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Tuesday 2 July, 2019

We have a real mix of subjects in July, from a spiritual/nightclubbing mecca, to explorations of the far right movement and military dictatorships, to Agnès Varda’s final film.

Across the first weekend of July we’re showing Julian Temple’s new film Ibiza: The Silent Movie, an experimental crossover between the myths and spirituality of life in past and present Ibiza and Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows, a film that explores the transgressive art of Penny Slinger and her counterculture peers in 1960s Britain.

On Tuesday 9th we have two events – the concluding screening of this years collaboration with Urban Labs, City, Essay, Film: The Concrete Revolution by Xiaolu Guo which investigates the moral and human cost of creating a ‘New China’. We’re also joining cinemas nationwide in a screening of Armstrong, a documentary that tells the personal story of Neil Armstrong; the man who became a reluctant icon.

Thursday 11th brings a preview screening and Q&A in the Renoir of The Brink, which follows far-right ideologist and keen manipulator of the press Steve Bannon, as he embarks on a campaign to unify extreme parties to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. The Q&A will be with The Guardian’s Paul Lewis and hosted by political journalist Jenny Kleeman.

Also opening in the second weekend is Belgian-Ghanaian filmmaker Ben Asamoah’s Sakawa, which explores how the electronic waste in Ghana contains a treasure trove of information. Personal details are re-purposed by a group of internet scammers and romantic relationships are nurtured through dating websites, in the pursuit of an income.

Guardian Documentaries are partnering up with us on Wednesday 17th, to showcase a selection of their recent short docs, with Head of Video Charlie Philips leading a discussion with a selection of the filmmakers. The following evening we have a Q&A following our screening of Of Fish and Foe. After their look at farming the land in The Moo Man Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier’s new film journeys to the Atlantic coast off Scotland to witness a clash between two tribes – fishermen and animal activists.

From the 19th we’ll be screening Varda By Agnès, the last film by the brilliantly imaginative and political French filmmaker. Spanning across over 60 years of work, the ever creative, playful and curious master of cinema Agnès Varda reflects on her body of work and passions with a huge audience, and dazzling insight.   We’ll also be opening our run of Pavarotti; an in-depth look at the life, career and lasting legacy of the musical icon by Ron Howard, featuring interviews with Pavarotti’s family and exclusive footage.

On Tuesday 23rd we have a preview of Nick Broomfield’s latest film, Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love.  The film explores the love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen, which began on the Greek Island Hydra -  where a young Broomfield also met Marianne back in 1968.

Our final Q&A of July is On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship. Featuring interviews with military generals, journalists and Aung San Suu Kyi, On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship is the story of how the democracy icon and the brutal military dictatorship of Myanmar ended up forming an alliance in the corridors of power – and the tragic consequences of this action.

The month closes with July's Sunday Session film, Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s Earth. Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans – with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Geyrhalter observes people, in mines, quarries and construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet.

Poster image for documentary Varda by Agnes.