A mini-season of films that each address a specific place or places, using techniques of documentary and fiction, essay and narrative, to undermine our assumptions about genre and offer in turn, intelligent, beautiful and humorous comments on the human condition.
Man of the Story (Kathapurushan)
Adoor Gopalakrishnan | India/Japan | 1995 | 102 min | Malayalam with English subtitles
Man of the Story begins with the birth of Kunjunni (Vishwanathan) in 1937, and covers forty-five years of history in the Indian state of Kerala. Director Gopalakrishnan creates a multi-layered narrative combining the personal with the political, running Kunjunni’s developing consciousness parallel to the evolution of Kerala and India as a nation. The result is a thoughtful and dramatic film that succeeds in being both grand in scale and intimate in tone.
Sunday, 8 November at 7.00pm
Georg Tiller | Austria/Poland/Taiwan | 2015 | 70 min | English and Chinese with English subtitles
Artist and filmmaker Georg Tiller’s carefully structured examination of the world-wide coal industry brings together sequences inspired by Herman Melville’s The Confidence Man, following the journey of a Polish coal transport ship and a male figure dressed as though of the silent film era. Alongside this, the environment of the world’s largest coal-burning power plant in Taychung, Taiwan is calmly observed in beautiful, meditative, static, long takes that contrasts the clamour and calmness of industrial spaces.
Sunday, 15 November at 7.00pm
Alluvion / Evergreen
Sasha Litvintseva | UK | 2013 | 31min
A family holiday, an ethnographic portrait, an observation of tourism as industry and industrial space in a Turkish coastal town. Artist Sasha Litvintseva has created a beguiling visual and aural experience, musing on our complex interactions with built and natural environments, history and the present.
Sasha Litvintseva | UK | 2014 | 50 min
Narrative and non-narrative sequences are expertly woven together to investigate and deconstruct notions of architecturally civilised spaces and their elevation to spectacle by the ever present traveller.
Sunday, 22 November at 7.00pm
Our Beloved Month of August (Aquele Quirido Mês de Agosto)
Miguel Gomes | Portugal/France | 2008 | 147 min | Portuguese with English subtitles
In rural Portugal, a film crew tries to capture the authentic lives of the inhabitants of the mountain villages during their summer festivities. Establishing this premise and then cleverly dismantling it, Miguel Gomes award-winning ode to his native Portugal makes documentary and fiction imperceptible, playing with sound, image and music to create an irresistible work of cinema.
Sunday, 29 November at 7.00pm
Britni West | USA | 2015 | 76 min
Shooting on Super 16mm, director Britni West and cinematographer Adam Ginsberg have created an affectionate portrait of West’s hometown of Kalispell, Montana, employing non-professional actors and local performers to enact a touching vision of small town American life and everyday observations.
Sunday, 6 December at 7.00pm