Screening of “The Selfish Giant” – April 2nd 2014

"The Selfish Giant"

Screening on Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

Directed by Clio Barnard
•   Year: 2013
•   Country: UK
•   Running time: 91 min.
•   Cassification: (15)
•   Watch a clip here
Inspired by Oscar Wilde's story of the same name, The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about two teenage boys in Bradford who get caught up in the world of copper theft.
Summary: Comments:
"THE SELFISH GIANT is a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighborhood, the two boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrapdealer – the Selfish Giant.
They begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses while Arbor emulates Kitten – keen to impress him and make some money. However, Kitten favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded, driving a wedge between the boys. Arbor becomes increasingly greedy and exploitative, becoming more like Kitten. Tensions build, leading to a tragic event, which transforms them all." - Rottentomatoes.com
"Inspired by the Victorian fairytale of the same name by Oscar Wilde, the characters of The Selfish Giant are based on people Barnard met while researching The Arbor in and around the Buttershaw Estate in Bradford, including a 14 year old boy called Matty who had been scavenging metal to sell to scrap dealers from the age of 11. By melding together these two contradictory genres, fairytales and social realism, Barnard's aspiration is to tell a contemporary, realist fable.
It was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Europa Cinemas award. The film was also nominated for the 2014 Bafta for Best British Film."- Film4 and Wikipedia. *
Screening on April 2nd 2014, 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, which is located a few metres away on the left of the main gates.

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Screening of “Wadjda” – March 5th 2014

"Wadjda"

Screening on Wednesday, March 5th 2014

Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

  •   Year: 2012  •  Country: Saudi Arabia, Germany

  •   Running time: 98 min.  •  Classification: (PG)

  •   Watch a clip here

It is one of the first feature films shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and is the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. It has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. *

 

Summary:

"Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn't be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale.

She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda's mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. " - IMDB.com

Comments:

"This beguiling German-Saudi co-production turns upon an image that has been a cinematic metaphor for freedom, self-empowerment and lyrical liberation from Buñuel's Un Chien Andalou through Ford's The Quiet Man to Truffaut's Jules et Jim – a man or woman on a bicycle.

The story is an admirable necklace on which to string facts, anecdotes and insights that illuminate in a good-natured way the lives of women in an unthinking, patriarchal, totalitarian society." - The Guardian. *

Screening on February 5th 2014, 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, which is located a few metres away on the left of the main gates.

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Screening of “Four Lions” – February 5th 2014

"Four Lions"

Screening on Wednesday, February 5th 2014

Directed by Chris Morris

  •   Year: 2010  |  Country: UK

  •   Running time: 97 min. | Cassification: (15)

  •   Watch a clip here

Four Lions premiered at the Sundance film festival in January 2010 and proved both a commercial and critical success on release in the UK. *

 

Summary:

"Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce.

In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces, Four Lions is a comic tour de force; it shows that-while terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots." - IMDB.com

Comments:

"In the tradition of Chaplin sending up Hitler, Chris Morris depicts a movement of violent berks and prats. In this film, everyone is stupid. The suicide bombers are stupid; the coppers are stupid; even the clever suicide bomber with the gentle, loving marriage and adoring son is stupid: he is the most culpably stupid of all.

And this never looks like a cop-out or a moral equivalence of stupidity, but the comic enactment of a generally degraded and absurd culture of paranoid futility." - The Guardian. *

Screening on February 5th 2014, 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, which is located a few metres away on the left of the main gates.

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Screening of “London” – December 4th 2013

"London"

Screening on Wednesday, December 4th 2013

Directed by Patrick Keiller

  •   Year: 1994 | Country: UK
  •   Running time: 85 min. | Cassification: (U)
  •   Watch a clip here

To coincide with the publication of This Other London – adventures in the overlooked city by film-club member John Rogers we present this timely screening of Patrick Keiller's classic portrait of the city, London.

Summary:

"A fin-de-siècle personal portrait of London shot over a period of twelve months, which saw the election of John Major as prime minister, renewed IRA bombings, the 'Black Wednesday' European monetary crisis and the "fall of the house of Windsor".

Neither documentary nor fiction, 'London' is more than either: a chronicle of a year in the life of England's capital through the eyes of Keiller's imaginary protagonist, Robinson, and the unnamed and unseen narrator and relayer of his insights." - BFI's Screenonline

Comments:

" 'It is a journey to the end of the world,' says the narrator (Paul Scofield) of Patrick Keiller's extraordinary psychogeographical urban odyssey. 'Robinson is on the verge of a breakthrough in his investigations. He says I should come before it is too late.'

The mysterious Robinson, like Keiller's nameless narrator, remains unseen throughout, but among the many things London is about – history, literature, politics, art – are the dreams and ghosts of the city's vanished artists." - Film4

Screening on December 4th 2013, 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, which is located a few metres away on the left of the main gates.

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Screening of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Nov. 6th 2013

Leytonstone Pop -Up Cinema is proud to present the following screening:

Beasts of the Southern Wild (12A) 
Dir: Benh Zeitlin (2012) USA; 93 min.

Among many other awards, this amazing fantasy drama was nominated for four Oscars in 2013, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress categories. With a wonderful and moving performance, only aged 9, Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest Best Actress nominee in history.

Summary:

Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.” – Sundance Film Festival  *

Comments:

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a vividly poetic and maybe even therapeutic response to one of the most painful and mortifying episodes in modern American history, second only to 9/11: hurricane Katrina.” Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian

“Remarkable creation… Sometimes miraculous films come into being, made by people you’ve never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius. ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ is one of the year’s best films.” Roger Ebert – U.S. Film critic

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a fantastical, emotionally powerful journey and a strong case of filmmaking that values imagination over money.” Rotten Tomatoes (website)

You can watch a clip of the film here.

Screening on 6th November 2013, 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, which is located a few metres away on the left of the main gates

Sources:
(*) IMDB.com

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Screening of “Untouchable” – October 2nd 2013

Leytonstone Pop -Up Cinema is proud to present the following screening:

Untouchable (15) 
Dir: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. (2011) France; 112 min.

This multi award winning comedy has broken box office records across Europe and it became, on March 2012, the highest-grossing movie in a language other than English with $281 million worldwide. It broke the previous record set by the Japanese film Spirited Away ($274.9 million) *

Summary:

In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer. Out of the blue, the rude African Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.” – Claudio Carvalho  **

You can watch a clip of the film here.

Screening on 2nd October 2013, 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, which is located a few metres away on the left of the main gates

Sources:
(*) Wikipedia (**) IMDB.com

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Screening of “Searching for Sugar Man” – September 4th 2013

Leytonstone Pop -Up Cinema’s new Autumn programme kicks off with the following screening:

Searching for Sugar Man (12) 
Dir: Malik Bendjelloul. (2012) Sweden, USA, UK; 86 min.

This multi award winning documentary tells the almost unbelievable story of a Mexican-American songwriter Sixto Rodriguez whose two early seventies albums bombed in America, but who wound up finding a huge audience in Apartheid-era South Africa.

* Winner of BAFTA and Oscar Academy Awards 2013 for Best Documentary.

Summary:

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero’s fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped.” – Kenneth Chisholm  *

You can watch a clip of the film here.

Screening on 4th September 2013, 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: Due to new access policy at the library, if the main gates are closed (usually after 8pm) then entrance to the library will be through the disabled access door, which is located a few metres away on the left of the main gates

Source:
(*) IMDB.com

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Screening of “The Pleasure Garden” – July 13th 2013

Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema is proud to present this special screening as part of the Leytonstone Festival 2013 events:

The Pleasure Garden (U) ** with special live music accompaniment **
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. (1925) UK; 75 min.

The Pleasure Garden with live musical accompaniment. Rare screening of the silent classic by Leytonstone’s Alfred Hitchcock with a new score from a four-piece live ensemble, presented by Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema.

We are commemorating our 5th year anniversary
with this unique event. Don’t miss it!!

Summary:

Patsy Brand works in a theatre called “Pleasure Garden” as a dancer, she marries Levett, soldier of fortune, who is going to reach English colonies in the Tropics. Before leaving for her honeymoon she meets Jill, the girlfriend of her husband’s friend Hugh; thanks to Patsy’s help Jill starts working in the theatre. Levett and Hugh move to the colonies and Patsy goes on with her life in London; Jill easily forgets her boyfriend and lives a luxurious life. When she knows her husband is ill, Patsy goes to the Tropics, but she finds out Levett is an alcoholic and he lives with a native; the girl is very angry and leaves her husband. After the native’s death Levett seems to go mad and he tries to kill his wife.” – Claudio Sandrini *

You can watch a clip of the film here.

Screening on 13th July 2013, Saturday

Starting time 7:30pm at Leytonstone Library
Church Lane, E11 1HG, London.
See map
Entrance £5 (£4 all concessions)
Check disabled access options availabe
here.

** NOTE: Due to new access policy at the library, if the main gates are closed (usually after 8pm) then entrance to the library will be through the disabled access door, which is located a few metres away on the left of the main gates

Source:
(*) IMDB.com

In addition to this screening, we are also collaborating with Transition Leytonstone on another great event for the Leytonstone Festival:

Spirit of ’45 at the Leytonstone Festival

In July, as part of the yearly Leytonstone Festival, we are organising a free screening of Ken Loach’s new documentary, Spirit of ‘45.

  • Date: Friday July 12th
  • Venue: Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane, E11 1HG
  • Time: Doors open at 6.30pm for light refreshments, the film will start at 7pm.
  • Advance tickets may be ordered via Eventbrite
  • This screening is free of charge; donations gratefully accepted.

Spirit of 45 celebrates the postwar era, a period of unprecedented community spirit in the UK, the impact of which endured for many years, and which may yet be rediscovered today. In Ken Loach’s own words: “Generosity, mutual support and co-operation were the watchwords of the age. It is time to remember the determination of those who were intent on building a better world.”

Is Leytonstone already on track to regain that wonderful community spirit in 2013? A panel discussion follows the film.

Panelists:

  • James Meadway, film participant and senior economist, nef
  • Ann Williams, allotment holder, historian and community activist
  • Jon Rackham, Transition Leytonstone Steering Group
  • Christine Corion, Church Lane Community Garden

More information on this event here.

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Screening of “Departures” – June 5th 2013

Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema is proud to present the following screening:

Departures (12)
Dir: Yôjirô Takita. (2008) Japan; 130 min.

Winner of Oscar Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009.

Summary:

Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and now finds himself without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled “Departures” thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a “Nokanshi” or “encoffineer,” a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of “Nokanshi,” acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.” - Regent Releasing *

You can watch a clip of the film here.

Screening on 5th June 2013, 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: Due to new access policy at the library, if the main gates are closed (usually after 8pm) then entrance to the library will be through the disabled access door, which is located a few metres away on the left of the main gates

Source:
(*) IMDB.com

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Screening of “5 Broken Cameras” – May 1st 2013

Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema is proud to present the following screening:

5 Broken Cameras (15)
Dir: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi. (2011) Palestine, Israel, France, Netherlands; 94 min.

  • Winner of the World Cinema Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
  • Nominated for Best Documentary Feature in the 85th Academy Awards.

The film will be preceded by a short documentary made in Gaza by Rayna Nadeem & Stuart Shahid Bamforth.

Summary:

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. ‘I feel like the camera protects me,’ he says, ‘but it’s an illusion’.” – Kino Lorber

Comments:

An essential work both on filmmaking and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras provides a birdsong of perseverance in the face of irrational violence, immense historical anger, and grim, seemingly insurmountable realities.” – Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine (*)

You can watch a clip of the film here.

Screening on 1st May 2013, 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: Due to new access policy at the library, if the main gates are closed (usually after 8pm) then entrance to the library will be through the disabled access door, which is located a few metres away on the left of the main gates

Source:
(*) Wikipedia

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