The BFI have announced details of its June programme.
June at the BFI is set to open with a centenary season dedicated to one of the most enduring icons of the 20th century Judy Garland. Judy Garland: A Star is Reborn will examine her artistic talent with screenings and special events throughout the month. Highlights are set to include her early work such as Listen, Darling as well as classic musicals such as Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz and her dramatic performances in the likes of A Star is Born and I Could Keep on Singing. The season will also include special events such as Judy Garland: 20th Century Icon and Judy’s Jukebox Singalong.
Meanwhile, there will also be a season dedicated to French filmmaker Robert Bresson, which will include a re-release of his taut, terse study of a petty thief Pickpocket in selected cinemas from the 3rd June. The season will also include screenings of The Trial of Joan of Arc and A Man Escaped.
Elsewhere, BFI African Odysseys will mark one year since the passing of Menelik Shabazz with a series of special events and screenings at BFI Southbank in June. Menelik Shabazz: For the People will include a commemorative day of illustrated talks and film screenings with Shabazz’s family, friends and collaborators on the 25th June, as well as screenings of key films.
Other special events taking place in June include: a preview of All My Friends Hate Me taking place on the 9th of June the event will also include a Q&A with co-writer Tom Palmer and co-writer and star Tom Stourton, BFI Southbank’s regular event Mark Kemode Live in 3D at the BFI will take place on the on the 13th June.
The BFI have also confirmed the return of the London Indian Festival from the 23rd June until the 3rd July, with a range of previews with special guests. Highlights will include an Opening Night Gala with a very special guest Q&A, the directorial debut from Pravesh Kumar’s and the festival’s British Gala Little English and a 40th anniversary presentation of Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi.
It was also confirmed that in the run up to Refugee Week (20th-26th June) BFI Southbank will host a special screening of Fadia’s Tree, a documentary account of director Sarah Beddington’s friendship with Fadia, a charismatic Palestinian woman and teacher who lives in a refugee camp in Lebanon, but is determined to reconnect with her ancestral homeland. The screening on the 1st of June will then be followed by a Q&A with director Sarah Beddington. On the 20th June a screening of Aki Kaurismäki’s comedy-drama Le Havre will take place, followed by a discussion of exploring different aspects of the film, including reasons for its inclusion in this year’s Refugee Week programme.
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