Lithuanian Poetic Documentary – Nov 7th and 14th

In case you were unaware of this event, our friends at the wonderfully intimate Side Cinema (Newcastle) are hosting a series of screenings highlighting some of the best films from the Lithuanian documentary film tradition. Here’s a taster of their intriguing offering:

“Two screenings bring together 7 of the best from Lithuania’s documentary film tradition. In the Soviet era, poetic documentary became a response to socialist realism and its ubiquitous, mandatory expressions of love for the ‘Great Homeland’. Filmmakers turned to an exploration of little things, social marginalia, the daily experience of an inner life. Long shots, minimal dialogue, even the abandonment of narrative, experiment became part of the struggle for cultural identity and has continued since independence. An unmissable opportunity to see these key Lithuanian films, made between 1965 and 1994, recently restored and digitised.

Thursday 14 November explores the Soviet Era: The Old Man and the Land (Robertas Verba, 1965, 20min); The Dreams of the Centenarians (Robertas Verba, 1969, 20min); Time Passes Through the City(Almantas Grikevičius, 1966, 20min); A Trip Across Misty Meadows (Henrikas Šablevičius, 1973, 10min). 7.30pm, £5/£4 concessions. Buy Tickets

Thursday 21 November explores post-independence documentaries: Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus (Arūnas Matelis, 1990, 10min);Earth of the Blind (Audrius Stonys, 1992, 24min);The Black Box (Algimantas Maceina, 1994, 38min). 7.30pm, £5/£4 concessions. Buy Tickets

All screenings in Lithuanian with English subtitles. More information from the Lithuanian Documentary Event FB page. Tickets can also be bought at Side Gallery.

This restoration and presentation of these films forms part of a cultural initiative organised to represent the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The project initiator and curator was NGO Meno Avilys. It was brought to Side Cinema by Newcastle Lithuanian Forum.”

For more info be sure to check out their site (regularly of course!):

Beijing Independent Film Festival UK Tour Hits Newcastle

If you love international film then stick Friday the 9th of November in your diary as an exciting Chinese independent film festival is taking place in Newcastle. It’s part of the Beijing Independent Film Festival and will showcase the latest works from Chinese indie filmmakers. You can find details of the programme and a description of the films here (.pdf).

There’s 4 films on offer:

  • Shattered (2011, dir. Xu Tong)
  • The Next Life (2011, dir. Fan Jiang)
  • Beijing Besieged by Waste (2011, dir. Wang Jiuliang)
  • The Cold Winter (2011, dir. Zheng Kuo)

There’s also going to be a Q&A session with the director Zheng Kuo after the screening of his film The Cold Winter (via Skype), and Dr Luke Robinson from Nottingham University will give the opening speech, introducing the festival.

3 out of the 4 documentaries being screened will be premiers so if you want to to be amongst the first people to see these then you can register for FREE tickets by clicking through this link.

The event is suppoted by the Research Centre in Film & Digital Media, Newcastle University, and Li Xianting Film Fund, Beijing.