2100 A.D. Live from the underwater ruins of the old human city known as Miami, the only survivors, psychedelic sea creatures Edgar, Sally, Shivers, Gregor and Harold, sift through the visual artefacts of the past and share their favourites with us…
Borscht is an open-source filmmaking collective dedicated to articulating the voices of the New Miami and its idiosyncratic culture, providing a global stage for underrepresented (often female, Latin American, African-American, and Afro-Caribbean) identities in film. Borscht’s growing reputation culminated in Barry Jenkins’ feature Moonlight winning the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture. Borscht brought Jenkins and his co-screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney together, and was instrumental in getting the film made.
The first international retrospective of Borscht took place at Glasgow Short Film Festival in 2014; we’re thrilled to bring back the group’s latest work, fresh from the 10th edition of the lawless gonzo Borscht Film Festival. Expect fake found footage, lizard obsession, Japanese Bunraku puppetry and a fanimaltastic TV show. Served with cocktails and Miami sounds in the hotbox surroundings of the Rum Shack Dance Hall.
Open Colour presents:
(Isiah Medina, Canada, 2015)
Referencing the digital display of electric appliances after the power’s been repeatedly cut off, Isiah Medina’s audacious experimental work – one of the most acclaimed in recent years – is a personal meditation on family, friendship and the experience of living in poverty.
“A bold debut feature that audaciously rethinks the possibilities and language of cinematic form. A powerful and original new voice has been discovered.” – Sight & Sound
“A stunningly photographed, radically edited work that merits comparison to late Godard… that is, if Godard was raised on hip-hop and without money.” – Mark Peranson, Pardo Live (Locarno Film Festival)
Could it be that the city symphony film genre is making a comeback?
City symphonies originally became popular in the silent era, when the ‘rules’ of filmmaking were still being discovered. Films like Études sur Paris (1928) and Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927) offer fascinating glimpses of the times and fashions in Europe’s great cities, while the experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera (1929) regularly tops lists of people’s favourite films of all time.
This is why director Alex Barrett has called his new film “a postmodern study of modernity”. London Symphony is like the classics of the 1920s, a modern, silent take on the English capital made nearly a century later.
The film’s composer, James McWilliam, has written a new 70 minute piece of orchestral music which is matched to the journey, and we’re delighted that we can screen this film Left Bank just after its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
Alex Barrett / UK / 2017 / 73 minutes
From one of the world’s largest art collections comes the remarkable story of Canaletto and the city he shared with millions through his art.
With exclusive access to the highly anticipated exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, the film opens the doors of London’s Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and takes cinema audiences through the squares and canals of Venice that Canaletto immortalised through his art. Including expert commentary and insights from curators of the Royal Collection, the film also reveals the intriguing story of how his works came to hold pride of place in the Queen’s own Picture Gallery.