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.BOOK NOW

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…

MALI BLUES by LUTZ GREGOR

28 November 2016 – 17.00 The Cinema Museum
Elephant & Castle

South Social meets Africa. An enchanting film, Mali Blues by Lutz Gregor, about the roots of the blues in Africa. The protagonist is Fatoumata Diawara, the beautiful Malian singer/musician that will illustrates Mali’s rich musical culture. We travel through breath-taking landscapes and discover Mali’s agitated heart from Bamako in the Southwest to the “Festival au Désert“ in northern Timbuktu.

WILD TALES by DAMIAN SZIFRON

20 October 2016- 19.00
The Cinema Museum
Elephant & Castle

Get into subversive mood and out of control behaviour with this 6 screaming tales of ordinary Argentinean madness. Almodovar produced Wild Tales and the affinity is evident. It’s there in the off-kilter humour, in the stylish visuals and bold use of music, and in the affection for ordinary people pushed to extraordinary extremes. But Szifron’s voice is nonetheless very much his own, a mischievously blunt response to a culture of inescapable corruption, economic and social inequality and injustice. Wild Tales opens and closes with a bang, and at its best is a riotously funny and cathartic exorcism of the frustrations of contemporary life. 

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Damián Szifron Damián Szifron, born in 1975 in Argentina, is a film and television director and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the TV series Los Simuladores (2002), and writer-director of Wild Tales, the most successful film in the history of Argentina. Born to a Jewish family, he gets his black humour from that side of the family. His next film is a multimillion Hollywood picture, The Six Billion Dollar Man, starring Mark Wahlberg..

MUSTANG by DENIZ GAMZE ERGUVEN

18 September 2016 – 18.00 The Cinema Museum
Elephant & Castle

The 5 Virgins in Anatolia is a sweet, sad Turkish delight. The adolescent sisters have their basic freedoms unjustly stripped from them in director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s understated feminist drama. The word Mustang means bands of wild horses roaming the untamed American West, their manes flying and their defiant spirits resistant to being broken. Those qualities also fit the five young sisters in this intimate drama, whose independence and burgeoning sexuality urge their alarmed guardians to kidnap the girls in a systematic campaign to break their unity and tame them into traditional female roles. An absolute must to understand Middle-Eastern vs Western culture.

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Deniz Gamze Erguven The director, born in Ankara in 1978, has moved to France in the 80s and studied cinema at La FEMIS. Mustang, the portrait of the 5 young sisters, is her first feature film and won international acclaim at the Cannes film festival. Even if the film is set in Turkey and played by Turkish actors, was produced by France which makes it quite a diverse cultural clash. Erguven was pregnant at the time of shooting and gave birth to her son during the film. .

THE LUNCHBOX by Ritesh Batra

3 JULY 2016 – 18.00 The Cinema Museum- Kennington

A lunchtime mix-up leads to a romance by correspondence. Food and letters between a nearly retired number cruncher and a neglected wife that hits all the right tastebuds. The film set in Mumbai, revolves around a mistaken delivery by the Dabbawalas (lunchbox service), which leads to a liaison between a widower, Saajan, who’s about to retire and an unhappy housewife, Ila, as they start exchanging notes through the daily lunchbox. The director received more than 30 international awards!

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Ritesh Batra Batra had a lucky start in his career with The Lunchbox, credited as the  highest grossing foreign film in America, Europe and Australia. Most endearing is the delicacy with which writer-director Ritesh Batra reveals the hopes, sorrows, regrets and fears of everyday people without any sign of condescension or narrative trickery. Ritesh portrays a very Indian tale in its delicacy and humor — especially in the way it sweeps its characters up in a vast social grid that includes over-crowded trains and traffic jams, industrious workers and complicated marriages. Latest film to be released is The sense of an ending with Jim Broadbent.

27 May 2016- 19.00
Dulwich Constitutional Club

An utterly entertaining and outrageous view of the city of Tehran as seen by a taxi driver and his passengers. Men and women, young and old, rich and poor, traditionalists and modernists, pirated video vendors, and advocates of human rights, in the passenger seat of the inexperienced driver, who’s actually the film director himself. Another touch of class from Panahi, a candid camera with a heart in the middle of Tehran. The film has been described as a love letter to cinema, filled with love for his art, his community, his country and his audience.

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Jafar Panahi One of the most influential filmmakers in Iran. He’s been in prison many times for his beliefs and especially for his filmmaking. In 2011 while awaiting the result of an appeal, he made a documentary feature in the form of a video diary, This is not a film. It was smuggled out of Iran in a flash drive hidden inside a cake and shown at the Cannes Film Festival. His cinema has a neorealism quality, as Panahi says “humanitarian events interpreted in a poetic and artistic way”.

CAMPO GRANDE by Sandra Kogut

14 APRIL 2016 6.30pm Brixton East 1871- UK PREMIERE
Become intrigued and dazed by Brazil with the intense diversity and wide spread disparity of its borders. Throughout Campo Grande, Kogut reveals the many layers that make up Brazilian society. The film’s varied pacing reflects the internal worlds of its characters, as well as the multiple aspects of a city in transition, Rio de Janeiro.

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When a little girl turns up on her doorstep, fifty-year-old Regina (Carla Ribas) is unsure what to do. Regina lives in Ipanema, one of Rio de Janeiro’s wealthier neighbourhoods, and the five-year-old Rayane (Rayane do Amaral) is clearly not from around here. She says her mother has told her to stay put until her return. Soon Rayane’s nine-year-old brother Ygor (Ygor Manoel) arrives too, and Regina wants to take the children directly to an orphanage, but she’s convinced by her teenage daughter to let them spend the night. The children are in awe of Regina’s enormous home, and as they huddle together to sleep, it becomes obvious that they have only each other to rely on. Regina decides to help them find their family — a plan that will bring her into contact with a world that she barely knew existed. Sandra Kogut Sandra Kogut is a Brazilian filmmaker (1965, Rio de Janeiro), whose works is a mix between documentary and narrative fiction. She first received international notice for her 1991 documentary Paralamas do Sucesso. Kogut has taught at renowned universities around the world and has worked for Brazilian and European broadcasters. Her debut feature film project was the multi award winning Mutum in 2007. She has emerged as one of the most distinctive cultural filmmakers at work today. Her films are by turns whimsical, lyrical, and finely ironic—lighthearted and playful, yet also momentous and serious.
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