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By Derek Jarman | The Dream That Kicks
Sunday 25.09.22
Jubilee NY

The Dream That Kicks is the Cinematheque's screening concept for art film, avant-garde film and video art. This time Greg Pope has selected a film by the British provocateur and artist Derek Jarman, who when he died in February 1994 from AIDS, left behind an original and radical legacy that often commented on his contemporary society in a fearless manner.

About the film

When Queen Elizabeth I asks her court alchemist to show her England in the future, she's transported 400 years to a post-apocalyptic wasteland of roving girl gangs, an all-powerful media mogul, fascistic police, scattered filth, and twisted sex. With Jubilee, legendary British filmmaker Derek Jarman channeled political dissent and artistic daring into a revolutionary blend of history and fantasy, musical and cinematic experimentation, satire and anger, fashion and philosophy. Ahead of its time and often frighteningly accurate in its predictions, it is a fascinating historical document and a gorgeous work of film art.

About the filmmaker

Derek Jarman (1942-1994) was a radical maverick, an enfant terrible unafraid to rattle the establishment. He was an author, a painter, a gay rights activist, a stage designer, a gardener as well as a film director. He directed eleven feature films – from Sebastian (1976) to Blue (1993), pushing the boundaries of British cinema, signified by experimental techniques and an iconoclast ethos. Jarman worked on the periphery of the film industry, but his films still pertinently managed to mirror, whether consciously or unconsciously, the changing social and political landscape that engulfed England at the time.

About the screening

The Dream That Kicks is the Cinematheque's screening concept for art film, avant-garde film and video art, curated by Greg Pope - artist, lecturer at KHiO and former Cinemateket engineer.

Due to renovations, the Cinematheque in Oslo is temporarily closed and arranges film screenings at Kunstnernes Hus Cinema.

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