinconada y Cerro Lunar in the Peruvian Andes is the highest settlement in the world - and the site of a gold mine. There in search of their fortune, people live in crowded dwellings, without even enough for subsistence farming. Miners work for months with no payment – in exchange, they are allowed to explore the mines for their own profit for just four hours every thirty days.

Eldorado XXI tells complex, bleak stories through a haunting, contemplative film form, which constantly demands an active audience. Questioning established documentary conventions, it troubles the line between reality and myth, renegotiating the relationship between the known and the unknown.

Q&A with director Salome Lamas will be hosted by Gareth Evans Film Curator, Whitechapel Gallery.     

 

 

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE FOR Q+A

26 APRIL, 6.15PM, ICA LONDON

 
Manufacturing Reality - Masterclass With Pawel Lozinski
Apr
26
5:00 pm17:00

Manufacturing Reality - Masterclass With Pawel Lozinski

MANUFACTURING REALITY

MASTERCLASS WITH PAWEL LOZINSKI

What are the ethical issues that arise when attempting to represent psychotherapy on screen? Filmmaker Pawel Lozinski will discuss the process of making his latest film, You Have No Idea How Much I Love You, and his practice in general as a form of visually manufacturing reality. He will explore practical filmmaking decisions and editorial choices as a type of storytelling designed to emotionally affect and manipulate the viewers’ experience of the film.

Masterclass with Pawel Lozinski will be hosted by Laure Bonville, London Film Festival programmer.

26 APRIL, 5PM, ICA LONDON

You Have No Idea How Much I Love You (Nawet Nie Wiesz, Jak Bardzo Cie Kocham) + Q&A
Apr
25
8:00 pm20:00

You Have No Idea How Much I Love You (Nawet Nie Wiesz, Jak Bardzo Cie Kocham) + Q&A

YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU (NAWET NIE WIESZ, JAK BARDZO CIĘ KOCHAM) + Q&A

Dir. Paweł Łoziński, Poland, 76 mins

An intimate conversation on family, trauma and love.

In a therapist’s office, an estranged mother and daughter slowly begin to speak. As the conversation continues, old wounds and deeply buried emotions gradually surface. The therapist guides them carefully throughout, bridging the distance between them. 

Taking us to the heart of this painfully intimate scene, You Have No Idea How Much I Love You offers a nuanced mediation on family, vulnerability and the complexity of our relationships with those we love. As it does so, it reflects on the role of documentary film itself, probing its potential as a form of mediation and empathetic representation.

There is a Q&A with director Pawel Lozinski following the screening, hosted by film critic Wendy Ide

This screening is presented in association and with the support of Kinoteka Polish FIlm Festival

 
 

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PREVIEW SCREENING

25 APRIL, 8.00PM, ICA LONDON

 
Why We Write - Roundtable hosted by Eric Hynes
Apr
25
6:15 pm18:15

Why We Write - Roundtable hosted by Eric Hynes

WHY WE WRITE

ROUNDTABLE ON DOCUMENTARY CRITICISM HOSTED BY ERIC HYNES

Hosted by film critic and curator Eric Hynes, with a participation of an Editor David Jenkins, (Little White Lies), a Production Editor  Isabel Stevens (Sight & Sound) and a film critic Simran Hans this roundtable will include different perspectives on the role of documentary criticism, from considerations of nonfiction artistry and filmmaking practices to the role of film in challenging and shaping society. What is the current status of documentary criticism in the wider field? What stories get published? Whose voices get published and read? Critics and editors weigh in, exploring why, how, and the varied ways in which they write.

25 APRIL, 6.15PM, ICA LONDON

The Human Surge (El Auge Del Humano) + Q&A
Apr
23
7:45 pm19:45

The Human Surge (El Auge Del Humano) + Q&A

THE HUMAN SURGE (EL AUGE DEL HUMANO) + Q&A

Dir. Eduardo Williams, Argentina/ Brazil/ Portugal, 97 mins

An innovative look at young people’s quest for fulfilment across the world

Compelling and formally innovative, The Human Surge explores what it means to live and work in the digital present. Taking us into the lives of young people in different geographical locations, it offers a perspective that is at once intimate and global. 

Eschewing quick narrative links and easy conclusions, the film moves slowly, paying attention to the details of its subjects’ lives, the rhythms of their days. Throughout, it moves between countries and cameras: Mozambique is shot on a pocket Blackmagic, Argentina on 16mm film. Opening up new networks and points of contact between different stories, it meditates on the possibilities – and impossibilities - of connection, asking: what new forms of intimacy are possible in the contemporary moment?

The Argentinian focus programme on Sunday 23 April is presented in association and with the support of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London CSSD

 
 

FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE FOR Q+A

23 APRIL, 7.45PM, ICA LONDON

 
The Future Perfect (El Futuro Perfecto) + Skype Q&A
Apr
23
5:45 pm17:45

The Future Perfect (El Futuro Perfecto) + Skype Q&A

THE FUTURE PERFECT (EL FUTURO PERFECTO) + SKYPE Q&A

Dir. Nele Wohlatz, Argentina, 65 mins

A visual exploration of isolation and translation.

The Future Perfect is a story of translation and transition, following 17-year-old Xiaobin as she moves between countries and languages, developing a new identity in the process.

Determined to gain independence from her family, Xiaobin has left China for Argentina – a country where she does not speak the language. In The Future Perfect, the process of learning Spanish becomes a metaphor for her development, framing her journey from arrival as an isolated young newcomer to the moment she can fully take ownership of her desires and ambitions - when she finally learns the conditional, the tense of the hypothetical future.

Skype Q&A with director Nele Wohlatz following the screening will be hosted by Maria Delgado.

The Argentinian focus programme on Sunday 23 April is presented in association and with the support of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London CSSD

 
 

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LONDON PREMIERE

23 APRIL, 5.45PM, ICA LONDON

 
Docile Bodies (Los Cuerpos Dociles) + Skype Q&A
Apr
23
3:30 pm15:30

Docile Bodies (Los Cuerpos Dociles) + Skype Q&A

DOCILE BODIES (LOS CUERPOS DOCILES) + SKYPE Q&A

Dir. Diego Gachassin, Matías Scarvaci , Argentina/ Brazil, 75 mins

An investigation of the politics of the forbidden.

A raw and moving film, Docile Bodies explores the experience of marginalisation in the criminal justice system. Following the complex relationship between lawyer Alfredo Garcia Kalb and two of his young clients, the film takes viewers into the Argentinian legal world, laying bare its processes, the penalties it imposes and the painful consequences for the two men and their families. 

Here, the line between the personal and professional is often blurred. As it builds up a complex picture of the lawyer’s role, the film asks us to reflect on the ethics of the law, questioning what is allowed and what is forbidden.

Skype Q&A with directors Diego Gachassin and Matías Scarvaci following the screening will be hosted by Kieron Corless, the deputy editor of Sight & Sound

The Argentinian focus programme on Sunday 23 April is presented in association and with the support of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London CSSD

 
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UK PREMIERE

23 APRIL, 3.30PM, ICA LONDON

 
STOP PLAY RECORD PRESENTS: Eduardo Williams In Conversation
Apr
23
2:00 pm14:00

STOP PLAY RECORD PRESENTS: Eduardo Williams In Conversation

STOP PLAY RECORD PRESENTS:

EDUARDO WILLIAMS IN CONVERSATION

Workshop with Eduardo Williams

Filmmaker Eduardo Williams discusses his transition from making shorts to feature-length films, as well as his artistic influences. He will talk about the way he has approached the representation of labouring bodies on screen throughout his career, and how he uses different geographical settings to tell stories. Clips from his previous short films and artist videos will be shown to illustrate the poetics of his work.

This event is presented by STOP PLAY RECORD and hosted by Chloe Trayner, Producer and Associate Programmer at Bertha DocHouse.

23 APRIL,  2PM, ICA LONDON

Mogadishu Soldier + Q&A
Apr
22
6:30 pm18:30

Mogadishu Soldier + Q&A

MOGADISHU SOLDIER + Q&A

Dir. Torstein Grude, Norway/Denmark, 84 mins

A raw exploration of life in a Somalian warzone

Mogadishu Soldier places the camera in the hands of two soldiers. Over the course of a year, they record their lives in Mogadishu, the war-torn Somalian capital where jihadist militants are attempting to take control. 

Through their eyes, we see fights and their shocking aftermath, as well as witnessing the impact of war on people’s everyday lives. Revealing both the horrific and the mundane aspects of war, the film offers an unsentimental, multifaceted and truly unique insight into the experience of conflict.

Q&A with director Torstein Grude will be hosted by Nadia Denton, writer and film programmer.

 

 

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UK PREMIERE

22 APRIL, 6.30PM, ICA LONDON

 
About The Other  - Masterclass With Joshua Oppenheimer
Apr
22
4:00 pm16:00

About The Other - Masterclass With Joshua Oppenheimer

ABOUT THE OTHER

MASTERCLASS WITH JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER

Frames of Representation is delighted to welcome Joshua Oppenheimer, the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning director of the ground-breaking documentaries The Act of Killing (2012) and The Look of Silence (2014) to host an exclusive event about his filmmaking methodologies and practice. In this masterclass, Oppenheimer will focus on the representation and perception of the ‘other’, and the concept of otherness in documentary cinema. He will discuss some of the ethical challenges of documentary filmmaking through examples from his work.

22 APRIL , 4PM, ICA LONDON

Machines + Q&A
Apr
21
8:15 pm20:15

Machines + Q&A

MACHINES + Q&A

Dir. Rahul Jain, India/ Germany, 2016, 75 Mins

A compelling look behind the doors of an Indian textile factory

Exploring the human cost of mass production in our globalised world, Machines takes the viewer on a journey deep into the bowels of a vast and disorientating structure: a textile factory in Gujarat, India. Day and night, its engines run; in dim rooms, men operate machinery, dye intricately patterned fabrics; young children hunt through waste and work without time to rest.

Since the 1960s, India has seen unprecedented, unregulated industrialisation. Through powerful interviews and vivid images, this film foregrounds the stories of its workers. Evoking the unrelenting rhythm of factory life, it lays bare the exploitation and hardship at the heart of contemporary capitalism.

Q&A with director Rahul Jain following the screening will be hosted byNico Marzano, ICA Film Programmer and FoR Curator

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UK PREMIERE

21 APRIL , 8.15PM, ICA LONDON

 
Dialogue On Labour - Talk With Rahul Jain
Apr
21
6:00 pm18:00

Dialogue On Labour - Talk With Rahul Jain

DIALOGUE ON LABOUR

TALK WITH RAHUL JAIN

Examining the process leading up to his debut documentary feature Machines, Rahul Jain will talk about the role of the director as someone responsible both for documenting reality and managing the ethical challenges of making a film about the exploitation of workers. Jain will discuss the implications of different filmmaking styles, the dangers of romanticising poverty, and the importance of the visible and invisible working relationships and collaborations that are built into all aspects of the film’s production.

Talk with Raul Jain will be hosted by Dr Nicole Wolf.

21 APRIL, 6PM, ICA LONDON

COMMUNION (KOMUNIA) + Q&A
Dec
6
8:15 pm20:15

COMMUNION (KOMUNIA) + Q&A

  • ica london

COMMUNION (KOMUNIA) + Q&A

Dir. Anna Zamecka, 2016, 73mins

When adults are ineffectual, children have to grow up quickly. Ola is 14 and she takes care of her dysfunctional father, autistic brother and a mother who lives separately; but most of all she tries to reunite the family. She lives in the hope of bringing her mother back home. Her 13 year old brother Nikodem’s Holy Communion is a pretext for the family to meet up and Ola is entirely responsible for preparing the perfect family celebration. "Communion" reveals the beauty of the rejected, the strength of the weak and the need for change when change seems impossible. This crash course in growing up teaches us that no failure is final. Especially when love is in question.

UK Premiere with Director Q&A

December 6th, 20:15, ICA London

 
Close-Up
Jul
10
2:30 pm14:30

Close-Up

  • institute of contemporary arts

IN MEMORY OF ABBAS KIAROSTAMI: CLOSE-UP

Dir. Abbas Kiarostami, 1990, 94mins

A brilliant exploration of the power of cinema, Close-Up reconstructs the true story of a cinephile’s attempt to become a filmmaker he admires. Hossein Sabzian introduces himself as celebrated Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and, under the pretext of working on a film project, enters the private life of a well-to-do Tehran family and eventually faces fraud charges. The film blends documentary and fiction within a sublime, sharp cinematic language frame by featuring the actual people involved while constantly playing with fictional film form. Close-Up is widely considered to be Kiarostami’s masterpiece.

JULY 10TH, 14:30, ICA LONDON

 
Western
Jun
25
6:15 pm18:15

Western

WESTERN + Q&A

Dirs. Bill and Turner Ross, 2015, 93mins

The third feature-length documentary by brothers Bill and Turner Ross, Western is an intimate portrait of two neighbouring towns situated on opposite sides of the Texas-Mexico border. Though they have long lived in tranquillity, the communities of Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico find themselves increasingly threatened by the violence of drug cartels. With lyrical imagery and immersive observations of the everyday lives of the town residents, the film offers a compassionate account of the human cost of violence.

Followed by a Q&A with Bill & Turner Ross

Presented in partnership with Open City Docs

June 25th, 18:15, ICA London

 
Fire at Sea
Jun
9
6:30 pm18:30

Fire at Sea

  • ICA

FIRE AT SEA (FUOCOMMARE)

PREVIEW SCREENING + DIRECTOR Q&A

Dir. Gianfranco Rosi, Italy/France 2015, 108 mins

Samuele is 12 years old and lives on an island in the middle of the sea. He goes to school, loves shooting his slingshot and going hunting. He likes land games, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and the men, women and children who try to cross it to get to his island. But his is not an island like the others - its name is Lampedusa and it is the most symbolic border of Europe, crossed by thousands of migrants in the last 20 years in search of freedom.

Followed by a Q&A with director Gianfranco Rosi

ICA LONDON, JUNE 9TH 2016, 6.30PM

 
Closing Night Drinks
Apr
27
Apr 28

Closing Night Drinks

CLOSING NIGHT DRINKS WITH MUBI

After one week of screenings and events we'll be celebrating our inaugural year over a drink with audience and filmmakers. Join us after screening of UNCERTAIN: the final FRAMES of REPRESENTATION event of 2016, for drinks in the ICA bar with artist Martina Amati providing music and visuals.

April 27th, 10pm-12.30am, ICA Bar

 
Uncertain
Apr
27
8:15 pm20:15

Uncertain

  • Institute of Contemporary Arts

UNCERTAIN + Q&A

USA, 2015. Dir. Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands. 82mins

A cinematic and disarmingly funny portrait of the troubled waters of Uncertain,Texas.

A town with 94 inhabitants sits on the brink of extinction and quite literally on the edge of a vast, swampy lake that is being choked by an aquatic weed, upsetting the natural balance and the town’s only source of livelihood. In a town so tucked away “you’ve got to be lost to find it", three Uncertain men make their own bids for survival in looking for a more certain future. An ex-convict becomes obsessed with hunting Mr. Ed, a gigantic boar, in order to stay sober. A young diabetic with big ideas but few prospects fights for a bigger life. An ageing fisherman reluctantly lets go of his youthful ways and makes peace with one fateful moment thirty years ago.

 

Filmmaker in attendance via Skype for Q+A

UK Premiere

Wednesday 27th April 2016, 8.15pm, ICA London

 

 
Peripheral Vision
Apr
27
6:30 pm18:30

Peripheral Vision

PERIPHERAL VISION: A PANEL DISCUSSION

Are there documentary subjects that should not be beautified? This panel will feature a distinguished group of filmmakers including award winning filmmaker George Amponsah, producer Dionne Walker (The Hard Stop), directors James Spinney & Peter Middleton (Notes on Blindness), artist filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman (Estate, a Reverie) and chaired by filmmaker and academic Treasa O'Brien. The panel will discuss the ethics of aesthetics in their documentary filmmaking praxis. This ongoing debate will address the present difficult relationship between the cinematic lens and the peripheral life of a subject.

Wednesday April 27th, 6.30pm, ICA London

 



Behemoth
Apr
26
8:15 pm20:15

Behemoth

BEHEMOTH + Q&A

 

China, 2015. Dir. Zhao Liang. 95mins

A literary reflection on the industrial monster devouring the Mongolian prairies.

In the Old Testament, the mountains are the domain of a monster named Behemoth; in modern times the vast mining industry has taken this monster’s place. With a violent roar, the mountain spews iron ore and coal with an infernal billowing smoke that leaves the resident workers struggling against fatigue and suffocation. The silence of the dreamlike Chinese landscapes is broken only by the thundering cacophony of explosions set to create a new entrance to the mine. Sheep farmers and their herds have been driven from bright green pastures to make way for the ever-expanding mining industry; sick miners with ruined lungs lay dying in the local hospitals. A mountain paradise is mutated into an industrial zone surrounded by ghost towns of brand-new, deserted apartment blocks.


Filmmaker in attendance for Q+A

UK Premiere

Tuesday 26th April 2016, 8.15pm, ICA London

 


New Chinese Documentary
Apr
26
6:30 pm18:30

New Chinese Documentary

MASTERCLASS WITH XIAOLU GUO

Xiaolu Guo, director of How Is Your Fish Today? (2006) and She, a Chinese (2009), and author of I Am China, will give a masterclass on the state of documentary filmmaking in China. Responding to Zhao Liang’s film Behemoth (2015), and through clips of her own films, Guo will discuss elements such as narrative, language, landscape, history, environment and institutional frameworks.

Tuesday April 26th,  6.30pm, ICA London


 
Kings of Nowhere
Apr
24
6:20 pm18:20

Kings of Nowhere

KINGS OF NOWHERE + Q&A 

Mexico, 2015. Dir. Betzabé García. 83mins


An immersive vision of a submerged Mexican village.

Betzabé García’s debut documentary feature Kings of Nowhere is a beautiful, absorbing exposé of San Marcos, in Northwestern Mexico. Three families live in a village partially submerged by water: Pani and Paula do not want to close their tortilleria and spend their spare time rescuing the town from ruins; Miro and his parents dream of leaving but can’t; Yoya and Jaimito live in fear but have everything they need. With a delicate, unobtrusive approach, we witness their daily lives as we navigate through the melancholy of a place that is slowly disappearing.

Followed by filmmaker Q&A via Skype

Sunday 24th April 2016, 6.20pm, ICA London


 
The Letters
Apr
24
4:30 pm16:30

The Letters

  • Institute of Contemporary Arts

THE LETTERS + Q&A
 

Mexico, 2015. Dir. Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez. 77mins

A sensuous and philosophical story of corruption.

Behind the dark, sensuous and almost hallucinatory imagery, a grim story is smouldering about a school teacher and social activist, who after a questionable trial was convicted for killing four police officers in a Mexican province. The letters he wrote to his daughter from prison are a fierce indictment against a corrupt system. Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez attempts to transcend the traditional constraints of the documentary genre in favour of a sensorial and suggestive practice, without losing sight of its political and social message. Just as the activist’s letters to his daughter instil courage for continued resistance, The Letters is a film that inspires a renewed faith in the artistic relevance of documentary filmmaking.


Filmmaker in attendance via Skype for Q+A

UK Premiere

Sunday 24th April 2016, 4pm, ICA London