So this weekend the Prince Charles cinema (London's best cheapo picture house) is holding an European cinema all-nighter (ostensibly to celebrate "Europe Day", whatever the fuck that is.. any excuse to drag out the ol B&W Fellini prints, imo..)
Kicks off Friday afternoon at 2pm-ish with Cocteau's 'La Belle et la Bête'
, followed at 4-ish by Fellini's '8 1/2'
.. at 7pm-8pm there will be a Q&A session with Szabolcs Hajdu (director of the evenings Hungarian feature presentation 'Tamara') and fellow director Elijah Moshinsky to "discuss the influence of European cinema on modern filmmaking, as well as sharing with us their personal favourites"
.. then at 8pm the UK premiere of 'Tamara'
.. followed at 10pm by 'Rhythm Is It!'
(Germany 2004, 'Rhythm Is It!' follows an educational project which undertook the training of 250 Berlin youngsters, previously unfamiliar with classical music, to perform Stravinsky’s ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’. The award-winning documentary culminates with a stunning performance of music and dance with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle
).. then at midnight there will be a selection of animated short films from annual short-film festival, Betting on Shorts.. followed by Nicolas Roeg's 1973 classic horror 'Don't Look Now'
.. more animated shorts at 2:10am, followed by the influential 1966 Ingmar Bergman film 'Persona'
.. and rounding out the night (4am til the first tube home) will be Roman Polanski's debut feature 'Nóz W Wodzie'
(Knife in the Water).
more details at http://www.princecharlescinema.com
Ta da! Viola! A pretentious film students wet dream.
Not quite what I would've programmed had I been in charge of a "European Film" night though.. no 'Withnail & I' for one. No 'La Strada'. No olde German Expressionism ('The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari', 'M'..).. no sign of the Dogme 95ers..
What would you nominate for a night of nothing but European film? (besides lots of black coffee..)