- US / West Germany
- 1h 47min
- Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
- Cast: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni
The story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their eventual journey.
Thu 25 Jul
- US / W
- 2h 24min
- Directed by: Wim Wenders
- Written by: LM Kit Carson, Sam Shepard
- Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell
Missing for four years, middle-aged loner Stanton turns up in the Texan outback, and is later reunited with his son. The two embark on a trek across America to find his estranged wife, the young boy's mother. Wenders' coolly dislocating visual sense combines with writer Sam Shepard's version of America's desolate heartlands to produce a moving story of personal alienation.
Fri 19 Jul
Sun 28 Jul
- 1h 40min
- Directed by: Claire Denis
- Written by: Claire Denis, Marie NDiaye
- Cast: Isabelle Huppert
Highly recommended Cameroon-filmed feature set during a civil war where civilians are caught in the crossfire. At the heart of this mesmerising evocation of a land that is disintegrating into chaos, is the tale of a coffee plantation owner (Huppert), desperately clinging to the last vestiges of a world that is already in disarray.
Sat 20 Jul
- 2h 7min
- Directed by: Wim Wenders
- Cast: Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander, Solveig Dommartin, Peter Falk.
Restless angel Damiel (Ganz) is on duty over Berlin when he takes a tip from American movie star and former angel Falk on the possibilities of crossing over, and follows his mentor's path to consummate his relationship with beautiful circus acrobat Dommartin. Gorgeous black-and-white photography and a sensitive feel for the people and places of Berlin grace, this thematically rich and uncharacteristically optimistic slice of Wenders enchantment is highly recommended.
Sun 21 Jul
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.
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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