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February at 4pm
Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973, Senegal, 89 mins
The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Falmer, BN1 9RA
New restoration from the World Cinema Foundation
Dr Estrella Sendra Fernandez
With a stunning
mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Mambéty incendiary
debut follows two young lovers as they attempt to flee the dead
end clutches of Dakar for an idealised dream of life in Paris. Travelling
through the countryside and urban sprawl on a motorbike pinned with
a cow’s skull, they plan to fund their escape through petty
crime and wild schemes, encountering obstacles and visions en route,
both real and mystical.
part by the French New Wave, Mambety, though only 28 and with no
formal film training, captures with raw, visceral energy the clash
between folk customs, superstitions and the enforced adoption of
European colonial attitudes, in a country seemingly at a crossroads.
by dazzling imagery and music, a pace that jumps between the manic
and meditative, this vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the
early 1970s, is widely considered one of the most important African
films ever made.
In an interview
Mambety said "one must have a mad belief that anything is possible....Cinema
must be reinvented each time, and whoever ventures into cinema must
also share in its reinvention."
the film we are pleased to welcome Dr Estrella Sendra Fernandez,
a documentary filmmaker, journalist, lecturer and researcher at
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, who specialises
in Senegalese festivals and African Cinema. She is also part of
the curatorial team at Cambridge African Film Festival, which she
directed in 2014 and 2015.
Part of Open
Colour’s 'Africa's Lost Classics' series in association with
the Africa in Motion Film Festival - more screenings to follow.
-Tickets and details of this and all screenings at ACCA's new Sunday
CINEMA CLUB can be found here:
Centre for the Creative Arts
bouki: Mambéty and Modernity
The World Cinema Foundation at Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine
Ritrovata in association with the family of Djibril Diop Mambéty.
Restoration funding provided by Armani, Cartier, Qatar Airways and
Qatar Museum Authority.
FRAMES OF LIGHT:THE GRAND BIZARRE (JODIE MACK) +
F-AMPISM + KAREN CONSTANCE + LEWIS KLAHR
2nd at 7.30pm
The Grand Bizarre (Jodie Mack)
+ Live Film and Sounds from F-Ampism + Film from
Karen Constance + Lewis Klahr
Phoenix Brighton,10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB
excited to present the extraordinary new feature by acclaimed experimental
animator Jodie Mack, alongside new work from Brighton based artists
F-Ampism and Karen Constance, and a short film from US master collagist
Jodie Mack, 2018, USA, USA, 60 mins
The Grand Bizarre
is the culmination of Mack’s many varied interests and experiments
to date. Shot in a dozen countries, the film finds Mack’s
trademark, colour-coordinated textiles dancing across a variety
of exotic locales (India, Mexico, Holland, Morocco, and Turkey represent
just a partial itinerary) through a meticulous process of frame-by-frame
photography and practical production magic. Playful and propulsive,
in Mack’s dazzling montage, everyday sources—maps, globes,
plane tickets, even back tattoos—reveal both cross-cultural
codes and universal truths, bringing this eclectic cinematic travelogue
into a seamless dialogue with each viewer’s unique worldview.
It’s all driven by a homemade soundtrack that locates a heretofore
unrealized intersection between hip-hop, chiptune, and synth-pop.
is the audio-visual solo project of Paul Wilson of improvising
sextet Bolide. His work has featured abstracted melodics, hidden
everyday exotica, percussive clusters, stop motion animation and
destroyed & mutated radio waves - the only constant an hypnotic
accumulation of sound and vision. F-Ampism will perform live to
a new moving image work.
Constance is a Scottish visual and sound artist based in
Brighton. Her paintings and collages have been exhibited world wide
and featured on numerous experimental album covers, gig posters,
fanzines, and private press releases - often with sound artists
and musicians she has collaborated with sonically. They can be vibrant,
textural, scary and hilarious in equal measures. This is a first
screening of new short works in stop motion animation.
Lewis Klahr, 2010, USA, 10 minutes
A love story about cars,
girls, boys and time, carried away by songs from the Shangri-La's
and The Boss.
Klahr has been working with collage filmmaking since 1977. In Klahr’s
work, images from mid-20th-century advertisements, comic books,
and other ephemeral talismans of American popular culture are animated
to produce submerged narratives about the emotional and dream lives
of his memory-haunted characters.
the age of industrial sound and light, Lewis Klahr makes special-effects
movies that are almost insanely artisanal— one man, labour-intensive
animations that are at once crude and poetic, blunt and enigmatic,
as funny as they are inventive... [He is] the reigning proponent
of cut and paste.” J. Hoberman, Village Voice
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