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Documentary Donnerstag #5 – Golden Slumbers

The programme features 8 thought-provoking and award-winning documentary films every Thursday for two months, separated into two parts.

PART II: 2nd to 23rd May

Golden Slumbers is a poignant and fascinating documentary that resurrects the myths and legends of a lost cinema. Cambodian films flourished in the 1960s, drawing huge crowds to theatres around the country, until the industry was destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. Of the 400 films produced, only 30 remain today. Almost all the actors were killed during the reign of Pol Pot and only a few of the directors were able to flee the country. Through survivors’ stories and remnants of their era, the film reveals the importance movies had for an entire generation.

*Discover the unknown history of the birth and destruction of Cambodian cinema*

Davy Chou | France, Cambodia | 2011 | 96mins

http://www.lesommeildor-lefilm.com/ 
http://goldenslumbersfilm.wordpress.com/

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Documentary Donnerstag #4 – The House I Live In (End of Part One)

Starting on March 28th and every Thursday evening for 8 consecutive weeks, BFS will present each night 1 thought-provoking, award-winning documentary movie curated from festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Berlinale, and Raindance.

DOCUMENTARY DONNERSTAG #4: 18.04.2013 (End of Part One)

THE HOUSE I LIVE IN (2012)

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Available on the door

1 Film || €8 / €4 BFS Members

THE HOUSE I LIVE IN
Eugene Jarecki | USA | 2012 | 108mins
From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

http://www.thehouseilivein.org/

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Documentary Donnerstag #3 – Portrait of Jason

Starting on March 28th and every Thursday evening for 8 consecutive weeks, BFS will present each night 1 thought-provoking, award-winning documentary movie curated from festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Berlinale, and Raindance.

DOCUMENTARY DONNERSTAG #3: 11.04.2013

PORTRAIT OF JASON (1967)

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Available online now:

http://portraitofjason-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk or on the door

1 Film || €8 / €4 BFS Members

 
PORTRAIT OF JASON

Shirley Clarke | USA | 1967 | 105mins

Shirley Clarke’s fourth feature, Portrait of Jason (1967), is a pure documentary without adornment. Portrait was created from a single, 12-hour-long interview with Jason Holliday, a gay African American hustler and aspiring nightclub performer. Holliday’s stories of racism, homophobia, parental abuse, drugs, sex and prostitution would have been shocking if not for his candor, humor and acerbic charm. The film was a revelation and remains one of the most respected LGBT films.

http://projectshirley.com/portraitofjason.html

 

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Documentary Donnerstag #2 – Sans Soleil

Starting on March 28th and every Thursday evening for 8 consecutive weeks, BFS will present each night 1 thought-provoking, award-winning documentary movie curated from festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Berlinale, and Raindance.

DOCUMENTARY DONNERSTAG #2: 04.04.2013

SANS SOLEIL (1983)

TICKETS NOW ONLINE:
http://sanssoleil.eventbrite.co.uk/

Or reserve your ticket via email: info@berlinfilmsociety.com

TICKETS – available on the door

1 Film || €8 / €4 BFS Members

SANS SOLEIL
Chris Marker | France | 1983 | 103mins
A meditation on the nature of human memory. This experimental essay-film is a composition of thoughts, images and scenes, mainly from Japan and Guinea-Bissau, “two extreme poles of survival”.
“He wrote: I’m just back from Hokkaido, the Northern Island. Rich and hurried Japanese take the plane, others take the ferry: waiting, immobility, snatches of sleep. Curiously all of that makes me think of a past or future war: night trains, air raids, fallout shelters, small fragments of war enshrined in everyday life. He liked the fragility of those moments suspended in time. Those memories whose only function had been to leave behind nothing but memories. He wrote: I’ve been round the world several times and now only banality still interests me. On this trip I’ve tracked it with the relentlessness of a bounty hunter. At dawn we’ll be in Tokyo.”
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Documentary Donnerstag at Urban Spree

In April and May, Urban Spree teams up with Berlin Film Society to bring you ‘Documentary Donnerstag’.

Every Thursday evening for 8 consecutive weeks, BFS will present each night 1 thought-provoking, award-winning documentary movie curated from festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Berlinale, and Raindance.

Curated in two parts, the programme explores various topics such as censorship, race, sexuality, cinematic history, collective & personal memory, war on drugs.

Part One:

28.03.13_____Marwencol (2010)
04.04.13_____Sans Soleil (1983)
11.04.13_____Portrait of Jason (1967)
18.04.13_____The House I Live In (2012)

Part Two’s programme will be announced on 11th April to Berlin Film Society members. Public announcement on 18th April.

Each of the eight films chosen in this programme have prominently featured in the film industry’s most relevant film festivals. MARWENCOL won the Competition Award at SXSW in 2010, SANS SOLEIL received an honorable mention at Berlinale 1983 and was screened at Raindance 2012, the recently restored version of PORTRAIT OF JASON premiered at Berlinale 2013, and THE HOUSE I LIVE IN won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2012. Check out the full programme here.

About Berlin Film Society: 

Established during the Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, Berlin Film Society organises monthly cinematic experiences, as well as international pop-up film events. Each month a specific theme, motif, director, or idea is explored within the films that are screened. From Director Q&As and retrospectives, to themed culinary experiences and live music events, the Society aims to create a whole new approach to experiencing film.



“Have You Seen the Listers?” on Netflix

Have You Seen the Listers?” is a poignant documentary about the life of the artist Anthony Lister, whom we had the privilege to host during a 3-week art residency in Berlin in September 2018.

Directed by Eddie Martin and using mainly the artist’s home video footage, “Have You Seen the Listers?” is a harrowing tale of the rise to artistic fame of the Brisbane-born artist, from the first happy family moments to a very unstable lifestyle, crises, drugs, and a crushing separation.

It is as much about parenthood and family life as making it as a great artist, moving from conservative Australia to NYC, challenging the codes of art, leaving his mark in galleries and on the street, being free, oblivious and focused, but being unable to maintain a normal family life, and enduring severe breakdowns.

The movie is now available on Netflix.