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The Guardians (Les Gardiennes)

Xavier Beauvois

Victor Fraga - 12-08-2018

Compelling French drama investigates the role of women safeguarding the family and the home during WW1, as well as the tough and "unjust" decisions that they have to make - in cinemas Friday, August 17th [Read More...]
London Korean Film Festival – Documentary Fortnight @ Birkbeck Cinema, Keynes Library and the Korean Cultural Centre UK. London.
Aug 11 – Aug 19 all-day
London Korean Film Festival - Documentary Fortnight @ Birkbeck Cinema, Keynes Library and the Korean Cultural Centre UK. London.

The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) announces a very special series of free entry films and events on 11-12 & 18-19 August 2018 showcasing exemplary pieces of independent documentary filmmaking from Korea. Based around themes of social justice and political resistance, this unique documentary programme will see acclaimed directors Kim Dong Won and Song Yun-hyeok present their films across two weekends, joined by noted critic Nam In Young for a selection of free screenings, panel discussions, and in-depth conversations.

The LKFF are delighted to bring Kim Dong Won to the UK to present a selection of his works from the past four decades along with films by two young filmmakers actively involved in documentary film collectives, Park Bae-il and Song Yun-hyeok.

The Sanggyedong Olympics (Kim Dong Won, 1988 / 27min)

The Six Day Fight in Myeong-Dong Cathedral (Kim Dong Won, 1997 / 74min)

Repatriation (Kim Dong Won, 2003 / 148min)

Jung Il-woo, My Friend (Kim Dong Won, 2017 / 85min)

A Slice Room (Song Yun-hyeok, 2016 / 69min)

Sosongri (Park Bae-il, 2017 / 87min)

All screenings and events are free to attend and some have food and drinks (note: pre-booking is essential):

Tickets Available now:

Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival – Newcastle @ Tyneside Cinema
Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm


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Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival is a new UK-wide film festival dedicated to screening some of the boldest, most daring, challenging, and striking films from Asia and the Pacific. Focusing particularly on underrepresented cinemas, from Azerbaijan to Vanuatu and everything in between, the festival aims to open windows on worlds whose landscapes and peoples remain largely absent from UK screens. Aperture is the only festival in the UK currently with a remit that specifically covers the whole of Asia and the Pacific.

The festival is co-founded and co-directed by Sonali Joshi and Jasper Sharp. Presented in partnership with CREAM, University of Westminster, the festival is supported by Purin Pictures.

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Aperture/London Part 2 will take place in mid-September, comprising a Southeast Asian focus and a one-day symposium hosted by CREAM, University of Westminster.

Aperture is jointly presenting some events with other festivals, including GemArts Masala Festival in July and Chinese Visual Festival in September.

75th Venice Film festival @ Venice - various locations
Aug 29 – Sep 8 all-day
75th Venice Film festival @ Venice - various locations

The 75th Venice International Film Festival is organised by La Biennale di Venezia, and will take place at Venice Lido from August 29th to September 8th, 2018. The Festival is officially recognised by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association).

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.

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Open City Documentary Festival @ Various venues - London
Sep 4 – Sep 9 all-day
Open City Documentary Festival @ Various venues - London

Open City Documentary Festival is delighted to announce its eighth edition of the annual festival celebrating creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers with a dynamic new programme for 2018. With 30 features and 48 shorts, 2 world premieres, 3 European premieres and 26 UK premieres across shorts and features from more than 30 countries, the festival will take place from the 4th – 9th September in a host of great venues across central London.

This year – through films, audio and immersive (VR/AR) projects, across screenings, special events, parties, panels, workshops and masterclasses – Open City Documentary Festival will be celebrating the art of non-fiction.

Marking the festivals’ Opening Night will be the UK Premiere of Baronesa (2017, Brazil, 71’), directed by Juliana Antunes and in partnership with MUBI. Her astonishing debut follows friends Andreia and Leid as they navigate the perilous reality of daily life in the favelas of Belo Horizonte. At first glance, their days seem calm and untroubled, but the threat of violence is never far away and Andreia dreams of moving to the safer neighbourhood of nearby Baronesa. Antunes spent five years in Belo Horizonte, working with a non-professional cast, to create a work of rare intimacy and authenticity which—despite its simple structure—emerges as a complex, multilayered and moving portrait of contemporary life in the favelas. Baronesaannounces an exciting new voice in Brazilian cinema.

The Closing Night will be the UK Premiere of The Swing (2018, Lebanon, 74’) directed by Cyril Aris. An assured, emotionally rich film about the lies a family tells to keep their patriarch happy and the unattended costs of their falsehood. After sixty years of marriage, Antoine and Vivi have lost their most beloved daughter; but no one has dared to tell the bedridden nonagenarian Antoine, lest his heart crack. A simple solution, though everyone else in this densely interconnected family has then to live the same lie, giving no expression to their grief. A deeply affecting, beautifully shot cinematic novella; like all the best stories The Swing is a simple tale, but one that never short-changes its viewers.

This year the festival hosts an outstanding Jury panel for each of its competitive Awards. For the OpenCity Award the following documentaries have been nominated: Baronesa, dir. Juliana Antunes (Brazil); Casanova Gene, dir. Luise Donschen (Germany); Flight of a Bullet, dir. Beata Bubenec (Russia); and The Swing, dir. Cyril Aris (Lebanon). The Jury will be chaired by esteemed director Sophie Fiennes(Grace Jones: Bloodlight, Bami), and features Beatrice Gibson, Nelly Ben Hayoun, May Adadol Ingawanij and Mehelli Modi.

For the Emerging International Filmmaker Award the following documentaries have been nominated: Angkar, dir. Neary Adeline Hay (France); Those Who Come, Will Hear, dir. Simon Plouffe (Canada); Home of the Resistance, dir. Ivan Ramljak (Croatia) and The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life, dir. Zita Erffa (Germany, Mexico). The award will be Chaired by independent Dutch documentary programme cultural advisor and filmmaker Tessa Boerman (Zwart Belicht), Luciano Barisone, Cecile Emeke, Chiara Marañón and Tadhg O’Sullivan.

The Best UK Short Award supported by the British Council has nominated The Mess, dir. Dorothy Allen-Pickard (UK); Some of These Days, dir. Vincent Förster (UK, Germany); Absent Wound, dir. Maryam Tafakory (UK, Iran); Missed Call, dir. Victoria Mapplebeck (UK); Season of Goodbyes, dir. Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann (UK, Kenya); Plastic Man, dir. Yulia Kovanova (UK); Then a Hero Comes Along, dir. Marlon Rouse Tavares (UK); Landline, dir. Matet Houghton (UK). The Award is Chaired by Stephanie Spray, non-fiction filmmaker (Manakamana) and professor of Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado Boulder along with jurors Laure Bonville, Amar Ediriwira, Julia Nottingham and Lynn Nwokorie.

The festival will hold selected retrospectives of two unique voices in non-fiction filmmaking: The innovative found footage documentarian Penny Lane and Japanese pioneer of ‘action documentary’, Kazuo Hara. Both filmmakers will be at the festival to present their work.

The festivals’ expansive special events programme includes a focus on the short form with programmes celebrating the Ethno-Fictions of Columbian filmmaker Laura Huertas Milan and the groundbreaking hybrid experiments of Polish maverick, Bogdan Dziworksi. The festival will also host launches of new projects from Radio Atlas and NANG Magazine, and a live Audio Visual performative lecture from speculative architecture think thank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today.

For the first time the festival has invited artists to present films that have informed their own practice, with special selections from DJ and producer Nabihah Iqbal and filmmaker Marc Isaacs as well as short films chosen by a number of the filmmakers with new work at the festival, screening before their own features.

This year’s Industry Programme has more breadth of programmes and sessions than ever before covering everything from the business of documentary filmmaking, funding, marketing, distribution, production and data. Industry sessions will cover themes such as VR/AR, the challenges of biopic documentaries, the short form, ethics, memory, cinematography, sound, editing, architecture, the future of journalism and the self. The festival is honoured to welcome esteemed filmmakers to share their expert knowledge and experience, including: Tadhg O’Sullivan, Steven Eastwood, Elhum Shakerifar, Rebecca Day, Emma Davie, Edward Lawrenson, Simon Ball, Chloe White, Rose Palmer, Sierra Pettengill and David Charap.

The festival will also be hosting an Industry Bootcamp aimed at students and recent graduates. These sessions will be about preparing for the next steps in your career and getting ready to enter the industry. Each event is £5, or free with student accreditation.

Open City Documentary Festival is looking forward to hosting a number of exciting festival parties this year including the Opening and Closing Night Receptions at the Regent Street Cinema as well as the Nabihah Iqbal after-party at the ICA, where the DJ, Producer & NTS Radio presenter presents an evening of music inspired by 1972 documentary Winter Soldier, featuring protest songs and music from the anti-war movement from 1950-1975. Other various festival parties will be listed in the festival programme.

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Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days (Singwa hamkke: Ingwa yeon)

Kim Yong-hwa

Jeremy Clarke - 16-08-2018

Ye gods and little fishes! A dead soldier enters the afterlife where his suitability for reincarnation gets evaluated, while godly envoys are sent to Earth on a bizarre mission – from the London East Asia Film Festival, and also in selected cinemas from Thursday, August 16th [Read More...]

The Last Witness

Piotr Szkopiak

Fiona Whitelaw - 15-08-2018

Young journalist uncovers dirty war secret involving the slaughter of 22,000 Polish officers, in UK-Poland co-production perhaps best suited for primetime television - in cinemas Friday, August 17th [Read More...]

James Bond, nostalgia and haptic visuality


Sidney Berthier - 08-08-2018

French-Australian filmmaker Sidney Berthier investigates the intensified continuity editing in Quantum of Solace, revealing palpable visuals and a compelling sense of yearning [Read More...]

Elvis: ’68 Comeback Special

Steve Binder

Victor Fraga - 02-08-2018

Seminal television show that catapulted Elvis Presley back to the top of the music showbiz world celebrates 50 anniversary by returning to cinemas for one night only with special commentary by the film director and Priscilla - on Thursday, August 16th. [Read More...]

The Eyes Of Orson Welles

Mark Cousins

Jeremy Clarke - 03-08-2018

Pawn, Knight, King, Jester. A spoken letter to the great director in which Welles’ own, hitherto unseen drawings and paintings provide a radical new entry point into his life and art - previews with director Q&A from Sunday August 12th, in cinemas Friday, August 17th [Read More...]

Distant Constellation

Shevaun Mizrahi

Victor Fraga - 14-08-2018

Because we're all made of stars! Turkish doc about residents of a retirement home has tasteful dreamy touch, and is a fitting tribute to those in their twilight years - in cinemas Friday, August 17th [Read More...]

The Heiresses (Las Herederas)

Marcelo Martinessi

Victor Fraga - 07-08-2018

Shy and reserved middle-aged Lesbian has to face a classist society after her partner is imprisoned and financial difficulties arise, in Paraguayan director's impressive first feature - in cinemas Friday, August 10th [Read More...]


Spike Lee

Victor Fraga - 15-05-2018

The iconic American director returns with a magnetic police thriller retelling the story of a black officer who worked undercover in order to infiltrate the KKK in the late 1970s, successfully tying it with Trump's racist rhetoric - in cinemas Friday, August 24th [Read More...]

Dog Days

Ken Marino

Victor Fraga - 07-08-2018

Unabashedly glee and optimistic film about man's best friend is also dogged with clichés and empty platitudes - in cinemas Friday, August 10th [Read More...]

Run Lola Run, still going fast 20 years on!!!


Martin Homer - 10-08-2018

Two decades later, Tom Tykwer's movie remains one of the most profitable foreign language films of all times; we investigate the dirty secrets of the highly influential German flick [Read More...]

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