Film Press Releases

Press releases for recent ICA releases, seasons and extended runs.

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Film Press Releases

  • New ICA Film Season: Ogawa Shinsuke and Ogawa Pro Collective filmmaking and the Culture of Dissidence [PDF]

    28 Sep 2016

    The Institute of Contemporary Arts is proud to present a season of films dedicated to Ogawa Shinsuke and Ogawa Productions. The ICA is one of the few remaining cinemas in the UK still projecting 16mm film, giving cinephiles the rare opportunity to view these powerful documentaries in their original format.

  • Artists' Film Biennial 2016 [PDF]

    22 Mar 2016

    The ICA is delighted to announce the return of the Artists’ Film Biennial, a five-day celebration of artists’ film and moving image, which will take place from 25–29 May 2016. The Biennial, now in its second edition will offer audiences the opportunity to see some of the best new film and rarely seen works in one place and engage directly with artists, curators and industry practitioners from all over the world.

  • Frames of Representation Documentary Film Festival [PDF]

    2 Mar 2016

    From 20–27 April 2016 the ICA presents Frames of Representation (FoR), a new film festival dedicated to creative documentary cinema. This year’s festival includes six UK premieres profiling an international selection of filmmakers from China, Italy, Mexico, Poland, USA and UK. The festival will offer audiences the opportunity to meet and learn from creative practitioners in the documentary film industry including Walter Murch, Roberto Minervini, Sara Fgaier and Zhao Liang.

  • Essay Film Festival [PDF]

    18 Feb 2016

    From 18 to 24 March 2016 the ICA will take part in the second edition of Birkbeck’s Essay Film Festival. UK premiere screenings from Filipino filmmaker and performance artist, Kidlat Tahimik, and the late Portuguese film director, Manoel de Oliviera, will headline this festival which celebrates some of the most outstanding contemporary essay filmmakers from the UK.

  • Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 [PDF]

    19 Jan 2016

    The Japan Foundation UK’s annual Touring Film Programme runs 5 – 11 February 2016 at the ICA. Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s iconic 1952 film Ikiru (‘To Live’), this year’s programme provides an exciting collection of films looking at the way in which Japanese filmmakers have been observing and capturing people’s lives, and how people across the ages persevere, negotiate and reconcile with the environment and situation they live in.

  • Cinema Programme Highlights [PDF]

    18 Aug 2015

    Filmmakers feature prominently throughout the cinema programme during the autumn with talents such as award-winning Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev making his first appearance at the ICA. The work of British women filmmakers will be celebrated during a nationwide programme Onwards and Outwards.

  • The ICA announces Onwards and Outwards, a unique programme of films made by British women filmmakers [PDF]

    30 Jul 2015

    The ICA is delighted to announce Onwards and Outwards, a unique programme of films made by British women filmmakers over the last 50 years. This particular focus aims to highlight women filmmakers who have excelled in making works of independence and originality. Onwards and Outwards is a nationwide programme of screenings, talks, and events, which aims to establish a dialogue around the conditions of production that women face when attempting to use the moving image as a means of expression.

  • The ICA and Dogwoof present The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer [PDF]

    27 May 2015

    The ICA and Dogwoof are delighted to present The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up to his extraordinary documentary The Act of Killing followed by an exclusive Q&A with the director and filmmaker Adam Curtis on 12 June 2015.

  • The ICA and BRITDOC present Laura Poitras: 9/11 Trilogy and selected shorts [PDF]

    26 May 2015

    The 9/11 Trilogy and selected shorts by acclaimed filmmaker, journalist, and artist Laura Poitras. Poitras has won numerous awards, most recently Academy Award for Best Documentary for CITIZENFOUR, which centres on covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and the state of post-9/11 America through an encounter with Edward Snowden and reporter Glenn Greenwald.

  • Catalan Avant-Garde [PDF]

    10 Feb 2015

    The ICA, the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL) and Reel Solutions are delighted to present Catalan Avant-Garde, a series of rarely seen new and recent Catalan films from February to December 2015.

  • Chantal Akerman retrospective: Part II [PDF]

    16 Sep 2014
    The ICA and A Nos Amours are delighted to continue a complete retrospective of the single screen work of Chantal Akerman, perhaps the most unpredictable, far sighted, indefinable, rigorous, playful film-maker of her generation.
  • Elio Petri - The Forgotten Genius [PDF]

    16 Jul 2014

    The ICA and Shameless Films Entertainment are proud to present a season of Elio Petri (1929 – 1982), one of the most fascinating and intriguing filmmakers in Italian cinema of the 60s and 70s. This season aims to bring renewed attention a thought-provoking and versatile filmmaker through a series rarely seen key works. 

  • Berlin Alexanderplatz [PDF]

    9 Sep 2013

    Writer and filmmaker Iain Sinclair presents Rainer Werner Fassbender’s seminal 1980 television series Berlin Alexanderplatz, screened from the original 35mm prints over the weekend, introduced by Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit.

  • Princefest [PDF]

    4 Dec 2012

    From Friday 14 - Saturday 15 December the ICA will survey the artistic impact of the Purple One with Princefest, 2 days of screenings, talks, Q&As and live music performances.

  • Bowiefest [PDF]

    1 Aug 2012

    The UK’s first film festival dedicated to the work on screen of legend David Bowie: 3 days of screenings, talks, and Q&As from Friday 31 August – Sunday 2 September at the Institute of Contemporary Arts