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COMMUNION (KOMUNIA) + Q&A
Dec
6
8:15 PM20:15

COMMUNION (KOMUNIA) + Q&A

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

 
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Close-Up
Jul
10
2:30 PM14:30

Close-Up

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

 
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Fire at Sea
Jun
9
6:30 PM18:30

Fire at Sea

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

 
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Uncertain
Apr
27
8:15 PM20:15

Uncertain

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

 

 
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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

 


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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


 
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The Letters
Apr
24
4:30 PM16:30

The Letters

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

 
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Lost and Beautiful
Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

Lost and Beautiful

LOST AND BEAUTIFUL + Q&A

Italy, 2015. Dir. Pietro Marcello. 87mins

 

A mythical journey into Italian nostalgia.

From the bowels of Vesuvius, Pulcinella, a foolish servant, is sent to present-day Campania to grant the last wish of Tommaso, a simple shepherd: he must rescue a young buffalo called Sarchiapone. In the Royal Palace of Carditello, an abandoned Bourbon residence in the heart of the ‘Land of Fires’, the ruins of which were once looked after by Tommaso, Pulcinella finds the young buffalo and leads him North. The two servants, man and beast, embark upon a long journey throughout a lost and beautiful Italy, at the end of which they will not find quite what they had expected.


Filmmaker and Film Editor in attendance for Q+A

UK Premiere in partnership with Italian Cultural Institute

Saturday 23rd April 2016, 6.30pm, ICA London

 


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Brothers
Apr
22
8:15 PM20:15

Brothers

BROTHERS + Q&A

Poland, 2015. Dir. Wojciech Staroń. 70 mins

An intimate portrait of two brothers returning home.

After 80 years of exile two brothers come back to Poland from Kazakhstan. Their aim is to find their place in this new world. They face obstacles of character differences and disputes. One brother is a painter and a dreamer, the other brother a pragmatic engineer. They attempt to rebuild their lives in spite of the dramatic events that befall them when their house burns down and one brother checks the other in to a care home for the elderly. The race against time begins now. Will they be fast enough?


Preview screening in partnership with Kinoteka Polish Film Festival

Friday 22nd April 2016, 8.15pm, ICA London

 
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Fragment 53
Apr
21
8:15 PM20:15

Fragment 53

FRAGMENT 53

Italy, Switzerland 2015. Dir. Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli & Federico Lodoli. 71mins

UK Premiere

A terrifying and hypnotic glimpse into the face of war.

Fragment 53 is a feature-length documentary film on armed conflict, considered as necessary and universal. Through a series of first-person accounts, warfare is presented as an ineluctable human expression of destructive forces that are simultaneously, universal and individual, real and archetypical. Through the sparse and restless use of a handheld camera, the film maintains a continuous tension between these fighters’ accounts, their faces and bodies, and the eye of the camera. The site is Liberia, a country of peculiar, radical and unsettled conflicts, presenting sceneries, personalities and events ascribable to the essential warfare that the authors aim to evoke.


Followed by Q+A with the filmmakers

UK Premiere

Thursday 21st April 2016, 8.15pm, ICA London

 



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The Other Side
Apr
20
8:15 PM20:15

The Other Side

THE OTHER SIDE + Q&A

2015. Dir. Roberto Minervini. 92mins

Tender and disturbing scenes of the American periphery.

In an invisible territory at the margins of society, at the border between anarchy and illegality, lives a wounded community that is attempting to resist the threat of being forgotten by political institutions and having their rights as citizens trampled. Disarmed veterans, taciturn adolescents, drug addicts looking for escape in love, ex-special forces soldiers still at war with the world, floundering young women and future mothers, and the elderly who have not lost their desire to live, all populate this world. Through this hidden pocket of humanity, a window opens onto the abyss of contemporary America.

 

Followed by Q+A with the director

UK Premiere in partnership with Italian Cultural Institute

ICA, London, 8.15pm, April 20th, 2016

 
 
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