We Have a Plan: Half a year of Minicine screenings

Well it’s been a long time coming, but Minicine has finally got its act together in order to announce an almost complete six month programme. We’re still holding out on confirming the last couple, but we can provide the stability of four confirmed months of screenings. All films will play on the fourth Thursday of the month and each one hails from a different part of the world. We have drama, documentary and even films that blur the boundary between the two. Details on the two yet-to-be announced films will be up as soon as they are confirmed – which they pretty much are so stay tuned.

If you like what you see in the descriptions below then membership would certainly be something that you should consider. For all screenings after June’s, the period of member-exclusivity on the purchase of tickets will be extended, and at only £15 for the year, with FREE admission to your first screening as a member, and reduced ticket price from £6 to £4, you make your money back – and then some – in no time. Plus you get to be part of a lovely bunch of like-minded cinephiles.

If you’re interested you can buy your membership immediately here. If you want more info, feel free to email minicine@live.co.uk

Tickets are open to members for next month’s screening right now! They will open to non-members next Friday, so if you’re not a member you will get a chance to pick up the remaining tickets then… if there are any left!

As always, along with all these feature screenings there will be a collection of short films for your viewing pleasure. Also, wherever a film is not in English, it will contain English subtitles (this seems somewhat obvious but you’ll be surprised how many times we’re asked).

Thursday 28th June: The Hedgehog (Le Hérrison) – Mona Achache, France 2009

An extremely charming, sophisticated and philosophical look at eleven year old Paloma’s attempts to make sense of the adult world in which she is about to enter. Through her video diary, Paloma will document her life surrounded by ‘rich’ people until her next birthday, at which point she will kill herself. As instantly alarming as this premise is, the film exudes such a warm-heartedness and sincerity that Paloma, along with the characters she encounters en route to her suicide, cannot fail to win you over.

Members can buy tickets now by clicking here.

Thursday 26th July: Battle of the Queens (Kampf Der Königinnen) – Nicolas Steiner, Germany 2011

The primary draw of this documentary about fighting cows in the Swiss Alps is the astonishing black and white cinematography. The breathtaking visuals complement the elegance with which these cows ‘fight’ – although that word could be easily interchangeable with ‘dance’. The highest respect, decency and delicacy is bestowed upon these competing animals, with injury the furthest thing from what is desired from their confrontations. The subject matter could lead one to expect a quite stuffy affair, revealing an out of date tradition. Yet this is not at all the case; people – young and old, male and female – travel for miles to turn these events into brimming spectacles.

When this film played its UK PREMIERE at the recent Bradford International Film Festival, it wasn’t only one of our Co-Director’s favourite of the whole festival, but various others’ favourite film that played too. You cannot see it anywhere else in the country and it’s an honour to have it as part of our lineup.

Thursday 23rd August: No One Knows About Persian Cats (Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh) – Bahman Ghobadi, Iran 2009

All throughout Tehran there are musicians striving to practice their art, record music and play live shows, yet in the context of the stringent restriction placed upon expression, this becomes viciously perilous. Ash and Negar, of the band Take it Easy Hospital, are determined to acquire the correct papers in order to leave Iran. Their journey to do so brings them into contact with many musicians, practising and playing in inventive spaces across Tehran. With all the musicians in the film being played by themselves, the film blurs the lines between fact and fiction. This is amplified in a meta-textual way by the symmetry between the peril these musicians face, and the peril that those making this actual film with no permit or legal permission also face.

Thursday 27th September: Dance to the Spirits (Dansa als esperits) – Ricardo Íscar, Spain, 2010

A documentary on traditional African medicine filmed in the heart of a Cameroon village. Without being condescending, invasive or exploitative, the film showcases insightful and enlightening examples of the culture within this Cameroon tribe. In addition to the fascinating medical practices, the entire approach to life and structure of meaning is truly eye opening. The film is far from an exoticised outside look, even subverting some reductive stereotyping. This is especially the case with the charismatic doctor himself, Mba Owona Pierre, who openly jokes about being referred to as a ‘witch doctor’ or ‘sorcerer’. He concedes that western/physical medicine has its place and that he often rigorously checks his patients pre-treatment, to see if they are affected by a ‘day-world sickness’ and could therefore be treated by the hospitals. If not, if they were suffering from an ‘Evu’ induced ‘night-world sickness’.

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