Lost in Vagueness (dir: Sofia Olins, 2017, cert n/a)
For several short years the twisted minds behind Lost Vagueness managed to blunt the corporate edge that was killing the original Glastonbury Festival vibe. LV founder Roy Gurvitz created a naughty corner that outshone the host event in a mass of industrial scale decadence and daring cultural ideas. Olins’ Kickstarter funded documentary recalls many of the thrills whilst leaving a nostalgic regret that they’re gone forever.
Tue 8 May 8.30pm at Everyman, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF £13.90 www.everymancinema.com
70 Years From Nakba: A Programme of Palestinian Shorts
Nine films from both established and new Palestinian filmmakers exploring the history of Nakba, when several hundred thousand Palestinians were expelled or fled their homes during the 1948 war that saw the birth of the state of Israel, and contemporary experiences. Films include Ahmed Saleh’s beautifully animated and poignant, House (2011) and the ingenious Google Maps driven, Your father was born 100 years ago and so was the Nakba (2017) from Razan Al Slaah.
Wed 9 May 7.30pm at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Shashamane (dir: Giulia Amati, 2016, cert n/a) + panel discussion
The mac’s excellent Beyond Windrush season continues, check out our preview here, with a screening of Giulia Amati’s compelling documentary recounting the journey of Rastafarians to their ancestral home of Shashamane in Ethiopia. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
Thu 10 May 6.30pm at the mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Sleepy Hollow (dir: Tim Burton, 1999, cert 15) + Conjurer’s Kitchen
A Matter Of Life & Death Festival gets under way in a dizzying rush of decapitations, headless horsemen and downright weird snacking, as Tim Burton’s tongue in cheek adaptation of Washington Irving’s 1820 short story is given a gory gloss, beautifully complemented by Conjurer’s Kitchen’s usual array of bizarre comestibles at key points during the film. Read our preview of A Matter Of Life & Death festival here.
Thu 10 May 8pm at The Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £20.70 www.theelectric.co.uk
Rocks in My Pockets (dir: Signe Baumane, 2014, cert n/a) + discussion & TRJFP
This beautifully honest animated film from Latvian director Signe Baumane takes the viewer on a tough emotional journey through the depression, psychosis and suicide of her own family across five decades. It’s an emotionally potent mix, that recalls the great Czech animator Jan Svankmajer, and leaves one relieved that Baumane discovered such a powerfully cathartic release for her own demons. A post screen discussion follows the screening and The Real Junk Food Project will be providing pay what you feel snacking.
Thu 10 May 7pm at Cafe Ort, 500-504 Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 9AH Free ortcafe.co.uk
Indiana Jones Trilogy
The three films that matter in the great Indiana Jones universe and we applaud The Mockingbird for leaving 2008’s appalling Kingdom of the Crystal Skull off the bill. You know what to expect from Raider’s etc. stock up on popcorn, strap yourselves in and enjoy some of cinema’s most rollicking adventures.
Sat 12 May 11am at The Mockingbird, Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA £20 veezi.com
A Fistful of Dollars (dir: Sergio Leone, 1964, cert 15)
The Man with No Name struts into iconic movie folklore as Clint Eastwood enters the first instalment of The Dollars trilogy with the kind of unflappable dead eye cool that has never been equaled. This, combined with Morricone’s unforgettable score and Leone’s visual flair, engendered a legacy in filmmaking without compare. You haven’t experienced any of Leone’s epics until viewing them on a big screen.
Sat 12 May 3pm at The Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Published on: Tue 10 Apr 2018