Screening to celebrate A—Z 6th Anniversary with a newly commissioned postcard.
In celebration of A—Z 6th Anniversary, we present a special Screening of Neil Beloufa’s first long feature film Occidental, 2017 preceded by his short: People’s passion, lifestyle beautiful wine, gigantic glass towers, all surrounded by water, 2018, 10min
‘A visually and sonically striking ensemble piece that plays mischievous games with audience expectations’ – The Hollywood Reporter
In this highly stylised new feature, the streets of Paris are taken by barricades and furious protesters. Antonio and Giorgio, an eccentric and improbable couple, take refuge in the Hotel Occidental. As the hotel staff grow increasingly suspicious of the couple, a series of absurd events unfold provoking homophobia, racism, misogyny, terrorist threats and political manipulations. Featuring Paul Hamy (The Ornothologist, Fort Buchanan) and Idir Chender, Occidental marks Beloufa’s first production with professional actors. Shot in the artist’s own studio, the film’s retro scenery recalls 70s cult cinema while cell phones and surveillance cameras situate it squarely in the present. With its eclectic range of influences, this genre-bending film reflects satirically on the uneasy context of our time.
Neïl Beloufa (b.1985, France) is a French-Algerian artist based in Paris who works across film, sculpture and installation. He studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia; Cooper Union, New York; and Le Fresnoy–Studio National des Arts Contemporain, Tourcoing, France. He has exhibited internationally, including solo shows at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; New Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai; and Institute of Contemporary Art, London, among others. His works are in the public collections of Centre Georges Pompidou and the David Roberts Art Foundation.
StudioRCA, Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, SW8 5AU
Event date: 29/06/2018
Open from 20:30 to 22:00