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Floating films is back and delighted to be showing Tekon Kinkurito (2006) to kick off our new season. To reserve your place email floatingfilmslondon@gmail.com with the title of the film in the subject line and state how many tickets you would like.

Tekon Kinkurito

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Dir. Michael Arias | 103 mins | 2006

To kick off our new season we have an incredible animation from 2006 called Tekon Kinkurito. Directed by Michael Arias (visual effects artist of Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke) and produced by the team who made Animatrix, this sprawling and ambitious film remains relatively unknown aside from animation enthusiasts. Mixing a frenetic pace with themes of love and loss in a city in turmoil. The story pitches two young street children (Black and White) in an unknown dystopian future city, fighting against a rejuvenated Yakuza to keep the city from an evil developer Mr Snake, whose dastardly plan is to turn the slums into a gentrified theme park. With spectacular visuals and a fantastic soundtrack by electronic music group Plaid, this film deserves a much wider audience and so be sure to join us for the start of a great new season of films.


Past Programmes

Thursday 15th May 2014

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Dir. K. Loach, a. Kiarostami & E. Olmi | 109min |2005

Three highly acclaimed directors join together to direct three interwoven stories that take place during a journey from Central Europe to Rome. The characters connect through casual encounters and set forth a story of love, chance and sacrifice.


Thursday 27th March 2014

Leviathan

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Dir. L. Castaing-Taylor & V. Paravel | 87 mins | 2012

Floating films is excited to be showing Leviathan by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University.

Leviathan looks and sounds like no other documentary. Set aboard a fishing boat off the East Coast of America, this extraordinary tale takes the viewer inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. It is a truly gripping and disorientating cinematic spectacle. Shot almost exclusively with GoPro cameras and told from surprising perspectives, the film is a visceral juggernaut perfectly balanced with long takes, experimental jump-cuts and stunning sound design. It is a pleasure to show such a fearless and fascinating film aboard SB Repertor.


 

Thursday 13th February 2014

The Reluctant Revolutionary + Q&A with Sean McAllister
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 Dir. Sean McAllister | 70 mins | 2012

“Reluctant Revolutionary is an intimate portrait of Yemen as the revolution unfolds, told through the eyes of warm-hearted local tour guide Kais. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister portrays Kais’ transformation from sceptic of the revolutionary cause to participant with characteristic intimacy and frankness.

The film tracks Kais from his initial irritation with the demonstrations against President Saleh’s 33-year reign to his witnessing the determination of the demonstrators, which culminates in a massacre of 52 protestors. This is a personal and at times deeply shocking documentary which takes the viewer to the heart of what is like as a normal civilian to live through a revolution.” – BBC Storyville

 


Thursday 16th of January 2014

Le Franc + The Little Girl Who Stole the Sun
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Dir. Djibril Diop Mambéty | 45 mins | 1994 [Le Franc]
Dir. Djibril Diop Mambéty | 45 mins | 1998 [The Little Girl Who Stole the Sun]

Floating films is excited to be showing Le Franc (1994) and The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (1998) by Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty.

Mambéty was a visionary director who came to international fame in the 1970s with his film Touki Bouki- an experimental and avant-garde comment on the nature of post colonial life in Senegal and its relations with France. These medium length features are his final films made in 1990s. These rarely screened films were part of a trilogy which Mambéty was unable to complete, as he died during the post production of The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun.

Le Franc is an acutely observed meditation on the corrupting nature of money in Senegal at a time of economic trouble.The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun is about a young disabled girl who sets out to earn money for her family by selling newspapers.Both these films are funny, poetic and inventive studies into Senegalese life.


Thursday 12th of December 2013

White Meadows

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Dir. M. Rasoulof | 92 min | 2009

Floating films is very excited to be showing White Meadows by Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof. Made in 2009, this film has rarely been seen. It was never released in Iran and is a powerful and poetic comment on the politics of the Ahmadinejad government. Strikingly shot and beautifully composed (edited by Jafar Panahi) this highly allegorical tale follows one man’s journey collecting the tears of the heartbroken, in different communities.


Thursday 24th & Friday 25th of October 2013

 A Town Called Panic

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Dir. Aubier & Patar | 75 min | 2009

Cowboy and Indian’s plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires and a series of surreal adventures take over as the trio travel to the centre of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe where pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures live. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier mâché town, will Horse and his girlfriend ever be alone?


Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th of June 2013

5 Broken Cameras 

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Dir Emad Burnat | 90min | 2011

“An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost.” – Kino Lorber


Thursday 28th & Friday 29th of March 2013

Samson and Delilah

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Dir W. Thornton | 101min | 2009

Samson and Delilah is a modern day classic. Directed and shot by Warwick Thornton with a small close knit crew it has to be regarded as one of the best films to come out of Australia full stop! That the film is made by a ‘aboriginal’ director using ‘aborginal’ actors is remarkable in itself, but the exquisite cinematography coupled with the amazing acting performances elevate this film beyond all recent portrayals of Australia’s socio and economic situations. Not allowing the film to soley dwell on the negative aspects of the legacy of white ‘settlement’ it is intertwined with moments of tenderness and hope, despite the harsh life in a remote environment. Outside of Australia there is increasingly less coverage of the ways in which Australian society is developing. Undoubtedly the economic boom of recent years and immigration has contributed much to a growing cosmopolitan and multicultural country: however many problems remain for the original inhabitants. This film shows some of these issues is an evocative and controversial setting. Winner of Camera D’or at Cannes, this films never got a nationwide release so please come down and see it!


Thursday 28 February 2013 at 8pm
Due to high demand we have an additional screening the following night:Friday 1st March 2013 at 8pm

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Dir. Charlie Chaplin | 83min | 1936

Charlie Chaplin once said “All i need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl” but what kind of boast led to his 1936 masterpiece Modern Times? Indeed, a global depression and Marx’s theory of Alienation hardly scream ‘comedy gold’ but Charlie was no ordinary clown. A global smash, A silent movie 9 years after the invention of sound and sadly the little tramps final outing on the silver screen, Modern Times is a movie that is so funny it will probably out live capitalism itself.


Thursday 31 January & Friday 1st February 2013

Soy Cuba

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Dir Mikhail Kalatozov | 1964

Soy Cuba is a Soviet-Cuban film that shows moments of triumph, courage or injustice through four different stories. With its stark black and white photography and innovative camera work it caught the eye of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola to campaign for the re-release of this virtually unknown film.


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