What's On This Week
The Bicycle Thieves on 16mm
The Castle Cinema
This landmark Italian neorealist drama tells the story of an unemployed man who finds a coveted job that requires a bicycle. When it is stolen on his first day of work, he and his young son begin a frantic search, learning valuable lessons along the way. Presented by Cine-real, one of the only film clubs in the UK to exclusively play films on 16mm format.
The Raft + ScreenTalk
The Man Behind the Microphone
Maghreb Ciné is back with a fascinating portrait of Hedi Jouini, the most popular music star in Tunisian history, also known as the "Frank Sinatra of Tunisia". His songs continue to inspire, striking at the heart of the post-colonial social and political upheaval of Tunisia and its continuing search for identity in the wake of the Arab Spring.
London Unplugged + Q&A
Drifting Shadows: Masterpieces of Finnish Cinema
Cinema in Finland got a flying start with a visit of the Lumière company in 1896, but for a long time it remained a treasure for domestic consumption only. This programme sheds light on one of the most overlooked Nordic national cinemas which is currently enjoying a boom in audience success, production volume, and versatility.
Lantern Arts Centre
As part of their Borough of Culture programme, FilmMerton invite you to the first screening of their 2019 Film Festival - Food on Film pop-up cinema season. The most tempting of all sweets becomes the key weapon in a battle of sensual pleasure versus disciplined self-denial in Chocolat, a charmingly light-hearted fable featuring a lovely central performance by Juliette Binoche.
Hale County This Morning, This Evening + Q&A
Dazzling and sun-drenched, Hale County This Morning, This Evening was filmed over five years and is constructed from fleeting moments – church services, basketball practice and family gatherings. It offers an urgent and current political critique, questioning issues of representation and stereotype prevalent in images of Black America. Followed by Q&A with director RaMell Ross.
Zama + intro
The Exchange Twickenham
Diego de Zama is an 18th-century administrator in the service of imperial Spain, who appears to have covered himself in military glory, yet his 'reward' is a posting to a colonial backwater. Blighted by bureaucratic setbacks, he brings to mind Kafka's Joseph K as his increasingly frantic efforts to escape his colonial prison lead to nought. The film will be introduced by Dr Jon Hackett from St Mary’s University.
Turn Up the Archive: Black British Sitcoms
Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Celebrate Black British sitcom legends The Fosters, Desmond’s, The Real McCoyand No Problem! with a playful evening of memories, film and stand-up comedy. Presented in partnership with FOC IT UP (Femmes of Colour) Comedy Club, the night will feature the best women and femme comedians to shine new light on the sitcoms and Turn Up the Archive.
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