Tate Modern launches a new cinema programme for 2017, bringing together experimental films, documentaries, live cinema and artists’ talks to explore and challenge the boundaries between art and the moving image. It presents contemporary and historical works by emerging and established filmmakers, hosting a diverse programme of screenings and talks in the Starr Cinema, Tate Modern’s home for film.

The Tate Modern cinema programme is divided into three regular strands: Artists’ Cinema, presenting previews and premieres of contemporary works followed by a discussion with the artist; Pioneers, showing retrospectives of groundbreaking artists and filmmakers who have proposed new approaches to the moving image; and Counter-Histories, a thematic programme that examines key issues and movements in film and art history. Throughout the year screenings also take place as part of Uniqlo Tate Lates, a series of special late night offerings held at Tate Modern on the last Friday of every month. Screenings are held in the Starr Cinema and are curated in dialogue with the event.

From 29 September – 1 October 2017 Tate Modern will present the first European retrospective of African-American artist and filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, whose portrayals of black working-class culture in American communities present abstracted views of real lives and everyday actions. The retrospective coincides with the upcoming Tate Modern exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. The series will also feature screenings by Australian Indigenous media group Karrabing Film Collective in October, and in December two screenings of the poignant and haunting short films of late Cuban artist Ana Mendieta.

In 2017 this series will expand the conversation between film and live performance, and examine artists’ various approaches to ethnography and the representation of cultural identities. In May, Tate Modern will present the UK premiere of TEETH GUMS MACHINES FUTURE SOCIETY, a film by French artist, writer and performer Lili Reynaud-Dewar exploring the symbolism of teeth grills, set against the backdrop of racial conflict and musical legacy in Memphis, Tennessee. On 5 July to complement Tate Britain exhibition Queer British Art: 1861-1967, Tate Modern will present award-winning Indian filmmaker and curator Natasha Mendonca’s debut feature film Strange Love – a modern portrait of love, class and gender identity in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai. September will see the UK premiere of 2017 Turner Prize nominee Rosalind Nashashibi’s Vivian’s Garden paired with Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer’s Why Are You Angry?, both featured in the current edition of Documenta. Later in the year the series will feature a screening of Eric Baudelaire’s noted feature-length film Also Known as Jihadi, which follows the life of a young French man who left his native country to fight alongside ISIS in Syria. The series will also feature the UK premiere of Pat O’Neill’s stunning experimental film Where the Chocolate Mountains, and the premiere of Anton Vidokle’s trilogy of films on Russian cosmism in dialogue with Tate Modern’s exhibition Red Star over Russia.

In July, the series How It Feels to Be Free will offer two screenings in dialogue with the Tate Modern exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, featuring experimental documentaries and filmic portraits shot in LA, New York and Chicago. Later in 2017 the strand will also feature a series of screenings and talks in collaboration with the University of Reading, looking at the legacy of the Tropicália movement in Brazilian cinema.

The Tate Film cinema programme is curated by Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern, and Carly Whitefield, Assistant Curator, Film, Tate Modern. The programme is produced by Judith Bowdler, Production Manager, Tate Modern.

For press information please contact Daisy Taylor: daisy.taylor@tate.org.uk / +44(0)20 7887 8730


Tate Modern’s film programme is dedicated to exhibiting the range of works and practices that are actively expanding definitions of artists’ cinema. Its cinema programme strives to present the most exceptional, challenging and pioneering work from different traditions of cinematic and artistic practice, including experimental film and video, artists’ film and features, documentary, animation, expanded cinema and live performance.


Please check the Tate website for latest listings: tate.org.uk/film

17 May 2017, 18.30

Rivane Neuenschwander & Cao Guimarães: Quarta-Feira de Cinzas / Epilogue (2006)
26 May 2017, 18.30 – 22.00, looped

Sergei Loznitsa: Austerlitz (2016)
14 June 2017, 18.30

Daria Martin, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Joan Jonas
30 June, 18.30 – 22.00, looped

Natasha Mendonca: Strange Love (2016)
5 July 2017, 18.30

How It Feels to Be Free
22 July 2017

Boudry/Lorenz: Silent and Salomania
28 July, 18.30 – 22.00, looped

Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer: Why Are You Angry? (2017)
20 September 2017, 18.30

Kevin Jerome Everson
29 September – 1 October 2017

Karrabing Film Collective
27 – 29 October 2017

Anton Vidokle:The Communist Revolution Was Caused By the Sun: Three Films on Russian Cosmism
6 October 2017, 19.00

Tropicália and Beyond: Dialogues in Brazilian Film History
9 – 12 November 2017

Pat O’Neill: Where the Chocolate Mountains? (2015)
23 November 2017, 19.00

Ana Mendieta
2 December 2017

Eric Baudelaire: Also Known as Jihadi (2017)
6 December 2017, 18.30

For more information please email pressoffice@tate.org.uk or call +44(0)20 7887 8730