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Festival reflects popularity of the cinematic fringe movement, with pop-up events and home screenings on the rise
In a large, dark back room behind a red velvet curtain at a London bar, sticky tables, mismatched chairs and battered red leather sofas face a projector screen. From the other side of the curtain, comes the usual hubbub of the post-work drinks crowd, but here a respectful hush has descended. The screen flickers red, white, black. Rousing violins from Michael Nyman's score for Prospero's Books fill the room. Bombastic slogans flash across the screen: "Cinema is not just film!", "Where there is a film and an audience, there is cinema!" and the clarion call, "Fill the land with cinemas!" Then, fade to white. Silence. Wild applause. This is the call-to-arms event for Scala Beyond, a new nationwide season of fringe cinema screenings that aims to unite the UK's growing army of independent film exhibitors. »
- Ruth Jamieson
"Swedish actor Erland Josephson, who collaborated with legendary film director Ingmar Bergman in more than 40 films and plays, has died," reports the AP. He was 88. "Josephson was born in Stockholm in 1923 and met Bergman while training as an amateur actor at 16. He appeared in several Bergman plays and films. He shot to international stardom with the role of Johan in Berman's film Scenes from a Marriage, in 1973. Josephson also starred in Andrey Tarkovskiy's films Nostalghia  and The Sacrifice ."
"It is Josephson's face which makes him so effective on film," reads his entry in the International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, "that bearlike aspect, his ability to look lost and forlorn, to convey a sense of suffering and bewilderment, in spite of his bluff exterior. Were one to repeat Kuleshov's famous experiment of the 1920s and to intercut the same shot of Josephson with images of joy, of sadness, of anger, »
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