Wednesday, 30 March 2022
This screening session features 5 films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE
97 Sclater Street
London E1 6HR
Free entry. Reserve your tickets now here.
THE ARMOR (FRANCE) BY DAVID FITT
Synopsis: Several women reflect on their daily lives. Running time: 00:01:00.
Selections/awards: Toronto Arthouse FF, Super Shorts New York FF.
About the director: David Fitt is an award-winning filmmaker, whose work has been praised for its storytelling and electric vibes. Dedicated to his passion to create haunting and vibrant images, he has also been working as a photographer for years. He is currently based in Paris.
UNKNOWN HAND (U.K.) BY SAUL PANKHURST
Synopsis: An individual reflects on the inevitability of change, how we know ourselves and how we wish to be known. This film discusses the impact of degenerative illness on one's sense of Identity and Authenticity, asserting an individual's right to approach a major change in their health in a way that remains true to them. Running time: 00:03:19.
Selections/awards: Ann Arbor FF, Alchemy Film and Arts Festival and others.
About the director: Saul Pankhurst is an experimental filmmaker working within documentary. His background in analogue cinematography informs a bold visual style that makes use of collage and animation. His recent work has adopted a highly collaborative approach that scrutinises both the role of the filmmaker and the complex ethics involved in representing the stories of others.
CELENTANO'S SEASICKNESS (ITALY) BY SAVERIO CAPPIELLO
Synopsis: Loredano, known as Celentano, due to seasickness has never been able to be a fisherman, his dream since he was a child. Now he works in a bar and waits for Alex, his nephew, who has recently started working as a fisherman, to give him a gift that initiates him into that world that is water and that he has never been able to touch. Running time: 00:12:05.
Selections/awards: Venice Film Week (Winner Best Documentary Short Film), Super Shorts FF London, and more.
About the director: Saverio Cappiello (1992, Italy) graduated from Civica Scuola di Cinema Luchino Visconti (Milan). His first short film Clinamen (2015) was presented at about thirty festivals worldwide, and he's won several awards with his subsequent shorts and documentaries. He is currently working on his first feature, L’altra via.
LETTER TO MY MOTHER (IRAN) BY AMINA MAHER
Synopsis: A heartfelt letter to tell the mother the most painful of secrets. Amina Maher, who in 2002 was the small protagonist of Ten by Kiarostami is now a transgender director who tries to make her voice heard, understood, and be understood. Running time: 00:19:33.
Selections/awards: Kasseler Dokfest Lovers FF, Mix Milano FF, LGBTQIA+ FF, Ontario International FF (Winner Best International Documentary), Verona IFF (Winner Best Experimental Film), Beirut International Women FF (Winner Best International Short Film), and more.
About the director: Amina Maher (Tehran, 1992) is an Iranian queer filmmaker whose works deal with themes of social taboos and gender-identity in relation to violence and power structure. She began her cinematic activity as the main protagonist in Abbas Kiarostami's "Ten” which featured the real-life relationship between Amina and her mother. Her multi-awarded short film, Letter to my mother, was part of the competition at numerous international film festivals.
GOD´S CHILDREN (SPAIN) BY EKAIN IRIGOIEN
Synopsis: Javier and Romerales sleep under one of the many cornices around the touristic Plaza de la Opera in Madrid. There, their friendship becomes a hymn to life, death and dignity. Running time: 01:10:22.
Selections/awards: San Sebastian IFF Verzio International Human Rights Documentary FF, Dumbo FF, Docs Without Borders, Festival de Cine de Madrid PNR, Close: up Edinburgh Docufest, and more.
About the director: Ekain Irigoien (Donostia, 1981) graduated in Humanities and Communication. As a filmmaker for television, he has worked on series like Goenkale and Balbemendi for EITB, as well as programs such as Hoy cocinas tú and Bricomanía for LA SEXTA and TELE 5 respectively. He is currently working on the program of the well-known chef Karlos Arguiñano, with whom he has been collaborating for almost a decade. He was screenwriter on the television show Wazemank, for EITB. He wrote and directed the documentary film La Cañada de Andrea and the short Kresala, included in the collective film Kalebegiak; selected for the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2016.