Sunday, 21 April 2019

The Curse of the Phantom Tympanum in Lisbon

The latest episode of our pre-constructed adventure serial of the future, UNIVERSAL EAR, will receive its world (festival) premiere at IndieLisboa International Festival of Independent Cinema this May. The Curse of the Phantom Tympanum also played in a temporary cinema during Mr Cole's solo exhibition at Bandits-Mages in November. It marks the Institute's return to IndieLisboa ten years after It's Nick's Birthday received a Special Mention from the Jury at the 2009 edition - although a tight connection has been maintained between the festival and the Institute in the interim, through our presence on the prize jury in 2013 and attendance in support of colleague Aleksandra Niemczyk's work in 2016 and 2018. From wherever you're sat, it's a good festival.

Synopsis: Time-travelling record producer Harley Byrne crash-lands in a virtual reality heritage theme park in 22nd-century France. Corrupt holograms, cyborg saints, and sentient statues haunt an absurdist Super-8 universe, digitally re-colourized for your pleasure!
WHERECulturgest - Pequeno Auditório, Edifício-sede da Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Rua Arco do Cego, 50, 1000–300 Lisbon
WHEN: Sunday 5th May, 2019, 21.45 & Wednesday 8th May, 2019, 17.00
COST: €4.50
NOTES: Writer/Director Graeme Cole will be in attendance for the Sunday screening (and potential intro/Q&A duty).




Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Epizoda ? is now online via tao films


The Institute's 2016 absurdist detective movie - Epizoda ? - is available to watch online for the first time, streaming on tao films, an art movie platform "which specialises in previously undistributed independent and arthouse cinema from around the world."

Watch Epizoda ? online.

Mentored by Béla Tarr, with original music by Dino Santaleza of Croatian band Pridjevi, and starring Vladimir Kajević and Elma Selman, it was the first movie to be directed by the Institute's Graeme Cole while he studied at Mr Tarr's film.factory in Sarajevo, BiH.

Synopsis: A TV detective who's lost the plot drives aimlessly around the city. Negotiating time and space seem achievable next to solving a murder in a factory, the only witness a robot with the ability to get under the skin with its only two programmed lines: “That interests me” and “What are you afraid of?”

Epizoda ? premiered at Rencontres Bandits-Mages in Bourges, France, in 2016 and went on to play at L'Alternativa (Barcelona) and the Auteur Film Festival in Belgrade among others. Most recently, it showed on a looping VHS cassette during Mr Cole's solo exhibition at the Slow Short Film Festival in Mayfield, UK.

The film is accompanied, on tao films, by an interview with the director. Epizoda ? can be 'rented' for €4.99 for 72 hours, or you can take out a month's subscription for just €1 more - which the Institute recommends, since our colleague Aleksandra Niemczyk will present two new films on the site this month, in addition to the copious hard-to-see art movies the service already hosts.