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Cinema 2022

Charmaine Childs / Strong Lady Productions
30 - 30 Jan
30 - 30 Jan

Cinema 1

Sun 30 Jan
Event ended

Runs: 65 mins
Age Guidance: Certificate 12A

£12 (£11 concs) + booking fees.
Discounts apply
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A programme of slapstick shorts to chase away the post-Christmas blues.

Long time friends of the London International Mime Festival, Brussels-based comedy duo Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel will be known to film fans primarily through their recent features, including Lost in Paris (2017).

This programme brings together three of their early shorts. In Rosita (1997) the pair are a fortune teller and her assistant, working out of a dilapidated caravan; in Merci Cupidon (1994) attraction sparks between their two oddball singletons in a strange, out-of-the-way nightspot; and in Walking on the Wild Side (2004), an awkward misunderstanding occurs between a man and a cleaning-lady.

Phenomenal physical performers, the duo are steeped in the grand French physical-comedy tradition of Jacques Tati and Pierre Étaix, who are also represented in the programme. In The School for Postmen (1947), Tati is a bumbling rural postman on a bike; meanwhile, in Rupture (1961), Étaix is a thwarted lover who finds inanimate objects conspire against him as he attempts to reply to a break-up letter.

The School for Postmen (France 1946 Dir Jacques Tati 15 min Digital)
Rupture (France 1961 Dir Pierre Etaix 11 min Digital)
Merci Cupidon (France 1994 Dirs Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy, Dominique Abel 13 min Digital)
Rosita (Belgium 1997 Dirs Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel 13 min 35mm)
Walking on the Wild Side (Belgium 2000 Dirs Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel 13 min Digital)

Total running time: 65 min

Sadly, Abel & Gordon are unable to join us for a Q&A due to Covid-related international travel restrictions. Instead you can watch an interview filmed in late 2020 here >
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