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The Bioscope is proud to welcome The Encounters Documentary Film Festival back for another year of world class documentaries!
4 June 6h45PM: This is Congo BUY TICKETS. Dir Daniel McCabe USA/Canada/DRC | 2017 92 min. This Is Congo documents the most recent cycle of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, otherwise known as the M23 rebellion. It chronicles the lives of three people caught up in the violence – a magnetic and bullish army colonel, a professional tailor who takes his sewing machine with him each time war breaks out, and a single mother who supports her family by illegally trading gemstones.
4 June 8h45PM: Zhalanash + Becoming Visible + Guardian of the Ocean BUY TICKETS. Zhalanash – Empty Shore. Dir Marcin Sauter | Poland | 2017 | 40 minutes. Becoming Visible Dir Janet Solomon |South Africa | 2018 |33 min. From acclaimed Durban artist Solomon, this fascinating fusion of documentary and video art tells of the impact on local marine life by seismic exploration off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Guardian Of The Ocean: A Film About The SANCCOB Dir Nelisiwe Ngobeni, South Africa | 2018 | 10 minutes. The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds was born in the backyard of Althea Westphal’s Claremont home where she took in injured penguins after the Esso Essen oil spill in the late 1960s.
5 June 6h45PM: Untitled BUY TICKETS. Dir Michael Glawogger & Monika Willi Austria| 2017 107 minutes. Untitled is the last project of Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger, who died in 2014 while making the film. Glawogger had set out to make a “film about nothing”, to aimlessly wander through the world, documenting the things that passed before him with only his curiosity and intuition as guidance. Awards: German Camera Award 2017 – Best Documentary, Viennale 2017 – Vienna Film Award Best Documentary.
5 June 8:30PM: Slavery Routes 1+2 (Q&A) BUY TICKETS. Dir Daniel Cattier, Juan Gélas, Fanny Glissant, France/UK | 2018, 52 minutes. Before there was oil, there were slaves. The system that resulted in over 20 million Africans being taken by force, bound and beaten, sold and reduced to slavery has fundamentally shaped and defined the world around us. But how did Africa end up at the heart of the slavery route? To answer this critical question, The Slavery Routes takes us to the fall of the Rome, the subsequent Arabian Empire built from its ruins, and the trans-Saharan caravan routes that provided the beginnings of a 700 year vast network of human trafficking between Cairo and Timbuktu.
6 June 6h45PM: Survivours (Q&A) BUY TICKETS. Dir Anna Fitch, Lansana Mansaray, Arthur Pratt, Banker White Sierra Leone/ USA 2017 84 minutes. Survivors is an account of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Filled with warmth, humanity, and a remarkable cast –from an ambulance driver to a young homeless boy to a pastor-cum- filmmaker – Survivors is an insightful chronicle of a public health epidemic in the face of limited resources.
6 June 8h45PM: Mining Memory + Land and Identity (Q&A) BUY TICKETS. Land and Identity - Dir Nomakhomazi Dewavrin & Okuhle Dyo | 2017 | South Africa | 50 min. This film is a moving account of the impact on kids and families of decisions that uproot people, evicting them from their homes and communities for reasons of greed and dubious policy. Mining Memory: Legacies of St Helena in the Northern Cape - Dir Daniel Yon | Canada/St Helena/South Africa | 2018 | 56 minutes. Considered neither ‘European’ or ‘Native’, the St Helenian immigrants who found themselves in the small mining community of Concordia, Namaqualand in 1907, were confronted with a bewildering social climate in a barren land.
7 June 6h45PM: Voetsek! (Q&A) BUY TICKETS. Dir Andy Spitz | 2017 | South Africa | 76 min. The xenophobic violence that has marred South African life over the last decade is often reduced to two key periods: the wave of attacks against ikwerekwere that began in Alexandra Township in 2008 and spread to the rest of the country in the following weeks, and the upsurge of violence in 2015 after King Goodwill Zwelithini publicly stated that foreigners should “go back to their countries”.
7 June 8h30PM: A Cambodian Spring BUY TICKETS. Dir Christopher Kelly. UK/Cambodia | 2017 126 min. A complex, but engrossing, detailed narrative of a community’s struggle over many years to protect their land and homes from rapacious development and environmental degradation. Though the struggle recounted is in Cambodia, it is a universal one. The film intersperses images of environmental damage with images of human suffering,bureaucratic bombast and close ups that emphasise the strength of the human spirit. Awards: Brooklyn International Film Festival 2017 – Best Documentary, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary 2017 – Best International Documentary.
8 June 6h45PM: Children of War + Free Education (Q&A) BUY TICKETS. Children of War - Dir Nhlanhla Mthethwa | South Africa | 2017 | 49 minutes. A much-needed look at the chaotic years between 1991 and 1994 in the townships east of Johannesburg, Children of War reveals vital stories often left untold. The film explores the insidious origins of the violence that seemed, for many involved, to appear from nowhere. Free Education: The Story of Bonginkosi Khanyile - Dir Michael van Niekerk | South Africa | 2017 | 40 minutes This powerful short chronicles the events of the #FeesMustFall movement from the perspective of DUT student Bonginkosi Khanyile, who inadvertently became one of the movement’s significant faces after being arrested and detained for nearly six months. The film provides an incisive critique of the struggle for free, quality, decolonised education.
8 June 8h45PM: Beautiful People (Q&A) BUY TICKETS. Dir Nicky Greenwall, South Africa | 2018 | 48 minutes. The first of a ten-part documentary series, Nicky Greenwall’s The Beautiful People follows five international models as they navigate the ups and downs of a Cape Town summer season. The Beautiful People shows the occasionally grim realities of a business that many people still think of as glamorous.
9 June 2PM: JHB Shorts FOR SYNOPSIS AND BUY TICKETS. Film titles in the program: Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth, Masquerading: To hell and back, Music in The Mountains: A film about the Drakensburg Boys Choir School, Spots in the Mountain, Iphepha, Looking for Ned, World Wildlife Fund.
9 June 5h30PM: Above and Below (Q&A) BUY TICKETS. Dir Nicolas Steiner Switzerland/Germany | 2015 | 118 minutes. Blurring the lines between fiction and documentary, this mesmerising and beautifully shot film follows five survivors through their daily hustle in a seemingly post-apocalyptic world – although the reality is that they are simply living on the margins of contemporary America. Awards: German Film Awards 2016 – Best Documentary & Best Cinematography, Munich International Documentary Festival (DOK.fest) 2015 – German Documentary Music Award, Swiss Film Prize 2016 – Best Documentary, Sound & Editing
9 June 8h45: Matangi / M.I.A / Maya (Q&A with M.I.A. in attendance) SOLD OUT. Dir Steve Loveridge, USA/UK | 2017, 97 minutes. Sri Lankan born daughter of the founder of the Tamil Resistance Movement and problematic pop-star, M.I.A. defies being pigeonholed. Using footage that has been captured over the last 22 years Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. allows unprecedented access to the forging of one of the most controversial and divisive artists of our time. Encounters has concert tix to give away at screenings. M.I.A concerts dates are CT 7 June Old Biscuit Mill and Jozi 8 June Newtown Music Factory. www.mia.blackmajor.co.za. Concert Tix available from www.Quicket.co.za
10 June 3h30PM: Battle of Algiers BUY TICKETS. Dir Malek Bensmaïl France/Switzerland/Algeria | 2017 | 117 minutes. This is a thrilling behind the curtain look at Gillo Pontecorvo’s iconic 1967 feature film The Battle of Algiers that famously won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival while at the same time was in the process of being banned in France. The masterful tale of revolutionary aspiration and political insurrection, as Algeria fought for independence from France, is not far removed from the political conflicts at play in the world today.
6PM: The Colour of Wine (Q&A) SOLD OUT. Dir Akin Omotoso | 2018 | South Africa | 68 min. If there’s a message in the bottle, then Omotoso presupposes it’s not only about a winemaker but a country. Through the lens of first generation black vintners, The Colour of Wine looks at the history of South Africa winemaking and how we are still working to eradicate the ignoble rot of apartheid from our vineyards.
7h45PM: Westwood BUY TICKETS. Dir Lorna Tucker UK | 2018 79 min Plenty has been said about designer Vivienne Westwood; for the past 50-odd years of her astonishing career she has been feared, ridiculed, admired and lauded – possibly in equal measure. This film is a stitching together of her life. Like her garments, pieces are taken from here and there, the past with the present, to create one extraordinary, beautiful whole. Nomination: Sundance Film Festival 2018 – Nominee
The Bioscope and The Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg, proudly presents Johannesburg Italian Film Festival celebrating the best of Italian Cinema.
BOOK NOW Sunday 6 May, 1pm: WHITE AS MILK, RED AS BLOOD Bianca come il latte, rossa come il sangue.
Directed by: Giacomo Campiotti / Comedy, Drama. 1h42min. A 16-year-old boy falls for a girl with leukemia and will do everything possible to save her and make her fall in love with him.
BOOK NOW Sunday 13 May, 1pm: WOMEN DRIVE ME CRAZY Pazze di me.
Directed by: Fausto Brizzi / Comedy. 1h34min. Andrea is tired of losing girlfriends after they meet his family, so he pretends to be an orphan when he meets Giulia.
BOOK NOW Sunday 20 May, 1pm: A GOLDEN BOY Un ragazzo d’oro.
Directed by: Pupi Avati / Drama. 1h42min. A young copywriter moves to Rome after his father dies, and works with a publisher to release his dad’s autobiography.
BOOK NOW Sunday 27 May, 1pm: HOTEL MEINA.
Directed by: Carlo Lizanni / Drama. 1h55min. During World War 2, Cora tries to save a group of Jews from the Hotel Meina, but her escape plan is thwarted by a telegram.
SUNDAY 13 MAY 2018
3PM: Now and Then BUY TICKETS Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter. Four 12-year-old girls grow up together during an eventful small-town summer in 1970.
5PM: Mermaids BUY TICKETS. Directed by: Richard Benjamin. An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.
7PM: Pretty in Pink BUY TICKETS. Directed by: Howard Deutch. A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.
The Bioscope and The Embassy of Argentina in South Africa proudly present a weekend of contemporary Argentine cinema.
20 – 22 Apr. Free Admission!
20 April 7:00PM. Wild Tales. BOOK NOW. Directed by: Damián Szifron. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that suddenly shifts and becomes unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism.
21 April 4:00PM. The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis. BOOK NOW. Directed by: Andrea Testa, Francisco Marquez. Buenos Aires, 1977. The military dictatorship governs the country. Office clerk Francisco Sanctis leads a quiet life with his wife and two children. His routine is upset one afternoon when Elena, an old friend he hasn’t seen for 20 years, calls unexpectedly and tells him she wants to see him.
21 April 6:00PM. Sidewalls. BOOK NOW. Directed by: Gustavo Taretto. Martín and Mariana are slightly damaged people who live in buildings just opposite one another. While they often don’t notice each other, separation might be the very thing that brings them together
21 April 8:00PM. Kryptonita. BOOK NOW. Directed by: Nicanor Loreti. Tordo works as a night doctor at the Paroissien Hospital. Tordo is used to work several days without sleeping, covering the shifts of the other doctors in exchange for money. But everything changes when a band of colorful characters, an unconventional Argentinean Justice League, brings to the Hospital “El Nafta Super”, a famous criminal in the area who has been badly wounded.
22 April 5:00PM. The Man Next Door. BOOK NOW. Directed by: Mariano Cohn. A small incident over two neighbours common wall sparks a conflict which affects the intimacy of the view over the chimney.
22 April 7:00PM. The Fish Child. BOOK NOW. Directed by: Lucía Puenzo. Affluent Lala and impoverished Guayi, her Paraguayan maid, are determined to pursue their romance despite overwhelming disparities in class and status.
IN CINEMA 22 – 29 MARCH. Tickets R50
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.
Thursday 22 March 6PM. Jane (2016) BUY TICKETS. By Brett Morgen. The life and work of world renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.
Friday 23 March 6PM. A Plastic Ocean (2016) BUY TICKETS. By Craig Leeson. A Plastic Ocean begin when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean.
Saturday 24 March 4PM. RiverBlue (2017) BUY TICKETS. By David McIlvride, Roger Williams. RiverBlue chronicles an unprecedented around-the-world river adventure, led by renowned paddler and conservationist, Mark Angelo, who ends up uncovering and documenting the dark side of the global fashion industry.
Saturday 24 March 6PM. Food Coop (2016) BUY TICKETS. By Thomas Boothe, Maellanne Bonnicel. In the middle of an economic crisis, in the shadow of Wall Street, an institution that represents a less-known American tradition booming.
Sunday 25 March 6PM. Let There Be Light (2017) BUY TICKETS. By Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko. Let There Be Light follows the story of dedicated scientists working to build a small sun on Earth, which would unleash perpetual, cheap, clean energy for mankind.
Monday 26 March 6PM. Bugs (2016) BUY TICKETS. By Andreas Johnsen. In and effort to determine their sustainability as a food source, two chefs travel throughout the world tasting insects.
Tuseday 27 March 6PM. The Man Who Wanted to Change the World (2016) BUY TICKETS. By Mariette Faber. African-born artist, Peter Westerveld, claims he has developed a solution to combat desertification and ultimately climate change.
Wednesday 28 March 6PM. The Future of Energy (2015) BUY TICKETS. By Brett Mazurek. The Future of Energy is a powerful documentary that captures the movement across the United States to transition to renewable energy and what everyday people are doing to help foster that shift.
Thursday 29 March 6PM. Time to Choose (2015) BUY TICKETS. By Charles Ferguson. Documentary filmmaker, Charles Ferguson, turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions.
IN CINEMA FROM 16 FEB
For the last five years, The Bioscope has proudly partnered with Shorts HD to bring the Oscar® Nominated Short Films to Johannesburg. Now a popular annual event to the calendar, make sure you book your ticket in advance for these exclusive screenings
This special release features the year’s most spectacular short films across both the Live Action and Animation categories, giving you the opportunity to see the nominated films before and after the Oscar® Awards ceremony on March 4th.
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CLASSIC MOVIE KIDS: HOME ALONE (1990)
School’s out! And we know we have parents out there looking for some different activities for their kids to enjoy this holiday. There is no film better than this 90s Christmas classic!
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