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The BIOSCOPE - 06/11/2019

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Just a quick note before we go any further. We're excited to announce that the M2 renovation is finally over! So The Bioscope is now finally a whole lot easier to access. 
We hope to see you at The Bioscope soon! 

The World-Famous Oberhausen Short Film Festival Comes To The Bioscope.

Oberhausen On Tour 2019
15 - 17 Nov

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is one of the most important short film institutions anywhere in the world. The world’s oldest short film competition is a forum for experiments, unusual content and formats, and the place for cinematic discoveries. Every year, filmmakers from all over the world present themselves here. After the festival takes place in Germany, the ‘Oberhausen On Tour’ package then travels to cinemas around the world. The Bioscope is proud to be included in this esteemed list of cinema sites with the help of The Goethe Institut in Johannesburg.

The Oberhausen on Tour 2019 screenings in Johannesburg will feature 2 feature-length short film programmes: International Competition 2018 and Artist Film 2018, presenting award winners and highlights from the programmes of the 64th Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Of particular interest to Joburgers is the inclusion of Naomi van Niekerk’s “My mamma is Bossies” in the International Competition programme. The film, inspired by a poem by Jeanne Goosen, is recited by Elize Cawood to a background of a legendary performance by Maria Callas from 1955.

The Goethe-Institut supported van Niekerk’s visit to Oberhausen in 2018, and was delighted when her film was selected for an award on the International Programme. Van Niekerk will be present for a discussion on Sunday 17 November, after the International Competition screening.


This Week at The Bioscope

Wed 6 Nov: 
The Story of Racheltjie De Beer 6pm BOOK NOW
Blessers 6pm BOOK NOW
Thurs 7 Oct: Closed for a private screening
Fri 8 Nov: Academie Live at The Bioscope BOOK NOW
Sat 9 Nov: Closed for private screenings.
Sun 10 Oct: 
The Art Of Comics Film Screenings: Polina 2pm BOOK NOW
You've Never Seen The Film 'Leon The Proffesional'!? 5pm BOOK NOW
Mon 11 Oct:
Burkinabe Rising 7:30pm BOOK NOW
Tue 12 Oct:
10 Nov 5pm.
You've Never Seen The Film 'Leon The Professional'!?

The Bioscope is proud to bring you this signature event that celebrates the films that some of us adore, that others might have completely missed! If this one has passed you by, or you've always been meaning to watch it, now is your chance! If you love it and want a re-watch, we want you to bring along your friends or partners that haven't seen the film. 

If you know and love the film, tag your friends in the facebook event now. Anyone who tags friends will go into a draw before the film starts, and one winner will get themselves a new Bioscope T-shirt.
Also on the night, anyone who brings someone or people who haven't seen the film, earns themselves a FREE bucket of The Bioscope's finest popcorn!

For all those who've let this classic pass them by...

Léon: The Professional (1994)
Dir. Luc Besson. Action/Crime/Drama || 1h50min

Mathilda (Natalie Portman) is only 12 years old, but is already familiar with the dark side of life: her abusive father stores drugs for corrupt police officers, and her mother neglects her. Léon (Jean Reno), who lives down the hall, tends to his houseplants and works as a hired hitman for mobster Tony (Danny Aiello). When her family is murdered by crooked DEA agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman), Mathilda joins forces with a reluctant Léon to learn his deadly trade and avenge her family's deaths.


Every Sun 2pm From 13 Oct - 17 Nov.
The Art of Comics Film Screenings

The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), the Embassy of France in South Africa and the French Institute of SA are pleased to present The Art of Comics, an exciting new exhibition that showcases the fascinating worlds of South African comics and French bandes dessinées, the famous French comic style.

The Bioscope is proud to partner with the Art of Comics team to present a special selection of free screenings of famous french comic book and graphic novel film adaptations. Screenings will happen every Sunday at 2pm from 13 oct - 17 Nov, and best enjoyed after a visit to the exhibition at the nearby Johannesburg Art Gallery.

The Art of Comics, taking place from 19 September until 17 November 2019 at  JAG, will offer visitors a rich variety of contemporary South African comics and graphic novels that explore themes related to history, folklore, science fiction, autobiography and new developments in the field, such as augmented reality comics.

From 14 Nov
Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes

Dir. Sophie Huber
Documentary/Music || 1h25m

A revelatory, thrilling and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, the pioneering label that gave voice to some of the finest jazz artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

When the German Jewish refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff started Blue Note in 1939 in New York, the two Berliners allowed the artists complete freedom and encouraged them to compose new music. Their visionary and uncompromising approach led to releases that not only revolutionized jazz, but that have left an indelible imprint on art and music, including hip hop.

The present provides a point of departure from which the film recovers the past. Legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter come together with today’s generation of groundbreaking Blue Note artists such as Robert Glasper and Ambrose Akinmusire to record an All-Stars album.

These reflections lead us back to the highly influential figures of the past on which the legacy of Blue Note is built: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Miles Davis. Rare archival interviews and conversations with Blue Note musicians provide an intimate look into the creation and philosophy behind some of the most seminal tracks in jazz history. The Film strives to transmit the values that jazz embodies and that Blue Note has been promoting since its inception: freedom of expression, equality, dialogue - values we can learn from and that are as relevant today as they were when the label was founded.
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018.

11 Nov. 7:30pm
Burkinabe Rising

The Bioscope is proud to host Culture of Resistance filmmaker Iara Lee for a special screening of her film Burkinabè Rising, followed by a post screening discussion.

Dir. Iara Lee. Documentary || 1h12m

Burkinabè Rising, is a documentary that showcases the creative nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso. A small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens, who provide an example of the type of political change that can be achieved when people come together. It is an inspiration, not only to the rest of Africa but also to the rest of the world.


Through music, film, ecology, visual art, and architecture, the people featured in this film are carrying on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara. After assuming the presidency in 1983, Sankara was killed in a 1987 coup d'état led by his friend and close advisor Blaise Compaoré, who subsequently ruled the country as an autocrat for twenty-seven years. In October 2014 a massive popular insurrection led to his removal. Today, the spirit of resistance is mightier than ever in Burkina Faso.

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