DAY ONE—8th JULY
7pm: SWEDENBORG SHORT FILM PROGRAMME (50 mins) Featuring award winning work by Ezra Wube; Kate Davis & David Moore; Chiara Ambrosio; Bartosz Kruhlik; Erica Eyres; and Toby Tatum. (For more details click here)
DAY TWO—10th JULY
DAY THREE—11th JULY
TO BOOK TICKETS VISIT HERE EACH PROGRAMME: £8.50; CONC £6.50: SEASON TICKET FOR MAJEWSKI TRIPTYCH: £20; CONC £15.
UK PREMIERE | Visionary Polish Filmmaker Lech Majewski’s Complete Renaissance Triptych
Offering a unique opportunity to engage with profound cinema in an historical landmark, the Swedenborg Film Festival returns in 2015 with a new format. Celebrating the award-winning Triptych of the great Polish filmmaker Lech Majewski alongside remarkable shorts by Richard Ashrowan and new works by emerging artist filmmakers, the festival takes place in Swedenborg House – archive, publisher and ‘one of London’s most atmospheric venues’ (Guardian).
The only film festival in the world inspired by the work of a single philosopher, the SFF has received a huge response from thousands of filmmakers around the world since its launch in 2010. Co-curated in 2015 by Gareth Evans (Whitechapel Gallery) and Nora Foster (Frieze), a programme of short works and feature films explore the singular legacy of the Swedish philosopher, scientist and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), a seminal influence on Romantic, Symbolist and Surrealist traditions, and in particular the great English artist William Blake.
The annual festival is re-launched in July with an expanded framework, a new competition and a fresh commitment to showing the work of international filmmakers who are engaging with themes similar to those that energized Swedenborg.
“Welcoming audiences and artists alike to its listed premises in Bloomsbury, the Swedenborg Society will this year celebrate the award-winning Triptych of the great Polish director Lech Majewski, a multi-award winning filmmaker, co-writer and co-producer of artist Julian Schnabel’s startling feature debutBasquiat, the subject of a retrospective at MOMA New York and one of the most engaged artists of our times”, said the festival’s co-curator Nora Foster.
Gareth Evans, SFF co-curator, added, “Majewski’s astonishing feature film seriesThe Garden of Earthly Delights(2006), The Mill and the Cross (2011) and Field of Dogs (2014) brings to startling cinematic life the works of Bosch, Brueghel and Dante respectively, creating allusive, associative and profoundly immersive encounters with works of undisputed genius. This festival will mark the first time Majewski’s Triptych has been shown complete in the UK. We are delighted that Mr. Majewski himself will be present throughout.”
THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL will also feature the remarkable short works of Scotland-based film artist and curator Richard Ashrowan, founder and director of the acclaimed Alchemy, Film and Moving Image Festival (Hawick), as well as a programme showcasing the best works from the last five years of the festival competition.
The festival will also announce the open call for submissions for its 2016 competition. From 13th July to 30th November 2015 makers internationally can enter short artists’ films on an array of themes that reflect the broad range of Swedenborg’s thought and work.
THE SWEDENBORG FILM FESTIVAL is curated by Gareth Evans, writer, presenter, producer (Patience: After Sebald; By Our Selves and Unseen) and Film Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Nora Foster, formerly Assistant Curator, The Swedenborg Society and now Communications Co-ordinator, Frieze.