Vol 1, No 22
22 November 1999
E V E N T S:
Coming Up in the UK
Andrew J Horton
The last months of the millenium look as if they will be surreal ones for aficionados of Central and East European culture in the UK, with "symbols from another land," Amazons of the avant-garde, and fantastic realism at the Riverside Studios, amongst other things.
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Symbols from Another Land: Armenian Cinema in Exile
Narratives of exile, survival and transgression from the Armenian diaspora. Included in the programme are films by Atom Egoyan and Sergei Paradjanov (the "director's cut" of his classic The Colour of Pomegranates and a rare short). Click here for the ICA website.
Faith in a Better Future
The award-winning photographs of Dana Kyndrova, documenting the Czech Republic's transition from totalitarianism to a painful freedom by capturing the lives of ordinary people. Opening with the artist on 16 November at 6.30pm. Phone for details.
Fantastic Realism: The Other Face of Czech Cinema
The Czech love of the fantastic and absurd is well-known, yet many of the country's finest surrealist films remain unknown in relation to the more realist strains of Czech cinema (such as Milos Forman and Jiri Menzel). This three-day season aims to explore this "other face" by introducing some gems which have long remained under-rated, as well as re-introducing some old favourites, such as Svankmajer's disturbing reworking of Alice in Wonderland and Karel Zeman's tribute to the greatest tall-story-teller of them all, Baron Munchhausan. Director Jan Nemec will be at the season to introduce three of his films on show. Click here for more details.
A collaborative dance project between the Duncan Centre (Prague) and the Laban Centre (London), Kind Visions "explores individual testimonies to human destiny.
The Dissident Type
An exhibition illustrating 20 years of samizdat publishing in Czechoslovakia, including hand-made books and some of the home printing equipment that authors and editors used.
...And More Czech Culture in the UK
The Czech Cultural Centre in London has a full calender of Czech events in the UK. Look here if you want to see a full calendar of Czech related events in London.
Hungarian Film Days
Six Hungarian films on display focussing on "new waves" in Hungarian cinema, with some of the highlights of recent years. Films still to be screened are Espresso, Eldorado, The Witman Boys and Passion, all films which have made impressions on the international festival circuit.
6:3 by Peter Timar
The Hungarian film club providing yet another UK premier for one of this year's most successful film's from comic master Peter Timar. Admission is free, but ring to reserve your seat. Click here for a full Kinoeye review.
Hungarian Culture in the UK
Check out the website of the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London. As well as listing events of international importance, the site also carries details of their support network for Hungarian au pairs working in the UK and Catholic mass in Hungarian.
Look here if you want to see a full calendar of Hungarian events in the UK.
Polish Cinema at the Polish Cultural Institute
Korczak by Andrzej Wajda
In Full Gallop by Krzysztof Zanussi
Polish Culture in the UK
Check out the website of the Polish Cultural Institute in London.
Look here if you want to see a full calendar of Polish events in the UK.
Romanian Culture in the UK
There is the website of the Romanian Cultural Centre based in London. Click here if you want to see a their diary page.
If you are a Romanian academic or student working in the UK or have links to Romanian studies you might be interested Romanul's site. It aims to give wider support to educational, scientific and cultural issues and has pages devoted to the Romanian community's acitivities in the UK. Click here to have a look.
Amazons of the Avant Garde
For those who enjoyed the Barbican's grand Russian extravaganza of passion and experiment, Romance and Revolution, earlier this year, here is the female counterpart to the art section of it. These female pioneers are not remembered as often as their male counterparts, but their artistic spirit was no less revolutionary.
Compiled by Andrew J Horton
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