Friday 24 June, 8.30pm
Tickets available on the door.
FREE entry before 11pm, £5 after, £3 with EEFF ticket stub
Set your desire ‘frei’ and tanz the night away, Berliner-style, for this after-party for UK premiere of Desire Will Set You Free, the film about Berlin’s underground party scene that is cutting up some serious film festival rug. We’ve teamed up with Stoke Newington Road night-time staple Dalston Superstore for a pre-Pride party that celebrates difference, non-conformity and sticking it to the big name sponsors. Called ‘FREI’, the night will be headlined by Berlin DJ Massimiliano Pagliara and a host of other guests. Open till late, naturlisch!
Join the EEFF at the spectacular Oval Space for a night of live cross-arts events, performance, film and live music celebrating the boundaries between sound and image.
7:00 PM PAS DE DEUX: WORLD PREMIERE
The World Premiere of a brand new live commission, featuring maverick electronic musician Luke Abbott (Border Community/Buffalo Temple), live visuals wizard Dan Tombs (Jon Hopkins, Fuck Buttons) and award-winning dance artist Lucy Suggate.
A true cross-arts spectacular, this live reinterpretation of Norman McLaren’s Oscar-nominated Pas de Deux (1968) features live dance, manipulated reprojections and a semi-improvised drone score. A spectacular portrayal of dance and movement, with a shimmering soundtrack, it is presented alongside the World Premiere of a series of new artist film commissions.
Produced by Kate Wilson. Supported by Arts Council England (See events page for the ACE supported Norman McLaren retrospective supporting this event).
9:30 PM FANTASTIC PLANET LIVE RESPONSE BY JC FLOWERS (ATP RECORDS)
René Laloux’s animated Cannes-winning marvel Fantastic Planet (France/Czechoslovakia, 1973) is one of the most unique and visually arresting films ever made. Set on the distant planet Ygam, enslaved humans live under the control of a giant race of blue aliens. But the humans are organising to rise up against their oppressors. Fantastic Planet will get the perfect live accompaniment by London psych-pop outfit JC Flowers, who will be intertwining their unique, tense and freewheeling sound with this weird and wonderful counterculture classic.
Conveniently, JC Flowers are a band so paranoid they can barely watch the film and remain conscious. We expect them to bring the necessary tension to this story of existential dread and revolutionary intrigue.
11:00 PM JOHN DORAN, LONE TAXIDERMIST + ROSS BLAKE: INTERFERENCE
Playing a selection of Middle Eastern, spunk funk, Electro chaabi, and space bangers, witness the records of DJ John Doran (The Quietus) being manipulated by Natalie Sharp (Lone Taxidermist), interfering via sharp splices, loops and effects applied to voice and analogue synths, all on the fly and in the moment. A tall man named Ross Blake will be adding his special brew of visuals to the mix.
From the ‘impotence’ of a police marksman to a deranged primal scream therapy session, these films probe, poke and prick at the inflated egos, the tribalism and the inherent paranoia of masculine one-upmanship.
UK | Tom Hemmings | 10 min
Lenny, a man in an extremely macho job – police marksman – has never discharged his weapon away from the firing range. But, he has bigger problems… He’s stopped firing his weapon at home and Martin, his alpha partner reckons a hunting trip is what’s needed to man Lenny up.
A Six and Two Threes
UK | Andy Berriman | 13 min | @623Film
Two boys from different sides of the tracks meet when one goes in search of his father. Over the course of the day they realise they might have more in common than they think.
UK | Eddie Bolger | 17 min
Guts is a black comedy on universal themes: the need to please, culinary hygiene, and meat.
When a stockbroker hires a rough builder to renovate the wine cellar beneath his country home, the two men fall out with violent consequences.
UK | Tom Marshall | 13 min
Welcome to dark_net!
UK | Manos Ioannou | 19 min
Dilip’s Castle is the story of Sidney. He runs away from home after he finds out that his wife had an affair. Already on a destructive path, with a rapacious thirst for alcohol, he treads through the night and he discovers that what lurks in the dark is far worse than infidelity.
A richly funny, touching and meandering walk through Berlin’s queer scene, the debut feature from Yony Leyser (William Burroughs: A Man Within) is based on his own life as an American living in the city. Following Ezra (Leyser) on an odyssey through Berlin’s subcultural life, his journey takes in the clubs, drugs, and creativity of the scene, where is joined by his Nazi-paraphernalia obsessed best friend Catharine, and new crush Sasha, whose relationship with his own sexuality and gender is more mysterious than it first appears. A convincing delve into the neon gloam of Berlin and both expatriate and refugee life, also featuring luminaries of the scene Nina Hagen, Blood Orange, Rummelsnuff, Sookee, Blixa Bargeld (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) and Peaches.
Followed by a Q&A.Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.
After party at Dalston Superstore, for more information click here.
David, a grizzled and dour paparazzi photographer, hits the jackpot one night when he receives a tip off that the iconic actor Robert Barker is having dinner with a pretty brunette in central London. But having made the front page, his editor promptly dispatches him to dig for even more dirt on the mysterious star. What follows is a long dark night of the soul, as David’s own tabloid-afflicted past catches up with him, in this gripping Icelandic-UK psychological drama that lays bare the dark reality of the paparazzo scene.
A lonely, reclusive private investigator is pulled into the world of ‘telephone walking’ when a mysterious woman steals his surveillance tapes in Aloys, Tobias Nölle’s gloriously mad debut feature. Exploring the imaginary worlds and human connections made possible by a simple phone call, the fantastical existence that this unlikely odd couple create is a bizarrely moving world of cabaret performance, barnyard animals and genuine human connection, an utterly distinctive love story loaded with amazing imagery, bleak humour and delicate emotion. An absolute one-off.
This witty, moving debut finds Anna (a career-best Jodie Whittaker) hiding out in her mum’s garden shed. Making hilarious home movies, her isolation is a coping mechanism in the face of grief. But her family, friends and the rebellious child next door won’t let her cut herself off forever. A hilarious, heartfelt ode to moving on from Rachel Tunnard, an important new voice in British film, this won the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Followed by a Q&A.Tickets available from the Picturehouses website here.
The bet of a lifetime takes centre stage in A Punter’s Prayer, a wry North London-set dramedy about getting by, dreaming big and rolling the dice. Jack (Tommy O’Neill) is down on his luck, and running out of chances to escape his increasingly precarious life. When he decides to bet against the odds on the horses, the prospect of a fortune beckons. But as ever, life is never so straightforward. Featuring EEFF alumnus Dexter Fletcher, this rollicking debut makes the case that when the odds are stacked against you, bet your life on it.
Followed by a Q&A.Tickets available from the Genesis website here.