Birmingham International Film Society (B.I.F.S) is showing some fascinating films this month.
I am particularly interested in Chevolution (2008), screening on Thursday January 14th at 6pm. A story about Che Guevara and how Alberto ‘Korda’ Diaz’s iconic photograph has come to represent so much to different generations. The story of the photographer and how mythology through art becomes larger than life. Che can be found on everything from posters, t-shirts to mugs but what does he represent to modern consumers?
On the same night as part of a double bill is Herostratus (1967) starring a young Helen Mirren. When Max, a young poet hires a marketing company to turn his suicide into a mass-media spectacle, he finds that his subversive intentions are quickly diluted into a reactionary gesture, and his motivations are revealed as a desperate attempt to seek attention through celebrity. A disturbing and haunting film.
Later in the month on Tuesday 21st at 7pm is a screening of Identity of the Soul. Based on Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s poem Terje Vigen and Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s A Soldier Dreams of White Lillies, Identity of the Soul is a spectacular and unique, five screen cinematic installation combining film, poetry, music and dance narrated by Vanessa Redgrave. The piece features images from around the world and footage from the BFI National Archive in a tale of revenge, reconciliation and the individual.
All screenings take place at Birmingham Library Theatre. Tickets cost £3.50/£2.50 (Concessions) and are available on the night or from the Central Library.