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# 37

Akerman 14:three films
Schubert, Sacher & Le
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Thursday 13th November 2014, 7pm
ICA cinema

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Les trois dernières sonates de Franz Schubert (1989)
Alfred Brendel, one of the greatest of all pianists, plays and reflects on Franz Schubert’s last three piano sonatas. As he points out, Schubert can’t have known that he was soon to die, so they probably do not embody the air of resignation and finality future generations have sentimentally insisted they bear. They were however long neglected, all but forgotten, and only in more recent times have they come to be treasured and performed. The repose and wisdom of the maestro, together with the patient observation of one who is no stranger to the idea of the irrevocably lost, of the erasures of history, and of the value of fragile objects passed carefully from generation to generation, is a joy.

Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher (1989)
The first of Chantal Akerman's screen collaborations with cellist Sonia Wieder- Atherton. Here Wider-Atherton performs Henri Dutilleux Strophes, composed between 1972 and 1986. These are ethereal, at times hesitant, but always lyrical pieces.

Le déménagement (1992)
It is worthy of Beckett: "I should never, never have moved. What got into me? I was happy before. Well, almost. No, mostly I was not. Not good at all. I had to move”. The man in his new home, unable to unpack the many boxes and crates that surround him. His soliloquy is one of indecision, of regret, of a sense of predicament that is inescapable. Through this protagonist, Akerman reflects on the impossibility of making decisions, of the forlorn hope of certainty.

 

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# 38

Tsai Ming Liang's

Stray Dogs (Jiao You, 2013)

Introduced by critic Jonathan Romney

Tuesday 18th November 2014, 7.30pm
Vue Westfield at Stratford

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Read Jonathan Romney's Film Comment review here - he has some reservations, but says the film is mesmerising. It is after all the mature work of a great film maker.

A father and his two children wander the margins of modern day Taipei, from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city. By day the father scrapes out a meager income as a human billboard for luxury apartments, while his young son and daughter roam the supermarkets and malls surviving off free food samples. Each night the family takes shelter in an abandoned building. The father is strangely affected by a hypnotic mural adorning the wall of this makeshift home. On the day of the father's birthday the family is joined by a woman - might she be the key to unlocking the buried emotions that linger from the past?

Cast:
Lee Kang Sheng, Lu Yi Ching, Lee Yi Cheng, Lee Yi Chieh, Chen Shiang Chyi, Chen Chao Rong

dir. Tsai Ming Liang, 2013, 138 mins
Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles

Winner of Grand Jury Prize at the
Venice International Film Festival 2013

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A Nos Amours is a collective founded by film-makers Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts dedicated to programming over-looked, under-exposed or especially potent cinema. A Nos Amours is a moveable feast that goes wherever and whenever opportunities arise. A Nos Amours invites film-makers and others to advocate and present films that they admire or would like to see on a big screen. A Nos Amours  believes in the value of watching film as a shared experience.

The Akerman retrospective is supported by the British Film Institute, Wallonie-Bruxelles International and ICA

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Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, sponsored by the National Lottery.

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