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Friendship's Death (15) + ScreenTalk

Palestine Film Festival 2021

Still of Tilda Swinton in Friendships Death

An alien on a peace mission inadvertently lands in Amman during Black September where she is rescued by a journalist.

September 1970: an extra-terrestrial, played by Tilda Swinton, on a peace mission to Earth misses her intended destination and instead lands in Jordan. She is helped by a war correspondent, played by Bill Paterson, covering the Palestinian revolution as the events of Black September erupt around him.

Almost entirely structured around dialogue, the script unfolds as a series of questions about what it means to be human, and what it means to have one's humanity withheld. Directed by film theorist Peter Wollen, best known as co-writer of Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975), Friendship’s Death masterfully brings science fiction to bear on political history.

This session is followed by a screen talk with Rebecca O’Brien, Friendship Death’s producer, and Danny Leigh, film journalist for the Financial Times.

UK 1987 Dir Peter Wollen 78 min

Booking is essential, so please book your tickets before attending. 

Barbícan Cinema 1