COMPETITION: The Audience Applauds
16:00 Sun 14 Jan 2018
From Greece to Mozambique, this programme traverses the globe inquiring into the meaning of leisure and entertainment at the start of the 21st Century. Theme parks, home movies and consumerism all feature in this diverse selection that ranges from sardonically funny dissections of post-colonialism through to the nostalgic, elegiac beauty of Kodachrome film stock. 91 mins
This competition programme also screens at Curzon Soho on Thursday 18th January
Christos Massalas 14 mins (GR, 2017)This is the story of Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort. Paulina is the girl at the heart of Copa-Loca. Everyone cares for her and she cares about everyone – in every possible way.
Ico Costa 22 mins (MZ, PT, 2017)Inhambane. Mozambique. King-Best. Samsung Galaxy. Versace. Babes. White rooster. There are no toothpicks in Norway. Coconut trees. Baobab fruits. Superfruits. Vitamine C. Passiflorine. Alpha-linolenic acid. SMS in Chinese. Megabytes. Hotel Cardoso. Coffee is a white man’s addiction. Ngadzango. My woman. Nafta.
Latifa Said 15 mins (FR, 2017)Suburbs of a big city. Omar, a worker from Maghreb, feels uncomfortable with women. Ambivalent, either he’s fascinated by them, or they make him afraid. When he meets Rita, a hooker, he tries to surpass his complex, discovering his own sexuality.
Gabriel Abrantes 29 mins (PT, 2017)The Artificial Humours is a film about humour, anthropology and artificial intelligence. It focuses on how humour is central to human relationships across, used as a form of social control, and one of the most complex forms of communication.
Jay Rosenblatt 11 mins (US, 2017)Kodachrome was a filmstock noted for its rich tones and vibrant colors. "The Kodachrome Elegies" is a short experimental documentary that evokes the bygone era of Kodachrome’s pinnacle. While it is a paean to this lost filmstock, the film suggests the end of an era and the loss of innocence.