For fans of small, intimate cinema screens and independent European films or art-house classics, Institute of Light, a collaborative space in Hackney, curated a programme of films that showcases the changes that European cinema has experienced.

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EUROPA – a selection of European films displayed at IOL – was curated by Harry Ross, who was also a producer of many of Secret Cinema’s events. The line-up includes such films as Almodovar’s Julieta, Victoria shot in just one take on the streets of Berlin, Mie Hansen Løve’s Things To Come, High-Rise based on J. G. Ballard’s dystopian book, and pioneering classics such as Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labirynth,  Jules et Jim by François Truffaut (35mm) or Solaris based on a story crafted by a Polish writer Stanislaw Lem. The first event has taken place on the 7th of September with a screening of London Underground, preceded by an introduction by director John Rogers and author Ian Sinclair – and the upcoming show will be Solaris and French Girlhood on the 14th of September. Every show allows guests to immerse themselves in the culture that we all share as Europeans, and there’s a wide selection of films to pick from – you can check the current line-up here.

Fresh stories and classics by world-renowned European directors are displayed in a cosy screen, with luxurious sofas and vintage airplane seats. Alongside every screening, you’re also able to choose your three-course dinner in one of the pop-up kitchens with a Cinedining ticket. Before or after a film, you can also explore IOL’s vinyl record store curated by Barely Breaking Even label and browse through the bookshelves of an independent store Pages of Hackney.

The Institute of Light, Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Place, London, E8 3SB. Opening Times: Wednesday to Sunday from 11am – 11pm.

Tickets: Economy Class – £6, Two Seat Sofa – £18, Cinedining (Three course meal + film) – £30

Kasia Kwasniewska

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