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97 Sclater Street, London, E1 6HR
  • Telephone 020 3784 7970
  • Opening times Mon noon–9pm; Tue–Sun noon–11pm.
  • Seasonal times Closed Dec 25.
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Andrei Rublev

Andrei Rublev
  • 1966
  • Soviet Union
  • 3h 5min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Cast: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko

This acclaimed film follows the life of 15th century Russian painter Andrei Rublev as he travels aound medieval Russia.

Sat 30 Mar


Sun 14 Apr


Fri 19 Apr


The Colour of Pomegranates

1968 film from Armenian director Sergei Parajanov about the life of an 18th-century poet, Aruthin Sayadin.

Thu 28 Mar
Sat 30 Mar


  • 1974
  • USSR
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Written by: Aleksandr Misharin, Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Cast: Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Larisa Tarkovskaya, Alla Demidova, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Tamara Ogorodnikova

An artist reflects on his early life and relationships in this most intensely personal of all Tarkovsky's works. Multi layered and at times almost impenetrable, it nevertheless remains a catalogue of sensitive and enigmatically arresting imagery, one of the cinema's closest approximations to poetry.

Wed 27 Mar
Tue 2 Apr


  • 2003
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies, Ulrich Tukur

This truncated, but still very effective, new version of the novel by Stanislaw Lem demonstrates the enormous versatility of Steven Soderbergh. His screenplay compresses the first hour of Tarkovsky's 1972 film into ten minutes, sending psychologist Kelvin (George Clooney in tremendous form) off to the troubled space station orbiting the planet of the title early on. Here, he is affected by a debilitating neurosis, as his wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone) - who committed suicide years before - appears, and is as real as Kelvin himself. It amounts to one of the most thought-provoking and moving films of the year.

Fri 29 Mar


  • 1979
  • USSR
  • 2h 41min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Written by: Arkadi Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
  • Cast: Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Nikolai Grinko

Tarkovsky's adaptation of the Strugatsky novel about the aftermath of an alien visitation. The stalker is a man who is prepared to act as a guide through the contaminated area, but the director uses the Zone as a locale of very human desires and projections. Visually splendid and intellectually provocative, Stalker is one of Tarkovsky's most accessible films.

Sun 31 Mar
Close-Up Cinema

Close-Up aims to make film culture and history accessible through its cinema, library and the online publication of Vertigo Magazine. Established in 2005, the company has built up its activities on the basis of reinvesting all its profits into creating an extensive film resource.

Close-Up's film programmes present a series of films that shaped the art of cinema and its history. Our repertory cinema covers the entire history of the medium, as well as presenting auteur cinema and radical new artists' films and videos. Whilst all other cinemas are converting to digital, Close-Up will continue to offer 16mm and 35mm reel-to-reel as well as digital projection.

The cinema is also available to host press screenings, corporate hire and presentations. With 40 comfortable seats, the theatre is fully accessible for two wheelchairs, and equipped with DCI compliant digital projection (DCP), reel-to-reel 35mm, 16mm, DV etc, and a 5.1 surround sound system.

The Library’s collection of over 19,000 titles specialises in early cinema, classics, world cinema, documentaries, experimental films and video art. It includes rare films exclusive to Close-Up and by independent filmmakers not represented by distributors. The book catalogue ranges from film theory, criticism and practice to history, biography and periodicals. To complement our library, Close-Up's online Archive includes the prestigious film journal Vertigo, thousands of entries related to cinema and the moving image ranging from film programmes, texts, videos, and audio documents.

Vertigo Magazine
Founded in 1993, Vertigo has established itself as a reference for the discussion of film culture and history. Vertigo offers a diverse range of critical views, committed to inspire and engage with audiences, academics and practitioners alike.

Café & Bar
In the heart of our film centre is our cafe and bar where you can access our unique collection of films and books whilst enjoying some of the finest coffee and artisan bakery in Shoreditch. Going against the grain of current coffee trends, we are serving a traditional European fine blend of coffee. Fully licensed we also offer a great selection of alcohol including wines, ales and Irish coffee.

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