Posted July 5, 2012 by Beth Webb - Events Editor in Features
 
 

Foreign Film Events


Try as you might there are only so many trips away that you can manage in one go. Luckily as July descends with a less than impressive start, cinemas nationwide are making sure you get a good taste of what’s going on in the places you can’t make it to.

Try as you might
there are only so many trips away that you can manage in one go. Luckily as
July descends with a less than impressive start, cinemas nationwide are making
sure you get a good taste of what’s going on in the places you can’t make it
to.

From Friday the 6th of July The Arab Film Festival returns to Liverpool’s Foundation for Art
and Creative Technology for a week of screenings and events to coincide with
the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival. There’s a free outdoor screening of The
Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (Ikhtifa’aat Soad Hosni Alt-thalathat
); Rania Stephan’s award-winning homage early Egyptian cinema to
animated short VHS Kahloucha which
follows animated characters against real images of a deserted hotel. Find more
information at the FACT website HERE

Currently underway in central London is the 15th Hong Kong Film Festival. In conjunction
with the Terracotta Far East Film Festival the festival is showing up
to the 14th of July,
blending eastern classics like Infernal Affairs (Main Picture)
to Peter Chan’s Wu Xia starring
House of Flying Dagger’s Takeshi Kaneshiro and When Beckham
Met Owen
, a coming of age comedy
about two boys who love soccer. Watch the festival trailer and book your
tickets HERE

For a look into the
real struggle of filmmaking, the BFI Southbank is holding a season of
screenings produced by Jafar Panahi and Mohamad Rasoulof, a pair
or Iranian directors whose work has resulted in their arrest and imprisonment.
Faced with the six-year sentence, the pair were held under suspicions that they
were collecting and forming propaganda against the Iranian government, as well
as Panahi facing a 20 year ban on writing and filmmaking. Panahi served
in the Iraq-Iran war during which he took footage which was later made into
televised documentaries.

The pair’s work is being shown throughout August, tickets
for which you can purchase HERE

Continuing the Chinese Film Forum UK, Manchester’s
Cornerhouse cinema hosts the UK premiere of Big Blue Lake (Da Lan Hu) on the 6th of July, followed
by the Q&A with director Jessey
Tsang
and producer Teresa Kwong.
The film follows actress Lai-yee as she returns to her home village to get back
to her roots. The screening is held to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region in 1997. Book your seat
HERE

Finally as the summer
draws to a close the London
Spanish Film Festival begins on the 28th of September through
to the 10th of October, presenting a programme of the country’s best
features of the past year as well as discussions and workshops with industry
members and stars. The festival’s Spring weekend in April brought with it a
preview of Dominik Moll’s The
Monk
starring Vincent Cassel,
four UK premieres and a cinema masterclass with Carlos Saura. The full
programme will be announced HERE http://www.londonspanishfilmfestival.com/index.html


Beth Webb - Events Editor

 
I aim to bring you a round up of the best film events in the UK, no matter where you are or what your preference. For live coverage of events across London, follow @FilmJuice