Genesis Cinema new Fragments festival aims to celebrate and champion inclusivity, launching in a year of uncertainty and change for the UK. This new London-based festival it is vital for to express solidarity and unity within the film industry. The programming will spotlight not only the fantastic home-grown talent that the UK has, but also the incredible filmmakers and film markets across Europe and around the world.
In the first edition of Fragments Festival the focus not only on giving a platform to underrepresented filmmakers to exhibit their work, but also giving those who may not regularly attend the cinema the chance to see a wide range of excellent films. The festival opens with Teen Spirit.
Bursting with pop sounds, Max Minghella’s glossy directorial debut delivers a fierce take on the classic Cinderella story. We follow Violet (Elle Fanning), a shy Polish immigrant teen who attempts to break out from her obscure existence through her love for singing. She finds unlikely help in the shape of a once famous opera singer turned boozing fairy godfather figure. Walking a road paved with dreams, temptations and glitter, Violet’s talent, dedication and integrity will be put to the test in this explosive fairy tale of the desire for stardom. FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019 8:00 PM 11:30 PM
Here are our picks:
A Season in France
Takes a close look at the borrowed time of two African refugees that are fighting for a second chance in life after fleeing their war-torn country. Abbas, once a school teacher, and his brother Etienne, once a philosophy professor, have left those identities behind in exchange for an inhospitable country that refuses to give them asylum. SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 2:15 PM 3:15 PM
With introduction by Refugees At Home.
WE THE ANIMALS
Narrated by the youngest of three brothers, We The Animals tells the story of Manny, Joel and Jonah as they grow up observing the volatile, unstable relationship between their parents and how it shapes their development. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father, Jonah uses creativity to escape his reality and come to terms with his burgeoning sexuality. This dreamlike and poetic coming-of-age drama boasts impressive performances throughout, especially by the three young boys. SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019
6:45 PM 8:30 PM
Afrooz has given her life to football. Now, as she is about to captain Iran’s national futsal team to the final of the Asian Nations Cup in Malaysia, her estranged husband exercises his legal right to refuse her permission to leave the country. Thus begins a battle in which the fiercely determined Afrooz uses any means necessary to fight the everyday injustices faced by women in Iran. Exceptionally well-crafted, Permission is a bold, uncompromising look at gender roles in the modern Middle East. SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019
8:30 PM 10:00 PM
CLOSING GALA – SHE WHO MUST BE LOVED
Activist, trailblazer, and true inspiration, Freda Glynn is one of the key founders of C.A.A.M.A. (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association), an organisation created to highlight Aboriginal culture to the rest of the continent. Freda’s daughter, Erica, sets off to make a film about her mother’s past, however, the story Freda herself wants to tell is that of her grandmother who was killed in a massacre. Spanning across multiple generations of women, She Who Must Be Loved manifests the Glynn family’s deeply rooted ancestral connection through the investigation and connection of forgotten political events and rich indigenous culture. A unique, original and extremely edifying film. SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019 6:45 PM 11:45 PM.
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Friday 7th June – Saturday 15th June 2019