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.

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.