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FoR18

FRAMES of REPRESENTATION (FoR), now in its fourth edition, continues to be a showcase for the cinema of the real, investigating the political and aesthetic approaches at its core. 


Closing Night: UK PREMIERE Present.Perfect. + Q&A
Apr
20
8:15 PM20:15

Closing Night: UK PREMIERE Present.Perfect. + Q&A

The explosion of live-streaming platforms in China and the ensuing government crackdown provides the context for Shengze Zhu’s Present.Perfect. (Wan Mei Xian Zai Shi), a work comprising intimate footage shared by twelve Chinese online streamers. Regardless of class, sexuality or physical ability, these personal broadcasters open themselves to an anonymous audience in search of connection.

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UK PREMIERE Don’t Work (1968–2018) + Q&A
Apr
19
8:30 PM20:30

UK PREMIERE Don’t Work (1968–2018) + Q&A

The distinction between art and life dissolves in César Vayssié’s pulsating new film Don’t Work, 1968–2018 (Ne Travaille Pas, 1968–2018), which follows a year in the life of Elsa and Gabriel, two young artists studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Without dialogue, this hypnotic film follows the pair as they navigate love and create work amid political and social tumult.

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Conversation: Ethics and aesthetics of performative documentary
Apr
19
5:00 PM17:00

Conversation: Ethics and aesthetics of performative documentary

Featured in this year’s FoR, Stones Have Laws (Dee Sitonu a Weti) is an expansive and immersive initiation into the life of a Maroon community in the former Dutch colony of Suriname. Directors Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan and co-director Tolin Erwin Alexander closely involved the Maroon community in the development of the project, which was written using an experimental process of collective scripting. The result is a unique cinematic form that bridges filmmaking, poetry and theatre.

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UK PREMIERE Stones Have Laws + Q&A
Apr
18
8:35 PM20:35

UK PREMIERE Stones Have Laws + Q&A

Stones Have Laws (Dee Sitonu a Weti) is an immersive initiation into the life of a Maroon community in the former Dutch colony of Suriname. Combining stories of African ancestral traditions and escaped slavery with enacted contemporary rituals, the film explores how the community’s powerful ties to the land have become endangered as industries threaten to devastate the region through deforestation and mining.

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Seminar on the Lodz Film School & Polish Cinema
Apr
18
5:00 PM17:00

Seminar on the Lodz Film School & Polish Cinema

Organised in association with the Polish Cultural Institute, this seminar focuses on the internationally renowned Lodz Film School and its graduates, which include luminaries such as Krzysztof Kieślowski and Andrzej Wajda. The discussion examines the school’s unique approach to film teaching and considers its place within world cinema. 

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Seminar: Re-framing the City on Film. Documentary as Memory, Place and Space
Apr
18
2:30 PM14:30

Seminar: Re-framing the City on Film. Documentary as Memory, Place and Space

Since the advent of the moving image, how we negotiate, imagine, and relate to the city has been profoundly shaped by its representations on film. In this CHASE seminar, Polish filmmaker EWA PODGÓRSKA will present scenes from her feature documentary, Diagnosis, which forms part of the FoR Festival programme on Wednesday 17th April. Podgorska’s unique filmic language, inspired by urban psychology, offers new approaches to film as a methodical tool that interacts and responds to the real and imagined spaces it represents on screen. It also re-frames our understanding of how the built space around us is as much formed by those who interact within it. 

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UK PREMIERE Diagnosis + Q&A
Apr
17
8:50 PM20:50

UK PREMIERE Diagnosis + Q&A

Polish director Ewa Podgorska’s dreamlike Diagnosis (Diagnoza) is a journey into the depths of a city through the memories and emotions of its inhabitants. Inspired by the concept of urban psychology, the film portrays the city as a space of resistance, recovery and alienation, as it asks us to reflect on how our social interactions shape the spaces around us.

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UK PREMIERE The Disappeared + Q&A
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

UK PREMIERE The Disappeared + Q&A

The Disappeared follows the story of the production and censorship of an action film commissioned by the Israeli government in 2000. Titled Hane’elam (The Disappeared), the original film confronted the contentious issue of the rising number of soldier suicides in the Israel Defence Forces. Despite its lavish budget and cast of leading Israeli actors, the film was banned just weeks before its release.

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Seminar: Approaching Documentary as Art (After Adorno)
Apr
16
2:45 PM14:45

Seminar: Approaching Documentary as Art (After Adorno)

In defiance of Adorno’s claim that the camera was ill-suited to the creation of art, filmmakers and artists have long sought to radicalize the codes of cinematic representation in pursuit of an experimental mode of documentary filmmaking beyond the confines of dominant cinema. At the same time, however, Adorno advanced a philosophy of history that saw mankind united in the irrational, caught in the tension between the particularities of individual lives and the colossal forces that shape the course of world history – the artists of FoR19 seem to share in this irrational approach to history, and to truth, inhabiting the fraught territory between fiction and documentary and raising questions of the relationship of the camera to the world.

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Masterclass: The Cinema of Carlos Reygadas
Apr
15
6:15 PM18:15

Masterclass: The Cinema of Carlos Reygadas

In this masterclass, Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas (Our Time (Nuestro Tiempo), 2018, Post Tenebras Lux, 2012,Silent Light, 2007, Battle in Heaven (Batalla en el cielo), 2005, Japan (Japón), 2002) discusses his poetic approach to cinema. Reygadas’ work dissolves conventional boundaries between narrative and documentary filmmaking traditions, as the director’s camera patiently observes not only his films' characters, but also the interior and exterior landscapes around them. 

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UK PREMIERE Beauty Lives in Freedom + Introduction
Apr
14
3:45 PM15:45

UK PREMIERE Beauty Lives in Freedom + Introduction

Beauty Lives in Freedom is acclaimed artist and filmmaker Wang Bing’s study of Gao Ertai, a dissident Chinese artist, philosopher and activist now residing in Las Vegas. Gao – who had been sent to the labour camps for ‘re-education’ in the 1950s and was again detained following the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests – has committed his life to the study of aesthetics and alienation in an exploration of what it means to be free.

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Talk: In Conversation with Wang Bing
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Talk: In Conversation with Wang Bing

Chinese filmmaker and artist Wang Bing (Beauty Lives in Freedom, 2018, Mrs. Fang, 2017, Bitter Money, 2016, The Ditch, 2010, Fengming, A Chinese Memoir, 2007) discusses his uncompromising political documentary-making, examining the ethics of representation under and against Chinese authoritarianism in a conversation hosted by Erika Balsom, senior lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London.

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UK PREMIERE Normal + Q&A
Apr
13
6:20 PM18:20

UK PREMIERE Normal + Q&A

Through a series of wry and acerbic vignettes, Italian filmmaker Adele Tulli’s Normal playfully exposes the spectacle of gender in our everyday lives. Featuring quotidian scenes shot throughout Italy, the film observes individuals – from childhood to adulthood – navigating normative gendered behaviour. 

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UK PREMIERE Honeyland + Q&A
Apr
13
4:00 PM16:00

UK PREMIERE Honeyland + Q&A

Alive to the magic of the natural world and the wisdom of agricultural traditions, Honeyland questions the cost, both human and ecological, of unsustainable growth and the reckless pursuit of profit. Filmed in the hills of Macedonia, Honeyland observes the interruption of a beekeeper’s harmonious life by an unruly family whose patriarch is blinded by the pursuit of wealth.

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Workshop with Gastón Solnicki: The Sensuality of the End of an Empire
Apr
13
2:15 PM14:15

Workshop with Gastón Solnicki: The Sensuality of the End of an Empire

Hosted by film programmer, film critic and filmmaker Mark Peranson, this workshop will offer an in-depth discussion of Argentinian filmmaker Gastón Solnicki’s body of work. Through his distinctive filmmaking, Solnicki considers the material agglomeration of time, memory and human relationships within the architecture of the city. 

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Opening Night: WORLD PREMIERE Director's Cut: What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? + Q&A
Apr
12
8:30 PM20:30

Opening Night: WORLD PREMIERE Director's Cut: What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? + Q&A

A blistering meditation on the state of race in America, Roberto Minervini’s What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? chronicles the lives of black communities in the Southern states, where the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina remains acutely felt as police brutality claims lives with intolerable regularity.

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