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AV FESTIVAL 12: FILMS
Sun 4 March 2012 – Thu 29 March 2012
Our film programme ran throughout the Festival with five screenings each week, plus two special weekends with visiting guest filmmakers.
During the Opening Weekend we welcomed leading American filmmakers James Benning and Sharon Lockhart to introduce their work in person.
The Slow Cinema Weekend focused on the work of four filmmakers: Fred Kelemen, one of the boldest German filmmakers of the last twenty-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.
The film programme featured the work of forty international filmmakers from 21 different countries. This included sixteen UK premieres and twenty regional premieres, with the majority rarely seen and undistributed.
Highlights included: the eight-hour screening of Lav Diaz’s Melancholia and discussions with the filmmaker at Star and Shadow Cinema; the UK premiere of James Benning’s new film Nightfall, plus the slow cinema panel discussion.
Sharon Lockhart: Double Tide
Sun 4 March 2012, 4–6pmTyneside Cinema
Double Tide documents a female clam digger in the mudflats of coastal Maine, as she wades slowly through the water. Filmed on the rare occasion in which... more
Andrei Tarkovsky: Stalker
Sun 4 March 2012, 9pm-12am
One of the most enigmatic films ever made about time, Stalker depicts an expedition led by the Stalker, an outlaw able to safely navigate the decayed... more