Thursday 12th November sees the very first South Social Film Festival launch in London, a festival created purely for South London (and anyone north of the river who fancies making the journey), with the unique aim to tease more than just your eyes. Food, music and drinks from the country of each film’s origin will be served up to audience members, along with Q&A sessions with cast and crew. On top of that, the films are all UK premieres. “It’s been quite an exciting journey and a fair bit of hard work pulling this together for its first edition” says festival director Paola Melli, “we wanted to host the screenings in venues which had a really exciting aura and identity, to complement the foodie and music atmosphere, so we scoured every corner south of the river!” Festival co-director Simon Savory adds “this is something really unique, not just for South London but film festivals in general. Mixing up tastes and sounds with film takes you on more than just your typical filmic journey. London is a city of so many diverse communities and cultures, we really wanted to reflect that in more ways than one.”
The Festival kicks off on Thursday November 12th at 7pm with the documentary ‘Hearts of Tango’, which looks at ‘Tanguero’ fever hitting the streets of Toronto, asking the city’s dancehall music lovers just what is it about the Tango that makes it so addictive. The screening will be followed by live music from Tango guitarist, bass player and composer Javier Fioramonti and empanadas from Argentine food specialists Chango. The event is to be hosted in partnership with South London Tango at local favourite, the Dulwich Constitutional Club.
Friday welcomes a Cameroonian-style buffet and live music from Jazz guitarist Muntu Valdo for the debut feature film ‘W.A.K.A’ from Cameroonian director Francoise Ellong. Actor Bruno Henry and composer Saul James will be in attendance. Saturday sees Indonesian cafe-set drama and native box-office hit ‘Filosofi Kopi’ followed by Sumatran coffee tastings courtesy of South Norwood’s Volcano Coffee Works, and French film ‘Pitchipoi’ from director Charles Najman, who will be in attendance, followed music from the London Klezmer Quartet. The evening will finish with the British coming-of-age film ‘Fear of Water’ from director Kate Lane. Sunday hosts a special premiere screening of Sundance-selected film ‘Viktoria’, about a girl born in Communist Bulgaria without a belly-button, in association with charity Cal-Aid. All these screenings will be at Borough’s Roxy Bar & Screen.
Sunday night’s closing film ‘Viktoria’ is a hugely ambitious, decade-spanning debut feature with eye-popping visuals, sumptuous cinemaphotography and a truly original female-driven storyline. Hubert Klusky of CalAid introduces the film, whilst the audience feast on SAID chocolates and cocktails during the screening.
For more information on other films being screened and to purchase tickets for this intriguing festival of film and flavours, go to www.southsocialfilmfestival.