One of Spike Lee’s most revered works and known as one of the most accomplished biopics of all time, Malcolm X, will be shown as part of the Spike is 60 film festival. The epic film, featuring a mesmerizing, career best performance from Denzel Washington, covers the key stages of Malcolm’s life, from street hustler to one of the most iconic figures of the 20th Century.
After the screening, a special Q+A will focus on challenges that Spike Lee faced when getting Malcolm X made, from funding to production delays.
British filmmaker James Marsh’s celebrated documentary which went on to win an Academy Award® and BAFTA for Best Documentary following its premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman called Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, at the time the world’s tallest buildings. After an hour of dancing on the wire with no safety net or harness, he was finally arrested for this beautiful but illegal act of daring.
Stephen Soderbergh burst onto the independent filmmaking scene with this savagely funny low budget drama about a group of young, adulterous 30-somethings. Powered by astonishingly raw, realistic dialogue and terrific performances from the likes of James Spader and Andie MacDowell, Soderbergh's film debuted at the 1989 Festival and won the Audience Award, going on to win the Palme D'Or at Cannes in the same year. Something of a protean text for the serious-minded, modern American indie, the film's razor-sharp dialogue, preoccupation with sex and the psyche, as well as its breakout performances, still pack a punch almost 30 years on.
Utterly distinctive, visually inventive and ultimately moving, Miranda July's debut feature was supported by Sundance Institute's Directors and Screenwriters Labs and premiered at the 2005 Festival, taking the Special Jury Prize for originality of vision. A bittersweet love story revolving around a group of lost and heartbroken people, the film still dazzles with its offbeat tone, funny dialogue and impressive array of breakout performances from the likes of John Hawkes and July herself, who also wrote the film.
Variety critic Guy Lodge introduces this special screening of Jonathan Glazer's underrated 2004 masterpiece from an original 35mm print.
It took Anna (Nicole Kidman) 10 years to recover from the death of her husband, Sean, but now she's on the verge of marrying her boyfriend, Joseph (Danny Huston), and finally moving on. However, on the night of her engagement party, a young boy named Sean (Cameron Bright) turns up, saying he is her dead husband reincarnated. At first she ignores the child, but his knowledge of her former husband's life is uncanny, leading her to believe that he might be telling the truth.
(USA / UK 2005. Dir: Terrence Malick. English and Algonquin. 135 mins)
2017 sees the 400th year anniversary of the death of Pocahontas, who died in Gravesend in 1617. To mark this anniversary, Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival screens one of the greatest films of the 21st Century – Terrence Malick’s THE NEW WORLD. It is a film of astounding elemental beauty, which re-imagines the meeting between Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Powhatan princess Pocahontas (in a revelatory performance by Q’orianka Kilcher,) as a romantic idyll between spiritual equals. The action then follows Pocahontas as she marries John Rolfe (Christian Bale) and travels to England.
“with The New World cinema has reached its culmination, its apotheosis.” – The Guardian
Followed by a Q&A with Dakota Sioux historian Stephanie Pratt