Cherry Kino

Cherry Kino

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

International Film Labs Meeting in Zagreb!

Just got back from Zagreb, where 'Film Anarchy' was held - this year's International Film Labs Meeting, hosted at the brilliant 25fps festival. It was a great chance to meet lots of new people, and to participate in daily discussions about pressing issues concerning DIY film labs, strategies for survival, how to share cheap film stock, issues of availability of chemistry, and new technique sharing and tips.

So... above are some pictures from the trip, including stills of live cinema performances, and photos of the cafe bar where we hung out, and some photos of the meetings and presentations. The event took place in a big cultural complex in Zagreb which has a very long and impressive history of being a hub for radical Croatian art, including film.

x Martha

Monday, 12 September 2011

Cherry Kino at Leeds IFF - Submissions now open!

Submission to Cherry Kino at the Leeds International Film Festival is free, and now open!

Cherry Kino is an independent wondermental film organisation (films that fill you with, and make you, wonder - an alternative term for 'experimental' or 'avant-garde') in Leeds, UK. In 2008, Cherry Kino founded the wondermental film strand of the Leeds International Film Festival, and we are delighted to announce that submissions are now open.

Celebrating its 25th edition this November, Leeds IFF is the biggest regional festival of its kind in the UK, and welcomes in excess of 30,000 visitors. The popular 'festival pass' initiative means that as well as regular attendees of Cherry Kino events, the wondermental programmes attract a diverse range of audiences who are open to trying different things, leading to a vibrant, eclectic, and appreciative audience. Highly respected internationally, Leeds IFF is a public festival rather than an industry one, and we pride ourselves on the adventurous nature of our audiences which enables the Programming Team to continue to present a diverse and original programme.

Submission to Cherry Kino is FREE. Submitted works must have a completion date after January 2010. UK Premiere status is not an issue, and neither is film length. The deadline for submission is 30th September, and all applicants will be informed by 15th October. We are able to screen the following formats: Super8, 16mm, MiniDV, Digi-Beta, Beta SP, and HDCam.

Please include with your submission: a short synopsis, running time, filmmaker, country, screening format.

We look forward to the creative endeavour of experiencing your work and the structures that will emerge from it!

Please send all entries, to arrive no later than 30th September, to:

Cherry Kino c/o ESA
Patrick Studios
St Mary's Lane
Leeds LS9 7EH
West Yorkshire

x Martha

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Dekalog' at Close-Up in London


Just received Close-Up's newsletter with dates for screenings of legendary (for good reason) Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Dekalog', in September-October, and thought you might be interested.

I'm personally a massive fan of 'Dekalog'. Episodic in nature, it was originally made for television, and was broadcast in Poland in 1988-89, before being shown on international networks. It is an enduring artwork, and exemplifies a deep love and compassion for humanity amidst its complex navigations of life, a warm yet unflinching presentation of human experience in the context of a Warsaw housing estate, showing human lives at a juncture between disillusionment with Marxist ideology and its equally problematic political successor, provoking questions about meaningful personal and social existence. As Kieslowski once remarked in this regard,

"What is the true meaning of life? Why get up in the morning? Politics doesn't answer that."

Kieslowski was himself an agnostic, and 'Dekalog' is remarkable in its exploration of how the 'Ten Commandments' can transcend their religiosity and gain a potent secular meaning for humanity.

It's extremely moving, human, intellectual, real, and down to earth. It has something that feels so familiar, even though I never experienced Poland in the 1980s! There is a universality to the films (10 hours in total) that has a deep integrity, and doesn't confuse beauty with naive resolutions. Highly recommended. Brilliant that Close-Up is offering the chance to see them on a big screen. I remember how incredible I found the expressiveness of the actors - best appreciated large.

x Martha

Screening info below:

20 September – 18 October 2011: DEKALOG - THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Tuesday 20 September – 8pm: DEKALOG I – II
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 53 & 57 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members

Tuesday 27 September – 8pm: DEKALOG III – IV
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 56 & 55 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members

Tuesday 4 October – 8pm: DEKALOG V – VI
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 57 & 58 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members

Tuesday 11 October – 8pm: DEKALOG VII – VIII
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 55 & 55 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members

Tuesday 18 October– 8pm: DEKALOG IX – X
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 58 & 57 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members

programme details:

97-99 Sclater Street
London E1 6HR
United Kingdom