LEBANON FACTORY BY VARIOUS

1st December 2017
6:30pm
The Cinema Museum
Elephant & Castle
One country, 8 directors, 6 nationalities, 4 short films, one feature film. Four Lebanese filmmakers, Ahmad Ghossein, Mounia Akl, Shirin Abu Shaqra and Rami Kodeih together with four international filmmakers, created 4 short fims of 15 minutes each about their own country. The question of refugees, the real estate speculation, the division of Beirut into religious and political areas and the widepsread pollution.  Two of the directors will be present for Q&A, Mounia Akl with El Gran Libano and Ahmed Ghossein with White Noise.

LOS PERROS BY MARCELA SAID

21 October 2017
6:30pm
The Cinema Museum
Elephant & Castle
A tour de force around South America and Chile. We selected a new entry, a wonderful director, Marcela Said and her latest film, LOS PERROS, presented at Cannes Film festival. A blasting study of todays’ mingling of the past Chilean dictatorship through the eyes of a high- octane female protagonist. 

Marcela Said, (born in Santiago in 1972) started as a documentary filmmaker with I love Pinochet, Opus Dei and El mocito. Her first feature film, The summer of the flying fish, won acclaim in Cannes. Her style is a good mix between social and political issues applied to private lives.

BABYLON SISTERS
BY GIGI ROCCATI

17 September 2pm
The Cinema Museum
Elephant & Castle
The crowdpleaser Babylon Sisters, a migrant tale of sisterhood and music celebrating unconventional friendships and the power of diversity. Young Indian immigrant Kamala and her parents have just moved into a tenement with other immigrant families  As an eviction notice looms, the drastically different women of each family fight together to save their home.

Gigi Roccati is a well known Italian documentary filmmaker and photojournalist that has travelled extensively all over the world. Awarded for best war documentary on RAI TV in 2013, for his work The Road to Kabul. His previous screen-plays, documentaries and short films have earned him international prizes and awards, as well as development and institutional funds like Media Europe.

HOTEL SALVATION BY S.BHUTIANI

17 September  5pm 
The Cinema Museum
Elephant & Castle
This unique event is dedicated to the UK India year of culture. The celebration of the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and UK cultural ties. This gentle and tender Indian comedy follows the ordeal of an over-worked modern son forced to accompany his 77 year old father, who is in search of salvation, to the holy city of Varanasi. Followed by Q&A with director S. Bhutiani led by Cary Sawhney, director of the London Indian Film Festival.

Shubhashish Bhutiani, (born in 1991) was only 21, when he won 25 awards for his first short Kush. Now he’s 26 and with his first feature film, Hotel Salvation, won international acclaim. The film marks his debut as one of an exciting new wave of young Indian filmmakers.

GUEROS BY ALONSO RUIZPALACIOS

14 July 2017
The Cinema Museum
Elephant & Castle
Be dazzled with GUEROS by Alonso Ruizpalacios, winner of 21 awards, including Berlin Film festival, American Film Institute and Tribeca film fest. The story of 3 students in the middle of a university protest, shooting a doc while looking for a a legendary folk singer. Life as it goes. Diversity in politics, race, friendship and cinema. It’s the first feature film of Ruizpalacios and it looks like Nouvelle vague. 

Alonso RuizPalacios (born in 1978, Mexico City) is a brilliant Mexican director. Started  with the short film Café Paraiso in 2008 that won an Ariel Award and now he’s directing a big production, MUSEO; starring Gael Garcia Bernal to be ready by 2018.

THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI
by Juho Kuosmanen

12 MAY 7pm
The Cinema Museum
Elephant & Castle
Summer 1962, Olli Mäki boxer is about to step into the ring for obtaining the title of champion featherweight world. Everyone predicted a bright future for this young Finn who left his native country for the lights of the capital. To reach his goal, he only needs to lose weight and focus on the goal. But a problem remains, Olli fell for Raija …

Juho Kuosmanen (born 1979) is a Finnish film director and screenwriter​. His​ graduation film called The Painting Sellers was nominated for five Finnish film Academy Awards and​ won the first prize in Cinéfondation in Cannes Film Festival​.​ Olli Maki is his first feature film and won best film at Un certain Regard in Cannes last year.

THROUGH THE WALL by Rama Burshtein

18 March 18.30 The Cinema Museum Elephant & Castle
South Social meets Jewish Culture. Rama explores a universal topic such as wedding, dating and all the rules that go with it. Michal, an Hassidic girl trusts that God will find her a husband. The heart is a lonely hunter in Through the Wall, a romantic comedy that transfers elements of a typical Bridget Jones romp to an ultra Orthodox Jewish setting. The result is a plaintive, melancholy offering that has enough of a feel-good factor to tempt the incurably romantic.

PARISIENNE by DANIELLE ARBID

28 January 2017
The Cinema Museum
Elephant & Castle

The 90’s. Lina, 18, arrives to Paris for her studies. She is looking for what she can’t find in her home country Lebanon: a taste of freedom. Lead by her natural instinct for self-preservation, she experiences different sides of the Parisian jungle and becomes conscious of her own place. Because when you are 18, your dream is to embrace the world – not just one boy…
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