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Films that define the UK – a new list from Dazed Digital

This is an interesting selection of films from Jason Ward on Dazed, that have been recognised as ‘defining’ the UK. Whilst it is pleasing to see ‘My Brother the Devil’ on which Mamoun acted as Consultant Editor, it is wonderful to see ‘A Private Enterprise’ on the list.

Mamoun backed ‘A Private Enterprise’ during his time as Head of Production at the BFI. It doesn’t get the exposure or recognition that it deserves – until now. Whilst it isn’t available to view on the BFI Player yet, we are sure it will at some point.

See the full list on Dazed Digital

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Terence Davis ‘Children’ at the BFI South Bank – A discussion with Terence Davies

Here is a chance to listen to the discussion that Mamoun had with Terry at the showing of his first film ‘Children’ on 16th March this year.

Terry was, as always, charming, funny, witty and illuminating. Mamoun and the audience had a wonderful hour with Terry, taking him away from post-production of his latest film.

Special thanks must go to David Somerset of the the BFI for curating the event – It couldn’t have happened without his involvement.

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Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon, Southbank 23 May

ImageI am presenting Yasujirô Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon on Friday 23rd May at National Film Theatre 3, BFI Southbank, London 2 pm. There will be a Q&A after the screening.

An Autumn Afternoon is Ozu’s last work and one of his few colour films. It is Ozu at his most distilled. All the elements  and style of shooting combine to elicit total attention from us. And he gives us time, through the use of space –  empty corridors, rooms and exteriors –  to consider and reconsider, to think about what we have just seen. When normal service of cinema and television is resumed, you’d  think the world has gone mad, suffering from ADHD or under the influence.

Ozu’s films are not only journeys into his mind but also into our minds.

For more information and to book online visit the BFI website.

 

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Introduction to Antonioni’s L’Avventura

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Mamoun made one of his regular visits to the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark, to deliver masterclasses and his now well known movie introductions. One of the introductions was to Antonioni’s classic L’Avventura.

Many thanks to Georgi Yordanov who filmed the event, and the staff and students of the European Film College.

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Introduction to Antonioni’s ‘L’Eclisse’

Dominic Power, Head of Screen Arts at the National Film and Television School, invited me to provide an introduction to Antonioni’s L’Eclisse on 3rd March as  part of NFTS/NFT’s Passport to Cinema.

I would like to thank David Somerset of the BFI for making the record of the event, and for his continued support.

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Introduction to Pather Panchali

On 17 August 2013, I presented the long-awaited Masterclass on Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali at the British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank’s National Film Theatre.

As I explain in the introduction, I’ve never presented a Masterclass on Pather Panchali before. Maybe because the film is just too ‘big’ and too rich to digest in so short a time as four hours.

You can view the 10 minute introduction to the film here. We hope to have the opportunity to broadcast the full Masterclass to the wider public at some point in the near future.

The film and Masterclass were presented as part of the BFI’s continuing education programme curated by David Somerset, the Education Programmer and Curator at BFI Southbank (who also shot the introduction).

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Congratulations to Andrés Wood: ‘Machuca’ listed as top 20 Latin American film

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‘A stunning film’ Film Journal International

‘Machuca’ the 2004 feature I co-wrote and co-produced with Andrés Wood has been selected for the CasAmerica, Madrid season of ‘Twenty great films of Latin American cinema” which celebrates the most notable films of the past 20 years.

I am delighted for Andrés because this lists him up there with the greatest Latin American directors of his generation.

Machuca was my first proper collaboration with Andrés – although I had helped him with the editing on his previous film Loco Fever.  Working with Andres was very enjoyable, challenging and educative.  Andrés’s next film, La Buena Vida, (my credits: screenplay and co-producer) was less straightforward and the film was affected by the limitations of the budget. Still, it won a Goya amongst many other awards. Our next collaboration has already started. La Lutte Continua:

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Machuca will be shown at CasAmerica, Plaza de Cibeles, Madrid on Wednesday, 25 September. For the full listing visit the CasAmerica website. http://www.casamerica.es/cine/20-anos-de-cine-iberoamericano.

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Buy Machuca on DVD

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 Machuca / Chile-Spain-United Kingdom-France 2004 / Directed by Andres Wood. Distributed in the UK by Artificial Eye

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