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Free film screenings during World Cinema Month

30 January 2012

Dates: 13, 20, 27 and 29 March 2012
Time: 6.30pm

Free for all undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as members of staff.

The University of Westminster is proud to present the 2012 World Cinema Month, which will take place at the historic Old Cinema at 309 Regent Street. The festival will be showing four films during March 2012.

For this event, we will be screening foreign language films in Arabic, Chinese and Spanish. Each of these acclaimed films, suggested by lecturers working for the Department of Modern and Applied Languages, will help expand your knowledge of world cinema and provide fascinating insights into other cultures

Entrance is free to all Westminster’s undergraduate, postgraduate and Evening Language Programme students and Alumni, as well as members of staff. No booking is required and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

All films will feature English subtitles.

The films

Lemon Tree posterLemon Tree

Date: Tuesday 13 March 2012, 6.30pm
Venue: Old Cinema, 309 Regent Street

Director: Eran Riklis
Cast: Hiam Abass, Ali Suliman, Danny Leshman, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Tarik Kopty
Duration: 106 minutes

A Palestinian widow stands up against her new neighbour, the Israeli Defence Minister, when he reveals his plans to destroy her lemon tree field.

Beijing BicycleBeijing Bicycle

Date: Tuesday 20 March 2012, 6.30pm
Venue: Old Cinema, 309 Regent Street

Director: Wang Xiaoshuai
Cast: Lin Cui, Xun Zhou, Yuanyuan Gao, Shuang Li, Yiwei Zhao, Yan Pang
Duration: 113 minutes

A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen and finds the schoolboy who took it.

Return to HansalaReturn to Hansala

Date: Tuesday 27 March 2012, 6.30pm
Venue: Old Cinema, 309 Regent Street

Director: Chus Gutiérrez
Cast: Farah Hamed, José Luis García Pérez, Adam Bounnouacha
Duration: 95 minutes

A woman loses her brother in an illegal immigration attempt and must return his body to their homeland.

Pan's Labyrinth posterPan's Labyrinth

Date: Thursday 29 March 2012, 6.30pm
Venue: Old Cinema, 309 Regent Street

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López
Duration: 119 minutes

In the fascist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Regent Street Cinema

This original theatre dates from 1848 and was chosen by the Lumiére Brothers to premiere the UK’s first ever public display of moving pictures in 1896.

The University of Westminster is raising funds to restore and transform the birthplace of British cinema, which will reinforce our position as a global centre of excellence in arts and film production and create a new landmark for the British film industry. The building will be open to the public as a lively venue for film-screenings as well as hosting lectures, workshops and events. It will also provide an unprecedented opportunity for students at the University to showcase their work in the heart of London’s West end.

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