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Barbican Film May 2016 highlights


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Green Film Festival

Sun 1 - Sat 7 May Cinema 3

The UK Green Film Festival brings a stunning programme of titles from around the world, exploring issues ranging from the rights of local communities to global concerns such as climate change, energy and pollution. 

Opening Gala: Racing Extinction

Sun 1 May 3pm Cinema 3

(USA /China/Hong Kong /Indonesia/Mexico/UK 2015 Dir Louie Psihoyos 90 min) 

Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets, Racing Extinction reveals never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.

The Great Invisible

Tue 3 May 6.30pm Cinema 3

(US 2014 Dir Margaret Brown 92 min)

On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oil-drilling rig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. In this thought-provoking new documentary, Peabody Award-winning documentarian Margaret Brown travels to small towns and major cities in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas to explore the fallout of the disaster on the people of the region. 

The Shore Break

Wed 4 May 6.30pm Cinema 3

(South Africa 2014 Dir Ryley Grunenwald 90 min)

Two cousins from South Africa’s Wild Coast have opposing plans to develop their land. Nonhle wants to develop eco-tourism in order to protect her community’s homes, farms, graves and traditional lifestyle while Madiba is planning a titanium mine and national tolled highway. Meanwhile, their King and Queen, who oppose the mine and highway, are deposed by the South African Government.

The Messenger

Sat 7 May 2pm Cinema 3

(Canada/France/Costa Rica/Germany/Netherlands/Turkey/USA 2015 Dir Su Rynard 89 min)

The Messenger, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Su Rynard (Dream Machine, Kardia) chronicles the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans and argues that their demise could signify the crash of the ecosystems globally, akin to the disappearance of honey bees and the melting of the glaciers. 

Snapshots of London: As Captured by International Filmmakers

Explore London, as seen through the lenses of international film directors in the 1960’s and ‘70s. Featuring François Truffaut’s stunning 1966 adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 and Horace Ové’s landmark feature Pressure

Pressure (12A) 

Thu 5 May 6.30pm Cinema 2

(1975 Dir. Horace Ové 125 min)

Set in Notting Hill, Horace Ové’s landmark film follows three generations of a Trinidadian family in Britain.  

Followed by Screen Talk with Film Producer Rob Buckler and in the presence of director Horace Ové.

Blow Up (15)

Sun 8 May 4.00pm Cinema 2

(1966 Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni 111 min)

Vanessa Redgrave, David Hemmings and Sarah Miles star in Antonioni's exhilarating and enigmatic tale about a London fashion photographer who stumbles upon evidence of murder.

Repulsion (18)

Sun 15 May 4.00pm Cinema 2

(1965 Dir. Roman Polanski 104 min)

Polanski's first major film outside Poland is set in South Kensington, and stars Catherine Deneuve. A classic psychological thriller about a quiet, shy manicurist who retreats into a murderous fantasy world. Polanski's surreal vision becomes all too real in this powerful study of alienation. 

Fahrenheit 451 (PG)

Sun 22 May 4.00pm Cinema 2

(1966 Dir. François Truffaut 112 min)

François Truffaut adapted Ray Bradbury's novel about a futuristic society in which books have been banned. Fahrenheit 451 boasts superb performances from Julie Christie and Cyril Cusack, stunning photography by Nicolas Roeg, and a beguiling score by Bernard Herrmann. 

British Sounds (15)

Sun 29 May 4.00pm Cinema 2

(1969   Dir. Jean-Luc Godard   52 mins)

Commissioned in 1968 by London Weekend Television, Godard's exploration of Ford workers at Dagenham and students at Essex University was seen as too radical and never transmitted.

+ Sympathy For The Devil (aka 'One Plus One') (15)

(1968 Dir. Jean-Luc Godard 99 min)

Exploring the themes of construction (the Rolling Stones rehearsing the song 'Sympathy for the Devil') and destruction (the suicide of a revolutionary), Godard's film surrounds a triangular love affair between a young French woman, a right-wing Texan and a militant African-American. 

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