CINECITY 2009 opened with Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s MICMACS and closed with Jacques Audiard’s A PROPHET.
Other previews included THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, I’M GONNA EXPLODE, SAMSON & DELILAH and THE ROAD, which was followed by a Q&A with director John Hillcoat and soundtrack co-composer Nick Cave. There was a vein of pitch-black humour with screenings of DOGTOOTH and Ben Wheatley’s debut feature DOWN TERRACE. Wilko Johnson performed an impromptu gig in the Duke of York’s foyer before a screening of Dr. Feelgood documentary OIL CITY CONFIDENTIAL and took part in a Q&A with director Julien Temple after the screening. Delightful animation PONYO directed by Hayao Miyazaki won the Audience Award.
Landscapes, urban and rural, formed the connections between different parts of CINECITY 2009; at the heart of the programme, we presented a major exhibition from acclaimed Canadian moving image artist MARK LEWIS; CINECITY commission HENDON FC was complemented by two of his other works, NATHAN PHILIPS SQUARE, A WINTER NIGHT’S SKATING (2009) and NORTH CIRCULAR (2000). FIGURING LANDSCAPES was a remarkable collection of artists’ films from the UK and Australia spread across 5 programmes and Jem Cohen, Matt Hulse and Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone all presented their films in person.
With the Polish Cultural Institute we presented a retrospective of the surrealist visions of Wojciech Has.
NOT SHOWING AT THIS CINEMA was an imaginary film programme, an alternative history of post-war British Cinema comprised of unrealised or unfinished films that only exist in the mind’s eye. Film historian and broadcaster Ian Christie presented an illustrated lecture exploring some of the films Michael Powell, David Lean and Terry Gilliam among others, didn’t manage to make.
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