september, 2018

tue04sepAll Daysun09FeaturedOpen City Documentary Festival 2018The Art of Non-Fiction(All Day) BST Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, Marylebone W1B 2UWCountry:United Kingdom

Event Details

This year – through films, audio and immersive (VR/AR) projects, across screenings, special events, parties, panels, workshops and masterclasses – we will be celebrating the art of non-fiction. The 2018 festival will take place from the 4 – 9 September in a host of great venues across central London.



    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • Day 3
    • Day 4
    • Day 5
    • Day 6
    • September 4, 2018
    • 6:30pm Baronesa directed by Juliana Antunes6:30pm - 7:41pmJuliana Antunes’ astonishing debut follows friends Andreia and Leid as they navigate the perilous reality of daily life in the favelas of Belo Horizonte. At first glance, their days seem calm and untroubled, but the threat of violence is never far away and Andreia dreams of moving to the safer neighbourhood of nearby Baronesa. Antunes spent five years in Belo Horizonte working with a non-professional cast to create a work of rare intimacy and authenticity which—despite its simple structure—emerges as a complex, multilayered and moving portrait of contemporary life in the favelas. Baronesa announces an exciting new voice in Brazilian cinema. Please be advised that this film contains discussion of sexual assault which some viewers might find distressing. In partnership with MUBI. Location: Regent Street Cinema

    • September 5, 2018
    • 6:15pm Shorts: Separations6:15pm - 7:47pmFeelings of displacement and detachment are expressed in these intimate, authored shorts. Be it through societal pressures or religious traditions, the situations documented here characterise the sense of unease caused by seemingly impassable divisions between worlds. Absent Wound directed by Maryam Tafakory, Ma directed by Maria Stoianova, The Haunted directed by Saodat Ismailova, Missed Call directed by Victoria Mapplebeck, Season of Goodbyes directed by Phillipa Ndisi-Herrmann. Location: Prince Charles Cinema

    • 6:30pm Hyphen: An Evening with NANG6:30pm - 7:35pm“Where are you from?” “Right, but where are you really from?” Hyphen is a programme featuring short films and video works from artists and filmmakers who voluntarily or involuntarily moved outside their country of origin. Presented as part of the London launch of the latest issue (Issue 4: In & Out) of NANG, a magazine on Asian cinema, this programme hopes to counter the narrative of hostile simplification that has embroiled the topic of migration in recent years by celebrating the diversity of voices and experiences that the hyphen brings. A panel discussion with artists and contributors will follow. Mouth to Mouth directed by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Tell me the story Of all these things directed by Rehana Zaman, Sugiharti Halim directed by Ariani Darmawan. Co-curated by Maryam Tafakory & Julian Ross. Co-presented with NANG and CREAM (University of Westminster). Location: Regent Street Cinema

    • 6:45pm Becoming Animal directed by Emma Davie and Peter Mettler6:45pm - 7:58pmIn this immersive, visually inventive film, directors Emma Davie (I Am Breathing) and Peter Mettler (The End of Time) journey into Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park with philosopher and cultural ecologist David Abram, searching for the liminal spaces where humans and animals meet. Challenging our human-centric view of the natural world, this subversive nature film uses cinema’s sensory tools to explore humanity’s relationship with the natural environment, proposing—through expressionistic visuals and stimulating narration—that a better balance can be achieved. An essay film unlike any other, Becoming Animal is an sublime sensorial experience and an inspiring, intellectual one too. Screens with The Other Side and Eleanor McDowall & Laura Barton and Skywards and Eva Weber. Location: Curzon Soho

    • September 6, 2018
    • 6:30pm Casanova Gene directed by Luise Donschen6:30pm - 7:37pmLuise Donschen’s highly inventive feature debut explores the nature of seduction and desire through a series of surprising and irreverent tableaux (captured on rich 16mm by cinematographer Helena Wittmann) that combine fiction, documentary, interview and performance. Moving from a portrait of a dominatrix and her clients; to a biological investigation into the mating habits of finches; via an unlikely encounter with John Malkovich (in character as Casanova himself) and some strange scenes in a singles bar straight out of a Fassbinder film, Donschen’s free-form essay on the rules of attraction explores the complexities of gender, identity, and sexuality with humour, intelligence and wit. Screens with 21,3 °c directed by Helena Wittmann and OFF directed by Helena Wittmann and Luise Donschen. Location: ICA London

    • 8:20pm Flight of a Bullet directed by Beata Bubenec8:20pm - 9:40pmBeata Bubenec’s single-take documentary opens on a blown-out bridge in Ukraine’s heavily contested Donbass region. A local man—taking exception to being filmed—is bundled into a car by armed forces and driven off for interrogation. But despite the intensity of the action unfolding in front of the camera, attention and scrutiny quickly turns to goings-on behind the lens as Bubanec’s allegiances (and motivations) are called into question. As the tension of the exhilarating opening scene subsides, the film shifts into a fascinating and provocative study of how the violence of conflict permeates into the mundanity of the everyday. Location: Regent Street Cinema

    • 8:30pm Angkar directed by Neary Adeline Hay8:30pm - 9:41pmBorn from a forced marriage during the Khmer Rouge regime, director Neary Adeline Hay travels back to Cambodia with her father, Khonsaly, to face his former Khmer Rouge persecutors. In Ta Saeng, the detention village that they lived together in as prisoners over forty years before, Khonsaly and the remaining inhabitants recount the workings of the sites that became theatres for the deaths of millions. In a contemplative, artful piece of testimony, Hay and her father produce a personal and poetic treatise on the need to record and reactivate memory and not forget the past, however painful it may be. Location: Picturehouse Central

    • 6:10pm The Pain of Others directed by Penny Lane6:10pm - 7:21pmMorgellons disease is a medical mystery. Although doctors have no explanation for the condition, thousands of sufferers claim to experience a persistent crawling sensation under their skin, thin fibres growing out of their body and a host of other symptoms. Penny Lane dives head first into the online community of Morgellons patients re-working candid home-videos uploaded to YouTube by three women who are afflicted with the disease. The Pain of Others explores the slippery ideas around self-diagnosis, empathy and online support networks but Lane’s original and unsettling film refuses to offer answers to any of its own questions. Part of Penny Lane: In Focus. Location: BFI Southbank

    • September 7, 2018
    • 8:30pm Shorts: Imprints 8:30pm - 10:07pmHumanity’s imprint on the environment is pervasive and enduring – the marks we leave outlive us and distort our landscape, obscuring it with ghosts of forgotten pasts and promised futures. This selection of films documents those marks made – and the narratives we construct in their wake.Graven Image directed by Sierra Pettengill, Stone Engravings and the Three-Colored Chickenpox Tale directed by Luciana Mazeto & Vinícius Lopes, and Plastic Man Yulia Kovanova. Location: Picturehouse Central

    • 9:00pm The Ethno-Fictions of Laura Huertas Millán9:00pm - 10:18pmLaura Huertas Millán’s three acclaimed recent works—developed during her practise-based SACRe PhD between Beaux-Arts de Paris and Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab—look to reconsider ethnography as an essentially fictitious mode of storytelling. “On the one hand, if one considers ethnography as an ensemble of narratives rooted in colonialism, it might be understandable as a form of fiction-making. On the other hand, some of the most interesting contemporary practices of ethnography have embraced a de-colonial turn, sometimes by integrating the fictional language tools within their own elaboration.” While exploring this in-betweenness Huertas Millán created Sol Negro (2016), La Libertad (2017), and jeny303 (2018), all of which screen as UK Premieres. Location: ICA London

    • September 8, 2018
    • 1:00pm Our Nixon directed by Penny Lane1:00pm - 2:25pmThroughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they’d all be in prison. Following the Watergate scandal, the films remained locked up in an government safe for forty years but Penny Lane dusted them off to craft this ambitious and enthralling portrait of the Nixon presidency. Earning her a reputation as an exciting new voice in non-fiction storytelling, Lane’s debut feature is a playful and pertinent commentary on the line between privacy and politics. Part of Penny Lane: In Focus. Location: Prince Charles Cinema

    • 2:00pm Shorts: Interiors2:00pm - 3:34pmThis programme of short films takes a meditative trip through domestic spaces, exploring the interrelation between interiors and those that inhabit them. These films seek to identify the ways in which this interaction reflects wider social and political issues, and how experiences of confinement can seem to transcend temporality. 26 rue Saint-Fargeau directed by Margaux Guillemard, The Mess directed by Dorothy Allen-Pickard, Today is 11th June 1993 directed by Clarissa Thieme, and Roosenberg directed by Ingel Vaikla. Location: Bertha DocHouse

    • 6:00pm This is Home directed by Alexandra Shiva6:00pm - 7:31pmWhat happens to Syrian refugees given haven in a western country? This striking suburban Baltimore set film paints a fascinating picture of the USA through the eyes of four families going through the country’s refugee self-sufficiency resettlement programme. The journey towards acculturation includes buying hijabs featuring the stars and stripes; discovering twelve hour working days; and beginning to confront the challenging gender expectations of their new home. This Is Home gives a novel portrait of America, whilst conveying the resilience of its shipwrecked subjects in a moving and compelling fashion. Location: Curzon Soho

    • 6:30pm The End of Fear directed by Barbara Visser6:30pm - 7:40pmIn 1986, one of the most famous crimes against art was committed when a man attacked a Barnett Newman painting in Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum with a box cutter, slashing the large abstract canvas as an act of anti-modernist vandalism. After American conservator Daniel Goldreyer was hired to restore the painting, nobody expected what happened next – the canvas arriving home plastered over crudely with red paint and a roller. Artist and filmmaker Barbara Visser calls into question the value of art, cultural gatekeeping and notions of appropriation and authorship with her playful and innovative investigation into what makes art art. Screens with The Sleeping Fool directed by Sofia Saldanha. Location: Picturehouse Central

    • 8:30pm The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life directed by Zita Erffa8:30pm - 10:03pmZita Erffa and her brother László were always close, so when László announced he was moving to a monastery in Connecticut, Zita was shocked and confused. This choice meant that the siblings would only be allowed to see each other once a year, corresponding otherwise only through letters. Eight years on, Zita secures permission to spend two weeks filming her brother inside the monastery and finally confront him about his decision. A fascinating insight into the ultra-conservative Catholic brotherhood of the Legionaries, The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life is a cathartic, intimate study of family bonds and religious devotion. Location: Regent Street Cinema

    • September 9, 2018
    • 1:00pm Jamilia directed by Aminatou Echard1:00pm - 2:24pmRecorded in Kyrgyzstan, artist filmmaker Aminatou Echard’s first feature length work searches for Jamilia, the eponymous heroine of Chingiz Aitmatov’s classic 1958 novel about a young woman who, having been abducted and forced to marry, fled with her lover. Fifty years after the book’s publishing, Echard travels to meet several generations of Kyrgyz women. The film that resulted from her research is a delicate and impressionistic Super 8 portrait of the country reflected through the prism of their stories, exploring a culture where the patriarchal system curbs their freedom to work, desire, love, live or dream, yet resistance remains. Screens with At Land | Maya Deren. Location: Prince Charles Cinema

    • 1:00pm The Short Films of Penny Lane1:00pm - 2:11pmPenny Lane’s films combine archive, found-materials and sound recordings to pose questions around authorship and authenticity throughout history. This screening offers a rare opportunity to see Lane’s short form work; distinctive, entertaining and provocative in equal measure. The event will include an extended Q&A with Penny covering her work and creative practice. We Are The Littletons, Men Seeking Women, She Used to See Him Most Weekends, How to Write an Autobiography, The Voyagers, The Silent Majority, Normal Appearances, and Nellie Bly Makes the News. Part of Penny Lane: In Focus Location: BFI Southbank

    • 4:15pm Voices of the Sea directed by Kim Hopkins4:15pm - 5:49pmAn emotionally charged film exploring the irreconcilable choices faced by the residents of a remote Cuban fishing village. Mother of four Mariela is tempted to follow her brother to Miami in their pursuit of wealth and freedom. Already a treacherous crossing, the US Coast Guard patrol the waters returning migrants to certain punishment. What’s more, her older husband, Pita would rather endure the tough conditions to stay in a community and a profession that he loves. Voices of the Sea is a beautifully shot and surprisingly frank portrait of the people that Cuban socialism was supposed to protect. Location: Curzon Soho

    • 6:00pm Nabihah Iqbal Presents: Winter Soldier directed by Winterfilm Collective6:00pm - 7:36pmIn February 1971, one month after the notorious My Lai massacre, over one hundred Vietnam War veterans gathered to testify in an unprecedented public inquiry into the atrocities committed by American forces in combat. Organised by anti-war veteran’s organisation ‘Vietnam Veterans Against the War’, the event was barely reported to the American public at the time. But their unflinching testimony was captured by a filmmaking collective and turned into a raw, angry and radical documentary that went virtually unseen for more than thirty years. Well regarded by those that have seen it, Winter Soldier remains essential viewing. DJ, producer and NTS Radio presenter Nabihah Iqbal will present a rare screening of the film, followed by a discussion and an evening of music inspired by the film, featuring protest songs and music from the anti-war movement from 1950-1975. Location: ICA London


september 4 (Tuesday) - 9 (Sunday) BST


Regent Street Cinema

309 Regent St, Marylebone W1B 2UW