Here is the DocHouse introduction:
The screening will be followed by an extended Q&A with Italian director, Gianfranco Rosi in conversation with Nick Bradshaw (Sight & Sound).
No 2 Sing-a-long The Muppets (Bobin, 2011): Prince Charles Cinema, 9pm
Here's one of the hugely popular sing-a-long events at the Prince Charles Cinema, and one of the best feelgood movies of the last few years.
Time Out review:
If the secret to great comedy is timing, The Muppets must be one of the greatest comic acts of all time. The original ‘Muppet Show’ first screened in 1976, when its unique combination of sweet, surreal and subtly satirical silliness was the perfect panacea for a country (it was shot in Britain, lest we forget) sliding hopelessly into financial meltdown. Now here we are, 35 years later, and The Muppets are back to distract us from another bout of economic misery through the simple application of soulful psychedelic songsmithery and rubber chicken gags (WACKA! WACKA!).
What follows may be a predictable sort of putting-on-a-show hi-jinks, but in some ways that’s the point: this is cosy-blanket filmmaking, the very definition of that overused term, feelgood. Jason Segel is a charming frontman, and if Amy Adams is at times overshadowed by her co-star (not to mention a legion of limelight-grabbing fuzzy-felt extras), the relationship between them is beautifully sketched.
But the real stars are, of course, the Muppets themselves: Jim Henson may be gone (and Frank Oz’s voice talents are conspicuous by their absence), but ‘The Muppets’ is entirely true to their pioneering spirit, replete with beloved supporting characters, subversive asides, terrible puns and some of the most ludicrous, maniacal musical numbers ever committed to film – one throwaway showcase for a flock of singing chickens may well prove to be the funniest scene of 2012. The result is a film bursting at the seams with sheer, unadulterated joy: watch it, and the world seems just that little bit brighter...
Here (and above) is the trailer.
No3 At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (Marins, 1964): Genesis Cinema, 7pm
The Good, Bad, Unseen Film Club return with a double-bill entitled Monochrome Madness.
Here is their introduction:
AT MIDNIGHT I'LL TAKE YOUR SOUL -- Directed by José Mojica Marins (1964)
Directed in 1964 this gem of a movie is not only directed by José Mojica Marins but also stars the man himself as Ze Do Caixao, an evil undertaker who is obsessed with having a child so that can inherit his immortal bloodline. However, things don't go to plan and he reeks havoc on a quiet Brazilian town. A movie banned in its native country for many years and undiscovered in the west for even longer, we are pleased to present this movie in the best print possible - fully uncut for your viewing pleasure. Portuguese language with English subtitles.
View the trailer here.
SINGAPORE SLING -- Directed by Nikos Nikolaidis (1990)
A detective goes on a search for his beloved Laura but stumbles upon a mother and her adult daughter, who spend their days playing incestuous role playing games at their mansion. As the story unravels it is revealed they hold even more murderous and perverse secrets.
Beautifully shot and with superb performances this movie will offend, shock and delight audiences who love cinema that is dark, perverse and with a healthy dose of black humour. We are pleased to show a new HD print in its Uncut glory.
View the trailer here.