News From Home Film Festival Closing Night – On Body and Soul (2017)

News From Home Film Festival
(Free Film Festival in November with drinks reception)

The only thing worth globalizing is dissent” – Arundhati Roy

The News from Home Film Festival is an initiative created by four PhD students to explore contemporary films depicting the marginalization of cultures and individuals in the face of globalization. The festival takes place across four Thursdays in November. Each screening is free (for both students and non-students) and is followed by a drinks reception.

The fourth screening is the Hungarian film On Body and Soul (2017) by Ildikó Enyedi, which tells the story of Mária and Endre, who work at a slaughterhouse. In their everyday lives they struggle with social relationships, but they make a very exciting discovery regarding their dreams. The film juxtaposes the brutal claustrophobia of the slaughterhouse cattle, who live in narrow cages, with the unrestrained beauty of deer; as if the majestic wild animals were the ideal dream versions of the cattle kept only for being slaughtered. On Body and Soulinvestigates the relationship between dream and reality and the possibility of a dream becoming reality.

Introduction by Dr David Sorfa (Senior Lecturer in Film Studies) 
and Eszter Simor (PhD Candidate in Film Studies)

Skype interview with director Ildikó Enyedi

Date: Thursday 29th November 2018

Time: 6 pm

Location: The Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square

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Supported by Innovative Initiative Grant and the LLC Student Led Initiative Grant

Organized by Chantal Bertalanffy, Eszter Simor, François Giraud, Richard Elliott

News From Home Film Festival Screening – Jeune Femme (2017)

News From Home Film Festival
(Free Film Festival in November with drinks reception)

The only thing worth globalizing is dissent” – Arundhati Roy

The News from Home Film Festival is an initiative created by four PhD students to explore contemporary films depicting the marginalization of cultures and individuals in the face of globalization. The festival takes place across four Thursdays in November. Each screening is free (for both students and non-students) and is followed by a drinks reception.

The third screening is the French film Jeune Femme (2017) by Léonor Serraille, which tells the story of Paula, in her early thirties, who comes back to Paris after a long absence. Broke and alone, she is struggling to settle in this bustling capital. In search of an identity, she’ll do everything to get back on her feet.

“It’s a superbly sympathetic and spikily comedic portrait of a young woman on the verge (or “under the influence”), struggling with the recently fractured shards of her personality”. ★★★★★ The Guardian

Introduction by François Giraud (PhD in French Studies)
Post-screening discussion with one of the film’s assistant directors, Jeanne Paravert

Date: Thursday 22nd November 2018

Time: 6 pm

Location: The Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square

We will also show the following film the upcoming Thursday:

On Body and Soul (2017, Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary) – 29 November, 18:00

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News From Home Film Festival Screening – Pilgrim Hill (2013)

Pilgrim Hill will be introduced by Richard Elliott, PhD in English Literature

Date: Thursday 15th November 2018

Time: 6 pm

Location: The Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square

News From Home Film Festival (Free Film Festival in November with drinks reception)

The only thing worth globalizing is dissent” – Arundhati Roy

The News from Home Film Festival is an initiative created by four PhD students to explore contemporary films depicting the marginalization of cultures and individuals in the face of globalization. The festival takes place across four Thursdays in November. Each screening is free (for both students and non-students) and is followed by a drinks reception.

The second screening is the Irish film Pilgrim Hill (2013) by Gerard Barrett, which tells the story of Jimmy Walsh, a middle-aged farmer in rural Ireland. Jimmy has, without complaint, accepted the traditions that deem it his responsibility to ensure the survival of the family farm. But he is completely unprepared when forces beyond his control threaten the only way of life he knows. Pilgrim Hill takes an unflinching look at what happens to the individuals and communities for whom the modern world can find no place.

We will also show the following films the upcoming two Thursdays:
Jeune Femme (2017, Léonor Serraille, France) – 22 November, 18:00
On Body and Soul (2017, Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary) – 29 November, 18:00

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Organized by Chantal Bertalanffy, Eszter Simor, François Giraud, Richard Elliott

First News From Home Film Festival Screening – Kotoko (2011)

Kotoko will be introduced by Dr. Chris Perkins and will be followed by a discussion with Chantal Bertalanffy, PhD in Japanese Studies

Date: Thursday 8th November 2018

Time: 6 pm

Location: The Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square

News From Home Film Festival (Free Film Festival in November with drinks reception)

The only thing worth globalizing is dissent” – Arundhati Roy

The News from Home Film Festival is an initiative created by four PhD students to explore contemporary films depicting the marginalization of cultures and individuals in the face of globalization. The festival takes place across four Thursdays in November beginning on Thursday 8th. Each screening is free (for both students and non-students) and is followed by a drinks reception.

The first screening is the Japanese film Kotoko (2011) by Shinya Tsukamoto, which tells the story of a single mother who struggles to raise her baby while suffering from a mysterious trauma. Dr. Chris Perkins from Japanese Studies will introduce the film, and Chantal Bertalanffy, PhD candidate in Japanese Studies, will hold the post-screening discussion. Please join us for a night of provocative cinema and stimulating conversation.

We will also show the following films the upcoming three Thursdays:

Pilgrim Hill (2013, Gerard Barrett, Ireland) – 15 November, 18:00
Jeune Femme (2017, Léonor Serraille, France) – 22 November, 18:00
On Body and Soul (2017, Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary) – 29 November, 18:00

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Organized by Chantal Bertalanffy, Eszter Simor, François Giraud, Richard Elliott

Screening Europe 2018

Our Screening Europe season returns to Filmhouse at the end of January and begins with The Cremator (the theme is, of course, humour and irony). David Sorfa will be joined by Pasquale Iannone and Eszter Simor to introduce these films:

The Cremator (Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia, 1969): 30 January 2018 @ 6pm

Surviving Life (Jan Švankmajer, Czech Republic, 2010): 6 February 2018 @ 6pm

Kills on Wheels (Tiszta Szívvel, Hungary, 2016): 13 February 2018 @ 6pm

Leningrad Cowboys Go America (Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, 1989): 20 February 2018 @ 6pm

Pulp (Michael Hodges, UK, 1972): 27 February 2018 @ 6pm

Britannia Hospital (Lindsay Anderson, UK, 1982): 6 March 2018 @ 6pm

Ex Machina: Screening and Discussion

As part of the Artificial Intelligence strand at the Festival of Politics, Dr David Sorfa will chair a discussion after a screening of Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2013) at the Scottish Parliament.

http://festivalofpolitics.scot/events/ex-machina/

Ex Machina (15)
Date: Friday 19 August
Time: 18:30 to 21:00
Cost: £6.00/£4.00
Location: Members’ Room
Chairs: Dr David Sorfa
Tags: artificial intelligence, Film and TV

There will be a special screening of the film Ex Machina followed by a short panel discussion chaired by Dr David Sorfa, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh and editor of the journal Film-Philosophy.

Screening Europe at Filmhouse

Screening Europe at Filmhouse

Screening Europe is a new season of films curated by Film at the University of Edinburgh. We will bring a varied selection of past and contemporary European films to the Filmhouse to celebrate and interrogate the history and aesthetics of cinema in Europe. We invite members of the public as well as students to join us for an exciting series of introduced screenings that will chart the development of film across Europe.

Throughout this semester, we will be screening one European film per week at the Filmhouse on Tuesdays at 6pm.

http://www.filmhousecinema.com/seasons/screening-europe-jan16/

Tuesdays: January – March 2016 at 6pm

Tue 26 January: The Tempest (Derek Jarman, UK, 1979)

Tue 2 February: Macbeth (Justin Kurzel, UK, 2015)

Tue 9 February: The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski, France/Poland/Norway, 1991)

Tue 16 February: The Last Mistress (Catherine Breillat, France/Italy, 2007)

Tue 23 February: The Draughtsman’s Contract (Peter Greenaway, UK, 1982)

Tue 1 March: Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Peter Greenaway, Netherlands/Mexico/Finland/Belgium, 2015)

Tue 8 March: Jamón Jamón (Bigas Luna, Spain, 1992)

Tue 15 March: Bastards / Les salauds (Claire Denis, France/Germany, 2013)

Tue 22 March: Young Soul Rebels (Isaac Julien, UK/France/Germany/Spain, 1991)

Tue 29 March: Northern Soul (Elain Constantine, UK, 2014)

Our first programme of ten films looks back to the 1991 Screening Europe conference and subsequent book edited by Duncan Petrie, published by the BFI. The London conference focussed on the possible consequences for cinema of Europe’s movement into a post-communist era. The conference was preceded by a small film festival at the National Film Theatre examining “new forms of European and old forms of national identity”. In our season we screen as many of these films as possible alongside recent productions that speak to each original film in terms of theme, style, nationality or director. We will explore the ways in which European cinema, if not European identity, has changed over the last twenty-five years and more.

All films will be introduced by Dr David Sorfa, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

The Alison House Film Club

The Alison House Film Club (Music Department)

“Putting some Popcorn into Popular Music Studies!”

—The Alison House Film Club – Spring Programme —

31 March: Europe in 8 Bits (2013)

7 April:   Pavement: Slow Century (2002)

14 April: Backstreet Boys: Show’ Em What You’re Made Of (2015)

21 April: Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009)

28 April: The Last Angel of History (Afrofuturism) + Downtown 81 (1996/1981)

5 May:   Rokk í Reykjavík (Rock in Reykjavik) (1982)

12 May: Classic Albums Series: Steely Dan – Aja + Simply Red – Stars (1999/2004)

19 May: Sound it Out (2011) & Re-vinylized (2012)

26 May: Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

 

Next Tuesday (31 March) we’ll be showing the much lauded Europe in 8 bits and with that, the 1st block of this spring programme is over and done with. The programmers have sweated over the 2nd block for the last few weeks in the hope that we can continue to deliver thought provoking music documentaries of all sorts, as we promised in our initial manifesto.

You will find the programme for the 2nd block at the bottom of this letter along with synopsis for each film. As you can see, variety is the name of the game; indie-believers get their fix, those who are interested in exotic places will have the chance to see a documentary on the Icelandic punk scene at the beginning of the 80s and the “real” popular music studies will be served by documentaries on The Backstreet Boys and Simply Red. We are also proud to be able to show the brilliant 20.000 Days on Earth, a pseudo-autobiographical documentary on Nick Cave.

A new block also means a new screening room. From now on (including Europe in 8 bits) we’ll be operating in Lecture Room B, rather than the Common room. We’re still in Alison House though…

Here’s info on Europe in 8 bits, and many thanks to our very own Yati Durant for making this possible but Yati is the programme director for MSc in Composition for Screen among other things:

Europe in 8 bits is a documentary that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend that is growing exponentially throughout Europe. The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old videogames hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style. This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these “limited” machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.

The Alison House Film Club is devoted to thought provoking music documentaries of all sorts. Each screening will be preceded by a short introduction, where the films will be put into musicological context and afterwards the room will be open for discussion.

Screenings will take place in Lecture Room B which is located on the 2nd floor of the Alison House (a.k.a the Edinburgh University Music Department), which is in Nicolson Square, beside the Elephants & Bagels coffee shop. It takes place on a weekly basis from 4 – 6 pm on Tuesdays, and admission is free.

Kieran Curran and Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen, programmers.

…and with info:

 

7 April:   Pavement: Slow Century (2002)

A 90-minute documentary directed by Lance Bangs (who did the Slint documentary) on this seminal underground rock band. Extensive interviews with the band members (as well as their friend Thurston Moore) and considerable live concert footage from across their career. The film concludes with the encore from their final live show, held in London in 1999. Interspersed throughout are brief clips from home movies, television appearances and behind-the-scenes footage

14 April: Backstreet Boys: Show’ Em What You’re Made Of (2015)

An emotionally open and honest film portrait, this documentary explores the highs and lows from boyhood to manhood that  led the former boyband megastars to a London studio in 2012 to write a new album, make a film and plan their 20th anniversary re-launch. The reunion renewed friendships, but dynamic shifts reveal new and old tensions that need confronting and resolving. This is a surprising and rewarding journey filmed over two years that delves into the extremes of fame and fortune, betrayal and renewal.

21 April: Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009)

Glenn Gould was one of the most celebrated and controversial classical musicians of the 20th century. His obsessive quest for perfectionism while rejecting the influence of the audience led him to abandon live performances in favor of recording in 1964. While Gould’s very public eccentricities have been nearly as well documented as his talents, filmmakers Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont pose a very provocative question in their documentary Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould: Was Gould truly as strange as he was believed to be, or were his quirks part of a facade the artist carefully constructed to intrigue and challenge the listening audience?

28 April: The Last Angel of History (Afrofuturism) + Downtown 81 (1996/2001)

The Last Angel of History deals with concepts of Afrofuturism as a metaphor for the displacement of black culture and roots. Documentary segments include traditional talking-head clips from musicians, writers, and social critics, as well as archival video footage and photographs. Described as “A truly masterful film essay about Black aesthetics that traces the deployments of science fiction within pan-African culture”.

Downtown 81 is a feature film starring the legendary American artist Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) Basquiat was a 19 year old painter, graffiti artist, poet and musician when he played the lead in this film, which vividly depicts the explosive downtown New York art and music scene of 1980-81.

5 May:   Rokk í Reykjavík (Rock in Reykjavik) (1982)

Rokk í Reykjavík has a legendary status in Iceland today and is generally considered to be the most influential music documentary made in the country. This watershed of a movie was filmed during the winter of 1981-1982 and released for the local television in April, 1982. It showcases the alternative music scene through several performances, taken from different concerts and accompanied by short interviews with the musicians. A very young Björk and several future Sugarcubes all make an appearance.

12 May: Classic Albums Series: Steely Dan – Aja + Simply Red – Stars (1999/2004)

Pioneering pop/jazz band Steely Dan, formed by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker in the early seventies, had already secured five Top 40 albums before the release of Aja in 1977. Aja, however, was to prove to be the biggest selling album of Steely Dan’s illustrious career. Becker and Fagen, renowned for their relentless perfectionism in the recording studio, recall the history of an album that was a year in the making. Contains a surprising amount of hilarious banter and cynical jokes (well, the latter was not that surprising).

One of Britain’s most successful pop bands of the 80s and 90s, Simply Red formed in 1985 and released the number one album, ‘Stars’ in 1991, which topped the charts for 19 weeks. We learn of Mick Hucknall’s musical vision and the inspiration behind the songs he wrote and recorded for what is considered to be the classic Simply Red album. The Alison House Film Club’s humble contribution to the fledgling “real” popular music studies.

19 May: Sound it Out (2011) and Re-vinylized (2012)

A documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Stockton-on-Tees, in the North East of England. Starring Tom, Kelly, David, Daniel, 70,000 records and the good people of Teesside. A distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, obsession and the irreplaceable role music plays in our lives. High Fidelity with a Northern Accent. Got any Makina?

From Stockton to Chicago, our second screening on this day is Revinylized, a shorter documentary offering a particular snapshot of the contemporary record shop in a city indelibly stamped by popular music culture.

26 May: Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit.

Note: All movie info lifted from www.rottentomatoes.comwww.imdb.com and/or www.wikipedia.org with inspired editing at times from the programmers.

20 Years After Aum: In Discussion with Director Mori Tatsuya

The department of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh is excited to host acclaimed Japanese documentarian Mori Tatsuya, who is best known for his work on the Japanese religious group Aum Shinrikyō.A Documentary

Screening of ‘A’ (1998) 18.00-20.00
Discussion with director 20.00-21.00
Room G.05, 50 George Square

Aum’s 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system was a pivotal moment for Japan.  And at a time when the Japanese media made every effort to demonise Aum and its members, Mori Tatsuya’s documentaries offered a distinctly different perspective.

The Aum incident and Mori’s documentaries raise a number of challenging questions about both Japanese society and documentary filmmaking. What motivated the group to carry out such an attack? Why did young Japanese join the group in the first place?  How did media coverage of the event contribute to the attack’s legacy?  What is the role of the documentary maker in times of national crisis?

To discuss these questions, and to mark the twenty-year anniversary of the Aum incident, please join us for a screening of Mori’s seminal documentary ‘A’ followed by drinks and a Q&A panel session with the director himself.

Sign up for the event here: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/twenty-years-after-aum-in-discussion-with-director-mori-tatsuya-tickets-15943156410

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FILM + PANEL: From Sharp Suits to Sharp Minds

Saturday 21 February | CCA Glasgow | 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Glasgow Film Festival and a collective of MSc Film Exhibition and Curation students from The University of Edinburgh invite you to an inspirational afternoon tracing the many faces of power dressing, past and present.

Start the day with the iconic on-screen shoulder pads of Hollywood legend Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945), and join our panel discussion to hear about wearable power today – from the evolution of film costume to Glaswegian street style.

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Iranian Film Season 2015

The 2015 Iranian Film Season is curated by Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz and sponsored by The Sutton Gallery, Arts & Business Scotland, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies of University of Edinburgh and the Filmhouse Cinema. The film season will include 8 feature films, one each night, starting from Sunday 8th Feb 2015, including a number of UK/Scottish Premiers. The Filmhouse Cinema is the venue for all screenings. Please contact the cinema directly to book your tickets.

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Film in the Old College Quad

The University of Edinburgh’s Old College quadrangle will be transformed into an open air cinema this August for a week-long series of film screenings.

As well as enjoying the atmospheric surrounding of the Old College, festival-goers are encouraged to bring a picnic and watch classic films under the stars on the quad lawn.

All screenings will be preceded by short films made by students from the Edinburgh College of Art. Film in the Old College Quad is presented by the University in association with the Edinburgh International Film Festival and is produced by Unique Events.

The screenings will take place Sunday 17 August – Saturday 23 August.

Tickets cost £5 per film (family matinees are free) and can be booked via the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website.

Screenings

More screenings will be announced soon. Follow these Facebook and Twitter pages for updates:

Shrek
Sunday 17 August 2014, 12.15pm – 1.45pm

One Day
Sunday 17 August 2014, 7pm – 8.50pm

Whisky Galore
Monday 18 August 2014, 7pm – 8.25pm

Fargo
Wednesday 20 August 2014, 7pm – 8.40pm

The Big Lebowski
Wednesday 20 August 2014, 9.15pm – 11.15pm

Restless Natives
Thursday 21 August 2014, 7pm – 8.30pm

Trainspotting
Thursday 21 August 2014, 9pm – 10.35pm

The Breakfast Club
Friday 22 August 2014, 7pm – 8.40pm

Ghostbusters
Friday 22 August 2014, 9.15pm – 11pm

How To Train Your Dragon
Saturday 23 August 2014, 12.15pm – 1.55pm

Goldfinger
Saturday 23 August 2014, 7pm – 8.50pm

Skyfall
Saturday 23 August 2014, 9.20pm – 11.40pm

More information:

Chantal Akerman Film Screening: 28 May

Still from Saute ma ville, 1968

Still from Saute ma ville, 1968The Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow is delighted to welcome Professor of French Literature and Film at Edinburgh University, Marion Schmid, to introduce this screening.

Wed 28 May 2014
7pm, Free
CCA Glasgow

Saute ma ville (Blow Up My Town)
Dir: Chantal Akerman. Cast: Chantal Akerman.
Belgium 1968, b&w, 13m.

Akerman’s first experimental film documents a young woman going about her daily domestic routine in strange ways, whilst shutting herself in her apartment. Often cited as a precursor to her 1975 masterpiece Jeanne Dielman.

La-bas (Down-there)
Dir: Chantal Akerman. Cast: Chantal Akerman
Belgium/France 2006, 80m.

Despite initial reluctance to film, during a trip to teach in Tel Aviv Akerman found a frame in the apartment she was staying in that she could not resist. The work was to unfold as an exploration and reflection on her own ambivalent relationship with a city and by extension her own Jewish history. Bill Arning states that she, “builds an internal inventory of responses to the spectral lives she indirectly witnesses.” La-bas blurs the boundaries presence and absence, interior and exterior in a style that ‘inverts’ her usual methodical roving camera eye.

Chantal Akerman is a filmmaker whose wide-ranging film and video practices explore themes of identity, sexuality, quotidian reality and exile, and works against conventional filmmaking in order to discover new worlds. As J. Hoberman has said: “Comparable in force and originality to Godard or Fassbinder, Chantal Akerman is arguably the most important European director of her generation.”

A series of screened shorts and features programmed by Sacha Airlie in conjunction with the A Nos Amours retrospective of the complete film works of Chantal Akerman at the ICA in London. Please see www.anosamours.co.uk for further information.

This project has been kindly supported by The University of Glasgow’s Creative Practice Fund and is extremely grateful to Lore Gablier and Paradise films.

A Nos Amours is supported by the British Film Institute, Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Film Hub London (managed by Film London)

Filmosophy @ Filmhouse

medium.5294_525570498_TheConsequencesofLove1.scaledOne of our MSc in Film Studies by Research students, Jim Mooney, runs a very interesting course at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh on the relationship between film and philosophy. The course this year explores philosophical issues such as: reality and self-deception (Alps), political resistance (The East), memory and identity (Moon), and authenticity (The Consequences of Love). Each screening is followed by a lively discussion.  

http://www.filmhousecinema.com/seasons/filmosophy-2014/

You can read more about Jim’s research and teaching here: http://filmandphilosophy.com

Violent Legacies: Three Films by Andres Veiel

As part of an LLC impact project and in partnership with the Goethe Institut Glasgow, we will be showing three films by the German director Andres Veiel at Summerhall. The screenings are free, but booking is essential.

Andres Veiel is one of the most important directors working in Germany today. He is particularly interested in the violent events of recent decades – left-wing terrorism and resurgent right-wing extremism. His films use elements of documentary and theatre to examine the open wounds that remain.

This is a rare opportunity to see Veiel’s work in the UK and with English subtitles, so do come along and pass on the details to friends, colleagues and students.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/literatures-languages-cultures/events/violent-legacies