Monday, January 15, 2018

INSIDE @ Cinemateca Nacional del Ecuador

Inside will screen as part of a season of Experimental Film Society films at the Cinemateca Nacional del Ecuador in Quito, March 16th – 18th 2018.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is a group of filmmakers dedicated to the creation of uncompromisingly personal, formally challenging filmmaking. Based in Dublin, it has succeeded in forging a new and radically alternative Irish cinema. The series of EFS films screening at the Cinemateca Nacional del Ecuador Ulises Estrella showcases the directors currently producing under the EFS banner.

Phantom Islands (Rouzbeh Rashidi)
Inside (Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le Cain)
Short films by Atoosa Pour Hosseini
Drifting Cities (Michael Higgins)
Kino Hospital (Jann Clavadetscher)

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

INSIDE on CinePensieri's Top 10 Films of 2017

"Inside, the first feature film by the duo Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, who have already made numerous short films, is a work that explores the inner life of a woman in psychic breakdown. The two directors explore this inner decadence through a masterly manipulation of the film medium... Inside is another great film from the Experimental Film Society, one that absolutely deserves consideration and an audience."

CinePensieri has included Inside on its list of ten best films of 2017!

Monday, January 01, 2018

Phantoscope: Jann Clavadetscher's KINO HOSPITAL


Thursday, January 18th, 6.30pm
Triskel Christchurch Cinema, Cork

61 mins – Ireland 2017 – Dir: Jann Clavadestscher
Starring: Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Katie Mc Fadden, Rouzbeh Rashidi and Jann Clavadetscher

Phantoscope, Triskel’s quarterly experimental cinema event, presents the world premiere of Jann Clavadetscher’s Kino Hospital. This visually dazzling meltdown of a sci-fi thriller is the latest assault on narrative, genre and the sensorium to emerge from the notorious Dublin-based Experimental Film Society production company. It explores the consequences of a handful of scientists getting scattered around the globe after a failed experiment in the laboratories of the Kino Hospital. They are forced to continue their work but their return seems highly unlikely. While the evil Dr. Baron Von Mertzbach enjoys his peace, the neglected, dissatisfied and deranged audience seeks revenge.

Director Jann Clavadetscher will be present for a post-screening Q&A


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Season's Greetings from Close Watch

Close Watch now signing off for 2017! The year of Self Decapitation, Play Ground and, of course, Inside... Of the launch of the Langan / Le Cain performance project... Of the book Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents...  Here's hoping for an equally productive 2018 - and wishing one and all a joyful and restorative Christmas season.

Monday, December 18, 2017

INSIDE on Cinepaxy Top 20

A big thank you to Cinepaxy for giving Inside seventh place on its list of the twenty best films of 2017. Equally thrilled to see EFS comrade (and Inside colourist) Michael Higgins' gorgeous Drifting Cities also included.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Self Decapitation @ Seventyseven Film Club, Bristol

Cafe Kino, 108 Stokes Croft, BS1 3RU Bristol, United Kingdom
Doors 6.30pm, Film 7pm, Entry £3

Seventyseven Film Club will present a screening of Self Decapitation, a Janus-headed self-portrait by Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain in which death and desire each take possession of this film in two parts. The ambiguities of inhabiting a human body are conjured by way of film technology in its faults, faulty memories and false promises. There is no escape from its haunting – except perhaps to haunt it in turn…

After the screening there will be live improvised music in response to the film from Stereocilia, Robin Foster, Louise's Guidelines, Microdeform, Anthony Brown, Harry Matthews & Seth Guy.

For those not lucky enough to make the Bristol screening, Self Decapitation is also available on VOD.

Monday, December 04, 2017


The book Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents is now available! Edited by Rouzbeh Rashidi and me, it chronicles the history of Experimental Film Society (EFS) by compiling a series of essays, interviews and manifestos that set out and explore the ideas that drive and emerge from EFS filmmaking. It includes new texts by renowned film critic Adrian Martin, and by Alice Butler & Daniel Fitzpatrick, the curatorial team behind aemi (artists and experimental moving image) who describe the book thus:

"This is the kind of book which belongs in the homes of artists,  filmmakers, critics, programmers, curators and fans, encountered years from now well thumbed and returned to again and again; as much a source of inspiration or a space for reflection on cinema and its ineffable power as a manual for uncompromised creative practice."

To order a copy, please email: It is priced €15 + p&p.

Photographs from the Luminous Void book launch courtesy of Alan Lambert.