Berwick New Cinema Features

In 2019 Berwick New Cinema expands to incorporate feature and mid-length films. All are guaranteed to surprise, entertain and bring fresh perspectives on the art of film.

Feature film 19th Sep · 14:45 (40 mins)

Holy Days

Narimane Mari

Holy Days pictures a strange ballet of both human and non-human animals in a rural landscape. The film opens with a man digging his own grave, only to soon find solace in a mysterious companion. But the arrival of a third element makes everything unclear. Punctuated by undulating waves of rhythmic percussion, Narimane Mari's hypnotic and exploratory film drills deeply into the viewer with immediacy, making categorisations like 'documentary' and 'narrative' feel obsolete.

Feature film 19th Sep · 19:30 (85 mins)

Opening Film: Cemetery

Carlos Casas

After a devastating earthquake, Nga, an old elephant and probably the last of its kind, and Sanra his mahout are about to embark on a journey to find the mythical elephant’s graveyard. A group of poachers follow them closely, while a journey of discovery and mourning starts. The viewer becomes the protagonist on a sonic trip into the cemetery and beyond.

Q&A with filmmaker Carlos Casas
UK premiere of Cemetery presented jointly by BFMAF and Tate Modern

Feature film 20th Sep · 19:45 (105 mins)

I Was at Home, But

Angela Schanelec

After living wild for a week, Astrid’s son returns home without saying a word. Her family seems to be disintegrating only to form itself anew. With nods to Bresson and Ozu, Angela Schanelec’s masterfully composed lm often places its camera at a discrete distance, providing its protagonists the space, time and humour they need for rediscovery.

Supported by Goethe-Institut, London

Feature film 21st Sep · 19:30 (276 mins)

The Halt

Lav Diaz

The Halt is set in a near future when madmen control Manila after massive volcanic eruptions have plunged Southeast Asia into darkness. Lav Diaz's latest film is a tale about the recovery of historical memory, concentrated like a metaphor in the character of the solitary young woman who is in constant mourning, and who will contain all the symbolic weight of this silence.

Introduction by filmmaker Lav Diaz
There will be a 15 minute interval during the screening

Feature film 22nd Sep · 20:00 (76 mins)

Closing Film: Rights of Man

Juan Rodrigáñez

The Great Indomitable Circus prepares the premiere of their new performance ‘Rights of Man’. Setting up tent in a sleepy northern Spanish town, they devise changes in the style of their show. But their days become mired in meandering vaudevillian arguments, analysing the grandeur of the landscape, the simplicity of the native architecture or the quality of each other’s performances. After much back-and-forth, they end up sticking to their original script.

Introduction by filmmaker Juan Rodrigañez
The film will be preceded by the 2019 Berwick New Cinema Competition award presentation