Parallel features exclusive previews, artist Q&As, brand new programmes of archive material and seminars with top industry figures.
New Natural History + Q&A with Margaret Salmon
Margaret Salmon offers an exclusive presentation of scenes
from her forthcoming feature film Eglantine,
followed by a programme of archive shorts that have influenced her work and a
selection of early natural history films selected from the BFI National Archive
by Bryony Dixon, Curator of Silent Film, BFI. In Eglantine,
the eponymous eight year-old heroine is lost in the woods and must navigate a
range of real and imagined incidents and habitats on her journey back to her
tent, before her mother discovers her absence. Shot on 35mm with a
score by electronic composer Matthew Herbert, this is a love poem to the
natural world and childhood.
Before and After Selfies - Curated by Herb Shellenberger
Before and After Selfies contextualises recent selfie-based,
front camera, online moving image works alongside pre-Internet works sharing
similar themes, forms and visual elements. Taking videos made in the past few
years, which are usually exhibited freely on Vimeo and YouTube, alongside
artist films made since the 1960s, the screening will investigate these new
works by young artists who, through social media, are reaching audiences beyond
the typical experimental film and gallery contexts.
Conversation - Curated by Ute Aurand & Peter Todd
year or so artists Ute Aurand and Peter Todd meet up to continue a filmic
conversation, and with friends Robert Beavers and Renate Sami have a screening
at home. For Aurand and Todd, both also active as curators, their dialogue
reflects filmmaking as a way of living. Conversation gives us
access into this process, underlining the symbiosis between making and watching
The Artist’s Cinema 2016 + Q&A with Corin Sworn & Margaret Salmon
A chance to see all five films commissioned by the ICO and
LUX for The Artists Cinema 2016. This unique project brings leading visual
artists’ work into cinemas in a subversive and playful way, to screen before a
diverse and large-scale audience. With work by Gabriel Abrantes, Dora García, Naeem
Mohaiemen, Margaret Salmon and Corin Sworn.
Preview: The Sky Trembles And The Earth Is Afraid And The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers
A director abandons his film set and descends into a
hallucinatory, perilous adventure of cruelty, madness and malevolence. A
multi-layered excavation into the illusion of cinema itself, Ben Rivers’ (Two Years at Sea, A Spell to Ward Off the
Darkness) latest feature is a visually unsettling film that moves between
documentary, fiction and fable taking us from the staggering beauty of the
Moroccan landscape, to the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains and the stark
and surreal emptiness of the Sahara.
Soil is history: Film programme curated by Louis Henderson and Filipa César
The three films in this programme by artists Louis Henderson and
Filipa César propose that colonialism didn’t vanish but simply went
underground, in a bid to own mineral resources. However, as Henderson’s Lettres
du Voyant shows, technology has empowered former colonial subjects to seek
reparations for gold stolen in the first ‘rush for Africa’, on their own terms.
Bristol LUX Open Forum: First Person
Join Bristol LUX Critical Forum and some of the weekend’s guests to discuss film, subjectivity and more in this special open forum. From lyrical essays to intimate diaries and self-portraits, artists have long set down their subjective experience on film, avoiding mainstream cinema’s third person focus. What is it about artists’ moving image which makes it particularly suited to first-person filmmaking? What does this make possible – and how can it articulate and help to influence a position beyond the self?
I See it Feelingly - film programme curated by Amy Budd
I See it Feelingly brings together a selection of films
concerned with framing human life and experience through touch, each employing
a sensual visual vocabulary featuring labouring hands, digital skins and liquid
surfaces in relation to the body. Bringing the work of contemporary artists
into a dialogue with historic pieces, in each instance, the films invoke
labour, intimacy and sensory pleasure via human and synthetic agents in an
attempt to see the world feelingly.
Preview: Cadenza - film programme curated by Beatrice Gibson
Curated by artist Beatrice Gibson, this programme explores
abstraction as subject and form, looking at music, money, numbers and narrative
through the frame of experimental cinema. Showcasing works by Tony Conrad,
Laida Lertxundi, Mary Helena Clark and also Gibson’s two most recent works F For Fibonacci and Crippled Symmetries.
The Host film screening + director Miranda Pennell Q&A
While investigating her late parents’ involvement with the
Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (BP), filmmaker Miranda Pennell came across the
letters of a petroleum geologist in Iran in the 1930s who would later embark on
a search for the origins of civilisation. The
Host interweaves stories drawn from both personal memory and from the
records of an imperial history in the BP archive.
Pennell’s compelling film is about the stories we
tell, the facts and fictions we live by and their consequences.
Preview: Arabian Nights Volume 1 – The Restless One
A magnificent, ambitious and timely undertaking, Miguel
Gomes' Arabian Nights is a
freewheeling baroque masterpiece. Loosely structured around the story of the
same name, in which beautiful young Scheherazade embarks on a storytelling
marathon to keep her husband from killing her, Gomes' Arabian Nights moves from outright – often outlandish – fiction to
the present of neoliberal austerity politics, building real satire on its
wayward course. (NB This screening at the Watershed is not included in the Parallel ticket price but a concessionary rate will be charged to attendees who present their pass at Watershed).