Starting Thursday evenings from 29th July, join us for our revived Book to Film Club.

See excellent film adaptations of inspirational books and discuss your thoughts and opinions on both in a friendly and open discussion forum after the screening.

The series will begin with six films, screened monthly.

We are relaunching our ‘Book to Film Club’ with a screening of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night on Thursday 29 July 2021. Screenings will start at 7.30pm, and will be followed by a discussion of the book and its film adaptation.

This film will be followed by regular screenings chaired and hosted by film expert Natalia Christofoletti Barrenha, one of the Electric Palace’s film programmers.

Note: You can still come along to enjoy the films and the group without having read the books in advance!

Thursday 29 July, 7.30pm

Woman in veil with red backgroundA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014, Iran/ US, 101mins

A skateboarding vampire preys on men who disrespect women in this one-of-a-kind debut 'vampire western'.

Based on the graphic novel A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night written by Amirpour, with illustrations by Michael DeWeese, the film is a delightful transfiguration of vampire horror according to the young and feminist restlessness of our current times.

Read the graphic novel in advance: You can buy part one and part two of the graphic novel from Forbidden Planet, and we have copies available to loan from the cinema on a first come first served basis - just ask at the bar on your next visit.

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Thursday 26 August, 7.30pm

Zama

Lucrecia Martel, 2017, Argentina/ Brazil/ Spain/ France/ Netherlands/ Mexico/ Portugal/ US, 115mins

Based on the homonymous novel Zama, by Antonio Di Benedetto, published for the first time in 1956. Translated into English by Esther Allen (New York Review of Books, 2017).

Zama takes place in the late-18th century. Don Diego de Zama, a white clerk born and bred in America serves at the whims of the Spanish crown while dreaming of leaving that ‘despicable end of the world’. Director Lucrecia Martel emasculates and decentres her protagonist in a delirious environment that must be the current border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.

The film proposes a daring hypothesis about the colonial past, imagining it with boldness and playfulness while drawing our attention to a world that, although nonsensical and apparently too far back in time, has not entirely ceased to exist, revealing patriarchal and racial relations that still organise Latin American societies today.

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You're invited to send in your suggestions for films to show as part of the club, so do contact us with your ideas. 

Natalia Christofoletti BarrenhaAbout your host, Natalia

Natalia Christofoletti Barrenha is a film researcher and programmer who specialises in Latin American cinema. Her favourite directors in this field are Ana Katz, Juliana Rojas, Luis Ospina, and especially Lucrecia Martel, "because of her sharp look at small gestures of power within intimate spaces, and the sensitive quality of her cinema," says Natalia.

Natalia moved to St Leonards in mid-2020 when the Covid pandemic slowed down for some months.

"As a film lover, when moving to a new place, one of the first things I do is take a look at the local cinema," says Natalia. And then she discovered the Electric Palace. "The cinema was closed then, but I wrote to the director Rebecca who kindly showed me the lovely venue and we had an exciting talk."

Natalia proposed to bring more films from Latin America into the Electric Palace programme. "I was thrilled by how the team welcomed my idea!"

So, now Natalia is one of our film programmers.

Although she cites Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer among her favourite filmmakers, Natalia also laughs like a drain at Superbad!

About Natalia's publications and film work

Natalia is the author of two books about Latin American cinema, and is co-editing a volume on directors including Lucrecia Martel's for Edinburgh University Press, which will be published just next year. Find out more about Natalia's publications.

She has worked with film festivals such as the BAFICI - Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, London Indian Film Festival and São Paulo International Short Film Festival, among others, and has organised several film cycles with her production company Buena Onda Produções.

Natalia holds a doctoral degree in Multimedia from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP (Brazil), and conducted postdoctoral research at the UNICAMP Institute of Language Studies, with a short period as Coimbra Group Visiting Fellow at the KU Leuven (Belgium). She is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave.

We hope you enjoy meeting Natalia and learning all about the films she holds dear and the reasons why.

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