A number of world cinema film festivals are coming up in London.
Polish Film Festival: March 8-22, 2012
First of all there is the 10th Polish Film Festival, which will be organised in partnership with UK Jewish Film. Several films will also be shown in other locations (in Edinburgh and Belfast, to be precise) and as the festival has been running for a decade now a number of special events have been organised as well, including special DVD releases plus screenings of Polish Cinema Classics and art & film events at the Tate Modern and the National Gallery.
One of the festival highlights is a Special Preview of W ciemności (In Darkness, 2011), which is currently in the running for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. The screening includes a Q&A with lead actor Robert Więckiewicz and, possibly, the director Agnieszka Holland (this is to be confirmed still). I am away from London that weekend, so I’m a bit bummed that I’ll miss the screening, but keeping my fingers crossed that W ciemności will see a wider UK cinema release soon.
Terracotta Far East Film Festival: April 12-15, 2012
In April there is, of course, the Terracotta Far East Film Festival. I will write a separate post on this once the programme is out and cover hopefully quite a few films – details are still scarce at the moment. What we do know already is that the Korean 마이 웨이 (Mai Wei/ My Way, 2010) will open the event, while ヒミズ (Himizu/Himizu, Japan, 2011) will be the closing film – definitely getting a ticket for the latter!
Palestine Film Festival: opens April 20th, 2012
We will also have the Palestine Film Festival 2012 in April, which has quite some diversity in its programme: there will several Q&A’s, a panel discussion, feature films, documentaries as well as shorts. Venues include the Barbican, which has details on the films it will be hosting.
Kick Off, as part of EUNIC Documentary Film Festival
And a one-off event coming up sooner: Kick Off (2009) by Hüseyin Tabak will screen (for free, booking required) at the Austrian Cultural Forum London (ACF) on February 20th, 2012 as part of Ready Steady Doc! The EUNIC Documentary Film Festival. The documentary follows the Austrian team at the Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, in 2008. Quote (from the ACF synopsis): “The film tells the stories of these determined individuals as they regain feelings they lost a long time ago: respect, pride, self-confidence and a renewed zest for life.”