Halley

A tale of urban loneliness with a dash of  David Cronenberg, Sebastian Hofmann’s staggering debut portrays Beto (Alberto Trujillo) a security guard in a Mexico City gym, whose physical state contrasts wildly with the healthy bodies around him. Retreating to his apartment, Beto sews himself up and injects himself with embalming fluid to hold off his physical deterioration. Wrestling with the notion that he may no longer be alive, Beto’s desire for life is rekindled by his boss’ advances. Halley is a far cry from social realism, but in its surreal depiction of total isolation, achieves something even more truthful.

£10.00 Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.

EEFF Best Feature Competition: Special Screening presented in partnership with London MexFest 

Generation Um

Keanu Reeves stars as a lost soul who has been circling the New York City drain for too long. Stealing a video camera and recording the sights and sounds of the city almost at random, turning the camera on both others and himself, he shares an unexpectedly intimate evening with two self destructive party girls he’s picked up along the way. Violet and Mia are alternately exhibitionist and introverted, but both become slowly more intrigued by the idea of being filmed, and John manages to illicit more and more outlandish confessions from them. So begins a long dark journey into the night, both for the characters themselves and their generation, in Mark Mann’s stylish, atmospheric debut. 

Tickets available from the Aubin Cinema website here.

EEFF Best Feature Competition 

Centrepiece Gala: Frances Ha

One of the year’s most joyous film experiences, Frances Ha sees Noah Baumbach (The Squid & The Whale, Greenberg) return to his indie roots. Greta Gerwig (co-writer) plays Frances, a 27 year old would-be dancer, struggling to build a career for herself in New York City. When her best friend Sophie moves out, Frances finds herself on the street and looking for a new place in the world as well as a new apartment. Negotiating failed romances, job interviews and the judgements of others, this is an offbeat ode to the spirit of its lead character in this coming of age story.

Tickets available from the Hackney Picturehouse website here.

Family Ties

Love them or hate them, you can’t deny your family.

Touching on the universal yet varied relationships that exist between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and sons and sibling to sibling. This programme of live action, animation and documentary reveals poignant, surreal and dark explorations to what happens when these eternal bonds are tested. 

Programmed by Kirsten Geekie

 

Long Distance Information

UK | Douglas Hart | 8 min

From Dad to Son

Germany | Nils Knoblich | 5 min

Laura

UK | Tim Knights | 20 min

Cowboys

UK | James Alexandrou| 18 min

Kingdom of Doug

Australia | Victoria Thaine | 15 min

Driftwood

UK | James Webber | 11 min

Mickey & Michaela Bury Their Dad

UK | Tom George | 8 min

£10.00 Tickets available from the Hackney Picturehouse website here.

Extraordinary Stories

An adventure in storytelling, secret identities, missing persons, lost treasures, exotic beasts and desperate criminals, Extraordinary Stories is a playful and enchanting riff on cinema and memory. Director Mariano Llinás flits between three separate plotlines, following characters X, Z and H, who alternately steal a murdered man’s briefcase and go on the lam; begin to follow the cryptic clues, maps and legends of their former employer; and embark on a mysterious mission downriver in a hunt for monoliths from a defunct dystopian dream. A film unlike any other. 

£9.50 Tickets will be available from the Rich Mix Cinema website here

EEFF Best Feature Competition 

El Ultimo Elvis

The winner of the top award at EEFF 2012, Armando Bo returns to the UK for a repeat screening of his phenomenal debut film, which tells the story of a divorced singer (real life Elvis impersonator John McInerny) who lives as if he were the reincarnation of the King. Forced to care for his daughter after his ex-wife suffers an accident, the two begin to bond, but the dream of being Elvis remains all too powerful in this tale of obsession, delusion and brilliant musical performance. A powerful black comedy, with killer tunes.  

£10.00 Tickets will be available from the Hackney Picturehouse website here

East One

The latest film from local  documenters Hazuan Hashim and Phil Maxwell, East One traces the changes that have occurred in Spitalfields and Banglatown. Candidly looking at immigration, regeneration, living conditions and culture through the eyes of local residents, and making extensive use of Maxwell’s vast photo archive, it celebrates a part of London that has seen unprecedented change, yet undeniably retains a unique identity. A true evocation on film, East One’s World Premiere is accompanied by a large outdoor display of photographs in Wentworth Street.

£9.50 Tickets will be available from the Rich Mix Cinema website here

Dummy Jim

More than 50 years ago, James Duthie biked from his home in a Scottish fishing village to the Arctic Circle and back again. Duthie, known as Dummy Jim, was also deaf. Working with deaf actor-filmmaker Samuel Dore, director Matt Hulse set out on a journey through northern Europe, melding elements of both fiction and documentary into a virtuoso amalgam of Super8, animation, historical archive footage and an examination of that same fishing village today – where a headstone now stands in tribute to Duthie, who was buried in an unmarked grave. A film made for both the deaf and the hearing, with stunning, elliptical visuals and a killer score.

Tickets will be available from the Rio Cinema website here

EEFF Best Feature Competition 

How Did It Come To This?

Delving into the human tendencies that set us on a path to destruction or perhaps even salvation. Some path’s are put before us by others and some we ultimately choose to go down ourselves. From a bitter argument on a Scandinavian football pitch to a persecuted Ballet dancer in a Nazi Concentration camp, each story is fraught with danger, detachment and drama. 

Programmed by Tom Geoffrey

 

Life Sentence

UK | Ray Panthaki | 20 min

Fore Finalen

Sweden | Adi Omanovic | 9 min

Ed

Brazil | Emilia Londero | 14 min

South Platte

USA | Gaston Yvorra | 14 min

A Cake For Mabel

UK | Jane McGee | 15 min

The Ellington Kid

UK | Dan Sulley | 6 min

Dancing in the Ashes

UK | Nick Rowland | 18 min

£8.00 Tickets will be available from the Genesis Cinema website here

Dollhouse

Five teenagers break into a house and begin a rampant campaign of destruction, until the home’s owner surfaces unexpectedly, and events take a very strange turn. Working with a young non-professional cast, Irish director Kirsten Sheridan (Disco Pigs) improvised Dollhouse from a fifteen page script. The resulting film rattles with frantic energy and dark secrets.

£8.00 Tickets will be available from the Genesis Cinema website here