Essay Film Festival 2016

The 2nd Essay Film Festival will take place 17 – 24 March 2016. Full programme information can be found here.

Session 1: New Works by Mark Rappaport

Film screenings and discussion Thursday 17 March, 6pm – 9pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1 

Session 2: Visit or Memories and Confessions

Visit or Memories and Confessions [Visita ou Memórias e Confissões], dir. Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, 1982, 35mm in DCP, Mono, 73 minutes. Portuguese with English subtitles. Film screening introduced by José Manuel Costa, Director of the Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema Friday 18 March 2016, 8.30pm, ICA Cinema 1 

Session 3: The Academic Audiovisual Essay? [in]Transition Preview Screenings

Saturday 19 March, 10.30am-12.15pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1 

Session 4: Essay Film Festival 2016 presents “Festival of (In)appropriation, #8

Saturday 19 March 2016, 12.45-2.30 pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1 

Session 5: Rohmer in Paris, Screening and Discussion

Rohmer in Paris, dir. Richard Misek, UK, France, 2013, digital, 67 minutes Film screening and discussion Saturday 19 March 2016, 2.45-6.00 pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1 

Session 6: Sarah Wood: Lost Film Found Film

Sarah Wood will be in conversation with Catherine Grant (University of Sussex, Film Studies for Free) Film screenings followed by a discussion Saturday 19 March 2016, 8.30pm, ICA Cinema 1 

Session 7: Perfumed Nightmare

Perfumed Nightmare [Mababangong Bangungot], dir. Kidlat Tahimik, with Kidlat Tahimik, Georgette Baudry, Mang Feld, Hartmut Lerch, Philippines, 1977, 16mm, colour, 93 minutes. Sunday 20 March 2016, 6.30pm, ICA Cinema 1

Session 8: The Silent Majority Speaks

The Silent Majority Speaks, dir. Bani Khoshnoudi, Iran, 2010/2014, digital, 94 minutes. Farsi with English subtitles. UK Premiere The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Bani Khoshnoudi Sunday 20 March 2016, 8.30pm, ICA Cinema 1 

Session 9: Arts Council Documentary Essays

A Sign is a Fine Investment (dir. Judith Williamson, 1983) and Being and Doing (dirs. Ken McMullen and Stuart Brisley, 1984) Double bill Monday 21 March 2016, 2.00-5.30pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1 

Session 10: Who Invented the Yo-Yo? Who Invented the Moon Buggy?

Who Invented the Yoyo? Who Invented the Moon Buggy? [Sinong Lumikha ng Yoyo? Sinong Lumikha ng Moon Buggy?], Kidlat Tahimik, Philippines / West Germany, 1979, 16mm (transferred to Blu-ray), colour, 94 minutes. Film screening followed by a Q&A with Kidlat Tahimik Monday 21 March 2016, 7.30pm, Goethe-Institut

Session 11: Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow?

Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow? (Bakit Dilaw Ang Kulay ng Bahaghari) by Kidlat Tahimik, Philippines, 1994, 16mm, colour, 175 minutes. English (with Japanese subtitles).

Session 12: Straying on Track – Special event and screening with Kidlat Tahimik

“Making a film is like taking a long trip”  

Session 13: The Host presented by Miranda Pennell

The Host, dir. Miranda Pennell, United Kingdom 2015, DCP, 59 minutes 11 seconds, colour/B&W, 16:9, stereo

Session 14: Balikbayan #1- Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III

Balikbayan # 1 – Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III, Philippines, 2015, DCP (16:9), colour, 150 minutes. English, Tagalog, Spanish with English subtitles. Images courtesy Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Marian Stefanowski
Prelude #2: Orlando Ferito

Prelude #2: Orlando Ferito

Friday 12 February 2016: UK premiere of Orlando Ferito (Vincent Dieutre, 2013.) With Vincent Dieutre in conversation with Laura Mulvey after the screening. 6-9pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1. Booking required.
Prelude #3: Song of Ceylon, Wright / Farocki double-bill

Prelude #3: Song of Ceylon, Wright / Farocki double-bill

Friday 26 February 2016: Double bill screening of Song of Ceylon (d. Basil Wright, 1934), and About Basil Wright’s “Song of Ceylon” (d. Harun Farocki, 1975). 6-9pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1. Booking required.
Prelude #4: Mourning Rock (Agelastos Petra)

Prelude #4: Mourning Rock (Agelastos Petra)

Friday 11 March 2016: Screening and discussion of Mourning Rock (Agelastos Petra) (d. Filippos Koutsaftis, 2000) presented in collaboration with BIRMAC (Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture), as part of their “Ruins” research project. Booking required.