AV FESTIVAL 12: SLOW CINEMA WEEKEND
Thu 8 March 2012 – Sun 11 March 2012

“The Slow Cinema Weekend itself was an unusual and exemplary festival- within-a-festival.” (Sight and Sound)

Over this special weekend we welcomed some of the world’s leading filmmakers to Newcastle to screen and discuss their rarely seen work, across Tyneside Cinema and Star and Shadow Cinema.

Representing the most exciting cinema across Europe, Latin America, South-East Asia and the UK, these uncompromising and visionary filmmakers are devoted to the art of film.

Including Fred Kelemen, one of the boldest German filmmakers of the last 20-years; Lav Diaz internationally celebrated as the ideological father of the New Philippine Cinema; Lisandro Alonso one of the most accomplished and original Argentine artists working today; and the distinctive UK filmmaker Ben Rivers.

You could attend individual films or the whole weekend with our special weekend Slow Cinema Pass. 


Lav Diaz: Melancholia

Sat 10 March 2012, 1pm-11pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Three strangers arrive in rural Sagada. Past revolutionaries, they adopt different identities to manage their trauma. Exploring the legacy of failed revolution...more


Ben Rivers: Two Years At Sea

Sun 11 March 2012, 11am-12.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Ben Rivers’ first feature-length film documents the solitary existence of Jake, who lives in isolation in a remote Scottish forest... more


Slow Cinema Discussion

Fri 9 March 2012, 11am-12.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

A panel of filmmakers and critics discussed their work and current trends within contemporary cinema, including: Lav Diaz... more


Lav Diaz: Century of Birthing

Sun 11 March 2012, 1pm-7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Stories about a Christian religious cult and a self-involved filmmaker, are brilliantly intertwined in Lav Diaz's newest film, premiered... more



Lav Diaz: Heremias Book II

Fri 9 March 2012, 9.30pm-11pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Heremias Book II introduces one of Lav Diaz's principle characters, the timid yet resolute craftsman and vendor Heremias. The film cuts between the story of...more


Ben Rivers: Slow Action

Sat 10 March 2012, 11am-12pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Slow Action is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film, operating between documentary, ethnography and fiction. Filmed at different islands across... more


Fred Kelemen: Fate / Verhaengnis

Thu 8 March 2012, 6pm-7.45pm

Tyneside Cinema

Fate is a remarkable debut film, admired by critic Susan Sontag as “a visionary, one-of-a-kind achievement”. Taking place...more


Fred Kelemen: Frost

Thu 8 March 2012, 8.30pm-12am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Frost is a landmark European film, cementing Fred Kelemen as an inheritor of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner... more



Fred Kelemen: Nightfall / Abendland

Fri 9 March 2012, 6pm-8.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Fred Kelemen’s third feature is a devastating, tender and sublime masterpiece. Expanding the location to Portugal integrates... more


Bela Tarr: The Turin Horse

Sat 10 March 2012, 7.45pm-11pm

Tyneside Cinema

This preview of Bela Tarr’s last ever work, filmed in collaboration with Fred Kelemen, depicts six days in the life of a father, daughter ...more


Lisandro Alonso: La Libertad / Liberty

Fri 9 March 2012, 1.45pm-3.20pm

Tyneside Cinema

Lisandro Alonso’s brilliant debut film follows a day in the life of Misael, a migrant woodcutter... more


Lisandro Alonso: Los Muertos / The Dead

Fri 9 March 2012, 3.30pm-5.15pm

Tyneside Cinema

Lisandro Alonso’s second feature is the enigmatic journey of released convict Vargas... more



Lisandro Alonso: Liverpool

Sun 11 March 2012, 9pm-11pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Evoking Ulysses, Lisandro Alonso’s latest film follows estranged seaman Ferrel on a journey home to his family. Filmed in snowy Tierra del Fuego, the world’s most... more