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I am contemplating to create a separate calendar page for all the film festivals and special screenings in London, because these announcements-by-blog-post probably end up buried amidst all the other posts after a while. I’m not quite sure how to set up such a calendar (suggestions are welcome), so while I get my head around it, these posts will have to do. But do note that it’s on my list of planned features for Otherwhere.

Anyhow, upcoming film festivals in London:

Italian Film Festival – March 9-20, 2012

Coming in March is “Cinema Made in Italy”, the 2012 Italian Film Festival, which will be held at Ciné Lumière of the Institut français du Royaume-Uni and at the Instituto Italiano di Cultura in London. Thirteen films are on the programme, many of which will be UK premieres. The programme for Ciné Lumière you can find here; the films that will be screened at the Instituto Italiano di Cultura are listed elsewhere, in a not-too-navigable calendar. But perhaps we shouldn’t complain as the screenings at the Instituto are free (although reservations must be made in advance).

A few of the films on offer:

London Asian Film Festival “Tongues on Fire” – March 16-24, 2012

I am not quite sure why they are calling it “Asian”, as the films screened are from Pakistan and India, or feature some sort of Pakistani-Indian element.

The full schedule for the festival is available here.

My top pick:

  • Lucky (South Africa, 2011) – So this one isn’t actually Pakistani or Indian, or even Asian otherwise, but a South African production “about a ten-year-old South African orphan who leaves his Zulu village to make his own life in the city…only to find no one will help him, except a formidable Indian woman called Padma.” More on the film’s official website.

London Palestine Film Festival – April 20-May 3, 2012

The London Palestine Film Festival runs from April 20th to May 3, 2012, with films being shown in various locations, including the Barbican. What to expect:

In all some 40 works will be on show, with a wealth of filmmakers, critics, and scholars meeting audiences for daily talks on the many political, aesthetic, and cultural questions raised on screen. Accompanied by a groundbreaking exhibition of Palestinian video art (13 Apr – 3 May, Mezzanine Level), this year’s Festival offers London audiences the widest array yet of film and video work on, and from, Palestine and the region. (quote from palestinefilm.org)

A schedule is available here for the films to be screened at the Barbican, including the UK premiere of Ish Ielo Selolari (Man with a Cellphone, 2010). Details on films at other locations are scarce, although apparently Susan Sontag’s 1974 documentary Promised Lands is on the list.

And, finally, few other film screenings of interest:

  • The Kids’ Club of Picturehouse Cinema will be showing ハウルの動く城 (Hauru no Ugoku Shiro/Howl’s Moving Castle, Japan, 2004) this Saturday, on March 3rd at Gate Cinema (Notting Hill). Obviously this will be a dubbed screening. They also had 猫の恩返し (Neko no Ongaeshi/The Cat Returns, Japan, 2002) on the programme for February, so I’m betting we can expect more Studio Ghibli in the future.
Hauru no Ugoku Shiro
  • Contes de la nuit (Tales of the Night, France, 2011) – You can see Michel Ocelot’s creation at the Ciné Lumière of the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, but only if you’re free on a Friday afternoon (23/3) at 1.15 p.m.! Seriously, who can go to the cinema at that hour? Truth be told, I often actually can, but I’m just thoroughly disappointed that I have something scheduled that day already.
Magical-looking Le contes de la nuit