THE RIO has again been omitted from the list of East London cinemas participating in the BFI London Film Festival. The Hackney Picturehouse, Everyman Screen on the Green, RichMix, Ritzy Brixton and Village Underground are all taking part in the 2013 festival when it opens next month.
When a new director, Clare Stewart, was hired in 2012, the BFI LFF “expanded its London footprint to offer a wider programme of films at local venues across the capital throughout the 12 days of the festival”. The festival “hopes to work with the Rio Cinema again at the right time”.
Rio general manager Charles Rubinstein said: “They [the festival] have chosen not to use the Rio for last two years. The time slots we could offer them were always a bit limited.
“We will try to persuade them to come back in 2014.”
A movie at one of the East End screenings that caught the attention of Loving Dalston is Papusza, at the RichMix.
Filmed in black and white and mostly in the Romany language, this 2013 feature tells the story of Gypsy Bronisława Wajs (1908-1987), who became famous in Poland for her naive poetry.
The film is said, however, to be more a study of the Roma than of folk poetry. Phew.
David Altheer 140913
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