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Extra performances announced for Vertical Cinema

Due to huge demand, LIFF28 is delighted to announce two extra FREE performances of acclaimed live event Vertical Cinema, receiving its UK Premiere in Leeds. The two extra performances will happen at 6pm and 8.30pm on Saturday 8 November at the same venue, the spectacular Left Bank on Cardigan Road. Please note: the free tickets will be available from noon on Sunday 2 November here.

Vertical Cinema is a mesmerising light and sound experience that captivates the senses with hypnotic images and an amplified static soundscape that reverberates throughout the site. Funded for its presentation at LIFF28 by Leeds Inspired, Vertical Cinema features newly-commissioned work from ten renowned experimental filmmakers and audio-visual artists to be projected on a giant screen using a custom built 35mm projector.

Vertical Cinema launches the first Leeds Free Cinema Week as part of LIFF28 with a unique programme of film screenings and events from 7 to 14 November, all free of charge. As well as Left Bank, other participating venues will include Leeds Town Hall, the Hyde Park Picture House, Royal Armouries, The Tetley, The Reliance, and Chapel FM in East Leeds.

A project of Dutch curators Sonic Acts, Vertical Cinema features works by the following artists from the Netherlands, Austria and Japan: Joost Rekveld, Tina Frank, Björn Kämmerer, Gert-Jan Prins & Martijn van Boven, Manuel Knapp, Johann Lurf, Rosa Menkman, Billy Roisz & Dieter Kovacic, Makino Takashi & Telcosystems, and Esther Urlus.

Press reaction from the presentation of Vertical Cinema at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in January 2014:

It was deeply impressive. Some of these works grabbed me by the gut, slapped me around the ears and did funny things to my eyes before throwing me out of the Arminius and onto the cold wintry streets of Rotterdam in something resembling a mild state of shock.’ – Michael Pattison, Sight & Sound Magazine

It was a fascinating experience, an exercise that hinted at myriad possibilities for cinema while questioning its very definition.’ – Laya Maheshwari, Filmmaker Magazine

‘I did catch two genuine new masterpieces at IFFR 2014, namely Manuel Knapp’s V~ and Tina Frank’s Colterrain, both mind-blowingly vertiginous Austrian shorts commissioned as part of the Vertical Cinema project in which experimental work was screened on a sideways-turned Cinemascope screen erected in the city’s Arminius church. But when and where, hapless reader, will you ever get a chance to see them?’ – Neil Young, Indiewire

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