22-28 February 2017
Cinema 2 & 3, Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Film in Focus: The Craft of Film
In collaboration with, and organised by EUNIC London and the Goethe-Institut London in partnership with Barbican and in association with the London Film School
The Hungarian Cultural Centre is delighted to participate in this ambitious and illuminating series of nine ScreenTalks of outstanding European feature films, and two masterclasses by leading filmmakers celebrating film 'crafts' – including directing, cinematography, costume design, editing, acting, screenwriting, production design, animation and production.
Among those taking part are Romanian actor Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), Danish production designer Jette Lehmann or Czech Animation director Tomáš Luňák, who will all join us for a ScreenTalks, while the acclaimed Portuguese director Pedro Costa and the German cinematographer Fred Kelemen will run masterclasses, alongside being present for ScreenTalks following the screenings of Horse Money and the Hungarian Béla Tarr's film The Turin Horse respectively.
Costume design: Amour Fou (12A) + ScreenTalk with Tanja Hausner
Wed 22 Feb 6.15pm, Cinema 2
Austria 2014 Dir Jessica Hausner 94 min
Loosely based on the double suicide of poet and playwright Heinrich von Kleist and his friend Henriette Vogel in 1812, Jessica Hausner's unique take on the romantic comedy speculates about what may have come before such a passionate act. With bemusement and sympathy, the film observes its protagonists via carefully composed tableaus, where the colours and patterns of Tanja Hausner's costumes carefully match the interior decoration of the rooms, with Hausner receiving an Austrian Film Award nomination for her efforts.
Editing: Dogtooth (18) + ScreenTalk with Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Thu 23 Feb 6.15pm, Cinema 2
Greece 2009 Dir Yorgos Lanthimos 97 min
A key film of the Greek New Wave, Dogtooth is the darkly satirical portrait of a family where the parents keep their grown-up children shielded from the outside world. Confined to the family home, they live according to a seemingly absurd system of rules and rituals that prove effective in keeping them in place – at least until there are breaches from outside and within. Considered strange not least because even shocking events are delivered in the most deadpan visual style and at a deceptively calm pace unobtrusively controlled by the editing of Yorgos Mavropsaridis. Mavropsaridis started his prolific career as freelance editor in 1980, gaining numerous awards and an Oscar nomination along the way.
Directing: Horse Money (12A) + ScreenTalk with Pedro Costa
Fri 24 Feb 8.30pm, Cinema 2
Portugal 2014 Dir Pedro Costa 105 min
Following on from his earlier films, Bones, In Vanda's Room and Colossal Youth, Pedro Costa takes his portrayal of the lives of Cape Verdean immigrants living in Lisbon's former slum area Fontainhas to another level of cinematic intensity. The audience follows main protagonist Ventura into a dense nocturnal, dreamlike world where the old man's memories merge with the stories of other characters to form a spell-bounding and deeply moving account of the immigrant experience.
Since his first film O Sange, Costa's films have premiered at Venice, Cannes and Locarno, establishing him as one of the most consistently daring and uncompromising directors working today.
Masterclass with Pedro Costa (15)
Sat 25 Feb 11.00am, Cinema 3
Using the film Horse Money as a point of departure, Pedro Costa will talk in greater depth about his concept for cinema and his approach to directing in this 90-minute masterclass.
Cinematography: The Turin Horse (15) + ScreenTalk with Fred Kelemen
Sat 25 Feb 2.00pm, Cinema 2
Hungary/France/Germany/Switzerland USA 2011 Dir Béla Tarr 146 min
Tarr's film follows six days in the life of the poor farmer Ohlsdorfer and his daughter who depend on an increasingly uncooperative horse for their sustenance. Captured in stark black and white by Fred Kelemen's exquisitely choreographed camera work, the dogged endurance of their plight achieves a slow burning emotional intensity and austere beauty that affects us at the very core of our existence.
Fred Kelemen studied at the German Film and TV School in Berlin and since 1995 has both directed his own films and continued working as a cinematographer with directors such as Gariné Torossian, Rudolf Thome, Joseph Pitchhadze and Béla Tarr.
Acting: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (15) + ScreenTalk with Anamaria Marinca
Sat 25 Feb 8.15pm, Cinema 2
Romania 2007 Dir Cristian Mungiu 113 min
In this her cinematic debut Anamaria Marinca gives one of the most memorable performances in recent history as Otilia, a young woman who helps her university roommate to have an illegal abortion in 1980s Communist Romania. Throughout we feel her fear, rage, and desperation, marvelling at the quiet determination and self-control with which she manages to steer her friend and herself through this ordeal.
After an international stage career, Marinca received a BAFTA in 2005 for her performance in the British mini-series Sex Traffic and is soon to be seen in the Hollywood remake of cyberpunk classic Ghost In The Shell.
Masterclass with Fred Kelemen (15)
Sun 26 Feb 11.30am, Cinema 3
Following on from the previous screening of The Turin Horse and screen talk with Fred Kelemen, this 90-minute session in the cinema will facilitate a more in depth exploration of Kelemen's work as a cinematographer and will include film extracts and a detailed exploration of his approach and working methods.
Screenwriting: A Prophet (18) + ScreenTalk with Thomas Bidegain
Sun 26 Feb 2.00pm, Cinema 2
France / Italy 2009 Dir Jaqcues Audiard 155 mins
Newly imprisoned Malik, a young, small-time criminal of Algerian descent, is an easy target for the Corsican mobster César Luciani, one of the prison's established rulers. Epic in scale and gripping in nature, the film lures us into a complex parallel world where audiences both champion and fear for Malik in this visceral study of prison life and the corrosive effect of power.
Production Design: Melancholia (15) + ScreenTalk with Jette Lehmann
Sun 26 Feb 5.45pm, Cinema 2
Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany 2011 Dir Lars von Trier 135 mins
It is meant to be the happiest day of Justine's (Kirsten Dunst) life, but during the course of the lavish society wedding that her well-organised sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) has staged for her, Justine increasingly succumbs to inexplicable sadness and anxiety leading her to sabotage her sister's grand scenario. Lars Von Trier's highly stylised take on modern day depression owes much of its beauty to Jette Lehmann's opulent production design, confirming her status as one of Denmark's most sought-after production designers.
Production: Body (15*) + ScreenTalk with Malgorzata Szumowska
Mon 27 Feb 6.15pm, Cinema 2
Poland 2015 Dir Malgorzata Szumowska 90 min
Janusz is a weary coroner who faces the strangest forms of death every day. His daughter Olga is deeply unhappy and bulimic and Anna, her therapist, uses all kinds of alternative therapeutic methods, including communicating with the dead. These superb characters, subtly intertwined by director-producer Malgozarta Szumowska, bring lightness, tenderness and a great sense of the absurd to this black humoured reflection on mourning and loss set in contemporary Warsaw. One of Poland's most prominent filmmakers, Szumowska works in feature and documentary film, usually performing the hat-trick of writer, director and producer.
Animation: Alois Nebel (12*) + ScreenTalk with Tomáš Luňák
Tue 28 Feb 6.15pm, Cinema 2
Czech Republic/Slovak Republic/Germany 2011 Dir Tomáš Luňák 84 min
1989 in the Sudetenland near the Czech-Polish border. Alois Nebel is a solitary train dispatcher who becomes haunted by the ghosts from his and the region's violent history whenever the fog crawls into the mountainous area.
Director Tomáš Luňák's dark and atmospheric debut film, adapted from a comic book trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99, uses rotoscope animation to transpose the striking visuals of the original to the screen, winning the European Film Award for Best Animated Feature in 2012.
For further information and booking please visit the Barbican Centre's Craft of Film website.