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Flatpack Film Festival is incoming

Back for its twelfth take, Flatpack Film Festival is shortly arriving at a brewery, art gallery, or — you know — actual cinema, near you. The crazy busy programme of over 100 shorts, premieres, animations and events are showing across the city, and we've picked out our faves.

HÄXAN — TOWN HALL
Long before Donald Trump started screaming “witch-hunt,” director Benjamin Christensen conjured up a mixture of live action, animation and artwork to depict witchcraft across the ages. Live-scoring the silent film is the musical sorcery of Stephen Horne and if you’re still not sold, how’s about a live narration from League(r) of Gentlemen and Inside No.9’er, Reece Shearsmith? April 17, 7.30pm — tickets (£13-15)

MADAM HYDE — THE ELECTRIC
As Mastermind topics go, French sci-fi comedies isn't really up there. But as this will be the UK premiere of Madame Hyde — a joyous tale of a teacher's life before and after a run-in with a bolt of lightening — it's unlikely any of your fellow cinema-goers will be any more clued up on the matter. A man who will be is director Serge Bozon, who's on Q&A duties directly after the screening.
April 21, 6.15pm — tickets (£8-9.50)

THE PAPER CINEMA'S MACBETH — PATRICK CENTRE, HIPPODROME
Sick of CGI shenanigans and green screen silliness? Get yourself into 2D! Seriously, it’s like the new 3D! Returning to Flatpack after performing The Odyssey in 2015, The Paper Cinema unfolds the madness of Macbeth. And “The Scottish Play” goes old-old school, with paper puppetry and live scoring, leaving all the juicy best bits: regicide, suicide and BFF-icide. April 19 to 21 — tickets (£10-14)

SPECTRAL POINTS — CENTRALA
One of but two UK chances to see New York-based artist Rose Kallal present her new multiple 16mm film loop and sound performance Spectral Points.The loops cycle at varying speeds that people what know things are calling "a hypnotic nonlinear flow". We googled it, and it's this sort of vibe. Accompanying the films is Kallal's live electronic sound score.
April 20, 8pm — tickets (£8-10)

SHORTS ON TAP — DIG BREW CO.
Among an evening of shorts, you'll find London Calling [pictured] and The World's Longest Pub Crawl — a doco about a West Mids gang o’ lads attempting to sample every pub on these isles, in a nationwide sesh. And if that ends up giving you the flavour, get booked on an on-site brewery tour, where you’ll get a pint, tasters and a pizza for 15 notes (book). 
April 18, 7pm —free entry to films

TOP KNOT DETECTIVE — THE MOCKINGBIRD
Undoubtedly, this film’s title looks set to attract viewers expecting an unfurling whodunnit of “the hipster’s stolen harem trousers.” Thankfully, Top Knot Detective is closer to what you’d get if Tommy Wiseau’s The Room had been a Samurai film. The tale of Takashi Takamoto’s quest for revenge both on and off screen looks chock-full of LOLZ, lust and all the blood!
April 21, 9.30pm — tickets (£8-9.50)

PUPPET PARTY — CENTRALA
Flatpack is kind of known for its ability to party, and this year's big shebang is all about puppets, with nods to Prince AchmedPuppetology and Colour Box, which all feature in this year's programme. Dance, make your own Moomins and sock puppets, then very probably dance some more.
April 21, 9.30pm — tickets (£5)

Flatpack Festival runs from April 13 to 22.


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