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The Bioscope and The Embassy of Brazil in South Africa are proud to present: Brazilian Film Week
16 – 19 Nov.
16 Nov 7:30 PM. Xingu (2012) BUY TICKETS Directed by: Cao Hamburger. Drama. 103min
This biographical fiction tells the story of the Brazilian Villas-Bôas brothers, who joined an expedition along the Xingu River in the 1940’s, to explore the Western hinterlands of Brazil. In their pioneering, adventurous journey, the brothers make contact with Brazilian indigenous tribes and launch a campaign to protect indigenous people and their culture, changing Brazil’s history and the country’s relations with its indigenous people.
17 Nov 7:30 PM. Bossa Nova (2000) BUY TICKETS Directed by: Bruno Barreto. Romantic Comedy. 95min
This feel-good, easygoing romantic comedy has the beautiful landscapes of Rio de Janeiro as its background. It tells the story of Miss Simpson, a US citizen who teaches English to Brazilians. In a casual meeting, Miss Simpson meets Pedro Paulo, a Brazilian lawyer who has just been dumped by his former wife for a Chinese teacher of Tai Chi Chuan. Enchanted by Miss Simpson, Pedro Paulo starts taking English classes in order to seduce her.
18 Nov 4:00 PM. Aquarius (2016) BUY TICKETS Directed by: Kleber Mendonça. Drama. 146min
This award-winning film has been acclaimed by critics and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. A retired music writer, Clara lives in the building “Aquarius” in the city of Recife, Brazil. When constructors try to buy out all the apartments in order to demolish the building, she refuses the proposal and decides to stay, even though all the neighbors have left.
19 Nov 4:00 PM The Clown (2011) BUY TICKETS Directed by: Selton Mello. Drama. 90min
In this Brazilian huge box-office success, Benjamin and Valdemar work together as the clowns Pangaré (“Ordinary Horse”) and Sangue Puro (“Pure Blood”). Benjamin is a clown without an ID, birth certificate or proof of residence. He lives on the roads roaming throughout the interior of Brazil with the Circus of Hope. But Benjamin believes he has lost his comedic talent and departs in an adventure after his dream and his identity. Come laugh and be moved by this great show. A nice and sensitive film that will make you start off your week on a positive note.
19 Nov 6:30 PM Neon Bull (2015) BUY TICKETS Directed by: Gabriel Mascaro. Drama. 103min
Iremar is a bull handler who works at traditional rodeos in Northeastern Brazil. The truck used to transport the animals serves as his home, which he shares with Galega, an exotic dancer, truck driver and mother to her spirited and cheeky daughter Cacá, and Zé, his rotund compadre in the bull pen. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, the Critics Award at the Hamburg Festival and the Artistic Bravery Award at the Durban Festival, among others.
CLASSIC MOVIE CLUB: BLADE RUNNER (1982)
NOW WITH SPECIAL OUTDOOR CINEMS SCREENINGS.
With the arrival of Blade Runner 2049 this October, we journey back to the classic 1980s imagining of a rainy and dystopian 2019.
OUTDOOR SCREENINGS: 17 and 24 Oct. Venue: the rooftop of The Bioscope. BOOK TICKETS
INDOOR SCREENINGS: From 13 Oct. SEE SHOWTIMES AND BOOK TICKETS HERE
From the sold out successes of Classic Movie Sundays over the years, comes Classic Movie Club, the extended runs of classic cinema here at The Bioscope. You now have yourself more chance to enjoy the best cult cinema, along with original merchandise, themed pizzas and many more special touches that you can only get here at The Bioscope.
With the arrival of Blade Runner 2049 this October, we journey back to the classic 1980s imagining of a rainy and dystopian 2019. In what is often regarded as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, a young Harrison Ford is brought back into action as a Blade Runner, a unique law enforcement wing in charge of identifying replicants and sending them into retirement. We’re working with online store limitededish.com to sell limited edition prints of the original poster artwork by Elio Moavero. Order the A3 block mounted poster for an additional R250 when you purchase your ticket. Collect the print at the cinema when you come for the movie.
Blade Runner (1982)
Directed by: Ridley Scott Sci-Fi, Thriller. 1h 57min (We will be screening ‘The Final Cut’ version).
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
21 – 24 September. Tickets R50.
THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
6:45PM. WE ARE THE NATION (NORWAY) BUY TICKETS DIR: HåVARD HOLME. TRT: 52:00. A new reality dawned on Kenya after the nightmare of 2008. The Post-Election Violence left thousands orphaned and countless Kenyans with terrible memories. “We Are The Nation” gives a compelling story and a rare glimpse into one of the world’s biggest slums.
8PM. EAT LIFE BUY TICKETS DIR: MICHAEL BARDSLEY. TRT: 47:55. From Apartheid to Zuma. From Mel Miller to Trevor Noah. The documentary explores the future of SA comedy by tagging along with six aspiring comedians competing against each other for a chance to perform at the Nando’s International Comedy Festival.
9:15PM 1 MINUTE FILM PROJECT BUY TICKETS. This project will be introduced by Thaamir Moerat of GeTunedMedia and will consist of 15 1 minute films reaching over all genres.
FRIDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
4PM TRANSIT BUY TICKETS. (Germany). Directed by: Oliver Meinborn. Every man is an abyss, with the exception of Dieter (55). When his wife Tamara unexpectedly escapes their ceaseless repetition of a life together to elope to Mont Saint Michel, Dieter is forced to leave the security of his row house cocoon for the first time. Aided by congenial vagabond and street philosopher Ronen (38) Dieter embarks on a journey that will confront him with the impossibility of escaping one’s self.
5:30PM INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILMS BUY TICKETS. Lunch Time (Iran), Rosario (Mexico), There was a Place (Spain), Goes Without Saying (France), Urban Audio Spectrum (Germany).
6:30PM SA & INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION 1 BUY TICKETS. The Mould and The Maker (SA) DIR: RICK JOAQUIM, The Dark Box (NIGERIA) DIR: YEMI JOLAOSO, Jakkals13 (SA) DIR: ARI KRUGER, The Great Gatsby Redemption (SA) DIR: WILLIAM GROBLER, Decorosa (SPAIN) DIR: ENRIQUE BULEO, La Voce/Voiceless (CANADA) DIR: DAVID ULOTH.
8PM SA & INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION 2 BUY TICKETS. Sea of Ash (SA) DIR: MICHAEL MACGARRY, French (CAMEROON) DIR: JOSZA ANJEMBE, Nomfundo (SA) DIR: SIHLE HLOPE, Nation Down (UK) DIR: LIAM HENDRIX HEATH. Q&A with Michael MacGarry (SEA OF ASH) and Sihle Hlope (NOMFUNDO) to follow screening.
SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER
10:45AM SA STUDENT SHORT FILMS BUY TICKETS. The Condition of Othering, Cassandra, The Fall, Final Border, Open Gate, Sicela Amanzi (Water Please).
12:30PM SOUTH AFRICAN SHORT DOCUMENTARY ‘THE BLISS OF IGNORANCE’ BUY TICKETS. DIR: SIMON WALLER TRT: 29:05. Through first-hand testimony The Bliss of Ignorance investigates South Africa’s complex relationship with one of the country’s most abundant resources: coal. Q&A TO FOLLOW SCREENING.
2PM TCHINDAS (SPAIN) (SOUTH AFRICAN PREMIERE) BUY TICKETS. TRT: 1hr34mins. Tchinda is one of most beloved women in Cape Verde, especially after she came out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Since then, her name has become the term used by locals to name queer Cape Verdeans. This documentary is a trip to an unknown side of Africa that very few may have ever imagined.
4:15PM SA & INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION 3 BUY TICKETS. The Virgin Vegan (SA) 24.38 DIR: REA MOETI, Lemon (USA) 12.00 DIR: TIMOTHY COOPER, Jaap (SA) 25.40 DIR: IAN MORGAN
5:30PM SOUTH AFRICAN SHORT FICTION DOUBLE BILL (with Q&A). BUY TICKETS. The Suit 30.05 DIR: JARRYD COETZEE, The Hangman 30.00 DIR: KEARAN PENNELLS. TRT: 30.00
6:45PM INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOCUMENTARIES BUY TICKETS. Cab Elvis (USA) 10.00 DIR: ANDREW FRANKS, Commodity City (USA) 10:43 DIR: JESSICA KINGDON, Nobody Dies Here (FRANCE) DIR: SIMON PANAY, Make-It-Rail (USA) 4:38 DOR: DANNY HOFFMAN, The Thinking Garden (CANADA) DIR: CHRISTINE WALSH
8:30PM NOMA BUY TICKETS. DOCUMENTARY. DIR: PABLO PINEDO BÓVEDA TRT: 1:21:00. Noma is a young black woman that represents a huge portion of the post-apartheid South African youth: surviving with a precarious job, living in a township in Cape Town, renting a shack.
SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
11AM SOUTH AFRICAN SHORT DOCUMENTARIES BUY TICKETS. 8MM South (10.00) DIR: RICHARD FINN GREGORY, Every Face Tells A Story (picture below) DIR: BRANDON BARNARD, These Objects, Those Memories DIR: ROGER HORN Rule of Nature DIR DIETER PRIMIG.
12:30PM SA & INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION 4 BUY TICKETS. Hashtagwill (SWEDEN) 21.58 DIR: PER SUNDSTRöM, There’s Still Good (SA) 12.00 DIR: CIARAN MAIDWELL, Walking Home (GERMANY) 16.40 DIR: MAX RICHERT
2PM THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME BUY TICKETS. Directed by: Conroy Esterhuizen. Some people have a bad day… John is having a bad life. ’There’s no place like home’ is a poignant and witty look at dysfunctional families and one flawed individual’s journey, as he takes a reluctant trip to wholeness.
3:30PM WILDERNESS (UK) BUY TICKETS. (Pic below). Directed by: Justin John Doherty 1h 24min. John is a touring jazz musician who has never met a woman like Alice. That’s because there aren’t many women like Alice. Their love is urgent and physical and they have made heady declarations of devotion to each other. Blowing out of the city like a whirlwind in the night, Alice and John flee to the coast. However, over the course of this romantic weekend getaway, they come into contact with strangers and friends and the bubble threatens to burst as they discover the vulnerabilities, flaws and manipulations that were previously masked by the blissful waves of new love.
5:15PM INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILMS BUY TICKETS. Pria 20mins, We Get Smaller…Eventually We Disappear 18.00, Paradise 16.04, Ennoi 11.18. TRT: 1hr32mins
29 Sep – 5 Oct. FREE ADMISSION.
As we enter into Spring, up north in the Nordic Countries, a dark time is coming. After last year’s success, The Bioscope is proud to host another joint Nordic Film Festival with the Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway. This time, we wanted to explore the dark – the Nordic Noir – but also the off-beat humour and unique creative output that comes as a result of enduring such extreme weather conditions. From suspense thrillers to Nazi Zombies, from award-winning television series and dark crime thrillers, to space Nazis attacking earth from the dark side of the moon. And the best part is that it is all for FREE. To secure your seat, all you have to do is buy a drinks voucher for R25 that will be redeemed at the cinema when you arrive!
Friday 29 Sep: Invite only
Saturday 30 Sep:
11h30 am The Bridge (First 5 Episodes) (Denmark) BUY TICKETS. When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.
18h00 PM Dead Snow 1&2 DOUBLE-BILL (Norway) BUY TICKETS. Dead Snow 1: A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies. Dead Snow 2: Still on the run from a group of Nazi zombies, a man seeks the aid of a group of American zombie enthusiasts, and discovers new techniques for fighting the zombies.
Sunday 1 Oct:
11h00 The Bridge (Last 5 episodes) (Denmark) BUY TICKETS
17h00 PM Iron Sky (Finland) BUY TICKETS. The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018.
19h00 PM Drifters (Sweden) BUY TICKETS. When street pusher Minna can’t pay her rent she cheats a few young criminals on a drug deal and takes the money. She happens to meet Katja, mother of a child who has been taken by the social authorities. Minna goes with Katja to an illegal residence outside of town, where a group of individuals have joined together to determine their own living conditions. Drifters is a captivating social political drama thriller about a woman at the bottom of society and her struggle for human dignity.
Monday 2 Oct: 7h30 PM The Keeper of Lost Causes (Denmark) BUY TICKETS. Police inspector Carl Mørck is put in charge of a department of cold cases, joined only by his assistant, Assad. They dig into a case about a disappeared woman.
Tuesday 3 Oct: 7h30 PM Iron Sky (Finland) BUY TICKETS.
Wednesday 4 Oct: 7h30 PM Dead Snow 1&2 DOUBLE-BILL (Norway) BUY TICKETS.
Thursday 5 Oct: 7h30 PM Sami Blood (Sweden) BUY TICKETS. Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930′s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.
CLASSIC MOVIE CLUB: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS
25 – 29 AUG
From the sold out successes of Classic Movie Sundays over the years, comes Classic Movie Club, the extended runs of classic cinema here at The Bioscope. With original poster art for sale for the first time!
The Tri-Continental Film Festival returns to The Bioscope this August.
9 – 13 AUG. Tickets R50
Wed, 9 Aug, 6:30 PM. Strike a Rock (2017) BUY TICKETS
In a deeply personal journey, Strike A Rock follows two women activists who take on the infamous platinum mining company, Lonmin. Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana are best friends living in Nkaneng, Marikana, an informal settlement in rural South Africa that sprung up around a mine operated by Lonmin Plc. This was the company at the heart of the Marikana Massacre of 2012, when 37 striking mineworkers were killed by police. Apart from underpaying workers, Lonmin has consistently reneged on legal obligations to provide housing and infrastructure to local people affected by the mine. Since the 2012 massacre, the living conditions that caused the strike have deteriorated further. This is what Primrose and Thumeka are fighting against. When Primrose enters the world of national politics and leaves Marikana, Thumeka is left alone to lead the campaign to hold Lonmin to account. Meanwhile, Primrose’s role as a Member of Parliament creates an uncomfortable distance between her and her friend and she struggles to maintain a connection with the community she cares so deeply for. The film raises the question about where the power lies to affect social change. If companies like Lonmin ignore the law, and if the state refuses to enforce it, then surely the only option left is for people to fight on the ground.
Thur, 10 Aug, 6:30 PM. An Insignificant Man (2016) BUY TICKETS
At the heart of An Insignificant Man is the most polarising man in India today – Arvind Kejriwal. The film follows Kejriwal and his Common Man’s Party – an insurgent new political party – as they wield basic public issues like water, electricity, and graft against the country’s oldest and most powerful two political establishments. It gives an insider’s view into Kejriwal’s brand of politics, which has split popular opinion into two prominent factions. One labels it selfish and anarchic, while the other insists on seeing it as a major shift in the Indian political paradigm. With never-before-seen footage, the film offers a unique insight into the fledgling political party’s battle between survival and extinction in the largest democracy in the world. It follows activists, politicians and academics on their best days and their worst, as they navigate the absurdities, trials, and chaos of Indian politics; and as they reveal their agendas, intentions and ambitions. Capturing moments of triumph and despair, the film is a moving cinematic journey through the narrow lanes of Delhi’s slums to the closed corridors of political power.
Fri, 11 Aug, 6:30 PM. Thank You for the Rain (2017) BUY TICKETS
Over the last five years Kisilu, a smallholder farmer in Kenya, has used his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the impacts of climate change. He has filmed floods, droughts and storms but also the more human costs – his kids are sent home from school when he can’t pay the fees; men are moving to towns in search for jobs; and family tensions rise. Following a storm that destroys his house Kisilu starts building a community movement of farmers fighting the impacts of extreme weather and he takes this message of hope all the way to the UN Climate Talks, in Paris, COP21. Here, amid the murky cut and thrust of politics at the biggest environmental show on earth, Kisilu and Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr’s relationship takes on a remarkable twist, shedding a powerful light on the climate justice movement and the vastly different worlds they represent.
Sat, 12 Aug, 4:00 PM. Dead Donkeys Fear no Hyenas (2017) BUY TICKETS
Around the globe, there is a massive commercial rush for farmland – the new green gold. One of the most profitable new spots for farming is Ethiopia. Hoping for export revenues, the Ethiopian government leases millions of hectares of allegedly unused land to foreign investors. But the dream of prosperity has a dark side – the most massive forced evictions in modern history, lost livelihoods of small farmers, harsh repression and a vicious spiral of violence. Contributing to this disaster are the EU, the World Bank and DFID, providing billions of dollars in development money. Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas investigates these foreign land-investments and exposes their impact on people’s lives. In the pursuit of truth, we meet investors, development bureaucrats, persecuted journalists, struggling environmentalists and small farmers deprived of their land.
Sat, 12 Aug, 7:00 PM. Whose Streets? (2017) BUY TICKETS
Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.
Sun, 13 Aug, 5:00 PM Last men in Aleppo (2017) BUY TICKETS
In the middle of the night a red fire truck rushes through the streets. We meet Mahmoud and Subhi inside the car engaged in discussion: “Are we going to die now?” They follow the smell of what they fear is a chemical bomb attack. This is Aleppo, where death surrounds you. Dark and empty streets, with deserted buildings, tell the story of a thousand disrupted lives. Through this trip, searching for survivors, we experience the personal story behind the war. Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud are all founding members of the White Helmets in Aleppo. This group of ordinary citizens are the first to enter the destroyed buildings. They scour through the rubble in search of bodies and signs of life and are now living under siege and constant bombing, together with the remaining 350,000 civilians in Aleppo.
4 – 6 August
In collaboration with The Bioscope, the Centre for the Less Good Idea presents a weekend of screenings of the events that took place during Season 1.
The Centre for the Less Good Idea is an interdisciplinary incubator for the Arts based in Maboneng. Founded by William Kentridge the Centre aims to find the less good idea by creating and supporting experimental, collaborative and cross-disciplinary arts projects.
Season 1 brought over 60 collaborators together (under the guidance of curators William Kentridge, Lebogang Mashile, Gregory Maquoma and Khayelihle Gumede) for a season of multi-diciplinary events held at The Centre in March 2017.
If you missed the first Season of the Centre for the Less Good Idea, make sure to catch the screenings at The Bioscope.
Friday, 4 August at 7pm : 4 SHORT BECKETT PLAYS BUY TICKETS
Running time : 54min
Screening of an evening of 4 short plays by Beckett, performed back to back.
Rough for Theatre I | Starring Hamilton Dhlamini and Dan Robbertse. Directed by Khayelihle Gumede
Not I | Starring Patricia Boyer. Coached by Gretha Brazelle
Play | Starring Zethu Dlomo, Tony Miyambo and Boitumelo Motsoatsoe. Directed by Khutjo Green
Catastrophe | Starring Vanessa Cooke, Hamilton Dhlamini and Xolani Dlamini. Directed by William Kentridge.
Saturday, 5 August at 4pm : IN THE RING BUY TICKETS
Choreographed by Gregory Maqoma, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Sello Pesa
Composed by João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga
Curated by Lebogang Mashile, Khayelihle Dominique Gumede, Gregory Maqoma and William Kentridge
Performers include Lebogang Mashile, Ann Masina and Tlale Makhene, Rita Mwerbi, dancers; Thulani Chauke, Sello Pesa, Brian Mtembu and Humphrey Maleka actors; Hamilton Dlamini, Dan Robbertse,Tony Miyambo, Zethu Dlomo and Boitumelo Motsoatsoe, musicians; Tsepo Pooe, Waldo Alexander, Tshepang Ramoba, Dan Selsick, Phumpuma Love Minus, boxers; Hillbrow Boxing Club, James Sey, John Sibanda and Andson Kazembe.
Running time (86min)
An evening of collaborative performances from artists across the disciplines of theatre, visual art, poetry, music and dance
Choreographed by Gregory Maqoma and Nhlanhla Mahlangu
Composed by João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga
Curated by Lebogang Mashile
Performers include William Kentridge, a 10 piece experimental orchestra conceptualised by João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga, musicians include Thandi Ntuli (piano),Tlale Makhene (percussion, voice), Ann Masina (voice),Tsepo Pooe (cello),Waldo Alexander (electric violin), Mpumelelo Mcata (electric guitar),Tshepang Ramoba (electronic drums), Dan Selsick (trombone, EWI electronic wind instrument), Janus Fouché (theremin, artificial intelligence programming) artist | William Kentridge (drawings and instructions to the orchestra), poets; Mutle Mothibe, Mutinta Bbenkele and Masai Dabula, dancers; Thulani Chauke, Xolisile Bongwana and Phuphuma Love Minus.
Sunday, 12pm – 3pm : Running screenings of all centre events. FREE ADMISSION.
Sunday, 6 August at 4pm : Short Film Screenings BUY TICKETS
Running time : 45 min with speakers
A screening of x short films commissioned for Season 1. The screenings will also feature talks from the filmmakers and curators.
Isaacs Passion by Angus Gibson
Beast Fur by Jemma Kahn
Glitch by Sparks Napoli
Solving for X by Lebogang Mashile and Jurgen Meekel
Spooky Looking City by Blessing Ngobeni
Trenchocracies Revisted by Rhett Martyn
Discourse on a Chair by William Kentridge
EVERY SUNDAY 11am – 2pm*
Enjoy a selection of short films on rotation, for free, every Sunday here at The Bioscope. A great chance to experience the cinema while enjoying all that Maboneng has to offer on a Sunday. The selection includes Place of Light, a short documentary chronicling the history of the precinct.
*unless otherwise stated on our on our program.
17 – 22 JUNE.
The first edition of the Latino Film Festival will take place from Saturday 17 to Thursday 22 June 2017 here at The Bioscope. For six days, the best Spanish-language cinema in recent years will be released. Seven critically acclaimed films will feature a variety of genres for all tastes: fiction, comedy, drama and documentary.
With the collaboration of the Embassies of Argentina, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay, this selection of films will be screened
Sat 17 June 6pm. Coffee (Mexico) BUY TICKETS. Jorge lives in a Nahuatl community located in the Sierra de Puebla. This year he finishes studying law and is thinking of going out in search of his professional development. However, he knows that this means leaving behind his family and the community he has tried to help. Jorge has decided to wait for a family reunion, as is traditional, on the second anniversary of his father’s passing to make a decision.
Sat 17 June 8pm Without Autumn, Without Spring (Ecuador) BUY TICKETS. The film tells the stories of nine characters: Lucas, a law student who believes in the anarchy of the imagination; Paula, who sells pills around town and collects stories on her portable recorder; Antonia, Martin and Gloria, who live a love triangle with no clear limits; Rafa, a successful businessman who hates his job and ends his relationship with Ana. Anna develops an attraction towards his neighbor Sofia and her boyfriend Manuel, who leads her to spy on them and manipulate their relationship. Happiness, dissidence, evasion, decadence, love and hate: a choral narrative game of cross stories between young people of the Ecuadorian middle class that manages to create a true generational frieze.
Sun 18 June 6pm Pope’s Bath (Uruguay) BUY TICKETS. It is the year 1988 and Pope John Paul II is going to visit Melo, a poor border community of Uruguay. The Pontiff will begin his tour of Latin America in this small town where more than 50,000 visitors are expected. The most modest are convinced that this visit will be miraculous for the soul and the wallet. Many believe that by selling food and drink to that crowd they will become almost rich. But Beto has a better idea: he will build latrines in front of his house and rent them.
Mon 19 June 7:30pm Sheep Do Not Miss The Train (Spain) BUY TICKETS. Luisa and Alberto have been forced to live in the countryside, but the idyllic rural life soon begins to show its less friendly face. Although the couple is not going through their best moments, Luisa is obsessed with having a second child, even if the price is the most apathetic sex imaginable. Juan does not even tread the field, Alberto’s brother, a low-time journalist. At 45 years old, Juan goes out with Natalia, a young 25 years old enthusiast, in which he sees a table of salvation. Meanwhile, Luisa’s sister, Sara, is accustomed to channel her anxiety through men, whom are unsuitable, until Paco appears, a sports journalist who seems ready to take her to the altar. Or so she thinks…
Tue 20 June 7:30pm Chance (Panama) BUY TICKETS. Chance is a fun tropical comedy that takes place in the luxurious mansion of the Gonzalez-Dubois, an aristocratic Caribbean family, where Paquita and Toña work as domestic servants. As the family is thrilled to prepare their shopping weekend in Miami, the employees, tired of mistreatment, defaulting on their payments, and the lack of respect, lay out a very different plan for them. What nobody imagines is the great secret that the family hides …A comedy where appearances deceive, and where irony and social criticism are also protagonists.
Wed 21 June 7:30pm Coliseo the Champions (Peru) BUY TICKETS. The Folk Music Tent “Coliseo” is going to be evicted from the land it occupies. This will mean the disappearance of a group of artists from different generations, who had found in that place a way of life and an identity. The youngsters Marcial and Esperanza will form a dance group and try to save the “Coliseo” by participating in a Competition of ‘Huaylarsh’. In order to achieve this, they will have to win the famous “Three-time champions”.
Thurs 22 June 7:30pm Papers in the Wind (Argentina) BUY TICKETS. When Mono dies, his three old friends try to recover from the loss and want to secure the future of their child, but for Fernando, Mauricio and El Ruso this will not be easy. They decide to recover a great investment that Mono had made when he bought a soccer player who was to become a star.
ENCOUNTERS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
2 – 11 June.
The Bioscope is proud to welcome back The Encounters Documentary Film Festival for another year of world-class documentaries from South Africa and around the world.
2 – 11 June. Tickets R55
The Bioscope is proud to welcome back The Encounters Documentary Film Festival for another year of world class documentaries from South Africa and around the world.
Fri 2 June. 7pm. Almost There. BUY TICKETS Dir: Jacqueline Zünd. 2016 Switzerland 80min. Almost There is an existential crisis, made gorgeously cinematic. All right-angle compositions, half-light and fluorescence, Zünd’s camera follows three men as they negotiate the last years of their lives. In the United States, a city slicker wanders solo around the frigid countryside, leaving voice messages for someone who never answers. In Tokyo, a retired salaryman gets used to his now-empty days in the world’s largest city. And in bleak Blackpool, a down-on- her-luck drag queen and comedian decides to leave grey Britain for a solitary life in a sunny Spanish resort. The sum of these three narratives is a poetic triptych that confronts mortality, aging, purpose and loneliness; a piece of cinema assured in its gloominess and texture, deep and affecting as a lush glass of red wine.
Fri 2 June. 8:45pm. Uprize! BUY TICKETS Dir: Sifiso Khanyile 2016 SA 58min. The Soweto uprising of 1976 is well documented: students peacefully protested the mandatory inclusion of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. By nightfall over 200 lay dead. The less well-documented ‘76 protest action by activists in Bonteheuwel, Langa and the Cape Flats, and student deaths, are the heart of this film. Personal reflections of struggle stalwarts Fatima Dike, Dr Mongane Wally Serote and Duma Ndlovu consider the states’ brutal response, the influence of the Black Consciousness Movement and their disappointment with the current state of the nation. It’s a glimpse into 70s SA, the cost of the fight for education and freedom, and especially relevant 40 years later as university students take on the ANC government demanding free, quality education. Director in attendance.
Sat 3 June 5:30pm. Jazz: The Only Way of Life BUY TICKETS Dir: Jacques Matthey. 2017 Switzerland 73min. Matthey, a former collaborator of the Montreux Jazz Festival and co-founder of the Auvernier Jazz Festival, traces the story behind the unlikely friendship between a genius trumpeter and a jazz-crazed Swiss engineer. Through interviews and with access to an extraordinary film archive – mostly unseen to date – and musical excerpts, a fascinating portrait of the unassuming Jacques Muyal emerges. This multi-linguist who, though he had his own jazz radio show at age 14 but never played an instrument,was an ardent supporter and life-long friend to many a jazz icon, most notably Dizzy Gillepsie. As Matthey says: ‘Muyal is not only an important witness in the history of jazz, he has also contributed in various roles to writing this story.’ As does Matthey in creating this film.
Sat 3 June 8pm. Life, Animated. BUY TICKETS Dir: Roger Ross Williams 2016 USA 92min. Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of colour. A fantasy? A nightmare? This Oscar nominated film is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. A silent autistic boy, Owen memorized Disney movies to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive. Co-Producer Carolyn Hepburn travels courtesy of the American Film Showcase (AFS) and will attend screenings in Jhb and CT
Sat 4 June 3pm. Rio Corgo BUY TICKETS Dirs: Sérgio Da Costa &; Maya Kosa 2015 Switzerland/Portugal 95min. This delicately constructed feature début, from directing duo Sérgio Da Costa and Maya Kosa, chronicles the final days of the life of Joaquim Silva, a romantic and somewhat dandified drifter who has been everything from a shepherd to a barber to an umbrella repairman. At the beginning of the film, Silva arrives in an isolated Portuguese village where he meets the young Ana who, drawn to the strange old man, gradually enters both his physical and interior world. Exquisitely shot with a painterly devotion and infused with a sense of the supernatural, Rio Corgo sits at the intersection of document, fiction and fine art, its meditative quality only enhancing its narrative accessibility. This languidly poetic left-field masterpiece is another testament to Switzerland’s increasingly respected contemporary film canon.
Sun 4 June 5pm. The Good Postman. BUY TICKETS Dir: Tonislav Hristov 2016 Finland/Bulgaria 82min. A dying town on the Bulgarian-Turkish border (pop. 48 sorry souls, the youth, long departed for Ukraine), is the setting of this chronicle of postman Ivan’s bid for the mayoral chain. His opposition are lazy, Halachev and the incumbent, hilariously dismissive Vesa. Ivan campaigns on his postal route, he wants Syrian refugees who trickle nightly through the streets, to stay and rejuvenate the village. Beautifully made, with the emotional resonance and formal structure of a narrative feature, the film reflects global concerns around identity, compassion and prejudice. By focusing on intimate personal details, The Good Postman, which ends on a delightful high, tells a story that is far greater than the sum of its parts.
Sun 4 June 7:30pm. Deep Blue / Middle C. BUY TICKETS Dir: Bryan Little 2017 SA 60min. This psychedelic surf film emerges from the Elands Bay dustbowl like an LED encrusted crayfish. Acclaimed Fokofpolisiekar and African Cypher director (and two-time Encounters Audience Award winner) Little recruited musicians, sculptors, artists, a coastal forager, underwater wildlife filmmakers, conservation biologists, drone pilots – to spend 10 days and nights at a camp site where they surfed, created artworks, and worked with the local community, celebrating that coast and ocean. Surfing the line between fiction and non, this strangely surreal dreamscape is an invigorating dip into the stream of consciousness of an eccentric and wildly talented bunch.
Mon 5 June 7pm. The Grown-Ups. BUY TICKETS Dir: Maite Alberdi 2016 Chile/Netherlands 80min. “Who are we? Conscious adults,” chorus the protagonists of Alberdi’s empathetic study of four forty-year-old students at a Down’s Syndrome school in Chile where, ironically, the film is titled The Children. Some are mature enough to want it, and yet it ill-equipped to cope with the responsibilities that independence brings, they are stuck. The film points to the failure of a system that does not differentiate, treating them all as minors, without rights. Anita and Andres plan to marry, child-like Rita collects Barbies, and class-president Ricardo saves his money for his independent future. The film reveals the progress and setbacks of their desires, and ultimately accords them the respect that these diverse, enchanting personalities deserve.
Mon 5 June 8:30pm. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone. BUY TICKETS Dir: Fred Peabody 2016 Canada 93min. Of the great oppositional U.S. journalists, I.F. Stone was surely the most influential. His weekly newsletter exposed government corruption and collusion, and mixed humour and politics to devastating effect. This slickly-shot documentary uses Stone’s legacy as a starting point to profile contemporary independent journalists, and the issues that matter most to them; stories of humanist importance that are usually drowned out by the misinformation megaphone of corporate media, where economic imperatives Trump the societal. This film is an important documentation of journalists and media who provide a counterbalance to power. A welcome tribute, not to the impossible folly of “free” journalism, but to a higher purpose: ethical journalism. Courtesy of FilmsTransit
Tue 6 June 7pm. Last Men in Aleppo. BUY TICKETS. Dir: Feras Fayyad 2017 Denmark/Syria 90min. “That mother@#$%er Bashar has us watching the sky constantly,” says plain-speaking father of two, Khaled, early into this frontline study of three reluctant heroes. Khaled, Mahmoud and Subhi, all volunteers of the White Helmets Syrian Civil Defence, rescue neighbours in war-torn, besieged Aleppo. Fayyad captures the unbroken cycle of waiting and devastation that characterises Syria’s asymmetrical war. When a young boy quizzes Mahmoud about being saved, his rescuer responds: “You’re a flower and you must see life.” At times claustrophobic and tragic, this film is nonetheless leavened by its searing grace. It stands testimony to the humility and determination of the people of Aleppo.
Tue 6 June 8:45 The Challenge & Whipping Zombie (Short). BUY TICKETS The Challenge - Dir: Yuri Ancarani 2016 France/Italy/Qatar 70min. The mystique of the falcon and the obsession to control morning’s minion, stretches back through the mists of time, but nothing will prepare you for this contemporary, blinged Mad Max journey across the Qatari desert towards a falconry competition. Fuelled by the petrodollar, falconry has reached ridiculous heights – prize birds, often costing as much as $24,000, arrive in private jets complete with designer hoods and hand-polished beaks. Their owners speed down empty highways in their Lamborghini’s – with pet cheetah’s in the passenger seat – or on gold-plated Harleys. Set amidst breathtaking desert scenery, rich men bond, but their lives appear all surface and as empty as the dunes
Whipping Zombie. Dir: Yuri Ancarani 2017 Italy/Haiti 28min. The ritual kale zombi – a mix of dance, trance-inducing percussion and flagellation – re-enacts the trauma of slavery in remote Haiti.
Wed 7 June 7pm. Communion & I Made You, I Kill You (Short). BUY TICKETS Dir: Anna Zamecka Poland 2016 72min. Affecting and episodic, Zamecka’s début is about Marek Kaczanowski and his two adolescents. Ola, an extraordinary 14-year- old parents her autistic brother, Nikodem. Mostly set in their welfare apartment, the use of fixed lenses enables a remarkable intimacy; shunning a didactic narrative, and allowing the storyline to unfold through dialogue and acute observation. Masterful editing adds to the unhurried pace and fiction-like unravelling of character. Less a portrait of family dysfunction than an essay in familial tenderness and endurance.
I Made You, I Kill You. Dir: Alexandru Petru 2016. Romania/France 14min. This haunting multimedia film uses a mix of video, animation, photographs, children’s drawings, music and voice-overs to provide an account of the Director’s traumatic childhood.
Wed 7 June 8:45pm. Troupes of War: Diturupa BUY TICKETS. Dirs: Davison Mudzingwa & Lucas Ledwaba 2017 SA 72min. How do you commemorate soldiers who died in wars perpetrated by their oppressors? Mudzingwa and Ledwaba correctly seek no easy answer to this complicated question. At its narrative core is the Ditrupa, a celebration of military history held in Markapanstad, rural North-West – a filtered-down appropriation of Scottish tradition brought back by black South African troops who served in the Great War. As well as covering black military history, the film provides a telling juxtaposition of black memory against white history. Its portraiture of the craft and history of Diturupa, it needles in on an uncomfortable nostalgia that may be a basis of inquiry for future films on the subject. Worthwhile.
Thurs 8 June 7pm. The Fruitless Tree. BUY TICKETS Dir: Aicha Macky 2016 Niger/France 52min. The pejorative label for childless women in Niger provides the title for Macky’s award-winning film that tackles barrenness with surprising openness and honesty. Married and still childless, she explores hers and others private suffering. Macky’s poignant voiceover addresses her mother, who died in childbirth, asking the painful questions that arise during her investigation. The taboo of openly discussing infertility is handled with great sensitivity and what emerges is a community of women who have endured great distress, blamed – rightly or wrongly – for a couple’s inability to conceive. Beautifully shot and artfully composed, this film confronts the unspoken, and gives voice to the barren who wander among mothers.
Thurs 8 June 8:45pm. Laurence Bonvin Shorts. BUY TICKETS In 2017, Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland hosted a Focus on South African documentary production and thus, in keeping with this spirit of cultural dialogue, Encounters in partnership with Swiss Films, will host a showcase of contemporary Swiss documentaries at the Festival this year. Two Swiss filmmakers, Heidi Specogna and Laurence Bonvin, will showcase their work and participate in the Encounters Industry programme.
After Vegas. Dir: Laurence Bonvin & Stéphane Degoutin 2012 USA 21min. Beneath Vegas’ neon and excess is a dilapidated underbelly inhabited by a cast of transitory characters, themselves in varying degrees of dilapidation. Derelict landscapes, abandoned developments, and temporary homes ultimately paint a portrait of the uncertainty of the times we live in.
Sounds of Blikkiesdorp. Dir Laurence Bonvin. 2014 SA 25min. Blikkiesdorp is the Tincantown of Delft, composed of row upon row of corrugated iron shacks. Slow tracking shots across the symmetrical blocks reveal their starkness, but also the resourcefulness and adaptability of humans and metal alike.
Before the Flight Avant l’envol. Dir: Laurence Bonvin. 2016 Côte d’lvoire 20min. This is an architectural tour of remarkable and significant modernist and government buildings of the 60s, 70s and 80s in Abidjan, capital of Ivory Coast. They are gradually revealed as are the people who frequent them, their informal appropriation often in stark contrast to the formidable structures.
Fri 9 June 7pm. Forever Pure. BUY TICKETS Dir: Maya Zinshtein. 2016 UK/Israel/Russia 85min. Decades on, the Beitar Jerusalem football team, a bastion of racism, Israel’s hard-right and a symbol for the underprivileged. When owner Arcadi Gaydamak transfers two Muslim players from Chechnya, all hell breaks loose. Fan club La Familia threatens a boycott sparking a violent crisis. Displaying remarkable access, Forever Pure illustrates the difficulty in trying to eradicate racism from a race-based society, as well as the central role that sport all too often plays in the political arena.
Fri 9 June 8:45 Craigslist Allstars & She Whose Blood (Short). BUY TICKETS Dir: Samira Elagoz. 2017 Finland/Netherlands 65min. ‘READ ME! Looking for strangers!’ reads Finnish performance artist Elagoz’s post on Craigslist as she recruits subjects for her daring film. She films a series of unscripted encounters, from the intimate and candid to the bizarre and unexpected with a procession of men, a magician, a sadist pianist, and an exhibitionist. Fearless, dangerously skirting the outer limits of control, Elagoz uses the camera to explore its influence on the intimacy between strangers. An hypnotic collage that moves between innocence and eroticism.
She whose blood is clotting in my underwear. Dir: Vika Kirchenbauer. 2016 Germany 4min. Made for ‘Cool For You’, this experimental short explores thermal vision and the enhanced gaze of 21st Century warfare, remapped onto the intimacy of the human body with sadomasochistic overtones.
Sat 10 June 3pm. Goldplatt. BUY TICKETS. South Africa through the eyes of David Goldblatt is an achingly beautiful place. From his early photographs of Apartheid South Africa to the removal of Rhodes’ statue from UCT, he has chronicled the country as faithfully as this film chronicles his life. Including interviews with Nadine Gordimer, Zanele Muholi and William Kentridge, the intimate portrait of man and country is captivating. We trail him in his campervan, capturing the essence and heartbreak of a land, and which invites deeper scrutiny. Through frank and disarming revelations he shares his views on faith, fear, death and desire. This is a film which invokes a need to see as Goldblatt sees,feel as he feels.
Sat 10 June 5pm. International Shorts. BUY TICKETS
Green Screen Gringo. Dir: Douwe Dijkstra 2016 Netherlands/Brazil 16min. From behind a portable green screen a foreigner explores Brazil’s streets creating playful encounters in that becomes a mixtape-portrait of modern day Brazil.
Jáaji Approx. Dir: Sky Hopinka 2015 USA 8min. Audio recordings made by Hopinka’s father are paired with Hopinka’s voice and videos of places they have separately explored. Haunting sounds and songs in the Hočak language combine with evocative landscapes to create a profoundly personal encounter.
The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do. Dir: Juanita Onzaga 2017 Belgium/Colombia 20min. Berlinale 2017 Special Prize, International Jury, Best Short. In this mesmerizing fusion of fiction, documentary and surrealism, two siblings roam the mystical landscapes of Colombia in search of their dead father’s spirit.
Lupus.Dir: Carlos Gomez Salamanca 2016 France/Colombia 10 min. In 2011, in Colombia, a security guard was killed by a pack of stray dogs. This experimental short is an abstracted account of the horrific event and explores the social and political backdrop of the housing project that the guard was patrolling.
Polonez / Polonaise. Dir: Agnieszka Elbanowska 2016 Poland 16min. In Aleksandrów Kujawski the director of the culture centre, the mayor, a priest and a poet seek Poland’s number one patriot. Entrants may express their patriotism in any creative form as long as it is their original work. Tensions run high when their patriotism is questioned.
Sat 10 June 8pm. Brexitannia. BUY TICKETS Dir: Timothy George Kelly. 2017 UK/Russia 80min. Brexitannia is a remarkably nuanced exploration of the political and emotional landscape in post-Brexit UK. Shot in black and white, the film is in two parts. First a series of beautifully composed portraits in which a diversity of Brexit voters discuss their gut, nostalgic and sometimes absurd responses to leave or remain, often raising issues that will not be remedied by Brexit. The second consists of compelling interviews with informed experts, notably Noam Chomsky who provides surprising insights to people’s motives. Kelly, tellingly, does not canvas the opinions of any British politicians. The film challenges the binary notion associated with the Brexit vote – national pride and identity – and extends into a complex discussion of the broader global backdrop of the 21st Century.
Sun 11 June 10am Shorts 1 BUY TICKETS:
African Film School. Dir: Roger Horn 2017 SA 5min. Super 8mm home movies of wildlife from 1960s South Africa and Rhodesia are juxtaposed with the audio from a 2007 wildlife film-training programme. Often humorous it reflects on the nature of capturing images in Southern Africa.
Father’s House. Dir: Mia Cilliers & Roxanne Dalton 2016 SA 6min. Clifford Brandon lives in a cave. Guided by God he has painstakingly transformed it into an intricately decorated, multi-roomed home. A gently poetic meditation on the meaning of “home” and what it is that binds us to it.
Mamajara. Dir: Joyce Nkgapele 2016 SA 12min. Mamajara Malope moved to Jozi in 1978, lives alone in a small shack with no communication with, or financial support from her two children. It’s a heartbreaking indictment of poverty among one of Africa’s richest nations.
Promised Land Fallacy. Dir: Kyla Philander 2016 SA 27min. This is the Trans Collective’s story. Any other narrative pertaining to decolonisation in the diaspora excluding the voice of the poor black trans queer bodies is a lie. Let us speak the truth.
Say It With Flowers. Dir: Aryan Kaganoff 2017 SA 25min. A self-described “abuse” of the home movies of Charles Weich, music writer for Die Burger for 30 years under the United Party and the Nats, Say It With Flowers presents a troubling, ghostly document of the melodrama and ritual of colonial-apartheid whiteness in Cape Town.
Sun 11 June 11:45am. Shorts 2 BUY TICKETS:
Don’t Hide The Madness. Dir: Kimberly Rai 2017 SA 24min Don’t Hide The Madness chronicles the experiences of a young woman who is searching for a way to how her parents how it feels to have bipolar disorder. As she explores the creative landscape with the encouragement of her girlfriend, she moves through various metaphors in an attempt to express her condition.
Invasion. Dir: Simon Gush 2017 SA 15min. In 1998, South Africa invaded Lesotho in order to prop up a discredited government. At the time, the South African government spoke about the intervention but it seems that the real motivation for the invasion was the continued flow of water from the Lesotho Highlands to the Vaal dam.
Sheriff or it takes a child to raise the village. Dir: Teboho Edkins 2017 SA/Lesotho 30min. This film follows a young man as he travels through Lesotho showing his film in remote villages and schools. Through his film and personal narration, Sheriff talks to his audiences about gender identity and the frustration of being born the ‘wrong’ sex. His spectators react with surprise and curiosity, but also offer remarkable warmth, love and acceptance that ultimately encourage him to make his choice.
S’lungile: We will be fine. Dir: S’phiwo Mazibuku 2016 SA 11min. S’lungile could herd cattle before she could read or write. Her natural affinity with animals inspires her desire to ultimately become a game ranger. Despite her humble beginnings, S’lungile, with the help of an incredibly proud father, takes the first steps to making her dream a reality.
Sun 11 June 1:15pm. Shorts 3 BUY TICKETS:
As We See It. Dirs: Shirley Gunn & Sharon Farr 2016 SA 32min. As We See It explores the challenges of mainstream versus special schooling for people with albinism and visual impairment associated with the condition, and chronicles many of the challenges that people with albinism face, both in the classroom and beyond.
Loraine. Dir: Nonjabulo Zondo 2016 SA 9min. This film shows the life predicaments of a lesbian woman living on the streets. The ordeals she faces day and night, the hardships of not only being lesbian and living on the streets, but the daily struggles of being a woman that’s separated from family and loved ones due to past mistakes.
Louise’s Miracles. Dir: Pam Sykes 2016 SA 12 min. What happens when a self-professed skeptic befriends someone who’s experienced a miracle? A short film about life, death, doubt, and living joyfully with uncertainty.
Nanlaban Dir: Shaun Swingler 2017 SA/Philippines 12min. With his vocal support for the extrajudicial killing of drug users, President Duterte’s war on drugs has escalated to a critical level. Nanlaban reveals the harrowing and far-reaching consequences of a drug war that is devastating the streets and lives of many Filipino families.
Oscar. Dir: Thandiswa Twecu 2016 SA 11min. Oscar tells the story of world-class dancer Oscar Buthelezi, who was the first dancer to win both the coveted Kurt Jooss Choreography Award and the Audience Choice Award at the prestigious event that took place in Germany in 2016.
Sun 11 June 3pm. Shorts 4 BUY TICKETS:
Africa for Africans. Dir: Jimmy Magala 2017 SA 18 min. This examines the fallout from a spate of xenophobic attacks that took place across KwaZulu-Natal in 2015. A valuable intervention, of quickly forgotten African on African crimes.
Can I Please Go to the Bathroom? Dir: Jessie Zinn 2016 SA 4min. Voice over testimonies of young girls from schools in the Western Cape combine with live action and animation to explore issues that surround the space of the ‘bathroom’. An interactive event presented by Femme Projects will accompany the film.
Interview with Aunt Anthea Dir: Ziyaad Rahman 2016 SA 13min. Ziyaad Rahman, twenty-five, is Muslim and lives in Parow, an area he believes has become a multicultural success. He’d like to discuss the developing environment with his elusive neighbour Aunty Anthea, but he thinks she’s an Islamophobe.
I Walk Alone. Dir: Lauren Groenewald 2016 SA 30min.Here the personal stories of homophobia reveal a world at odds with our constitution, a world where asylum seekers continue to be victimized while applying for refugee status.
Meaning to a Beginning. Dir: Kutlo Justice Mokhethi 2017 SA 7min. This simple short provides lesser-seen insight into the often-discordant beginnings of young musicians and orchestras. Set among a socially-integrated group of children, the next generation of orchestral musicians, Meaning to a Beginning provides an apt metaphor for deliberate integration and transformation in South African society.
Sun 11 June 5pm All Governments Lie. BUY TICKETS
Sun 11 June 7:15pm. Cahier Africain. BUY TICKETS Dir: Heidi Specogna. 2016 Switzerland/Germany 119min. A devastating film sparked by a school exercise book containing 300 courageous testimonies of Central African women, girls, and men, a record of the trauma suffered at the hands of Congolese mercenaries between October 2002 and March 2003. Filmed over seven years Cahier Africain follows both the progress of the exercise book as it makes its way to a vault at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, and the quiet desperation of the women who display extraordinary courage. Just as the pages of the exercise book bore witness to their experiences, so too does this film bear witness to a country torn apart by war and coup d’états.
The Bioscope is proud to announce a selection of Johannesburg focused films in partnership with the Alliance Francaise that will be coming to our screen from the 11th of May.
Thursday, 11th May, 7:30pm: Soweto: Time of Wrath BUY TICKETS
Directed by Siphamandla Bongwana, Jerry Obakeng Gaegane,
Stanford Gibson, Nduduzo Shandu, Asanda Kupa & Gontse More
Friday, 12th May, 7:30pm: Unhinged, Surving Jo’burg BUY TICKETS
Directed by Adrian Loveland
Saturday, 13th May, 8pm: Battle for Johannesburg BUY TICKETS
Directed by Rehad Desai
Sunday, 14th May, 7pm: Africa Shafted: Under One Roof BUY TICKETS
OBERHAUSEN ON TOUR 2017
The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is one of the most important short film institutions anywhere in the world. And every year after the festival, a special package of films travels to independent cinemas around the world.
28 – 30 APR
28 – 30 Apr
The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is one of the most important short film institutions anywhere in the world. And every year after the festival, a special package of films travels to independent cinemas around the world. The Bioscope is proud to be included in this tour with the support from The Goethe Institut in Johannesburg. From 28 to 30 April, the best films from the Oberhausen Sort Film competition will be screened at the Bioscope. Two programmes will be screened: the 2016 Award Winners Programme and the Artist Film Programme.
Award Winners Programme
FRI 28 April 7:30pm BUY TICKETS
SUN 30 April 7pm BUY TICKETS
Artist Film Programme
SAT 29 April 8pm BUY TICKETS
Award Winners Programme: This line-up spotlights all the main winners of the 2016 festival.
This line-up spotlights all the main winners of the 2016 festival. First, Sarah Drath shows us Turkey against the backdrop of its history, in a film full of ambiguous political commentary. In Andreas Hofstetter’s music video “All Day”, we can dream our way into the visual cosmos of the internet in the space of just four minutes. “489 Years” then leads the way in enthralling computer-animated image sequences down the dangerous path through a mined paradise in Korea. Lav Diaz’s formally one-of-a-kind sci-fi film “The day before the end”, in which the Philippines prepare for a severe storm, has a compelling political urgency. Vika Kirchenbauer’s sensual concept video “SHE WHOSE BLOOD IS CLOTTING IN MY UNDERWEAR” looks at the violence of lust in scenes both loud and intimate, brutal and tender. And finally, in Louise Carrin’s “Venusia”, awarded the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen, we observe and listen to private and intimate moments between the owner of a luxury brothel and an untalented prostitute. This unusual double portrait unfolds a dynamic landscape of the human condition.
Artist Film Programme:
These six works between Black Box and White Cube present very special personal perspectives on expansiveness, landscape and memory while making use of quite unusual aesthetics and techniques. Some of the filmmakers and artists represented have already shown their works successfully in galleries and art exhibitions all over the world, including at the Venice Biennale. Overall, this set of works, some of them award-winning, give viewers an impression of the current state of international media art. The programme also impressively demonstrates how Oberhausen has long since “positioned itself at the intersection to the visual arts, moving incrementally to the arts side” (Frankfurter Rundschau, May 2016).
21 – 23 April. FREE ENTRANCE TO ALL SCREENINGS.
The Australian High Commission presents a selection of Aboriginal feature films and documentaries curated by renowned Australian film director Rachel Perkins, bringing the stories of Australia’s first peoples to Africa. As Aboriginal people claimed the right to determine their future in the political world, so too did Aboriginal people claim the right to portray themselves and their stories. In the process, Aboriginal filmmaking also evolved from its humble beginnings to become recognised on its artistic merits as world class cinema. Following in the footsteps of her father, noted Aboriginal rights activist Charlie Perkins, Rachel Perkins has used filmmaking as a tool of empowerment and enlightenment. Storylines includes a selection of Rachel’s own work, as well as many of her colleagues and peers. From the light-hearted to the confronting, Storylines provides audiences a sense of the diversity of Australian Aboriginal film and Aboriginal identities.
Apr 21 7:30pm. BLACK PANTHER WOMAN. SCREENING BY INVITATION ONLY
Apr 22. 3pm FIRE TALKER BUY TICKETS. Fire Talker uses archival footage spanning 40 years, to build a candid portrait of the life and times of Charles Perkins, Aboriginal activist and bureaucrat. Perkins was on the frontline of the emerging Aboriginal rights movement and infamous for his straightforward thinking and sometimes aggressive temperament, which made him friends and foes, both black and white.
Apr 22. 5pm MABO BUY TICKETS. In 1973 Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo was shocked to discover that the ownership of the land his ancestors had passed down on Murray Island in the Torres Strait Islands for over 16 generations, was not legally recognised as theirs. Rather than accept this injustice, he began an epic fight for Australian law to recognise traditional land rights. Eddie never lived to see his land returned to him, but the name Mabo is known in every household throughout the country.
Apr 22. 7pm THE SAPPHIRES BUY TICKETS. Gail, Cynthia, Julie and Kay are sexy, black, young and talented – and they’ve never set foot outside Australia. Until, in the chaos of 1968, they’re plucked from the obscurity of a remote Aboriginal mission, branded as Australia’s answer to The Supremes, and – grasping the chance of a lifetime – dropped into the jungles of Vietnam to entertain the troops. Inspired by the hit stage-play of the same name.
Apr 23. 3pm BLACK PANTHER WOMAN BUY TICKETS. In 1972 Marlene Cummins fell in love with the leader of the Australian Black Panther Party. With the breakup of that relationship, she spiralled into a cycle of addiction that left her on the streets and vulnerable. Forty years later Marlene travels to a gathering of international Black Panthers in New York. The journey takes her back in time. While still struggling with addiction today and facing her demons, she reveals the secrets she has held onto.
Apr 23. 5pm BRAN NUE DAE BUY TICKETS. Bran Nue Dae is a road movie, coming of age, comedy musical which celebrates the adventure of finding home. Another indigenous film that crossed politics with humour and music to reach a broad audience. The film is set in 1969 and focusses on young Willie, whose life is all about fishing, hanging out with his mates and a girl Rosie. However his mother Theresa has great hopes for him and she sends him to the religious mission far away for schooling. Willie runs away and finds himself down on his luck where he meets an old fella who he calls ‘Uncle Tadpole’ and together they con a couple of hippies into taking them on a 2,500km journey through spectacular landscapes back home. Accompanied by the joyous sounds of country, gospel and Broadway dancing, Bran Nue Dae is a road musical that celebrates the adventure of finding your way home.
Apr 23. 7pm SAMSON AND DELILAH BUY TICKETS. Samson and Delilah’s world is small – an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn’t always fair, but love never judges.
IN CINEMA FROM 17 MARCH
A young professor consumed by alcoholism is saved from self-destruction by a former school mate and begins a journey to save his house, his marriage and his life.
23 – 28 MARCH. Tickets R50
The South African Eco Film Festival returns to The Bioscope in 2017.
The film festival’s mission is simply to raise awareness, through the amazing medium of documentary film, of the many pressing environmental issues the planet is facing, and the solutions people are taking to solve them. We hope you will be informed, inspired, challenged, uplifted and entertained by this year’s Festival offerings. The South African Eco Film Festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping, a non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing documentary films that both entertain and inform with important environmental, social and political messages to South African audiences.
For more info go to: http://saecofilmfestival.com/
THU. MARCH 23 2017 AT 7:30PM – WHAT IS REAL BUY TICKETS
FRI. MARCH 24 AT 7:30PM – WHAT IS REAL BUY TICKETS
SAT. MARCH 25 AT 4PM – KOKOTA + THE VALUABLE WASTE (DOUBLE-BILL) BUY TICKETS
SAT. MARCH 25 AT 6PM – KAYABIKE + CYCOLOGIC (DOUBLE-BILL) BUY TICKETS
SAT. MARCH 25 AT 8PM – AGE OF CONSEQUENCES BUY TICKETS
SUN. MARCH 26 AT 3PM – TAWAI BUY TICKETS
SUN. MARCH 26 AT 5PM – NORMAL IS OVER BUY TICKETS
SUN. MARCH 26 AT 7PM – SEA OF LIFE BUY TICKETS
MON. MARCH 27 AT 7:30PM – WOMEN ARE THE ANSWER BUY TICKETS
TUE. MARCH 28 AT 7:30PM – SEA OF LIFE BUY TICKETS
WHAT IS REAL (79 mins, South Africa 2016)
Join South African director and narrator, Jay Mac, as he poses the question “What is Real?” A personal journey of change told through the real-life story of two visionaries, Sharon Gannon and David Life. They have inspired, and continue to inspire, a world of change through a method called, Jivamukti Yoga. Told through the people that made that history around the world, spanning more than three decades including Sting, Russell Simmons, Krishna Das, Donna Karan, WAH, MC Yogi and many more…
KOKOTA (30 mins, Canada 2016)
Tells the story of Mbarouk Mussa Omar from a small East African Island called Pemba. ten years ago he visited a tiny neighbouring islet, Kokota. He was shocked by what he saw. Kokota was teetering towards collapse, climate change and local deforestation were the culprits. He desperately wanted to help Kokota, but what could one poor man from Pemba possibly do? Introducing viewers to a resilient people on the front lines of climate change. How these unlikely
heroes have managed to innovatively adapt to a warming climate while reforesting their island is inspirational. The film promises to leave audiences around the world believing that simple solutions really can have huge impacts for change.
THE VALUABLE WASTE (47 mins, Nigeria 2016)
Waste management is a problem everywhere. Across the world human activity continues to create issues for public health and the environment. Now with the cooperation of stakeholders and social groups contributing and participating in managed recycling schemes at a local level a clean and healthy environment seems a possibility through a sustainable development in West Africa.
CYCLOLOGIC (15 mins, Sweden/Uganda 2016)
Traveling the streets of Kampala by bike is exhausting and dangerous. Chaotic and dangerous traffic, endless queues, pollution, motorcyclists and cars attacking you from every angle. Politicians seem to have given up on finding a solution. But there are a few people who strive to show that there are alternatives. Urban planner Amanda Ngabirano’s biggest dream is to have a cycling lane in her city. An impossible task according to many. Not according to Amanda.
KAYABIKE (45 mins, South Africa 2016)
The life of a kids and their BMX coach training in a South African township (Kayamandi), waiting for competition day. Throughout the process they will learn much more than just how to pedal. Use of land, positive action and local involvement can effect an environmental change. Social growth, inevitably mobility can be realized. Kayamandi is a suburb of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province of South Africa located off route R304. The name means “nice home” in the Xhosa language, from khaya meaning “home” and mnandi meaning “nice”.
AGE OF CONSEQUENCES (80 mins, USA, 2016)
The Hurt Locker’ meets ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of irreversible climate change, resource scarcity, mass migration, and pandemic conflict through the lens of US national security and global instability. Theses impacts act as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world. The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism – but instead a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy.
TAWAI (100 mins, UK 2017)
Bruce Parry, BAFTA award winning documentarian, has lived with Indigenous peoples all over the world. He has a unique insight into the human condition. His time spent on the environmental front line provides a broad perspective of our place on the planet. Famous for his unpatronising style of investigation into difficult subjects (in BBC documentary series, TRIBE, AMAZON and ARCTIC) Bruce explores what has happened to humankind since we stopped roaming and began to settle. From the jungles of Borneo to India and from the Amazon to the Isle of Skye what has happened to our societies, to our relationships with each other, and how we relate to the natural world?
NORMAL IS OVER (103 mins, Netherlands/South Africa 2015)
A compelling film directed by award winning, investigative TV-journalist Renée Scheltema. chronicling the way humans have inadvertently imperiled our planet: species extinction, climate change, the depletion of critical natural resources, and industrial control of our food production. Our economic and financial system connects these issues. Offering changes and solutions, which could be implemented immediately, from practical everyday fixes to rethinking the overarching myths of our time this film is intended to challenge viewers on many different levels. Most of all offers hope.
SEA OF LIFE (86 mins, Canada 2016)
Young filmmaker Julia Barnes embarks on a journey around the world to figure out how we’re going to save the most important ecosystem for our survival; the ocean. As acidity rises and fish populations decline, Sea of Life seeks to inspire change by exposing the truth, bringing audiences on an eye-opening adventure from the beautiful world of coral reefs into the heart of the environmental movement, meeting passionate scientists, activists, and explorers who reveal an enormous opportunity in the face of this challenge – to rise up and become the heroes the world needs.
WOMEN ARE THE ANSWER (90 mins, Australia 2016)
Population growth has been left out of the climate debate because it is seen as controversial, yet it is one of the most important factors. The global population has passed the 7 billion mark and India is overtaking China as the most populous nation in the world, but one state in southern India has found the solution. The unique history of Kerala and ‘the Kerala Model’ is outlined, using it as an example of achieving population control in developing countries without coercion.
THE GIANT IS FALLING
IN CINEMA FROM 8 MARCH
From Emmy Award Winning filmmaker Rehad Desai, The Giant is Falling takes us through the big political events of recent years that signify the dying days of the ANC in South Africa.
IN CINEMA FROM 8 MARCH.
The loyalty people have for the party of liberation operates at a deep psychological level. But in recent years, the ANC’s popularity is at an all time low, not least amongst people who were once its most loyal supporters. The nation’s sense of unease is only made worse by the high profile corruption cases surrounding President Jacob Zuma and his friends, and compounded by patronage and the ANC’s unwillingness to cut him loose. Now that a new political party has entered the ring, the Economic Freedom Fighters, and the ANC finds itself challenged by the energetic young ‘Fighters’.
The Giant is Falling takes a sweeping look at the big political events of recent years that signify the end of an era in South Africa. With declining popularity at the polls and the real possibility of losing the comfortable majority the party has enjoyed for two decades, the big debate in South Africa is whether or not the party can recover its reputation as the most respected liberation movement in the world.
Locating the moment when things fell apart as the Marikana Massacre, the film charts the various ways people have collectively responded to the ANC’s failure to deliver on its promises. Bookmarked by the 2016 Local Elections, The Giant is Falling asks why South Africa, a middle-income country, rich in mineral wealth has failed to address inequality in twenty-two years of democracy and why the gap between rich and poor is growing. From the break with the trade unions, to the #FeesMustFall student movement, to the more recent crushing electoral losses at the polls for the ANC, this film provides an unflinching look at the festering sore of inequality that is making the current situation untenable. The question is when the status quo breaks, what will replace it?