16th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

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Ayo Akingbade

Ayo Akingbade

Payal Kapadia

Afternoon Clouds

With Afternoon Clouds, Payal Kapadia fosters a poetic world within a beautifully simple scenario. In a Bombay apartment, 70-year-old widow Kaki and her Nepali maid Malti cook together, conversing while beholding a flower which only blooms for two days.

Payal Kapadia

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Payal Kapadia

Payal Kapadia

Angelo Madsen Minax

New Cinema Competition

Only the Beloved Keeps Our Secrets
Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme

Angelo Madsen Minax

Angelo Madsen Minax

Ayo Akingbade

Ayo Akingbade

In her own words, Ayo Akingbade’s work “addresses notions of urbanism, power and stance”. Characteristic of her films is a contemplation and celebration of the rhythms of everyday London life, as well as the histories and legacies that move through it.

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Izza Génini

Izza Génini

Essential Cinema

Badnam Basti

Briefly released in 1971 and subsequently lost for decades until its rediscovery in 2019, Badnam Basti is the debut feature of Indian New Wave filmmaker Prem Kapoor. His artfully hewn, musical melodrama, an adaptation of Kamleshwar Prasad Saxenaa’s eponymous novel, traces a circular relationship between its three main characters: dashing truck driver bandit Sarnam, the lovely Bansuri who he saves from being raped and handsome Shivraj, who works in a temple is later hired by Sarnam.

Prem Kapoor

Angelo Madsen Minax

Because of Us

A voice guides us through a near-death experience. She begins by describing the experience as a sensation of viewing, similar to watching a movie. Found footage and animated skyscapes create a cosmology of connections.

Angelo Madsen Minax

Berwick Young Filmmakers

Berwick Young Filmmakers 2020

Everyday Apocalypse is a new short film made by four local young people, developed in collaboration with artist Kimberley O’Neill, exploring our shared experiences of lockdown. Over a three week period in August, the group met via Zoom to share stories and develop the film.

Everyday Apocalypse

New Cinema Competition Features

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Ayo Akingbade

Claudette’s Star
Ayo Akingbade

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New Cinema Competition Features

Desterro SDH Captions

Laura and Israël are a couple in their mid-thirties who are almost entirely linked to life and each other by their five-year-old son, Lucas. As the days go by, they fulfil their roles as partners, parents and adults in contemporary Brazil.

Maria Clara Escobar

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New Cinema Competition

Don’t Rush SDH Captions

Three young men—two brothers and their cousin—meet on a dense summer night to feel the “high” of a dozen “Hasiklidika” songs; Rebetiko songs from the beginning of the 20th century which celebrate the effects of Hashish.

Don't Rush
Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky

Essential Cinema

Don’t Cry, Pretty Girls!

An eccentric gang of young boys and girls hit the streets and bars of Budapest after their monotonous shift in the factory has ended. Living within and out of society, but closed in their private life, they seek intimacy, entertainment and freedom.

Márta Mészáros

Enceindre

Live Event

24 September 2020, 20:00

Previews

Feast: Work in Progress

For BFMAF’s 2020 Previews strand, it presents a livestream conversation with Dutch artist-filmmaker Tim Leyendekker in advance of his feature-length debut Feast. Having crafted an intricately nuanced filmmaking practice since his debut in 2003, Leyendekker’s work is distributed by EYE Filmmuseum and Light Cone, and his most recent film Blinder (2015) was screened in the Tiger Shorts Competition at that year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Tim Leyendekker

Live Event

17 September 2020, 20:00

Live Event

22 September 2020, 20:00

Live Event

6 October 2020, 20:00

Live Event

26 September 2020, 17:00

Angelo Madsen Minax

Angelo Madsen Minax

New Cinema Competition

Yu Araki

Izza Génini

Propositions

Kat Anderson: Restraint Restrained SDH Captions

Artist and filmmaker Kat Anderson presents the world festival premiere of ‘Restraint Restrained’. The programme features two films from Anderson’s first solo exhibition. The works draw on the experiences and narratives of the many mentally ill Black people who have met their deaths in police custody or mental health facilities, through excessive restraint holds and other violent and negligent behaviours.

John
Roundtable Conversation
Kat Anderson

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New Cinema Competition

LIQUID STRANGER SDH Captions

A knife suspended in the air, a PVC trench coat, a slick of red lipstick and multiple stories of murder and obsession all become signifying agents in this camp mash-up of language, narrative and performance.

Stefan Ramírez Pérez

New Cinema Competition Features

New Cinema Competition Features

New Cinema Competition

New Cinema Competition

New Cinema Competition Features

New Cinema Competition

Marriage Story SDH Captions

An auto-fiction under the eyes of a female Christ, a marriage as a step into the forbidden land of the holy, a lesbian poem in the language of the divine, a paean to the color red, the world’s slowest rave.

Jessica Dunn Rovinelli

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New Cinema Competition

Angelo Madsen Minax

Angelo Madsen Minax

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N.P

New Cinema Competition Features

N.P

Based on the 1990 experimental novel by Japanese author Banana Yoshimioto, Lisa Spilliaert’s feature debut N.P is a silent film translation of the text into a cinematic scenario. Translation itself is at the heart of N.P’s narrative, which details the compilations and absurdities of protagonist Kazami’s attempts to translate the short stories of fictional author Sarao Takase, as well as her sometimes disturbing interactions with the late author’s children.

Lisa Spilliaert

New Cinema Competition

Ayo Akingbade

Tower XYZ
Street 66
Dear Babylon
Ayo Akingbade

Introduction

Angelo Madsen Minax

Angelo Madsen Minax

Essential Cinema

Paris Calligrammes

In a rich torrent of archival audio and visuals, paired with extracts from her own artworks and films, Ottinger resurrects the old Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Latin Quarter. Amongst their literary cafés and jazz clubs, she revisits encounters with Jewish exiles; life with her artistic community; the world views of Parisian ethnologists and philosophers; the political upheavals of the Algerian War and May 1968; and the legacy of the colonial era.

Ulrike Ottinger

Introduction

New Cinema Competition

Patrick SDH Captions

Patrick is made entirely from 16mm film and sound recordings produced during a residency at Headlands Centre for the arts, Marin County. The film focuses on the life and work of Patrick Cowley; a singular producer of dance music who pioneered the hi-NRG “San Francisco Sound” in the late 1970s.

Luke Fowler

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Payal Kapadia

New Cinema Competition

Live Event

1 October 2020, 20:00

Live Event

3 October 2020, 15:00

Propositions

Renèe Helèna Browne SDH Captions

Daddy's Boy
Renèe Helèna Browne

Izza Génini

Izza Génini

Introduction

New Cinema Competition

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Izza Génini

Izza Génini

New Cinema Competition Features

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Ayo Akingbade

Ayo Akingbade

New Cinema Competition

The Cypress Dance

Though one could argue that all the work of artistic duo Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela has been invested in bending and folding reality into something unreal, The Cypress Dance stands as their furthest descent into narrative filmmaking and cinéma fantastique.

Mariana Caló, Francisco Queimadela

Angelo Madsen Minax

Angelo Madsen Minax

Payal Kapadia

The Last Mango Before the Monsoon

Elliptical sequences combine to form a filmic tone poem: the expanded sense of time during a rural summer dusk; the trudging of two scientists who place cameras in the forest for animal observation; watercolours that float atop the landscape; a woman yearning for her late husband.

Payal Kapadia

Essential Cinema

Maria Saakyan

Introduction

New Cinema Competition

The Name I Call Myself SDH Captions

Rejecting a catch-all definition of blackness while cast across two-screens, The Name I Call Myself unpicks multifaceted LGBTQ identities within the local black British diaspora. References to Audre Lorde and W.E.B.

Rhea Dillon

Angelo Madsen Minax

Angelo Madsen Minax

Introduction

New Cinema Competition

The Unseen River SDH Captions

Following on from his widely screened and hugely accomplished 2019 short Blessed Land, Phạm Ngọc Lân’s The Unseen River cements the Vietnamese filmmaker’s place as one of the most bold and unique visionaries of contemporary new cinema.

Phạm Ngọc Lân

New Cinema Competition Features

Luis López Carrasco

Introduction

New Cinema Competition Features

This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

New Cinema Competition

This day won’t last SDH Captions

A day that could also be a life. A young man who could also be an older woman. A nightmare that could also be a dream. In Tunisia, while it could also be somewhere else: on the border between the necessity and the fear to make a film, the necessity and the fear for the revolution, This day won’t last is a cooperation with a distance.

This day won't last
Mouaad el Salem

Propositions

Never Rest/Unrest
Tiffany Sia

Introduction

New Cinema Competition

Up at Night SDH Captions

In a Kishasha neighbourhood faced with near-constant power outages, residents find creative solutions to the lack of light. The promise of a consistent source of electricity is found in the construction of a hydropower scheme, long in development but not yet completed.

Nelson Makengo

Izza Génini

Vibrations in Upper Atlas

Daily life in the Aït Bouguemez Valley is documented in this film by Izza Génini. Nestled in the Atlas mountains, the residents of this small village work the land in time with the natural rhythms of the landscape.

Izza Génini

Introduction

New Cinema Competition

Way My It Did I SDH Captions

Maria Anastassiou

New Cinema Competition

Propositions

Zinzi Minott SDH Captions

Fi Dem III
Zinzi Minott

New Cinema Competition Features

maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore

The feature film debut of prolific Ho-Chunk filmmaker Sky Hopinka, maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore extends the promise of his meticulously crafted, short form experimental documentaries, while at the same time pushing towards new ideas, expressions and forms.

Sky Hopinka

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