Thursday, 11 June 2009

Film Buffs

KINEMATHEQUE - a new bi-monthly strand between Curzon Cinemas and Second Run DVD to present specially selected world cinema screenings and events - presents two films by Marc Isaacs:

LIFT and CALAIS: THE LAST BORDER

+ Director Q&A

Curzon Soho, Sunday 14th June, 12 noon


Kinematheque are delighted to present a special screening event to launch Second Run DVD’s release of the films of Marc Isaacs.

From his debut LIFT onwards, Isaacs reveals a great capacity to empathise with the protagonists of his films. Never judging by appearances, Isaacs’ skill at getting to know the characters becomes part of the narrative of the film, and their (and our) prejudices and preconceptions are challenged by the reality he finds.

Strong human characters are at the heart of all of Isaacs’ films and he has quietly built a body of work that puts him amongst most empathetic documentary observers we have of lives often overlooked. He creates a succession of deeply moving portraits, piecing together a unique vision of modern Britain.


LIFT

UK | 2001 | 25 mins

Isaacs sits with his camera for days inside the lift of a high-rise Council block in London. The result is a gripping, humourous and moving portrait of a ‘vertical’ multicultural community.


CALAIS: THE LAST BORDER

UK | 2003 | 58 mins

This French port has become a new border in ways previously unimagined. Isaacs weaves portraits of various individuals into a moving and melancholy view of a place defined, more than ever, by the island it gazes at across the Channel.


Early booking is recommended and tickets can be booked at www.curzoncinemas.com or by calling 0871 703 3991


THE MARC ISAACS COLLECTION

Lift/Travellers/Calais: The Last Border will be released by Second Run DVD on 29th June 2009.

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