When an old friend brings filmmaker Enrique Goded (Fele Martínez) a semi-autobiographical script chronicling their adolescence, Enrique is forced to relive his youth spent at a Catholic boarding school. Weaving through past and present, the script follows a transvestite performer (Gael García Bernal) who reconnects with a grade school sweetheart. Spurred on by this chance encounter, the character reflects on her childhood sexual victimization and the trauma of closeting her sexual orientation.
Thu 8 Dec
Bioethics Season - GATTACA
Starring Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke and Jude Law.
Andrew Niccol's 1997 film Gattaca is set in a future in which human reproduction takes place via reproductive technologies, which are used by prospective parents to select genetically 'better' children.
The film explores ideas about the long term societal implications of unrestrained use of reproductive technologies, addressing questions about how we view genetic perfection, difference and disability, and the wider ethics of eugenics.
After the screening invited Birkbeck scientist Clare Samson and KCL bioethicist Giulia Cavaliere will comment on the film and then open up a Q&A and discussion with the audience .
Clare Samsom, Senior Associate Lecturer in Bioscience at Birkbeck, University of London
Giulia Cavaliere, Researcher in Bioethics at King's College London
Ideas about the ethical issues raised by developments in science, technology and medicine are explored in many of Hollywood's best known films, including Blade Runner, Jurassic Park, Minority Report and others. Deptford Cinema's Bioethics season will show films featuring themes relating to the ethical challenges of scientific progress followed by discussions with invited scientists and ethicists.
Mon 12 Dec
Our regular Latin American cinema night continues its short Focus on Cuba season with Death of a Bureaucrat (1966) - 'La muerte de un burócrata'.
"DEATH OF A BUREAUCRAT is a fanciful satire that takes on the excesses of Kafkaesque bureaucracy at the same time that it pays loving homage to the excesses of early cinematic comedies…. The opening credits tell all. They appear in the form of a bureaucratic memo being typed by an invisible functionary, while ironically epic music swells from the sound track. The memo prose is full of "whereas" clauses, and rubber stamps intrude from time to time to impress an additional official notation onto the page/screen. But no amount of legalisms can obscure the names to which Gutierrez Alea dedicates his film: Luis Buñuel, Laurel and Hardy, Marilyn Monroe, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and even Jean Vigo.
The films hero is a bewildered, hapless Everyman, a Keaton-Lloyd-Chaplin rolled into one, tilting at spinning windmills of red tape. There is a side plot involving his boss and the boss's night out with his secretary that recalls a moment of Monroe. There's a cemetery scene out of Laurel and Hardy and a nightmare out of the Buñuel/Dali UN CHIEN ANDALOU. In between, all along the way, there are sight gags inspired by a host of B movies, restaged à la Cubana." by B. Ruby Rich.
Death of a Bureaucrat is as fiercely critical as it is amusing, full of images and situations firmly planted between black humour and surrealism. The film is more about the suffering of an individual falling prey to the bureaucracy of post-revolutionary Cuban civil servants. This seminal Gutierrez Alea film has become a classic of Cuban cinema. More than 50 years later, the maddening red tape of bureaucracy continues to thrive.
Wed 7 Dec
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