CLASSIC MOVIE CLUB: HALLOWEEN (1978)
With the much anticipated sequel on its way, let’s go back to the original story that started it all.
28 – 30 SEPTEMBER
The Jozi Film Festival returns to The Bioscope 28 – 30 Sep. Tickets R50.
Fri 28 Sep 6pm. SOUTH AFRICAN SHORT FICTION WRAP SEE FULL SYNOPSIS AND BUY TICKETS. Make Up and Cigarettes (18:30) Dir: Zwo Farisani, It’s Only True Love (22 mins) Dir: Joshua Magor, Keys of Life (12:45) Dir: Vusi Magubane, Mma Moeketsi (20 mins) Dir: Rea Moeti.
Fri 28 Sep 8pm. WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER BUY TICKETS. Feature-length documentary. Q&A with director Shameela Seedat to follow screening Dir: Shameela Seedat. This film charts the final year in office of South Africa’s Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, as she attempts to bring justice to ordinary people. After successfully challenging President Zuma for illegal use of state funds, she now has to face the biggest challenge of her career: investigating – in the face of protests, death threats and legal challenges – the alleged systematic takeover of government by a private family in cahoots with the President. But how does one weigh the importance of fighting government corruption against the larger moral crime of continued inequality? WHISPERING TRUTH TO POWER documents the tense story of Madonsela’s last year in public office while simultaneously crafting an absorbing tale of an outstanding lawyer, mother and woman, as well as providing insight into several critical issues facing South Africa today, such as ongoing inequality, racial tensions, land redistribution, and corruption.
Sat 29 Sep 11am. INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION WRAP SEE FULL SYNOPSIS AND BUY TICKETS. Kyenvu (Uganda) (20mins) Dir: Kemiyondo Coutinho, Girl Fact (Belgium) (17mins) Dir: Maël G. Lagadec, Heimlich (USA) (13:57) Dir: Lisanne Sartor, The Gurney (UK) (15:54) Dir: Glenn Whelan, Second Class (Sweden) (13:45) Dir: Jimmy Olsson.
Sat 29 Sep 12:30pm. SHORT DOCUMENTARY WRAP SEE FULL SYNOPSIS AND BUY TICKETS. A Black Man In Zimbabwe (SA) (4:15) Dir: Roger Horn, Give A Man A Mask and He Will Tell You The Truth (Zimbabwe) (11:50) Dir: Eric Gauss, Sanctuary Lost (SA) (10:14) Dir: Lotte Manicom, Dula (SA) (26:50) Dir: Jasyn Howes, Missing Piece (USA) (25mins) Dir: Tim Guthrie.
Sat 29 Sep 2pm FOOD FIGHTER BUY TICKETS. Feature-length documentary. Africa Premiere. 1hr 26mins. Dir: Dan Goldberg. Filmed over two years and across four continents, ‘Food Fighter’ is the inspirational story of one woman’s crusade against the global scandal of food waste.Ronni Kahn used to be a contributor to Australia’s annual $20 billion food waste bill when she ran a successful corporate events company producing million-dollar dinners. Then she realised the absurdity of throwing away perfectly edible food, trading capitalism for social activism by founding OzHarvest, a food rescue charity, in 2004. Filmed over two years and across four continents, ‘Food Fighter’ follows Ronni’s crusade against the global food waste scandal, partnering with the United Nations in Bangkok, rubbing shoulders with British royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut in London, and holding the government to account in Australia.
Sat 29 Sep 4pm SOUTH AFRICAN SHORT FICTION WRAP 2 SEE FULL SYNOPSIS AND BUY TICKETS. Accelerate (11:51) Dir: Dian Weys, Themba (19mins) Dir: Sara Momtazian, Together (4:50) Dir: Michael Rodrigues, Good Mourning (10mins) Dir: Ian Morgan.
Sat 29 Sep 6pm SUPA MODO BUY TICKETS. Feature Film. Johannesburg Premiere Dir: Likarion Wainaina, Kenya. An inspired reimagining of the superhero film, Supa Modo follows the story of 9-year-old Jo, terminally ill and taken home from hospital to die. While her mother wants to wrap her blankets and keep her indoors, her sister Mwix wants to help her experience all she can in the time she has left. If this sounds rather heavy, take heart from Jo, obsessed with Kung Fu movies and superheroes, and dealing with her illness by escaping into the world of her imagination and never stopping reaching for her dream. She teaches us all this lesson by the end of the film, in a beautifully bittersweet way.
Sat 29 Sep 8pm THE OSLO DIARIES BUY TICKETS. Feature-length documentary Dir: Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan. Africa Premier. 1992. Israeli-Palestinian relations are at all time low. In an attempt to stop the bloodshed, a small group of Israelis & Palestinians meet in Oslo – secretly and against the law. The meetings that changed the Middle East forever were never officially sanctioned and were chronicled only by the negotiators’ diaries.
Sun 30 Sep 11am SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENT FILMS SEE FULL SYNOPSIS AND BUY TICKETS. The Water Dancers Dir: Robyn Palmer (25min), Skin Diver Dir: Katya Abedian (15min), Revolver Dir:Hermann Venter (10min), Umnengo Dir: Siphosethu Ndunge (24min).
Sun 30 Sep 12:30pm IN STITCHES BUY TICKETS. Feature-length documentary 55 mins Dir:Hannah Rafkin, Meg Robbins, USA. Vernacular comedians Noko Moswete, Luphelo Kodwa, and Zicco Sithole are flipping the script. Addressing the long-ignored South African majority, these artists are decolonizing comedy. Audiences are hooked. Vernac shows buzz with unparalleled energy, somewhere between a rock concert and a sermon. Never before have black South African audiences shared such powerful catharsis, led by magnetic comedians who look and sound like them. If laughter is the best medicine, these artists act as guerrilla medics, using humor to tend to the untreated masses.
Sun 30 Sep 2pm UNITED SKATES BUY TICKETS. Feature-length documentary Africa Premiere 1hr 31mins Dir: Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown. When America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture –– one that has remained undiscovered by the mainstream for generations, yet has given rise to some of the world’s greatest musical talent.The film had its World Premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Documentary Audience Award.
Sun 30 Sep 4pm WILD LANDINGS BUY TICKETS. Feature-length documentary World Premiere Dir: Lloyd Ross. An epic aerial adventure of Namibia, featuring South African aviator/adventurer James Pitman and a string of engaging local co-pilots who guide him in his search for the soul of the continent of his birth. Breathtaking cinematography!
Sun 30 Sep 6pm THE OSLO DIARIES BUY TICKETS.
Fri 21 Sep 7pm ROKABUL BUY TICKETS. A film by Travis Beard. 86 Minutes | Australia & Afghanistan | 2018. After living in Afghanistan for seven years, Australian journalist Travis Beard began recording local metal band District Unknown to chronicle a part of Afghan life that is rarely shown in Western media. The film features never before seen footage of Kabul and the underground expat party scene, at odds with an extremely conservative society. To challenge conflict with culture, Afghanistan’s first metal band, District Unknown literally put themselves and their followers in the firing line. They became targets because their music connected and communicated to and with Afghan youth, the expat community living in Afghanistan and international audiences. We watch as the five unassuming young men deal with identity and freedom in a place where both can get you killed. Is their love of country, band and family stronger than the call of a more normal life abroad?
Sat 22 Sep 11am I DREAM OF WIRES BUY TICKETS. A film by Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm 96 Minutes | Canada | 2014. I Dream Of Wires chronicles the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer, featuring interviews with over 100 modular musicians, inventors and enthusiasts, including Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Gary Numan,Vince Clarke (Erasure), Morton Subotnick, Chris Carter(Throbbing Gristle), Daniel Miller, Carl Craig, Flood, Cevin Key (Skinny Puppy), James Holden, Factory Floor, Legowelt, Clark, John Foxx and Bernie Krause, as well as modular manufacturers Doepfer, Modcan, and Make Noise.
Sat 22 Sep 1pm GARY NUMAN – ANDROID IN LA LA LAND BUY TICKETS. A film by Steve Read & Rob Alexander 85 Minutes | UK | 2016. At the end of the 1970s, Gary Numan found himself to be one of the world’s biggest-selling recording artists, “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” and “Cars” were huge hits, no one had heard, or seen, anyone like Gary Numan. After years of living in the English countryside, the godfather of electro-pop uproots the family and moves to Hollywood. With honest, unguarded access, we gain a new perspective on the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. Numan is a nerdy family man with Asperger’s who loves his wife and his life. This one-two punch of humour and candor reveals the flesh-and-blood man behind the cold android myth, the rock star as real person. He’s a normal guy with insecurities, debts, fertility and mental health issues, and a healthy fear of death—and he redefines the making-of album doc by artfully showing his song craft. Numan wonders if he can still write and record. How does a musician with huge fame make a life in music once nobody cares anymore? With the unwavering support of his wife and three daughters, Numan builds the confidence to return to the stage.
Sat 22 Sep 3pm SHAKE THE DUST BUY TICKETS. A film by Nasir “Nas” Jones and Adam Sjöberg 108 Minutes | USA, Uganda, Cambodia, Columbia & Yemen | 2014. From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.
Sat 22 Sep 5:30pm BETTY DAVIS – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT BUY TICKETS. A film by Phil Cox 52 min | UK & France | 2017. Funk Queen Betty Davis changed the landscape for female artists in America. She “was the first…” as former husband Miles Davis said. “Madonna before Madonna, Prince before Prince”. An aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, Betty arrived on the 70’s scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion and outrageous funk music. She befriended Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, wrote songs for the Chambers Brothers and the Commodores, and married Miles – startlingly turning him from jazz to funk on the album she named “Bitches Brew”. She then, despite being banned and boycotted, went on to become the first black woman to perform, write and manage herself. Betty was a feminist pioneer, inspiring and intimidating in a manner like no woman before. Then suddenly – she vanished. Creatively blending documentary and animation this movie traces the path of Betty’s life, how she grew from humble upbringings to become a fully self-realized black female pioneer the world failed to understand or appreciate. After years of trying, the elusive Betty, forever the free-spirited Black Power Goddess, finally allowed the filmmakers to creatively tell her story based on their conversations.
Sat 22 Sep 7pm THE CASE OF THE THREE SIDED DREAM BUY TICKETS. A film by Adam Kahan 87 Minutes | USA | 2014. Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977) was more than a blind musician who could play three horns at once, more than one of the most exciting and amazing sax players who ever lived. Beyond the ability to play multiple melodies at the same time, he was a warrior against racial injustice, fought for people with disabilities, and was a tireless campaigner for a wider appreciation of Jazz (what he termed Black Classical Music). Packed with electrifying archival footage of Kirk and his music, intimate interviews, and inspired animated sequences; Kahan’s film is an absorbing look at the man who wouldn’t even let partial paralysis keep him from pursuing what he called “The Religion of Dreams.”
Sun 23 Sep 11am SLAVE TO THE GRIND BUY TICKETS. A film by Doug Brown. 100 Minutes | Canada | 2018. If you lived in Flint Michigan, USA in the 80s, you likely worked in an auto factory. If you lived in Birmingham, England in the 80s, you likely worked in an industrial setting. If you were a teenager in either of these cities during those years, you either accepted your fate or broke the mold. In defiance of tradition, groups of punk rockers and metalheads in these respective cities created a new sound, and consequently a new genre of music, that was too punk for metalheads, and too heavy for punks. Grindcore fused the anarchistic attitudes of the UKs Punk scene with the speed and drunken aggression of Death Metal, which was simultaneously being created in the US. When Napalm Death released ‘Scum’ in 1986, world-renowned BBC DJ, John Peel, announced that ‘Grindcore’ was the fastest and most abrasive sounding music imaginable, and he was right. Slave To The Grind is the first documentary on Grindcore to capture the genre’s 35 year life span. The film takes you to Japan, the United States, UK, Australia, Singapore, Finland and Sweden to discuss why the genre has persisted, and changed, over time.
Sun 23 Sep 1pm WE ARE TWISTED F***KING SISTER BUY TICKETS. A film by Andrew Horn. 97 Minutes | Germany & USA | 2014 The untold story of Twisted Sister’s 10 years playing the bars, prior to their breakout in 1983. The film follows them from their beginnings as a cross-dressing glam band playing 4 shows a night, 6 nights a week, of cover songs in New Jersey bowling alleys and Long Island beach bars, to the suburban mega-clubs of the late 70s/early 80s, to their bust-out appearance on the UK rock TV show, “The Tube”.
Sun 23 Sep 3pm A BAND CALLED DEATH BUY TICKETS. A film by Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino 96 Minutes | USA | 2012. Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early ’70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression.
Sun 23 Sep 5pm SCORE BUY TICKETS. Director: Matt Schrader. 94 Minutes | USA | 2017. Tracking the progress of modern-day film score development, this documentary illustrates how the first few notes on a piano keyboard end up in the most dramatic moments of a film’s emotional climax. Turning the spotlight on the creative struggles that make up a major motion picture score, this documentary showcases the way the world’s top soundsmiths solve musical challenges – from the creative to the technical.
Sun 23 Sep 7pm FAR WESTERN BUY TICKETS. A Film By James Payne. 82 Minutes | USA & Japan | 2016. Far Western is a feature documentary film that tells the phenomenal story of the transplant of American country music to post-World War II Japan. Nearly 70 years later, for a devoted group the music has become a lifelong obsession. Part music history and part character portrait, Far Western is told through the lives of musicians, fans, and live-music venue owners. Set both in modern Japan and the American South, the film explores the uncanny ability of a simple form of music to cross geographic and language barriers, forming a strange cultural bridge between the two countries. Now, these Japanese musicians have made their own pilgrimages back to America, to the birthplace of the music, playing in honky-tonks and festivals in America.
Mon 24 Sep 11am MAMA GOEMA BUY TICKETS. A film by Sara CF de Gouveia, Calum MacNaughton & Angela Ramirez. 55 Minutes | South Africa | 2011. If you take a pinch of Khoi-San lament, a dash of Malay spice, a measure of European orchestral, a splash of Xhosa spiritual, the clash of marching bands, the pizzazz of the Klopse, a driving primal beat and lots of humour and musical virtuosity, what do you get? Goema, Goema, Goema! Weaving together the ancient, the traditional and the classical into the distinctive sound of Cape Town, Mac McKenzie, musical mastermind and founder of the Genuines and the Goema Captains of Cape Town, puts the final touches on his most recent creation, “Goema Symphony No. 1.” Musicians Hilton Schilder, Ernestine Deane and Kyle Shepherd add context while the Cape Town Goema Orchestra rehearses for its première.
Mon 24 Sep 1pm SINGERS & SWENKAS BUY TICKETS. A film by Lloyd Ross 50 Minutes | South Africa | 2015. Singers & Swenkas follows the Ladysmith Hlanganani Brothers over a 36 hour period as they compete in the vibrant Johannesburg isicathamiya competition scene, the form of a capella singing made world famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Also feartured are the Swenkas (or swankers), finely dressed gentlemen who compete to see who is the finest.
Mon 24 Sep 3pm THE SILVER FEZ BUY TICKETS. A film by Lloyd Ross & Rian Malan 87 Minutes | South Africa | 2009 The Silver Fez is the much-revered prize for the Cape Malay choirs of Cape Town, South Africa. Each year, hundreds of choirs compete to be crowned the undisputed champions of Cape Malay music – a form of music that first arrived in the Cape on slave ships.
Mon 24 Sep 5pm THE FUN’S NOT OVER: THE JAMES PHILLIPS STORY BUY TICKETS. A film by Michael Cross 101 Minutes | South Africa | 2018 James Phillips, who died aged 36 in July 1995, was a composer, musician, bandleader and the voice and conscience of a generation of white South Africans. His Afrikaans alter ego Bernoldus Niemand’s 1983 single, “Hou My Vas korporaal” (“Hold Me Tightly, Corporal”) became an anthem of the End Conscription Campaign and spawned “alternative” Afrikaans rock music and the Voëlvry movement. In 1985, with his beloved Cherry Faced Lurchers, he recorded the gut-wrenching “Shot Down” that addressed both white privilege and the violence of the apartheid state. James Phillips’ legacy is that of one of this country’s most aware, articulate and passionate artists. He was a genius, a satirist, a poet and probably one of the most accomplished songwriters that South Africa has ever produced. “The Fun’s Not Over” tells James’ story in his own words and through the voices of journalists like Max du Preez, satirists Zapiro and Pieter Dirk Uys, his musical collaborators and label-mates like Koos Kombuis and Vusi Mahlesela, contemporary artists like Jack Parow and his friends and family.
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Hopefully the name explains it all. This Bioscope Signature Event is our opportunity to bring out the classics! Tickets are priced cheaper at R30. In celebration of the upcoming release of Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’, The Bioscope is proud to host a special screening of ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh’, the 1977 film debut of everyones favourite bear.
Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery / Animation, Comedy, Friends & Family, Musical and Performing Arts / 1h 14min
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is an hour-long compendium of the three Disney “Winnie” animated short subjects produced between 1966 and 1974. Sterling Holloway provides the voice of A.A. Milne’s whimsical pooh-bear in all three cartoons, the first two of which are directed by Wolfgang Reithermann and the last by John Lounsbery. The program consists of Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject), and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! (1974).
The Bioscope and the Embassy of Brazil in Pretoria, proudly present a weekend of contemporary Brazilian cinema this August. All screenings are made FREE, courtesy of The Embassy.
3 Aug 7PM: Gabriel and the Mountain. BOOK TICKETS. With complementary food and drink available before the screening. Dir: Fellipe Barbosa / Drama. 2h11min. Before entering a prestigious American university, Gabriel Buchmann decided to travel the world for one year, his backpack full of dreams. After ten months on the road, he arrived in Kenya determined to discover the African continent. Until he reached the top of Mount Mulanje, Malawi, his last destination.
4 Aug 4:30PM: Vinicius BOOK TICKETS. Dir: Miguel Faria Jr. / Documentary, Biography, Music. 2h 1min. Documentary about Brazilian songwriter and poet Vinicius de Moraes, showing his life, work, family, friends, and love-affairs.
4 Aug 7PM: Madama Satã BOOK TICKETS. Directed by: Karim Aïnouz / Biography, Crime, Drama 1h 45min. Loose portrait of João Francisco dos Santos, also known as Madame Satã, a sometime chef, transvestite, lover, father, hero and convict from Rio de Janeiro.
5 Aug 4:30PM: Waste Land BOOK TICKETS. With complementary food and drink available before the screening. Dir: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim / Documentary 1h39min. Waste Land is a movie starring Vik Muniz. On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.
5 Aug 7PM: Estomago: A Gastronomic Story BOOK TICKETS. With complementary food and drink available before the screening. Dir: Marcos Jorge / Drama 1h 53min. In the great restaurant of life, there are those who eat and those who get eaten. Raimundo Nonato finds an alternative way, a life of his own: he cooks in order to survive and find a place in society.
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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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