LRB Screen at Home is back in time for an alleged ‘new normal’ in which cinemas have reopened, sort of, but we still seem to be spending most of our time … at home. So, why not invite the LRB’s celluloid series back into your sitting room or bedroom-office-hybrid for its next season of eight unique events this autumn? Every fortnight programmer and host Gareth Evans will introduce a remarkable independent and innovative feature drawn from the full range of world cinema past and present, presented and powered by our friends at the discerningly global streaming platform MUBI.
Including titles you might not know by the likes of Chantal Akerman and Angela Schanelec, Oscar Micheaux and Orson Welles, Gareth will be joined in conversation about each film and its relationship to their own work by eight outstanding authors and makers, including McKenzie Wark, Katie Mitchell, Katherine Rundell, Hisham Matar, Hari Kunzru, Xiaolu Guo and Maya Jasanoff.
Tickets for the series are priced at £5 per conversation, or £30 for a season ticket. We’ll send anyone who buys one or more tickets a three-month (!) FREE trial subscription for MUBI, which means you’ll be able to watch all eight films, and many hundreds more, for free throughout the autumn, wherever you are in the world. Then at 7 p.m. every other Wednesday, from 16 September through to 16 December, ticket-buyers will be sent a link to a livestreamed conversation in which you’ll be invited, as ever, to post questions and thoughts about the film under discussion in the comments, which Gareth will then fold into the conversation live as it happens.
We do hope you can join us for what promises to be a highly (cine)literate line-up of world-class writers and outstanding motion pictures.
Please note: to access the free MUBI trial you will need to enter payment details when you register with MUBI, but you can cancel your subscription at any time. For more information, please see MUBI's Terms of Service here.
16 September – McKenzie Wark on Tadhg O’Sullivan’s The Great Wall (2015)
Taking as its starting point Kafka’s short story ‘At the Building of the Great Wall of China’, Tadhg O’Sullivan’s riveting documentary is a meditation on the migrant crisis, interrogating the systems of walls, bureaucracy and exclusion that prop up the European project, and ultimately questioning the nature of power.
Gareth will discuss the film’s implications with the influential radical theorist McKenzie Wark, whose most recent work Sensoria is published by Verso.
30 September – Katie Mitchell on Rita Azevedo Gomes’s Correspondences (2016)
In Rita Azevedo Gomes’s poetic essay-film, the director's friends read from and reflect on the letters of Portuguese poets Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and Jorge de Sena, exchanged during de Sena’s exile from Salazar’s fascist Portugal. The result is a profound and intimate meditation on friendship and freedom.
Sharing her insights into women’s lives, words and image-making, Gareth will be joined in conversation by the ground-breaking theatre director Katie Mitchell.
14 October – Katherine Rundell on Clay Jeter’s Jess + Moss (2011)
Cinematographer Clay Jeter’s beautifully shot directorial debut follows two cousins during one childhood summer in the tobacco fields of rural Kentucky as they confront their deepest secrets and the hopes and fears of an unknown tomorrow.
Considering this vivid coming of age tale will be the LRB’s own vivid and committed columnist, garlanded author Katherine Rundell.
28 October – Hisham Matar on Mariano Llinás’s Extraordinary Stories (2008)
Three unconnected, voiceover-narrated tales entwine over the impressionistic and hypnotic four-hour run time of Mariano Llinás’s masterpiece of Argentinian cinema, to create ‘a film that’s more compulsively watchable and conventionally entertaining than any synopsis would begin to suggest.’ (New York Times)
Sharing his thoughts on the power and mystery of storytelling will be award-winning essayist and novelist Hisham Matar, whose latest book A Month in Siena is just out in paperback from Penguin Books.
11 November – Hari Kunzru on Orson Welles’s The Stranger (1946)
Orson Welles’s 1946 thriller follows a game of cat-and-mouse between an investigator from the War Crimes Commission – played by noir legend Edward G. Robinson – and an infamous Nazi, now hiding out in small town Connecticut as a distinguished professor engaged to the Supreme Court Justice’s daughter.
To discuss the lure of the extreme, and the shadows of history, Gareth will be speaking with acclaimed and deeply engaged novelist Hari Kunzru, whose new novel Red Pill (Scribner) is published on 3 September.
25 November – Xiaolu Guo on Angela Schanelec’s Passing Summer (2011)
Angela Schanelec’s tender and enigmatic drama follows Valerie, a thrity-something writer, as she navigates friends, family, lovers, and a variety of emotional crises over the course of a Berlin summer.
Thinking out loud about place and purpose will be the prize-winning novelist, memoirist and film-maker Xiaolu Guo, author of A Lover's Discourse, just out from Chatto & Windus.
9 December – Maya Jasanoff on Chantal Akerman’s Almayer’s Folly (2011)
Chantal Akerman’s penultimate film – an ambitious adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s first novel – Almayer’s Folly is a story of passion, loss and madness, set in the oppressive heat of the Cambodian jungle.
From Conrad to the postcolonial: Maya Jasanoff, multi-award winning author of The Dawn Watch, will speak about history and responsibility.
16 December – A very special guest to be announced
Watch this space!