HIC is a not-for-profit community film club organised and run by Haringey residents. It’s usually held on the last Thursday of the month at West Green Learning Centre on West Green Road. Doors open at 7pm. Everyone welcome!
Thursday 26 November 2015
The Lab plus Epicly Palestine’d
Yotam Feldman | USA, 2013 | 60 mins | Hebrew/English
This November we’re showing two films looking at wildly different aspects of the Occupied Territories; two films that should be worlds apart, but both arising from the Israeli state’s obsession with controlling, caging and humiliating Palestinians.
The Lab investigates the appeal of Israeli weapons to the international arms trade. How did such a small country become one of the biggest military exporters in the world? Israeli arms dealers are eager to promote their products and pride themselves on their booming business. Profits have never been better, sales are doubling every year. But the product they sell is unique. Rather than rifles, rockets or bombs, the Israeli companies sell their experience. This film reveals how the Israeli arms industry makes vast profits worldwide thanks to their “experience” in the occupied territories.
Against this vile trade, Epicly Palestine’d is the story of how skateboarding began in the West Bank, as told through the eyes of the skateboarders who live there. It documents their journey as they try to build a skate scene from scratch, while facing the challenges of living under occupation.
The director of Epicly Palestine’d will be joining us for a Q&A and a member of Haringey Justice for Palestinians will talk about The Lab.
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Thursday 17 December 2015
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson | USA, 2014 | 100 mins | Cert. 15
It’s that time of year again when we show a film that diverges from our usual fare. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a fun-filled extravaganza set in a monumental and sumptuous pink palace perched in a mountain range in a pre-war central European country, the fictional Zubrowka. The story’s prime mover, famous concierge Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) is the heart and soul of this decadent hotel, and is involved in one outrageous fiasco after another.
When a young lobby boy comes to Gustave’s attention, he schools the pup in the ins and outs of the hotel, not least explaining his own peculiar role and entanglements in the sex lives of its weathered residents. But when one of Gustave’s lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless Renaissance painting and the chief suspect in her murder.
In his delightful comedy, Wes Anderson unleashes waves of fun-within-fun at every point. We find ourselves situated in a roomy and delectable vision of the past which makes the audience feel like giants bending down to admire a superbly detailed little universe. The Grand Budapest Hotel combines great story telling and a hilarious script with exquisite cinematography to produce a film that is perfect for a Christmas showing.