INTERNATIONAL SCREENINGS
KINO Film Series #1: Kurosawa Retrospective
Sunday, 9th December 2018

Title : Hidden Fortress

(1958, Japan, Akira Kurosawa)

Time : 12:00 - 14:15

Run Time : 126 mins

George Lucas’ Star Wars (1977) is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining films ever made, a global phenomenon that shaped and defined modern Hollywood. But not many people realise that it was profoundly influenced by this classic samurai film. Not only are the two stories remarkably similar – with the assistance of two bickering peasants (robots), a samurai (Jedi knight) escorts a princess with hidden treasure (secret plans) through a landscape dominated by enemy forces and a powerful secret fortress (space station) – but Lucas also borrowed certain stylistic devices from Kurosawa’s classic! Once again, the great Toshiro Mifune delivers a masterful central performance and Akira Kurosawa directs with his usual consummate skill in this action classic.

Title : Yojimbo

(1961, Japan, Akira Kurosawa)

Time : 15:00 - 17:00

Run Time : 110 mins

Title : KINO Close Up: Akira Kurosawa

influences and influencer

Time : 17:30 - 18:15

Run Time : 45 mins

A dishevelled ronin (masterless samurai) arrives in a run-down rural village dominated by two rival gangs and pits one against the other, setting them on a course of mutual self-destruction. This classic samurai film was later remade as an Italian Western (For a Fistful of Dollars, 1964, with Clint Eastwood) and an American gangster film (Last Man Standing, 1996, with Bruce Willis), demonstrating that in the end, it is both a universal story and a brilliant action film. With a superb and unconventional central performance by the great Toshiro Mifune, audacious widescreen compositions and an unexpected mix of violence and dark humour, this is one of the most memorable and influential Japanese films ever made.

This presentation discusses the cinematic relevance of Akira Kurosawa. Open to all ages and film experience/interest levels.

Title : High and Low

(1963, Japan, Akira Kurosawa)

Time : 19:30 - 21:45

Run Time : 135 mins

Programming

By: Dr. Alex - Marlow- Mann

Although Kurosawa is best known for his period piece samurai films, he also directed just as many films set in contemporary Japan. This is one of the best: an incredibly tense crime thriller about a rich businessman held to ransom when his chauffeur’s son is kidnapped by mistake, which, in its second half, unexpectedly morphs into a powerful drama about social injustice. This, then, is both a brilliant, stylistically audacious genre film and a brave and complex piece of social filmmaking with a strong moral message. It is all held together by Kurosawa’s usual deep respect for humanity and sense of justice – perfectly embodied by Toshiro Mifune’s riveting central performance. Another undoubted classic of world cinema.

Dr. Alex Marlow-Mann is a Lecturer at the University of Kent (UK) specializing in European cinema. He is the author of The New Neapolitan Cinema (EUP, 2011), the editor of Archival Film Festivals (StAFS, 2013), the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to World Cinema (Routledge, 2017) and co-writer and co-producer of the feature-length documentary That’s La Morte: Italian Cult Cinema and the Years of Lead (2018).

University of Southern California Film Showcase
Thursday, 13th December 2018

Title: Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)

Time: 17:00 - 18:00

Run Time: 15min 13 secs

Title: Tomorrow’s Blockbusters. A USC Film Showcase

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Run Time: 120 mins

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Before Star Wars: A retrospective screening of student films by George Lucas while attending the University of Southern California. 

USC Student Work: A curated program of contemporary student productions from one of America’s premier film schools. 

Nepalese Independent Cinema
Friday, 14th December 2018

Title: Silver Bangles

Time: 16:30 - 16:45

Run Time: 15mins

Title: Kamaro... A Slave

Time: 15:00 - 15:30

Run Time: 30 mins

Title: Lachhamaniya

Time: 16:00 - 16:16

Run Time: 16 mins

'Kamaro' (literal translation bonded labor) is a form of slavery practiced in Nepal until the late20th century. A traditional practice, it continued for centuries, especially in the hills and mountain regions of Nepal. The form of slavery has changed, but still practiced in different parts of Nepal, with its variations. The film Kamaro ... a slave is story of a family, who are slaves to a landlord in Sinja valley of Karnali region of Nepal, the most disadvantaged and deprived region of the country. It tells the story of suffering of a 'Kamaro' (slave) and his family. It is a story of how the family, along with other slavery, is forced to slavery.

Lachhamaniya, according to the communal practice, was married at the age of five. She is now twenty years old and has never met her husband after the wedding. She lives at her natal home hoping her husband to come and take her with him. ‘LACHHAMANIYA’ is a story about the psychological conflict arising from the disagreement between the protagonist’s parents and in-laws and the consequences that follow.

The film is based on unusual relation between a Dalit boy and a Brahamin girl, their struggle to succeed for a new lease of life and post union effort for a baby in the time when the entire community was under the threat from armed insurgency.

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KINO Film Series #2: French New Wave
Friday, 14th December 2018

Title: Elevator to the Gallows

(1958, France, Louis Malle)

Time: 21:45 - 23:15

Run Time: 92 mins

Title: The 400 Blows

(1959, France, François Truffaut)

Time: 19:45 - 21:30

Run Time: 99 mins

KINO Close- Up:  The French New Wave

Time: 17:30 - 18:15

This presentation discusses the cinematic relevance of the French New Wave. Open to all ages and film experience/ interest levels. 

One of the greatest films ever made about childhood, this semi-autobiographical tale of a rebellious and misunderstood boy marked the debut of former film critic François Truffaut and would go on to become one of French cinema’s most enduring classics. Together with Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, released the following year, it heralded the beginning of the French New Wave, which reinvigorated world cinema with its audacious, freewheeling stylistic innovations. It also introduced audiences to a powerful star-in-the-making, Jean-Pierre Léaud, who would go on to appear in a further four films for Truffaut charting the growth and maturation of the character through to middle age – a unique cinematic portrayal of the life of a single character and actor.

Louis Malle was never as central a figure to the French New Wave as either François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard or Claude Chabrol, partly because his films were more conventional, genre vehicles and partly because his later career alternated between France and Hollywood. Yet the care and attention he devoted to style and mood in Elevator to the Gallows rivals anything found in those of his peers. This crime drama about the unexpected chain of events unleashed by a murder is a masterclass in suspense and atmosphere. It also features a wonderful performance by that New Wave icon, Jeanne Moreau, and a ground-breaking Cool Jazz soundtrack by the great Miles Davis. What more could you want?

Programming

By: Dr. Alex - Marlow- Mann

Dr. Alex Marlow-Mann is a Lecturer at the University of Kent (UK) specializing in European cinema. He is the author of The New Neapolitan Cinema (EUP, 2011), the editor of Archival Film Festivals (StAFS, 2013), the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to World Cinema (Routledge, 2017) and co-writer and co-producer of the feature-length documentary That’s La Morte: Italian Cult Cinema and the Years of Lead (2018).

100 Years of Filipino Cinema
Sunday, 16 December 2018

Title: Kakabakaba Ka Ba?

(1980, Mike De Leon)

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Run Time: 104 mins

Title: Kita Kita

(2017, Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo)

Time: 15:50 - 17:04

Run Time: 84 mins

Close Up: ‘Kita Kita’ Director Sigrid Bernardo

Time: 17:10 - 18:10 Run Time: 60 mins

This musical-romantic comedy revolves around two couples whose carefree-rock- and-roll lifestyles lead them to a MacGuffun chase involving a non-playing, opium-containing cassette tape. Directed by one of Philippine cinema’s greats, the film reflects on the self-serving control of foreign forces on the Philippine economy and society. 

A blind woman falls in love with a man who uses kindness and humor to make a connection with her. It follows Lea (De Rossi), a Filipino tourist guide living in Japan who goes blind after experiencing her fiancé's infidelity. After a while, fellow Filipino and charmer Tonyo (Marquez) makes a sudden appearance and befriends the visually impaired Lea. Eventually, they fall for one another. Described as a whimsical romantic comedy, Kita Kita is currently the Philippines’ highest-grossing independent film.

Title: Sonata

(2017, Peque Gallaga, Lore Reyes)

Time: 18:50 - 21:10

Run Time: 89 mins

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Sonata tells the story of Regina, a woman whose whole life is her art. When she loses it, she loses her hold on the world until a friendship with a young boy encourages Regina to begin life anew. This heart-warming, touching and lyrical film takes you into the world of an unlikely friendship bound by the inevitabilities in life and culminates in a crescendo of hope and the will to sing once again. Sonata won several awards including Best Performance for Cherie Gil in the 2015 ASEAN International Film Festival. 

The Real Pakistan
Friday, 21 December 2018

Title:Na Maloom Afraad

(2014, Nabeel Qureshii)

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Run Time: 120 mins

Na Maloom Afraad is a story of three reckless poor struggling souls, running after their individual ambitions and desires, brought together by one incident which makes their not so simple life into a thrilling roller coaster ride of numerous ironic twist & turns. The three characters run around in the chaotic city of Karachi bringing out the craziest plan to save their love and life.

Title: Na Maloom Afraad 2

(2017, Nabeel Qureshi)

Time: 16:30 - 18:35

Run Time: 125 mins

A sequel to Na Maloom Afrad, Three unfortunate souls plan a big heist on their shortcut to wealth but things go comically wrong along the way.

Title: Actor In Law

(2016, Nabeel Qureshi)

Time: 20:30 - 21:30

Run Time: 116 mins

Estranged from his attorney father, an aspiring actor poses as a lawyer who becomes a celebrity for taking on difficult cases.

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Reinventing a Genre
Saturday, 22 December 2018

Title: The Host

(2006, South Korea, Joon-ho Bong) Time: 17:00 - 19:00, 20:00 - 22:00

Run Time: 120 mins

One of the most unexpected developments in recent decades is the unprecedented boom in South Korean cinema and music, which has seen the country develop into a regional powerhouse, whose mainstream, crowd-pleasing spectacles can easily take on the might of Hollywood. One of the best of these is The Host, a special effects driven monster movie about the havoc wreaked when chemical pollution unleashes a strange and dangerous creature in the river running though the capital, Seoul. It delivers both thrills and laughs, while never sacrificing either its careful attention to character, or its political and ecological message. Few Hollywood spectacles can match it!

Programming

By: Dr. Alex - Marlow- Mann

Dr. Alex Marlow-Mann is a Lecturer at the University of Kent (UK) specializing in European cinema. He is the author of The New Neapolitan Cinema (EUP, 2011), the editor of Archival Film Festivals (StAFS, 2013), the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to World Cinema (Routledge, 2017) and co-writer and co-producer of the feature-length documentary That’s La Morte: Italian Cult Cinema and the Years of Lead (2018).

A Celebration of Indonesian Cinema
Sunday,  23 December 2018

Title: Nyai

(2016, Garin Nugroho)

Time: 15:15 - 17:15

Run Time: 90 mins

Title: Surau dan Silek

(2017, Arif Malinmudo)

Time: 13:00 - 14:30

Run Time: 90 mins

Title: Iqro: Petualangan Meraih Bintang

(2017, Iqbal Alfajri)

Time: 11:00 - 12:37

Run Time: 97 mins

Aqila is a nine year old who Has a special interest in science and lacks interest in Quran studies. Her grandfather, an astronomer lives in Pusat Peneropongan Bintang Boscha where she plans to stay while finishing up her science school work. Her grandfather agrees - under one condition: she has to learn to read the Koran. Whilst at her grandfather’s, Aqila met Ros, a son of one of the help who takes her to a mosque where she learns to read the koran through Iqro that’s fun and rhythmic which opens her up to understand the greatness of the Al Mighty in all worldly creations. 

An eleven-year-old boy discovers the true meaning of silek (a martial art) when he meets a 60-year-old retired university teacher and former silek warrior that he is resolved to put an end to his feud with his competitors.

Set in Indonesia’s Dutch colonial era, in 1927, a young and beautiful woman lives with her sick and aged Dutch husband. This woman loses her own name and is called Nyai, which means a foreigner’s concubine, and realizes that she is living in a kind of prison, while she deals with loads of visitors to her residence during the birthday of her sick husband. Nyai’s life cycle while nurturing her husband becomes a drama of solitude about her position in life, all aspects of which have been forcefully taken away from her.

Title: Sekala Niskala

(2017, Kamila Andini)

Time: 19:00 - 20:30

Run Time: 83 mins

Tantra and Tantri are inseparable. When they secretly steal eggs from the family’s sacrificial offering, Tantri always gets the whites and Tantra the yolks. One day, however, the yolk is missing, as is Tantra. Her brother gravely ill and in hospital, Tantri starts slipping into magical parallel worlds, approaching the inevitable farewell through costumes, body paint and dance. When at one point Tantri’s mother washes the paint from her face, it is as if tenderly to expel the illusion that things can remain as they are. In long dream sequences and against the background of the Balinese philosophy of sekala – the seen – and niskala – the unseen – Andini relates how one ten-year-old girl deals with parting and grief.

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All screenings are held at Level 3, Plaza Athirah, Jalan Kubah Makam Di Raja, Batu Satu

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