Leone season will play alongside a complementary season of modern Westerns, including special previews, Q&As and talks
Wednesday 14 March 2018, London.
Based on a true story, My Pure Land (Sarmad Masud, 2017) is a western with a feminist twist which centres on a land dispute in rural Pakistan; the screening on Thursday 12 April will be followed by a Q&A with director Sarmad Masud. Another western with a distinctly feminist perspective is Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Mouly Surya, 2017), which intelligently blends the western genre with arthouse sensibilities; the film, which previews as part of the BFI’s WOMAN WITH A MOVE CAMERA series will be followed by a Q&A with the director Mouly Surya.
BFI Southbank’s regular AFRICAN ODYSSEYS series will also focus on westerns this month, with screenings of Moustapha Alassane, Cineaste of the Possible (Christian Lelong, Maria Silvia Bazzoli, 2008) a documentary about living legend Moustapha Alassane, who is driven by the desire to experiment and reinvent cinema on the African continent; this documentary explores his life and work including forays into low-budget westerns. La Belle at the Movies (2016), which will be introduced by its director Cecilia Zoppelletto, is a poetic homage to Kinshasa, which despite being a city of 10 million people, doesn’t have a single cinema. The film looks at Kinshasa’s once-vibrant film industry and documents the extraordinary Kinshasa cowboy culture that grew in response to the 1960s spaghetti westerns. Screening alongside this will be The Return of an Adventurer (Moustapha Alassane, 1966) about a man who, returning from the US to his village in Niger, brings western outfits to his close friends, who decide to become cowboys. Completing the AFRICAN ODYSSEYS programme will be Africa Goes West: The Black Cowboy, an illustrated exploration of the African diaspora’s contribution to the classic genre.
Completing the modern westerns programme will be screenings of The Rider (2017), Chloé Zhao’s affectionate slice of Americana that premiered at last year’s BFI London Film Festival, Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie, 2016), a neo-noir take on the western from the screenwriter of Sicario, and Sweet Country (2017), Warwick Thornton’s Australian-set film about an Aboriginal farmer and his wife who go on the run after he kills a white man in self-defence.
SUN 22 APR 17:40 NFT1 / SAT 28 APR 17:50 NFT1