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If the thought of spending some downtime amidst the rural beauty of the North Pennines sounds like a nice idea, the addition of film screenings, veggie food, camping and good company makes it a bloody excellent one. Make a bee-line then, for the Star & Shadow’s Losing The Plot film retreat at The Burnlaw Centre in Hexham from Friday 14th-Sunday 16th June, where you’ll find a friendly and welcoming haven for all lovers of the moving image.

Organisers explain that the optimum viewing conditions for films and poetic and experimental expression is given priority – with essay films, slow cinema, artists moving image and arthouse styles all given space in the programme. Group viewing and discussions are high on the agenda too, with communal meals – served by a legendary local culinary activist, no less – encourage discourse.

Included in the screenings are the award-winning Portuguese film Diamantino, by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, which confronts neo-fascism and genetic modification in a surreal odyssey featuring the world’s premiere football star; the UK premiere of Pictures I Didn’t Take, by Anna Grabo, an anachronistic travel guide which reflects on image making (followed by a Q&A and two short films); deadpan drama The Nothing Factory rebukes the crisis in capitalism; the lines between performance and reality blur in arty flick Madeline’s Madeline; and the bold tale of Kaili Blues, hailed as a masterpiece of slow cinema, is a dreamlike paean to time and change in contemporary China. A rare screening of shorts from three experimental filmmakers, Carolee Schneeman, Barbara Hammer and Agnes Varda will be shown, as will the immersive experimental documentary El Mar La Mar and Pirosmani, the tale of an outsider artist struggling to find his place in society.


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