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OPEN CITY DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

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Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers. The festival aims to challenge and expand the idea of documentary in all its forms, providing a platform for emerging talent as well as established masters working within the documentary form. The festival takes place in venues across central London between 4th to 9th September 2018.



SHORTS: SEPARATIONS - an Open City Documentary Festival presentation

Feelings of displacement and detachment are expressed in these intimate, authored shorts. Be it through societal pressures or cultural traditions, the situations documented here characterise the sense of unease caused by seemingly impassable divisions between worlds.


Absent Wound | Maryam Tafakory |  2017 |  Iran, UK | 10′ | Best UK Short Award Nominee

Persian rituals of warrior training are seen in combination with the recitations of a young girl coming to terms with her impending womanhood.


Ma | Maria Stoianova | 2017 | Ukraine | 17′

Mom is feeding great tits from the window of her high-rise building in Mariupol, and growing queen apples in her summerhouse near the battle line. To show her simple life, she shoots videos on her small camera for her daughter, who lives in the capital and is hard to reach. To try to keep the conversation going, she feeds her overgrown child with morality fables and fairytales.


Landline | Matt Houghton | 2018 | UK | 13′ | Best UK Short Award Nominee

Landline is about the only helpline in the UK for gay farmers. In a world that prizes traditional masculinity and in which ideas of ancestry are fundamental, being gay can be isolating. Suicide rates are extremely high for both young farmers and gay men, and combining these can be a recipe for tragedy. But there are also thriving gay scenes in the most rural of towns; unexpected friendships and relationships; and moments so unlikely that they could only happen in real life. Candid, intimate and shocking, Landline is a snapshot of a group of people bound together by circumstance but so often isolated from each other.


The Haunted | Saodat Ismailova | 2017 | Uzbekistan | 23′

The Haunted is an imaginary encounter with a spirit of an extinct Turkistan tiger that inhabited Central Asia through to the mid-twentieth century - lost as a result of hunting for its skin, and the extermination of river reeds for agricultural repurposing of the land. Today, the Turan Tiger keeps on living in dreams of the local population, representing the land’s soul, a sacred guide or a healer of wounds. The Haunted is an intimate visual letter, or a mourning ritual, for the soul of the last Turan Tiger.


Missed Call | Victoria Mapplebeck | 2018 | UK | 20′ | Best UK Short Award Nominee

How do you reconnect with a father who’s been gone for most of your life? What do you say; what do you write? Shot on an iPhone X, Missed Call explores the relationship between the filmmaker and her teenage son as they work out how to reconnect with his father who’s been absent for a decade. Missed Call explores the ways in which our lives are lived and captured through the phones we hold so close, beginning with the last email his father sent before disappearing abroad in 2006 and ending with the first phone call to him eleven years later.


Season of Goodbyes | Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann | 2018 | Kenya, UK | 14′

"The seasons had not decided on their endings and beginnings, so we lived in the space between." A letter to a loved one exploring the unity and separation that comes with life and loss.



OUR NIXON - an Open City Documentary Festival presentation • Q&A w/ Penny Lane

The film will be followed by a post-film Q&A with director Penny Lane.


Throughout Richard Nixon’s presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they’d all be in prison. Following the Watergate scandal, the films remained locked up in an government safe for forty years but Penny Lane dusted them off to craft this ambitious and enthralling portrait of the Nixon presidency. Earning her a reputation as an exciting new voice in non-fiction storytelling, Lane’s debut feature is a playful and pertinent commentary on the line between privacy and politics.


JAMILIA - an Open City Documentary Festival presentation • UK Premiere w/ Aminatou Echard Q&A

The film will be followed by a post-film Q&A with director Aminatou Echard.


Recorded in Kyrgyzstan, artist filmmaker Aminatou Echard’s first feature length work searches for Jamilia, the eponymous heroine of Chingiz Aitmatov's classic 1958 novel about a young woman who, having been abducted and forced to marry, fled with her lover. Fifty years after the book’s publishing, Echard travels to meet several generations of Kyrgyz women. The film that resulted from her research is a delicate and impressionistic Super 8 portrait of the country reflected through the prism of their stories, exploring a culture where the patriarchal system curbs their freedom to work, desire, love, live or dream, yet resistance remains.


UPCOMING EVENTS AND SEASONS

JULES ET JIM
JULES ET JIM
35mm PRESENTATIONS | CLASSIC FILM SEASON | 35mm presentation
LEON MORIN, PRIEST [Léon Morin, prêtre]
LEON MORIN, PRIEST [Léon Morin, prêtre]
JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE • 35mm Selectrospective | 35mm presentation
THE ROOM
THE ROOM
ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS | THE ROOM | 15th Anniversary
SPIRITED AWAY (Dubbed)
SPIRITED AWAY (Dubbed)
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER • ENGLISH DUBBED | English Dubbed • with £4 Kids tickets
Sing-A-Long-A MOULIN ROUGE
Sing-A-Long-A MOULIN ROUGE
INTERACTIVE EVENTS
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN • SING ALONG
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN • SING ALONG
INTERACTIVE EVENTS | THE GREATEST SHOMAN • Sing Along
BOY
BOY
The Films of TAIKA WAITITI | Written & Directed by Taika Waititi
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (Dubbed)
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (Dubbed)
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER • ENGLISH DUBBED | Kids tickets only £3 each!
HEREDITARY
HEREDITARY
HEREDITARY | NEW RELEASE / RE-RELEASE LISTINGS
HEATHERS
HEATHERS
ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS | HEATHERS • 30th Anniversary Re-Release | NEW RELEASE / RE-RELEASE LISTINGS | 30th Anniversary Re-Release!
SERGIO LEONE’S ‘DOLLARS TRILOGY’
SERGIO LEONE’S ‘DOLLARS TRILOGY’
Sergio Leone's 'DOLLARS TRILOGY' | DOUBLE & TRIPLE FEATURES (and Mini-thons!) | 3 films, 1 ticket - presented from 35mm
CREED
CREED
CINEMATIC JUKEBOX
FALLING DOWN
FALLING DOWN
35mm PRESENTATIONS | FALLING DOWN • a Celluloid Sorceress 35mm presentation | GUEST PROGRAMMING at The PCC | a Celluloid Sorceress 35mm presentation • 25th Anniversary
SPIRITED AWAY
SPIRITED AWAY
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER | JPN Language with ENG Subtitles
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM
70mm PRESENTATIONS | The INDIANA JONES Trilogy - each presented in 70mm! | a 70mm presentation
HOTEL ARTEMIS
HOTEL ARTEMIS
HOTEL ARTEMIS | NEW RELEASE / RE-RELEASE LISTINGS
THE TERMINATOR + TERMINATOR II: JUDGMENT DAY
THE TERMINATOR + TERMINATOR II: JUDGMENT DAY
DOUBLE & TRIPLE FEATURES (and Mini-thons!) | THE TERMINATOR + TERMINATOR II • a JUDGMENT DAY DOUBLE FEATURE | a Judgment Day Double Feature • 2 Films, 1 Ticket
Sing-A-Long-A ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Sing-A-Long-A ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
INTERACTIVE EVENTS | Sing-A-Long-A ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
ADVENTURELAND
ADVENTURELAND
35mm PRESENTATIONS | BROOKLYN NIGHTS • A monthly celebration of American Cinema, served with a can of cold beer! | Brooklyn Nights - a free beer with every ticket • 35mm
Sing-A-Long-A SOUND OF MUSIC
Sing-A-Long-A SOUND OF MUSIC
INTERACTIVE EVENTS | Sing-A-Long-A SOUND OF MUSIC
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL [Dubbed]
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL [Dubbed]
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER • ENGLISH DUBBED | English Dubbed • with £4 Kids Tickets
70mm PRESENTATIONS
70mm PRESENTATIONS
35mm PRESENTATIONS
35mm PRESENTATIONS
£1 MEMBERS SCREENINGS
£1 MEMBERS SCREENINGS
2001 : A SPACE ODYSSEY • Brand New Unrestored 70mm print
2001 : A SPACE ODYSSEY • Brand New Unrestored 70mm print
ALL NIGHT / DAY MOVIE MARATHONS
ALL NIGHT / DAY MOVIE MARATHONS
ANIME SCREENINGS
ANIME SCREENINGS
ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS
ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS
ARROW VIDEO + ARROW ACADEMY EVENTS
ARROW VIDEO + ARROW ACADEMY EVENTS
AS IF... a season of Teen Movies!
AS IF... a season of Teen Movies!
BEST F(R)IENDS • VOLUME 1
BEST F(R)IENDS • VOLUME 1
BEST F(R)IENDS • VOLUME 2 with Greg Sestero & Tommy Wiseau LIVE ON STAGE!
BEST F(R)IENDS • VOLUME 2 with Greg Sestero & Tommy Wiseau LIVE ON STAGE!
BEST F(R)IENDS • VOLUME 1 & 2 • DOUBLE FEATURE
BEST F(R)IENDS • VOLUME 1 & 2 • DOUBLE FEATURE
BROOKLYN NIGHTS • A monthly celebration of American Cinema, served with a can of cold beer!
BROOKLYN NIGHTS • A monthly celebration of American Cinema, served with a can of cold beer!
CINEMATIC JUKEBOX
CINEMATIC JUKEBOX
CLASSIC FILM SEASON
CLASSIC FILM SEASON
CREATURE FEATURES
CREATURE FEATURES
DISNEY PYJAMA PARTY
DISNEY PYJAMA PARTY
DISNEY Selectrospective
DISNEY Selectrospective
DOCUMENTARIES
DOCUMENTARIES
Sergio Leone's 'DOLLARS TRILOGY'
Sergio Leone's 'DOLLARS TRILOGY'
DOUBLE & TRIPLE FEATURES (and Mini-thons!)
DOUBLE & TRIPLE FEATURES (and Mini-thons!)
FALLING DOWN • a Celluloid Sorceress 35mm presentation
FALLING DOWN • a Celluloid Sorceress 35mm presentation
FIRST REFORMED
FIRST REFORMED
GUEST PROGRAMMING at The PCC
GUEST PROGRAMMING at The PCC
HEATHERS • 30th Anniversary Re-Release
HEATHERS • 30th Anniversary Re-Release
HEREDITARY
HEREDITARY
HOTEL ARTEMIS
HOTEL ARTEMIS
The INDIANA JONES Trilogy - each presented in 70mm!
The INDIANA JONES Trilogy - each presented in 70mm!
INTERACTIVE EVENTS
INTERACTIVE EVENTS
KILL BILL : VOL 1 & 2 • Double Feature
KILL BILL : VOL 1 & 2 • Double Feature
JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE • 35mm Selectrospective
JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE • 35mm Selectrospective
We Love JOHN HUGHES
We Love JOHN HUGHES
LEAVE NO TRACE
LEAVE NO TRACE
MCQUEEN
MCQUEEN
MEAN GIRLS • Quote Along
MEAN GIRLS • Quote Along
MIRAI
MIRAI
MOANA • SING ALONG
MOANA • SING ALONG
MYSTERY MOVIE
MYSTERY MOVIE
MYSTERY MOVIE MARATHON
MYSTERY MOVIE MARATHON
NEW RELEASE / RE-RELEASE LISTINGS
NEW RELEASE / RE-RELEASE LISTINGS
OPEN CITY DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
OPEN CITY DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
Our summer with WIM WENDERS
Our summer with WIM WENDERS
Sing-A-Long-A DIRTY DANCING
Sing-A-Long-A DIRTY DANCING
Sing-A-Long-A SOUND OF MUSIC
Sing-A-Long-A SOUND OF MUSIC
Sing-A-Long-A FROZEN
Sing-A-Long-A FROZEN
Sing-A-Long-A GREASE
Sing-A-Long-A GREASE
Sing-A-Long-A ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Sing-A-Long-A ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
STEPHEN KING MARATHON
STEPHEN KING MARATHON
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER
SUSPIRIA [1977]
SUSPIRIA [1977]
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER • ENGLISH DUBBED
STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER • ENGLISH DUBBED
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
THE CORNETTO TRILOGY
THE CORNETTO TRILOGY
The Films of TAIKA WAITITI
The Films of TAIKA WAITITI
THE FILMS OF YASUJIRÔ OZU • a seasonal selectrospective
THE FILMS OF YASUJIRÔ OZU • a seasonal selectrospective
THE GOOD BAD MOVIE CLUB
THE GOOD BAD MOVIE CLUB
THE GREATEST SHOMAN • Sing Along
THE GREATEST SHOMAN • Sing Along
THE LITTLE MERMAID • SING ALONG
THE LITTLE MERMAID • SING ALONG
THE PRINCESS BRIDE • 30th Anniversary
THE PRINCESS BRIDE • 30th Anniversary
THE ROOM
THE ROOM
THE ROOM • with TOMMY WISEAU & GREG SESTERO LIVE ON STAGE!
THE ROOM • with TOMMY WISEAU & GREG SESTERO LIVE ON STAGE!
THE TERMINATOR + TERMINATOR II • a JUDGMENT DAY DOUBLE FEATURE
THE TERMINATOR + TERMINATOR II • a JUDGMENT DAY DOUBLE FEATURE
THE THREE COLOURS TRILOGY
THE THREE COLOURS TRILOGY
TOMMY WISEAU & GREG SESTERO LIVE AT THE PCC!
TOMMY WISEAU & GREG SESTERO LIVE AT THE PCC!
TRUE ROMANCE on 35mm!
TRUE ROMANCE on 35mm!
YELLOW SUBMARINE • Sing Along
YELLOW SUBMARINE • Sing Along
UNICORN NIGHTS • celebration of all things LGBTQUAI
UNICORN NIGHTS • celebration of all things LGBTQUAI