Amrica (2018)The soulful, uplifting story of how three brothers are brought together to care for their charismatic 93- year-old grandmother Amrica in southwest Mexico, this documentary charts how they respond to the challenges of their new adult responsibilities. Their father, who was previously her caretaker, was jailed under accusation of elder neglect after Amrica fell from her bed. One brother believes Amrica, despite her immobility and advanced dementia, fell willfully to bring the separated family back together. But his dream of familial cohesion fades as the brothers clash over money, communication and the considerable challenge of sharing full-time care. While they work to free their father, difficult questions take the foreground - who decides what becomes of Amrica? And how long will they put their lives on hold to care for her?Blows up an intimate family portrait on to a large, cinematic canvas - The GuardianOne of those rare non-fiction treasures that seems so effortless yet so complex - Moveable FeastAn honest, intimate treatise on kindness, Amrica is a film about what it means to have the best years of your life interrupted by the duty of care, and whats more, to want that to happen - Little White LiesA sublime, magical masterpiece. It is rare to see so much life on screen - Joshua OppenheimerAn astonishingly tender, intense observational film - Sight Sound+ Chiyo (2019)Shot using the warm textures of colour 16mm film, Chiyo is a sensuous, sensitive, gorgeous portrait of the directors grandmother, filmed in and around her home in the Japanese suburbs.
Thu 24 Oct
A period of relative peace in 17th century Japan leads to the breakup of the clan system and plunges many samurai into unemployment and poverty; the only honourable solution to which according to the code of bushido is to seek out a high ranking palace to perform the ritual suicide, seppuku. However some ronin are exploiting this practice for financial gain, in the hope that the feudal lord will see their undying commitment to the code and employ them instead. When an impoverished and world-weary ronin named Hanshiro arrives at the residence of the Li clan to request a death befitting of a samurai, he is told about the agonising and humiliating fate of Motome, the last visitor who tried to exploit the clan in this way.Unbeknownst to the clan however, Hanshiro is already well aware of the tale.Masaki Kobayashis films often commented on the less honourable side of bushido (and wider Japanese society in general); the rigidity of its system, the hypocrisy of blind loyalty, and of course, the brutal violence. Harakiri is no exception.Dir: Masaki Kobayashi| Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai | Rating: 15 | Running Time: 133 minsDoors open 7.00pmFilm starts 7.30pm
Sun 27 Oct
Exploring the world of a mental health clinic in Japan through the eyes of patients, doctors, staff, volunteers and home-helpers, Mental gets to know men and women of all ages and backgrounds dealing with mental health disorders. They include a businessman suffering from burn-out, a woman with an eating disorder stemming from comments that her legs were too fat and a mother who took her own childs life. Each has their own way of dealing with their illness, ranging from religion and philosopy to creativity. Treating them is Masatomo Yamamoto, a doctor trying to support patients so they can exist in society. Closely depicting the daily lives of patients - revealing their struggles, anxieties and moments of joy - and the difficulties in maintaining mental health services in the face of budget deficits, Mental is a complex, rewarding and surprising film.Though the film is noted for breaking Japanese taboo-powered silence about mental illness, I havent seen many American documentaries as devoted to stalled-out minds - Village VoiceOught to be seen by anyone interested in how minds can become sick – and be cured - Japan TimesAn unflinching but humane documentary filled with compassion, humour, despair and hope - Asian Movie PulseUnforgettable… a documentary on what it means to offer care… and to be a doctor… represent(s) more clearly than any theoretical discussion the infinite possible meanings of mentally ill and mentally sound across different situations and worlds, and from one individual to the other - H-MadnessAlso showing as part of our Kazuhiro Soda season - The Big House, Campaign, Peace, Inland Sea
Wed 23 Oct
Juan and his wealthy urban family exchange their home in the city for a simple life in the Mexican countryside, where they live, love and suffer in a world apart. The two worlds collide, a marriage disintegrates, while the children play on.Post Tenebras Lux - the Latin title means The Light After Darkness - takes its cues from Andrei Tarkovskys Mirror (1975). Framed in the now little-used Academy ratio, it stitches together fragments of personal memory and fantasy, garnished with a smattering of visual effects and the odd hint of social commentary, to build a poetic, psychedelic rhapsody in which the directors tendencies towards abstract expressionism are allowed off the leash. (Tony Rayns)Mexican filmmaker, Carlos Reygadas, (b. 1971, Mexico City) is revered as one of the most groundbreaking directors in world cinema. He has been named as the one-man third wave of Mexican cinema.Reygadas studied Law at the University of Mexico, specialising in Armed Conflict Law in London. In 1997, Reygadas decided to quit his profession and moved to Brussels where he discovered a passion for cinema, visiting a cinematheque and voraciously viewing films by directors such as Roberto Rossellini, Carl Dreyer and Robert Bresson. When he encountered Tarkovskys films, he realised that emotion could come directly out of the sound and the image and not necessarily from the storytelling. From this moment on, the Russian director became his biggest inspiration.In 2000, he shot his first feature film, Japn (Japan). The film was presented at 2002 at the Rotterdam and Cannes film festivals. The film received a Special Mention for the Camra dOr at Cannes. It was one of the most outstanding and audacious films on the Croisette that year. In 2005, he presented Battle in Heaven, which was selected for Competition in Cannes Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Prize at Ro de Janeiro International Film Festival. In 2007, his film Silent Light competed once more for the Palme dOr at the Cannes Film Festival winning the Jury Award. For Post Tenebras Lux(Light after Darkness) Carlos Reygadas won the best director prize during Cannes Film Festival 2012. His latest film, Our Time, was nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival 2018.Reygadas formally daring and visually inventive narratives present spectacular and frequently unsettling perspectives of Mexican life from the countryside to the big city, all of which he depicts with a mixture of haunting lyricism, curiosity and dread. Even in its more ominous moments, Reygadas cinema maintains a transcendental sense of beauty. Inspired by the epic scope of Andrei Tarkovsky, Reygadas also pulls liberally from countless other art film tropes while conveying a poetic stillness that has, over the last decade, developed into his own imprint.
Sat 26 Oct
100% fresh on Rottentomatoes!If you want only one Astaire-Rogers musical, Top Hat is obligatory.-Empire MagazineAn undeniable classic, screwball musical comedy, Top Hat stars the legendary duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Glamorous and enthralling, a Depression-era diversion beautifully scored by Irving Berlin, it is the most successful and beloved picture of the prolific Rogers and Astaire partnership which saw them produce an astonishing nine musicals between 1933 and 1939.When American dancer Jerry (Astaire) comes to London to star in a show produced by bumbling Horace (Edward Everett Horton), he wakes up wealthy tourist Dale (Rogers) by tap dancing in his hotel bedroom. Shes annoyed, but hes instantly smitten, and proceeds to pursue her all over London, then to Venice - despite Dales reluctance, as she has mistaken him for the (married) HoraceDont miss your chance to hear its lavish songs (including the gorgeous Cheek to Cheek) and see its effortless, masterful dance sequences on the big screen, amplified by the iconic chemistry between Rogers and Astaire.In 1990, Top Hat was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress and the film ranked number 15 on the 2006 American Film Institutes list of best musicals.Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.ukExpect short films and programme notes at all screenings, and even some special guest speakers!Doors Open 6.30pmScreening Start 7.00pm
Mon 21 Oct
Welcome to Sci-Fi Sundays at Deptford Cinema. Join us for an afternoon movie on the last Sunday of the month. With quarterly themes, our 2018/2019 programme delves into wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff, Earthly welcomes, post-Earths, new flesh and everything in between when it comes to our favourite Science Fiction cinema.Alongside each screening weve organised a little something extra; quizzes, short-films, panel discussions and much more.Our final theme for our 2018/2019 programme looks inward at the BODY and its evolution and manipulation at the hands of humankind.–-LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH!Max Renn (James Woods, never better) is the controller of a small Cable TV channel that specialises in softcore porn and hardcore violence. Renn is constantly on the lookout for new content ripped from the illegal airwaves to deliver to his insatiable audience.His tech pirate, Harlan, picks up glimpses of a channel, seemingly from South America, that seems perfect: Videodrome. Its a show of show of shocking and meaningless violence and Renn is determined to have it. But as he starts to investigate where the show comes from he encounters the demented media mogul Brian Convex who wants to use television to rid America of the weak. Not only does Max begin to suspect the violence and murder on Videodrome is real but that there is something more terrifying going on beneath the surface. Because hidden within the Videodrome broadcast is another signal. A signal that seems to do strange things to the human bodyCronenberg was inspired to make this film by contemporary fears that violent video content was damaging viewers. Videodromeimagines a world in which watching extreme content does indeed twist and warp its viewers - but in typical Cronenbergian body-horror fashion, the effects are not just mental, but very physical.Working with legendary special make-up effects artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London) Cronenberg creates some of the most iconic and disturbing images in sci-fi horror. Though inspired by the analog aesthetic of the VHS era, the fears and anxieties explored in Videodrome are just as relevant in todays world.THE NEST (2013)An interview between a doctor and a patient who is convinced that a nest of bugs is growing in her breast. Starring Evelyne Brochu and David Cronenberg.CAMERA (2000)A portrait of the actor as an old man. In increasingly claustrophobic close-ups, Leslie Carlson harps on the anxieties of ageing before succumbing to a group of children, whove discovered an old film camera and burst into his apartment, forcing him to star in their production. A meditation on filmmaking as memory and desire, ageing and death.We are really excited to be able to screen this short courtesy of TIFF Reference Library.
Sun 27 Oct
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