Parasol unit Film + Video
12, 13 & 14 February 2013, 7 pm
£6/5 conc. each
Parasol unit presents three evenings of film and video investigating displacement and cultural migration. Including Il Trasloco (Moving out of the Future), Zorba the Greek and an artist’s selection from Shezad Dawood.
19 February, 7pm
Zorba the Greek Directed and Screenplay by Michael Cacoyanni, 1964, PG, 142 min
A Based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek plots the story of an aimless Englishman who finds he has a small inheritance on a Greek island. His joyless existence is disturbed when he meets Zorba, a middle aged Greek with a real lust for life. As he discovers the earthy pleasures of Greece, the Englishman finds his view on life changing.
20th February, 7pm
Il Trasloco (Moving out of the Future) Directed by Renato de Maria, 2010, Italy, 73 mins, subtitled, digital.
Il Trasloco is an independent documentary from 1991, which will be screened with English subtitles. The film tells the story of the Autonomia (or ‘refusal of work’) movement that emerged in Italy in the 1960s. Documenting the emptying of the unofficial headquarters of the movement, and narrated by one of its key participants, Franco Berardi, the film is a deeply personal account of the lives of those involved.
The translation and subtitling of this film is by Federico Campagna (Through Europe) and Richard John Jones and was commissioned by Auto Italia South East as a part of the High Performance Dropping Out series.
21st February, 7pm
Artist selection: Shezad Dawood – Ali: Fear Eats The Soul
Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Colour, German with subtitles, 94 minutes
Widely recognised as the film that gained director Rainer Werner Fassbinder international acclaim, the low-budget cult drama received the 1974 International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and won lead actress Brigitte Mira that year’s German Film Award. Shot in just 15 days, the piece was originally only intended to act as a film-making exercise, but has since turned into one of the director’s most notable works.
Partly a stylistic homage to the output of Danish-German director Douglas Sirk, Ali: Fear Eats The Soul centres on Emmi (Brigitte Mira) and Ali (El Hedi Ben Salem) – a young migrant worker and a 60-year-old woman who strike up an unlikely friendship and, subsequently, romance. Facing universal condemnation from their peers and a future as social outcasts, the pair take a long holiday to escape from the growing resentment surrounding them. But, on return, the possibility of acceptance dawns ahead.
Image: Zorba the Greek Directed and Screenplay by Michael Cacoyanni, 1964, PG, 142 min. Film still.