Recent Gems: Mundane History
Dir: Anocha Suwichakompong
2009/ 78 min / Thailand
Monday 9th December: After 7:30pm
Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong’s ethereal first film has been widely praised as one of the most startling and original feature debuts of recent years. This seemingly ordinary, astutely structured family drama is a film with cosmic aspirations.
The story of a paralyzed son, his elusive father, and the male nurse hired to take care of the wheelchair-bound patient parallels the emotional dynamic of a single home with the tumult of an entire country. Like its dichotomic title, the film gradually expands outwards to morph into a philosophical and hallucinogenic meditation about our place in the universe. A film as beautiful, strange and as mysterious as life itself.
Rub-A-Dub, 29th November
with The Blood Brothers, Natty Dread International, The Dons, & DJ Papy
The biggest reggae gig in Kampala: Rub-A-Dub
Entrance 5k, running 9pm-late. Last Friday of every month @Tilapia
And don’t forget we have the Lightning Band playing their unique brand of CONGO RUMBA this Thursday 28th and many Thursdays to come…
Platform by Jia Zhangke: 25th November, 7:30 pm.
Dir: Jia Zhangke / 2000/ China
Exemplifying a stylistic rigor rarely seen in contemporary cinema Jia Zhangke’s masterpiece is set in and around the small city of Fenyang, Shanxi province, China, from the end of 1970s to the beginning of 1990s, the film follows a group of twenty-something performers as they face personal and societal changes. The film was voted the second best film of the past decade by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)’s Cinematheque, by more than 60 film experts (historians, archivists, etc.) from around the world.
Filmed in distancing medium shots that visually reflect the nation’s increasing regional polarization and cultural heterogeneity as a result of shifting economic reforms away from isolationism and state-controlled industries towards globalization, modernization, and integrated free enterprise, Platform is a humorous, quietly observed, serenely realized, and incisive cultural document of China towards the end of the twentieth century.
Jia Zhang-ke further creates a sense of pervasive discontinuity through modular narrative ellipses that establish a chronological linearity and progression that, nevertheless, blurs the relativity between each subsequent, self-contained episode. In essence, the film serves as a deliberately fragmented, unsentimental, and emotionally dissociative first-hand account of contemporary history: an estranged and depersonalized chronicle that illustrates the marginalization of humanity under the turmoil of profound national change.
Mon 18th of Nov: Double Bill Special: Silent Cinema: 7:30 pm
A Page of Madness by Teinosuke Kinugasa
(1926/ 60 min/ Japan)
Lonesome by Paul Fejos
(1928/ 69 min/ USA)
TILAPIA CULTURE is proud to present two rarely seen masterpeices of the silent cinema era.
Teinosuke Kinugasa’s little-seen masterpiece, A Page of Madness, is a rediscovered 1926 silent beauty from Japan’s formative years of cinema. Based on a treatment by Nobel Prize winning novelist Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972), the film is full of surreal, spooky imagery, Teinosuke Kinogasa’s dazzling 1926 masterpiece takes us deep into the fractured lives of a couple in a mental hospital.
It has often been said that the art of the silent film achieved a certain perfection of expression immediately before sound came in and made that art a thing of the past. Lonesome is, in many ways, a classic example of this. Paul Fejos’ film is a near-perfect amalgam of American filmmaking technique and energy combined with a rich heritage of European influences — ranging from French impressionism through German Expressionism to the techniques of montage developed by the Russians.
RECENT CINEMATIC GEMS
THE TREE OF LIFE
MONDAY 11th NOVEMBER from 7:30 pm.
Mon 11th of Nov:
Dir: Terrence Malick (USA/ 2011)
This stunningly original triumph from visionary director Terrence Malick stars Academy Award Nominee Brad Pitt and Academy Award Winner Sean Penn. The epic, yet intimate, story follows the life journey of Jack O’Brien (played as an adult by Penn), the eldest son of a fractured Midwestern family.
Pitt delivers a powerful performance as the cataclysmic force of nature in Jack’s world, his complex and rigidly authoritarian father. Hailed as a visually breathtaking masterpiece by critics and audiences alike, The Tree Of Life won the Cannes Film Festival’s highest honor, becoming one of the year’s most talked about films.
ONLY GOD FORGIVES
Monday 28th October, from 7:30pm
From the director of the PUSHER trilogy and DRIVE, comes the latest masterpiece from Nicholas Refn Winding – ONLY GOD FORGIVES.
The ‘plot’ is secondary to the spirit of this extraordinary film. Loosely, we are watching a revenge tale set in the underworld of Bangkok, Thailand. Julian (above), played by Ryan Gosling, is the unwilling inheritor of his elder brother’s criminal empire. Thailand’s tourist industry is underpinned by an economy of prostitution, drugs and gambling, and Julian is in the thick of it. When his bro does a very bad thing, Julian is targeted by policeman Lieutenant Chang, using a samurai sword and the wings of justice.
Julian, meanwhile, is involved with the beautiful Mai, who pleasures him with mystery. This innocent woman may know wicked things in bed, but has no idea of the depths that Julian is about to be plunged into.
Julian would like to just let everyone cool down and chill, but his Mother arrives in town and needs revenge.
One of the themes of this film is that Mother can be dangerous.
To watch ONLY GOD FORGIVES is to enter a world of exquisite pain. The lighting, sound design, cinematography and overall direction are on a level unsurpassed by anything this reviewer has seen in cinema. It’s not for nothing the Guardian gave this film 5 Stars. Come and see – judge for yourself. Warning: this film hurts…
Wednesday 23rd: Open Air Cinema
The Last Ride
A fictional portrayal of the last days of legendary country singer, Hank Williams, as he drove across the southern states of the USA, to his ultimate doom. A tragic story, showing a brilliant musical career cut short by fast-living and psychological breakdown. Made in 2012, this indy film is for lovers of country music and the old US. Screening from 7:30-9:15pm in the terrace cinema.
Thursday 24h October: HipHop Jam
A brand new hip-hop jam, hosted by none other than the notorious Ugly MC, taking a break from his National Theatre duties to mash up Tilapia with his rugged rhymes and brazen beats. Featuring the Bonfire live band and DJs, from 8pm till late…
Friday 25th October
The Blood Brothers
The roots veterans present their monthly Rub-A-Dub session at Tilapia, featuring some of Uganda’s finest reggae musicians and singers, playing classic covers and original compositions. Roots, dub, reggae, calypso and soul, from 8pm-late…
Sunday 27th: Acoustic Night
Martin Van Steenkiste
The Belgian guitar maestro is back at Tilapia with a set of sensual compositions, melodic poetry and latino flavours. Come and worship at the temple of music! The perfect hangover cure, from 8-11pm.
All events are free entry