Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, our film distribution and festival activities are currently suspended. We are working towards presenting Aperture 2020 online early in the autumn alongside the first part of our forthcoming Japanese project “Urban, Natural, Human”.
Please sign up to our mailing list and follow us on social media to keep informed. In the meantime you can watch some of our titles online – see below.
Orders from our shop will be fulfilled as soon as we are able to, but with some unavoidable delays – please bear with us.
Our subtitling and access work continues as usual.
Keep well and stay safe!
Day for Night Statement on COVID-19
Shot in a distinctive cold colour palette and featuring delicate, handheld camerawork, Balloon combines documentary realism with heightened formal artistry in its study of three generations of a Tibetan sheep herding family in the 1980s. Dargye and Drolkar’s two boisterous youngest sons have blown up their parents’ condoms like balloons. Not only does this outrage their entire village, but more practically: they have no more condoms. The couple already have three sons, and as China has recently introduced its one-child policy, they can’t have any more. Pema Tseden brilliantly exposes how the personal is political in his examination of the often profoundly traumatic consequences of China’s former birth control regulations. Modernity and tradition co-exist as the family attempts to reconcile the competing demands of state regulation, free will, religious expectation and filial obligation. Tseden deftly balances his challenging subject matter with moments of gentle humour and deep lyricism.
Sfera 1932 Award – Special Mention, Venice Film Festival 2019
Silver Hugo – Best Screenplay, Chicago International Film Festival 2019
Best Film – New Asian Cinema award, Five Flavours Asian Film Festival 2019
Grand Prize, Tokyo FILMeX 2019
a film by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
a film by Koji Fukada
winner of Un Certain Regard Grand Prix for his latest film, ‘Harmonium’, Cannes Film Festival 2016