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Film in Focus: The Craft of Film Highlighted at Barbican

Film in Focus: The Craft of Film is a series of world-class arts and learning projects, commissions and events that celebrate the power of the moving image and its influence across the arts, which will be at the Barbican throughout 2017.

Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days
Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days

As part of the celebration The Craft of Film will take place from 22nd to 28th February. Presented by EUNIC London and the Goethe-Institut London in partnership with the Barbican and in association with the London Film School, The Craft of Film is a cross-cultural series of events that highlights film’s unique ‘crafts’ and celebrates the work of some of Europe’s leading practitioners in directing, cinematography, costume design, editing, acting, screenwriting, production design, animation and production.

The first film to be screened is Amour Fou (Mad Love), (Wednesday, 22nd February, 6.15pm, Cinema 2). Directed by Jessica Hausner in 2014, this Austrian production is based on the double suicide of poet and playwright Heinrich von Kleist and his friend Henriette Vogel in 1812. The film will be followed by a Screen Talk with costume designer Tanja Hausner, (sister of film director Jessica Hausner) and creator of the film’s costumes, whose colours and patterns carefully match the interior decoration of the rooms featured in the movie.

Amour Fou_LEAD
Amour Fou

Dogtooth (Thursday, 23th February, 6.15pm, Cinema 2) is one of the key films of the Greek New Wave directed by Yorgos Lanthimos in 2009. It is a dark satirical portrait of a husband and wife who keep their children ignorant of the world outside their property well into adulthood. Following the screening there will be a Screen Talk with editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis hosted by Chris Wyatt.


Horse Money (Friday, 24th February, 8.30pm, Cinema 2), directed by Pedro Costa, is a visionary masterwork (from the renowned director of Colossal Youth), about the real, imagined and nightmarish memories of the elderly Ventura, a Cape Verdean immigrant living in Lisbon. It premiered in 2014 at the Locarno International Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Direction. The film screening will be followed by a Screen Talk with director Pedro Costa.

Horse Money
Horse Money

On Saturday 25th February, two films will be screened: the first one at 2pm, in Cinema 2, The Turin Horse, a Hungary/France/Germany/Switzerland/USA film directed by Béla Tarr, followed by a Screen Talk with cinematographer Fred Kelemen; and 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, with actress Anamaria Marinca, who gives one of the most memorable performances in recent cinema history in this Cannes award-winning Romanian film, joining the audience for a talk after the screening, starting at 8.15pm.

Turin Horse
Turin Horse

That same day (Saturday 25th February, at 11am, Cinema 3), there will be a Directing Masterclass with Pedro Costa. Don’t miss him talking in more depth about his concept of cinema and his approach to directing, taking the previously screened film Horse Money as the point of departure of this 90-minute session.

Director Pedro Costa in the midnight sun filmfest. Sodankylä.
Pedro Costa

Sunday, 26th February, two films will be on show: A Prophet, directed by Jacques Audiard about a realistic critique of prisons and a reflection on the corrosive effect and volatility of power (at 2pm), followed by a Screen Talk with screenwriter Thomas Bidegain; and Melancholia (at 5.45pm), followed by Screen Talk with production designer Jette Lehmann, to whom this film, directed by Lars von Trier, owes much of its beauty and romantic flair.

 A Prophet
A Prophet

Two more films will also be screened: Body (Monday, 27th February, 5.45pm), about two superbly acted eccentric characters whose stories and viewpoints director-producer Malgozarta Szumowska subtly intertwines, bringing great lightness, tenderness and a great sense of the absurd to this black-humoured, yet sympathetic reflection on mourning and loss, set in contemporary Warsaw. She will be participating in a talk after the screening.


Closing the series, on Tuesday, 28th February, will be the film Alois Nebel, plus a Screen Talk, hosted by Jonathan Hodgson, with filmmaker/animator Tomáš Luňák, whose dark and atmospheric film, adapted from a comic book trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99, uses rotoscope animation to transpose the striking visuals of the original to the screen. A reduced colour palette of black, white and grey, a distinctly noirish flair and an eerie score all contribute to pulling us into the story’s mysterious maze of past and present events.

Alois Nebel
Alois Nebel

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