Frost (Kelemen, 1997): ICA Cinema, 7pm
This screening, introduced by Independent on Sunday film critic Jonathan Romney, is from the A Nos Amours film club, founded by film-makers Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts dedicated to programming over-looked, under-exposed or especially potent cinema. More details on their website here.
Here is the introduction:
Fred Kelemen, Bela Tarr's customary cinematographer, ally and
collaborator, himself made films that Susan Sontag singled out as
beacons of artistic purpose and wonder. Frost, from 1997/1999, is the film that almost died at birth as producer and filmmaker fell out. A Nos Amours presents a 16mm print of the authorised director's cut.
of darkness. Time of fire kindled against cold and fear. During the
Holy Night, the seven year old Micha has to escape with his young mother
Marianne from the violence of his drunken father... During their one
week odyssey through frozen Germany, mother and son meet people to offer
them shelter... Crushed by their own poverty, or dominated by their
feelings of being lost, these people just hurt them deeper and they can
be nothing other than stations of their continuous escape' - Fred