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Paul Humfress & Derek Jarman – Sebastiane: A Work in Progress (1976)

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Sebastiane: A Work in Progress (c.1975): newly remastered from 16mm film elements held by the BFI National Archive, this sadly incomplete early black and white work-print of Sebastiane differs significantly from the finished film. This previously unseen alternate edit – assembled in a different order, featuring a different soundtrack – was never subtitled or released. Read More »

Paul Humfress & Derek Jarman – Sebastiane (1976)

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Filmed entirely in vulgar Latin, this experimental film recounts the life of Sebastiane, a puritanical but beautiful Christian soldier in the Roman Imperial troops who is martyred when he refuses the homosexual advances of his pagan captain. When this film was released, it was the only English-made film to have required English subtitles, and it is an early film by the noted experimental and outspokenly homosexual director Derek Jarman, who died in 1994. Read More »

Terence Davies – The Terence Davies Trilogy (1984)

Description from IMDb
Davies’ film is divided into three segments enitled “Children”, “Madonna and Child”, and “Death and Transfiguartion”. The segments tell the life of Robert Tucker. The first segment looks at his birth and formative years in school, an austere boy’s school. The bleak environment is not aided by loveless, violent homelife he experiences. Nonetheless, his father’s death is a major impact to him. In the second segment, he is a closeted homosexual working in a grim office and still living at home with his daunting mother. In the final segment, he deals with his mother’s death and then faces his own impending doom. As his death approaches he flashes back to his life’s events. Read More »

Kai S. Pieck – Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen AKA The Child I Never Was (2002)

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A serial killer dispassionately discusses the nuts and bolts of his grisly avocation, as well as the youthful traumas which helped to mold him into a psychopath, in this disturbing independent drama from Germany, based on a true story. Young Jurgen Bartsch (Sebastian Urzendowsky) was raised in a family where his father (Walter Gontermann) barely acknowledged his existence and his mother (Ulrike Bliefert) displayed an inappropriate degree of affection toward him. When he reached puberty, Bartsch (played as a teenager by Tobias Schenke) was a young man confused and bitter about his growing sexual maturity, and possessing a deep hatred of those around him. Read More »

Andrew Bujalski – Computer Chess (2013)

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Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future. Read More »

Byamba Sakhya – Remote Control (2013)

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Byamba Sakhya / 2013, Busan, Rotterdam, Anonimul, Asiatica Film Festival Rome, Camerimage, Dharmshala, Göteborg, Inverness, Mongolian Week Dortmund, Mooov Belgium, Melbourne, Munich, Seattle, Seoul Independent, Shanghai, Terracotta Far East Film Festival London, Vilnius, Warsaw, Washington DC, Zlín / 90′

Teenage boy Tsog lives in the slums outside Ulan Bator, selling milk from his neighbor in the nearby city to support his family, with whom he frequently quarrels. The flight of his imagination is Tsog’s only solace— he spends hours drawing his hero, a young monk. Read More »

Eli Cohen – Etz Hadomim Tafus AKA Under the Domim Tree (1994)

Synopsis: Israel 1953. At a kibbutz boarding school, Aviya is the only Israeli-born pupil. Her friends are all survivors of Nazi persecutions in Europe. As the students follow current events, it triggers traumatic memories in several of the classmates, who are simultaneously dealing with the challenges of transitioning into adult life. Very few have the support support from parents and the majority lost one or both parents. Aviya herself is determined to find the tomb of her father, who died before she was born. Meanwhile her mother is staying at a mental hospital and refuses to recall her painful past. A film about young orphaned people in the new-born, traumatised yet hopeful state of Israel. Read More »