‘POETRY’ (2010, South Korean
Directed by Lee Chang-Dong
Running Time: 2hr 19m
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
The untapped poetry in the lives of ordinary people, leading seemingly ordinary lives, is expressed as high art in this gentle story of an aging woman who discovers the poetry within herself. Heartbreaking and inspiring but without an ounce of sentimentality, Yun Junghee’s memorable performance as Mija, whose life becomes ever more complicated by circumstances out-with her control, is as understated as it is powerful.
‘NERUDA’ (2016, Chile)
Directed by Pablo Larrain
Running Time: 1hr 47%
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Director Pablo Larrain discards the standard biopic formulas and depicts a fabulously mythologised version of the great Chilean poet and activist Pablo Neruda. Told from the perspective of Neruda’s police antagonist, played sympathetically by Gael Garcia Bernal, the movie captures the spirit of the poet, his extraordinary influence on Chilean politics of the time, and fuses film noir with poetic fantasy. The cinematography is as lush as the movie is stylised.
Sound and Vision: 'The Great Hip-Hop Hoax' by Jeanie Finlay
19:00 - 21:00
'THE GREAT HIPHOP HOAX’ (2013, Scotland/USA)
Directed by Jeanie Finlay
Running Time: 2’08
Rotten Tomatoes 89%
To what lengths would you go to achieve fame? A pair of Scottish chancers relocate to the epicentre of the hip hop counter-culture and pass themselves off as a Californian rap group. Their cheeky antics are hilarious yet the film shines a caustic light on the illusory nature of celebrity and the gullibility of the suited execs in the hierarchies of the music industry.
Sound and Vision: 'Burma Storybook' by Petr Lom & Corinne Van Egeraat
15:00 - 16:30
‘BURMA STORYBOOK’ (2017, Burma)
Directed by Petr Lom & Corinne Van Egeraat
Running Time: 2’08
We’re told at the start of this movie that most Burmese can write poetry or can recite a poem by heart. Poetry in Burma is an art for the common people. But what if poetry comes into collision with a repressive military regime? Maung Aung Pwint is Burma/Myanmar’s most famous living dissident poet who has been jailed many times by the regime. This is his extraordinary film poem to the people who live there in a movie that is spectacularly shot capturing the everyday joys, loves and resistance of an undefeated people.
We're absolutely thrilled to announce that Corinne van Egeraat will attend our screening of 'Burma Storybook' to give an address.
Jodorowsky’s surreal semi-autobiographical movie is a shape-shifting fantasy, an inventive and often hilarious mystical journey through madness, savage social commentary, as profound as anything the director, now in his 80s, has ever created. Expect a powerful array of colourful freakshow characters illuminated by the genius cinematography of the great Christopher Doyle.