Now this seems an exciting prospect: a new film festival in south London. But what’s its USP? Simple, really: it exclusively screens UK premieres, a mix of international independent cinema, along with lashings of food and music from each film’s country of origin.
The festival kicks off next Thursday, November 12th, with the documentary Hearts of Tango, which looks at ‘Tanguero’ fever hitting the streets of Toronto. Afterwards there’ll be live music from tango guitarist, bass player and composer Javier Fioramonti, and tasty empanadas from Argentine food specialists Chango. It’s hosted in partnership with South London Tango at local favourite the Dulwich Constitutional Club.
Next up on Friday 13th is a Cameroonian-style buffet and live music from Jazz guitarist Muntu Valdo for the debut feature film W.A.K.A from director Francoise Ellong, while Saturday 14th is the Indonesian cafe-set drama and native box-office hit Filosofi Kopi, followed by Sumatran coffee tastings courtesy of South Norwood’s Volcano Coffee Works. The evening finishes with the British coming-of-age film Fear of Water.
The final day, Sunday 15th, kicks off with Sundance-selected film Viktoria, about a girl born in Communist Bulgaria without a belly-button at Borough’s Roxy Bar & Screen.
Sunday night’s closing film and party is at Kennington’s famous cinema museum, birthplace of Charlie Chaplin, for the UK premiere of Per Amor Vostro, for which Valeria Golino won the Coppa Volpi Best Actress Award in Venice. The show will be accompanied by food and music courtesy of the Italian Cultural Institute and SAID Chocolate.
It’s a nice idea, right? So definitely worth a gander. And prizes to those who attend the festival right through.
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