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104 EXPERIMENTA THE PURE NECESSITY DIE REINE NOTWENDIGKEIT SUN 8 21:00 NFT3 FRI 6 MON 9 13:15 NFT3 20:45 ICA SAT 14 21:20 NFT3 FRI 13 18:30 NFT3 Dir-Scr Rachel Maclean. UK 2017. 38min. Commissioner Alchemy Film Moving Image Festival, Scotland+Venice Simultaneously sumptuous and gorgeous, garish and grim, this is a re-working of Pinocchio for the neo-liberal era. Rachel Maclean’s dark fairytale, that represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale, depicts a brash and baroque binary world of poverty and riches where the prospect of easy wealth tempts even good boys like Pip into bad ways. But if everyone believes the lie, what’s the problem? Helen de Witt + THE ARTIFICIAL HUMOURS OS HUMORES ARTIFICIAIS Dir Gabriel Abrantes. Portugal 2017. 29min In this post-modern fairytale at the intersection of anthropology and artifi cial intelligence, an Amazon girl falls in love with a robot who is also a stand-up comic. Using absurdist yet warm humour, the fi lm explores colonialism, gender and technology. Total running 67min SPITE YOUR FACE Dir-Scr Filipa César. Prod Filipa César, Olivier Marboeuf, Maria João Mayer. With Flora Gomes, Anita Fernandez, Sana Na N’Hada. Portugal-Germany- France 2017. 96min. Prod Co Spectre Productions This debut feature from Portuguese artist Filipa César is a powerful reflection on cinema’s role in the creation and legacy of West African political history and national identity. Spell Reel follows the process to preserve the history of revolutionary cinema in Guinea-Bissau, particularly the work of filmmakers Sana Na N’Hada, Flora Gomes, José Bolama Cobˉumba and Josefina Crato, which documented Guinea-Bissau’s war of independence from Portugal. César follows the process by which a country’s fragile artistic and social history begins to be reclaimed. Benjamin Cook SPELL REEL Dir-Scr-Prod David Claerbout. Belgium 2016. 50min. Prod Co Claerbout Studio A hypnotic and lyrical reworking of The Jungle Book, that removes its anthropomorphism and its human characters to give the animals back their dignity. The artist redrew all the animated animals and deconstructed the narrative arc to render it eventless, thus giving the impression of watching the animals in their natural surroundings and unaware of any human presence. The effect is one of rekindling a fond memory of childhood, but with the shades of commercial and cultural exploitation removed. Helen de Witt + URTH Dir Ben Rivers. USA 2016. 20min The last woman on earth is locked in a constructed hostile environment. Filmed inside Biosphere 2 in Arizona, the fi lm considers how constructed worlds may affect the future of humankind. Total running time 70min Dir-Scr Basma Alsharif. Prod Eyal Sivan, Emilie Dudognon, Mohanad Yaqubi, Serge Kestemont, Imane Farès. With Diego Marcon. France-Belgium- Palestine 2017. 77min. Prod Co momento! films An homage to the Gaza Strip, artist Basma Alsharif’s first feature is an extraordinarily smart and poetic proposition for the power of hope against hopelessness. This experimental narrative film turns the destruction of Gaza into a universal story of heartbreak, asking what it means to be human when humanity has failed. It follows a nameless man on a circular journey over a single day. Highly associative and beautifully made. Ouroboros challenges the aesthetics of representing trauma and opens a new chapter on how we see the Middle East. Benjamin Cook + WEED KILLER Dir Patrick Staff. UK-USA 2017. 17min On survival and transformation inspired by Catherine Lord’s memoir The Summer of Her Baldness, this is a moving and irreverent account of her experience of breast cancer. Total running 94min OUROBOROS DOC BRITISH @BFI #lff


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