Screening of “Nine Queens” – February 3rd 2016

"Nine Queens"

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016 at Leytonstone Library

Nine Queens
::: Nine Queens :::
  • Directed by: Fabián Bielinsky
  • Year: 2000  |  Country: Argentina
  • Running time: 114 min.
  • Classification: (15)   |   Watch a clip here
The story centers on two con artists who meet and decide to cooperate in a major scam. The film was nominated for 28 awards and won 21 of them, and is now considered a classic in the country's film history.
Summary: Comments:
"Early one morning, Marcos observes Juan successfully pulling off a bill-changing scam on a cashier, and then getting caught as he attempts to pull the same trick on the next shift. Marcos steps in, claiming to be a policeman, and drags Juan out of the store. Once they are back on the street, Marcos reveals himself to be a fellow swindler with a game of much higher stakes in mind, and he invites Juan to be his partner in crime.
 
A once-in-a-lifetime scheme seemingly falls into their laps – an old-time con man enlists them to sell a forged set of extremely valuable rare stamps, The Nine Queens. The tricky negotiations that ensue bring into the picture a cast of suspicious characters, including Marcos' sister Valeria, their younger brother Federico and a slew of thieves, conmen and pickpockets." – imdb.com *
Film critic Roger Ebert liked the screenplay of the film, and wrote, "And on and on, around and around, in an elegant and sly deadpan comedy. A plot, however clever, is only the clockwork; what matters is what kind of time a movie tells. Nine Queens is blessed with a gallery of well-drawn character roles [..]"
 
The San Francisco Chronicle film critic, Edward Guthmann, also reviewed the film positively and thought the actors performed quite well, writing, "Fast-paced and unerringly surprising, Nine Queens is nicely performed by a large cast, particularly Darín (El hijo de la novia) as a goateed, less-than-perfect hoodwinker." – Wikipedia *
Screening on February 3rd 2016, Wednesday
Starting time 7:45pm at Leytonstone Library
Church Lane, E11 1HG, London. See map
Entrance £5 (£4 all concessions)
Check disabled access options availabe here.
Note: If the main gates are closed (usually after 8pm) then entrance to the library will be through the disabled access door.
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Screening of “Cold Fever” – Dec. 2nd 2015

"Cold Fever"

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 at Leytonstone Library

Cold Fever
::: Cold Fever :::
  • Directed by: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
  • Year: 1995  |  Country: Iceland, Japan, Germany, Denmark, USA
  • Running time: 83 min.
  • Classification: (15)   |   Watch a clip here
It is a road movie set in Iceland and was the first of Fridrik's films to be made in the English language. The movie depicts the travels of a Japanese man across Iceland. It was jokingly promoted as the best Icelandic-Japanese road movie of 1995.
Summary: Comments:
"Hirata finds himself canceling his vacation plans to Hawaii when his grandfather reminds him of his duty to his parents. Seven years earlier, Hirata's parents had been killed in an accident in Iceland and Japanese tradition holds that their souls will not be at ease until the proper ceremonies have been performed.
 
Thus, Hirata sets out on a journey, a quest to the river where his parents perished. Along the way, in this Icelandic-Japanese road movie, he encounters many difficulties, tough situations, and odd people in the land of fire and ice." – imdb.com *
"Far from being a random sequence of oddball occurrences, "Cold Fever," under its jokey surface, has a steady allegorical resonance. Mr. Fridriksson, the film's director, is best known in this country for his 1991 movie "Children of Nature," which won an Academy Award nomination for best foreign film.
 
If the mood here isn't so solemn, the symbolism runs in the same direction. With its crazy hitchhikers, tipsy singing cowboys and an itinerant funeral groupie, "Cold Fever" has the superficial charm of a lighthearted American road movie." – The New York Times *
Screening on December 2nd 2015, Wednesday
Starting time 7:45pm at Leytonstone Library
Church Lane, E11 1HG, London. See map
Entrance £5 (£4 all concessions)
Check disabled access options availabe here.
Note: If the main gates are closed (usually after 8pm) then entrance to the library will be through the disabled access door.
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Screening of “The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser” – Nov. 4th 2015

"The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser"

We are returning back to our usual venue at the Leytonstone Library!

And to celebrate it, we're showing one of Werner Herzog's most celebrated masterpieces on November 4th, Wednesday. Don't miss it!!

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::: The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser :::
  • Directed by: Werner Herzog
  • Year: 1974   |   Country: Germany   
  • Running time: 110 min.
  • Classification: (PG)   |   Watch a clip here
Based on the true story of a man who appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, hardly able to communicate and carrying a bizarre note. It was only after an attempt was made to integrate him into society that he was able to explain the terrible truth about his past. The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival, winning three awards.
Summary: Comments:
When Kaspar Hauser (Bruno S.), a young German man, is suddenly released from an existence of inexplicable confinement, he is forced into regular society.
 
Barely capable of communicating, Hauser is exploited in a circus sideshow until he is taken under the wing of the kindhearted Professor Daumer (Walter Ladengast), who slowly helps him acclimate to conventional life, even teaching him to read and write. Despite his best efforts, however, Hauser may not be able to escape the horrors of his past.
"Remarkably played by Bruno S, a former mental-hospital inmate, Herzog's Kaspar Hauser is arguably a figure to compare with, say, Greystoke or The Elephant Man: a test case for finding nobility and perfectibility in any human being, or more importantly in the human society in which he finds himself.
 
But perhaps now in the era of the Fritzl case – and its various fictional treatments – our attention turns to the mystery of young Kaspar's incarceration, and the question is more about an essential humanity that can survive mistreatment. Either way, it is an unmissable film."– The Guardian *
Screening on November 4th 2015, Wednesday
Starting time 7:45pm at Leytonstone Library
Church Lane, E11 1HG, London. See map
Entrance £5 (£4 all concessions)
Check disabled access options availabe here.
Note: If the main gates are closed (usually after 8pm) then entrance to the library will be through the disabled access door.
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Film screenings notice

Film screenings notice – Sept. 2015


This notice is to announce the temporarty cancellation of our regular monthly film screenings, starting from September 2nd 2015.

Unfortunately, we need to stop our regular screenings at the Leytonstone Children Centre in Cathall Road.

We are trying to relocate to our former location at the Leytonstone library now that it has reopen after their refurbishment works, but until then, we won't be able to continue to run any more film nights.

As soon as we know more about our venue relocation, we'll update this site. So keep an eye on this for further news hopefully very soon.

Thank you all for your understanding, and best regards.

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‘Free Film Day’ event at Leytonstone Festival 2015

"FREE FILM DAY" EVENT

Three FREE Screenings on Saturday 11th July
as part of the Leytonstone Festival 2015 events

*** NOTICE: THE PLANNED SCREENING OF 'MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO' HAS BEEN CANCELLED – REPLACEMENT FILM SOON TBC ***

Due to Studio Canal's active refusal to allow the DVD screening of Totoro, we are sorry to announce the cancellation of this film's screening, and a replacement film will soon be announced and screened instead on the same slot. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused


 

::: THE ANARCHIST RABBI  +  DIRECTOR Q&A :::
  • Directed by: Adam Kossoff
  • Year: 2014   |   Country: UK   |   Running time: 45 min.
  • Classification: (N/A)
Starting Time: 5.30pm
Directed by established Leytonstone film-maker Adam Kossoff and narrated by Steven Berkoff. The Anarchist Rabbi is about Rudolf Rocker and the forgotten history of Yiddish East End anarchism at the turn of the last century. An essayistic film, it explores the politics of urban space and how urban development destroys collective memory.
The Anarchist Rabbi

 

 

 

Swandown
::: SWANDOWN :::
  • Directed by: Andrew Kötting
  • Year: 2012   |   Country: UK   |   Running time: 98 min.
  • Classification: (U)   |   Watch a clip here
Starting Time: 7.30pm
Swandown is a travelogue and odyssey of Olympian ambition; a poetic film-diary in which Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair pedal a swan-shaped pedalo from the seaside in Hastings to Hackney in London, via the English inland waterways.

** SCREENINGS ARE ON JULY 11TH 2015, SATURDAY ** 

Venue information:

Leytonstone Children's Centre
(Former Harrow Green Library, ground floor)
8 Cathall Road, E11 4LF – Leytonstone

See the location map

THIS IS A FREE EVENT – There will be limited seats and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

* Please note, if the main entrance in Cathall Rd. is closed then there is a side entrance to the building around the corner in Melon Rd.

 

 

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Screening of “Nebraska” – June 3rd 2015

"Nebraska"

Screening on Wednesday, June 3rd 2015

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF LEYTONSTONE LIBRARY FOR REFURBISHMENT, OUR REGULAR VENUE HAS MOVED TO ANOTHER LOCATION. READ BELOW FOR ALL THE DETAILS ***
Nebraska
Directed by Alexander Payne
•   Year: 2013
•   Country: US
•   Running time: 115 min.
•   Classification: (15)
•   Watch a clip here
The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where Bruce Dern won the Best Actor Award. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards; Best Picture, Best Director for Payne, Best Actor for Dern and also Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
Summary: Comments:

An ageing, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

"Nebraska" is a father and son road trip, from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska that gets waylaid at a small town in central Nebraska, where the father grew up and has scores to settle. Told with deadpan humor and a unique visual style, it's ultimately the story of a son trying to get through to a father he doesn't understand.

Upon its world premiere at the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2013, Nebraska was met with almost unanimously positive reviews, with praise being directed to the acting (particularly Dern and Squibb), direction, screenplay, and cinematography.

The critical consensus states "Elegant in its simplicity and poetic in its message, Nebraska adds another stirringly resonant chapter to Alexander Payne's remarkable filmography."

Screening on June 3rd 2015, Wednesday
Starting time 7:45pm
Venue information:
Leytonstone Children's Centre (Former Harrow Green Library, ground floor)

8 Cathall Road, Leytonstone E11 4LF.

See the location map

Entrance £5 (£4 all concessions)

Note: If the main entrance in Cathall Rd. is closed then there is a side entrance around the corner in Melon Rd. on the ground floor.

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Screening of “Kon-Tiki” – May 6th 2015

"Kon-Tiki"

Screening on Wednesday, May 6th 2015

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF LEYTONSTONE LIBRARY FOR REFURBISHMENT, OUR REGULAR VENUE HAS MOVED TO ANOTHER LOCATION. READ BELOW FOR ALL THE DETAILS ***
Kon-Tiki
Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
•   Year: 2012
•   Country: UK, Norway, Denmark, Germany and Sweden
•   Running time: 118 min.
•   Cassification: (15)
•   Watch a clip here
The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards. The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Golden Globe Awards.
Summary: Comments:

The film is the dramatized story of Thor Heyerdahl and his Kon-Tiki expedition of 1947.

While the prevailing theories of the time held that Polynesia had been settled by peoples migrating from the west, Heyerdahl, an experimental ethnographer and adventurer, sets out to prove his theory that people from South America settled the islands in pre-Columbian times.

Noting similarities between statues found in South America and the Polynesian Moai, Heyerdahl's theory about the origin of the Polynesian people is bolstered by Polynesian folklore that tells of an ancient tribe called the Hanau epe that are said to have once inhabited Easter Island.

It was the highest-grossing film of 2012 in Norway and the country's most expensive production to date. It is also the first time a Norwegian film has been nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

Against the advice of many, the filmmakers decided to shoot the ocean scenes on the open ocean rather than on a set, insisting that the "unique challenges" they faced from shooting on the ocean actually strengthen the film.

Screening on May 6th 2015, Wednesday
Starting time 7:45pm
Venue information:
Leytonstone Children's Centre (Former Harrow Green Library, ground floor)

8 Cathall Road, Leytonstone E11 4LF.

See the location map

Entrance £5 (£4 all concessions)

Note: If the main entrance in Cathall Rd. is closed then there is a side entrance around the corner in Melon Rd. on the ground floor.

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Screening of “Renoir” – April 1st 2015

"Renoir"

Screening on Wednesday, April 1st 2015

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF LEYTONSTONE LIBRARY FOR REFURBISHMENT, OUR REGULAR VENUE HAS MOVED TO ANOTHER LOCATION. READ BELOW FOR ALL THE DETAILS ***
Renoir
Directed by Gilles Bourdos
•   Year: 2012
•   Country: France
•   Running time: 111 min.
•   Cassification: (PG)
•   Watch a clip here
Renoir achieved critical and commercial success both in France and abroad, and was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.
Summary: Comments:

Set in the south of France, the film tells the forgotten story of Andrée Heuschling, also known as Catherine Hessling, who was the last model of impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the first actress in the films of his son, the film director Jean Renoir.

Andree was the link between two famous and widely acclaimed artists, a father and son. While the father is at the end his brilliant career, the son is still searching for himself, his great career as one of the most celebrated film directors having not yet begun.

The film was directed by Gilles Bourdos and competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Also was notably successful in the United States where it reached the Critic's Pick list of The New York Times.

In January 2014, the film received four nominations at the 39th César Awards, winning for Best Costume Design. Director Gilles Bourdos used the services of a convicted art forger, Guy Ribes, to create and re-create the Renoir paintings in live action on screen.

Screening on April 1st 2015, Wednesday
Starting time 7:45pm
Venue information:
Leytonstone Children's Centre (Former Harrow Green Library, ground floor)

8 Cathall Road, Leytonstone E11 4LF.

See the location map

Entrance £5 (£4 all concessions)

Note: If the main entrance in Cathall Rd. is closed then there is a side entrance around the corner in Melon Rd. on the ground floor.
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Screening of “The Consequences of Love” – March 4th 2015

"The Consequences of Love"

Screening on Wednesday, March 4th 2015

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF LEYTONSTONE LIBRARY FOR REFURBISHMENT, OUR REGULAR VENUE HAS MOVED TO ANOTHER LOCATION. READ BELOW FOR ALL THE DETAILS ***
The Consequences of Love
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
•   Year: 2004
•   Country: Italy
•   Running time: 100 min.
•   Cassification: (15)
•   Watch a clip here
The film competed at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.[1] It won five David di Donatello awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor. It was also the first film to achieve widespread critical acclaim for Sorrentino.
Summary: Comments:

In a Swiss hotel, Titta di Girolamo lives a rigid and tedious life, sitting by a lake day after day. After ten years of waiting for something, although he doesn't know what, he begins to talk to Sophia, the hotel's barmaid, and as he tells his story, everything changes.

The film is noted for its extremely stylish cinematography. The most memorable scene features Titta injecting himself with heroin and sees the camera flip 180 degrees as it follows Titta's falling head. Critics have also praised the film's tracking shots and the opening sequence, which depicts a bright white corridor.

 

Screening on March 4th 2015, Wednesday
Starting time 7:45pm
Venue information:
Leytonstone Children's Centre (Former Harrow Green Library, ground floor)

8 Cathall Road, Leytonstone E11 4LF.

See the location map
Entrance £5 (£4 all concessions)
Note: If the main entrance in Cathall Rd. is closed then there is a side entrance around the corner in Melon Rd. on the ground floor.
 
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Screening of “The Secret In Their Eyes” – February 4th 2015

"The Secret In Their Eyes"

Screening on Wednesday, February 4th 2015

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF LEYTONSTONE LIBRARY FOR REFURBISHMENT, OUR REGULAR VENUE HAS MOVED TO ANOTHER LOCATION. READ BELOW FOR ALL THE DETAILS ***
Airbag
Directed by Juan José Campanella
•   Year: 2009
•   Country: Argentina, Spain
•   Running time: 125 min.
•   Cassification: (18)
•   Watch a clip here
Based on Eduardo Sacheri's novel 'La pregunta de sus ojos', the film won numerous accolades including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards and, as of 2010, it was already second on the all-time Argentinian box office records table.
Summary: Comments:

The story unearths the buried romance between a retired judiciary employee and a judge who worked together a quarter century ago. They recount their efforts on an unsolved 1974 rape and murder that is an obsession not only for them, but for the victim's husband and the killer. The double setting frames the period of Argentina's Dirty War (1976–1983), a violent time when criminality often went unpunished.

The Secret in Their Eyes received very positive reviews from critics, not only in Argentina, but also abroad; it holds a 91% "Certified Fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with the critical consensus being: "Unpredictable and rich with symbolism, this Argentinian murder mystery lives up to its Oscar with an engrossing plot, Juan Jose Campanella's assured direction, and mesmerizing performances from its cast".

 

Screening on February 4th 2015, Wednesday
Starting time 7:45pm
New venue information:
Leytonstone Children's Centre (former Harrow Green Library building, ground floor)
8 Cathall Road, Leytonstone E11 4LF.
See the location map
Entrance £5 (£4 all concessions)
Note: If the main entrance in Cathall Rd. is closed then there is a side entrance around the corner in Melon Rd. on the ground floor.
 
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