Opening Gala: Mamarosh

Wednesday 17th September / 7PM @ The Maltings Theatre & Cinema

UK Premiere

Opening the 10th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is Mamarosh.

“Combines a warm humanism with incisive characterizations and wonderful sly humour...”

The Hollywood Reporter

Middle-aged cinephile and film projectionist Pera still lives with his mother - and best friend - Mara, in Belgrade. It's 1999 and when NATO bombs start raining down on Serbia, the two of them become refugees. After a surreal journey, they end up in New York, where Pera realizes that he can no longer do the old job he loved so much. While he and Mara were struggling to survive in war-torn Eastern Europe, the world adopted new-age digital projection.

Then Pera stumbles upon some discarded projectors and his new mission in life becomes clear: he will eschew modernity and technology and will instead travel the country, showing people the magic of “real cinema” - the magic that can only be created by celluloid, mechanical projectors, the silver screen and flickering light.

With introduction by director Momcilo Mrdakovic.

Supported by Mitie.

Followed by…
Preview: The Twilight State
World Premiere
Ben Russell l UK, USA, South Africa, Swaziland | 2014
Custom House | FREE

New commission produced in partnership with Northern Film & Media, supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

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Artist Momcilo Mrdakovic Country Serbia, Germany, Hungary Year 2013 Duration 106 minutes Cert Suggested 15