Essay Film Festival 2019 – The Joycean Society – Sunday 31 March


A famously mammoth and difficult text, James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake (1939) has long been regarded as a labyrinth of interpretations. In The Joycean Society (2013), Spanish artist and filmmaker Dora García follows the activities of a small, Zurich-based group of Joyce enthusiasts who have met weekly for over thirty years to share their observations and interpretations of the Irish writer’s famed text. The film documents the group’s debates and discussions over their heavily annotated and well-thumbed copies of the book, depicting the importance of both the text and the rituals surrounding the group’s meetings.

This screening will be followed by an informal discussion led by Dr. Joe Brooker and Professor Finn Fordham.
This screening is presented in collaboration with LUX with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).
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Essay Film Festival 24 March – 1 April 2017

The Essay Film Festival 24 March-1 April 2017 has now gone live:

We have some fantastic guests coming to the festival this year to show and share their work: Andrés Di Tella, Babette Mangolte, Deborah Stratman, Volker Pantenburg, Werner Dütsch, Kevin B. Lee, Zoe Beloff, Huang Ya-Li, George Clark, Sarah Wood, Ehsan Khoshbakht, and, closing the festival, Jocelyne Saab!

Screenings will take place at ICA, Birkbeck Cinema, and the Goethe-Institute. Some events are free, and tickets for all events are now available for booking.

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Michael Temple

Director of Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and Essay Film Festival

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BIMI Spring Term 2016 Programme Announced

The 2016 Spring programme for Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image has been announced:

Highlights include:

  • Mike Taanila-Erkki Kurenniemi/“The Future Is Not What It Used to Be” in collaboration with LUX and MIT Press
  • Essay Film Festival preludes: Sue Clayton/“The Song of the Shirt”; Vincent Dieutre/“Orlando Ferito”; Basil Wright/Harun Farocki double-bill; Filippos Koutsaftis/“Mourning Rock”
  • Jean-Luc Godard: Out-takes from a Retrospective
  • Veronica Pravadelli book launch/ “Classic Hollywood. Life Styles and Film Styles 1930-1960”

Plus: regular Guilt Group and Sci/Film events, and Children’s Film Club

And on the horizon: the second BIMI Essay Film Festival in collaboration with the ICA, 17-24 March – programme to be published shortly.

Looking forward to seeing you at Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD.

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