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The Swedenborg Society is a publisher, library, events space, museum, bookshop and regsitered charity. In addition to organizing events, lectures, conferences, exhibitions, performances and film screenings; we also publish a large selection of literature relating to the work of the philosopher, scientist, inventor, astronomer, mathematician, parliamentary figure and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). The Society's Grade II listed premises in Bloomsbury, central London, is also available for private hire. For free updates on our events and publications please join our e-newsletter mailing list

Swedenborg Film Festival

Re-launch 8th, 10th & 11th July 2015

UK PREMIERE | Visionary Polish Filmmaker Lech Majewski’s Complete Renaissance Triptych

Offering a unique opportunity to engage with profound cinema in an historical landmark, the Swedenborg Film Festival returns in 2015 with a renewed format. Celebrating the award-winning Triptych of the great Polish filmmaker Lech Majewski alongside remarkable shorts by Richard Ashrowan and new works by emerging artist filmmakers, the 2015 festival takes place in Swedenborg House, ‘one of London’s most atmospheric venues’ (Guardian).

The only film festival in the world inspired by the work of a single philosopher, the SFF has received a huge response from thousands of filmmakers around the world since its launch in 2010. Co-curated in 2015 by Gareth Evans (Whitechapel Gallery) and Nora Foster (Frieze), a programme of short works and feature films explore the singular legacy of the Swedish philosopher, scientist and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) – a seminal influence on the Romantic, Symbolist and Surrealist traditions, and in particular the great English artist William Blake.

The annual festival is re-launched in July with an expanded framework, a new competition and a fresh commitment to showing the work of international filmmakers who are engaging with themes similar to those that energized Swedenborg. Both Lech Majewski and Richard Ashrowan will take part in Q&As following their screenings.

PROGRAMME

DAY ONE—8th JULY

7pm: SWEDENBORG SHORT FILM PROGRAMME (50 mins) Featuring award winning work by Ezra Wube; Kate Davis & David Moore; Chiara Ambrosio; Bartosz Kruhlik; Erica Eyres; and Toby Tatum. (For more details click here)

8pm: RICHARD ASHROWAN: POST LUX MATERIA – AFTER LIGHT (74 mins) + Director Q&A. (For more details click here)

DAY TWO—10th JULY

7pm: LECH MAJEWSKI: THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS (106 mins) + Q&A. (For more details click here)

DAY THREE—11th JULY

3.30pm: LECH MAJEWSKI: THE MILL AND THE CROSS (92 mins) + Q&A. (For more details click here)

7pm: LECH MAJEWSKI: FIELD OF DOGS (101 mins) + Q&A. (For more details click here)

TICKETS

EACH PROGRAMME: £8.50; CONC £6.50.

SEASON TICKET FOR MAJEWSKI TRIPTYCH: £20; CONC £15.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM HERE


For enquires please contact: info@swedenborg.org.uk

The Swedenborg Film Festival is curated by Gareth Evans and Nora Foster.

NEW BOOK

An Angel Speaks | Homero Aridjis

An Angel Speaks is a collection of 17 poems by our newly elected President Homero Aridjis. Selected by the author and offering a sample of work spanning 30 years, the volume also features an essay on Homero’s work and impact by Nobel Prize winner J M G Le Clézio. At the end of the volum ethere is also included a Q&A in which Homero discusses the inspiration behind his work, his groundbreaking environmental activism and his key influences.

HOMERO ARIDJIS is the author of over 40 works and is widely regarded as Mexico’s greatest living poet. His work has been translated into numerous languages and he has received critical praise from artists and writers such as Luis Buñuel, Yves Bonnefoy, Octavio Paz and Jorge Luis Borges. He has twice served as President of PEN International, and is a former Mexican ambassador to UNESCO. In 1985 he founded the Group of 100, an environmental association of prominent artists and intellectuals that has included Leonora Carrington, Juan Rulfo and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Since then he has become one of Latin America’s leading environmental activists. Homero has been the recipient of many distinctions and prizes, including the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, the Grinzane Cavour Prize, the Prix Roger Caillois, the Golden Key of Smederevo and the Premio Internazionale di Poesia Camaiore. He has twice been awarded a a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2015 he will become President of the Swedenborg Society.

To buy a copy of this book follow this link

Volunteers Needed

Would you like to volunteer for the Swedenborg Society? We are currently looking for people who might like to help invigilate our bookshop during weekdays and also help-out during our busy events programme. Previous experience is not needed. The Society’s beautiful oak-lined shop is in the middle of Bloomsbury, London. It is close to the British Museum and only five minutes walk from Covent Garden and Leicester Square. If you are interested in volunteering or interning, please do not hesitate to contact us via admin@swedenborg.org.uk or 0207 405 7986.

Charity registration number: 209172