The British Film Institute(BFI) has announced the opening program of the refurbished National FilmTheatre, which is set to reopen as BFI Southbank on
The opening season willinclude a restored print of Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidadosand a special run of Distant Voices,Still Lives, including an onstage presentation by director Terence Davies.The BFI will also distribute the Davies film to select cinemas around the
Continuing the program, aseries of 50 films selected for their contribution to shaping cinema, includingAlejandro Jodorowsky's El Topoand The Summer of Love - 1967 Revisited. Themed seasons are alsoscheduled, such as the Chinese martial arts program Heroic Grace withrestored King Hu, Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan prints.
In addition to its currentthree cinemas, BFI Southbank will have numerouspublic spaces to host events, display archive material and showcase new-mediaprojects. A fourth screen, The Studio Cinema, encourages visitors to drop inand view BFI selections.
Also new to the space is theBFI Mediatheque, which was designed by architectDavid Adjaye and is equipped with free-access viewingstations to watch film and television programs from the BFI archives.Itsopening program includes EssentiallyBritish, featuring 100
The 160sqm Gallery area launches with American duo Kevin and Jennifer McCoy's exhibition Tiny,Funny, Big and Sad and will go on to showcase more screen-based artinstallations by contemporary artists who work in film, video and newtechnology.
According to BFI ArtisticDirector Eddie Berg, "When the National Film Theatre opened back in the 1950s, no one could have imagined the range of new andemerging technologies, or the sheer scope of work that would emerge fromfilm-makers, artists working in film, musicians, VJsand DIY producers. We plan to build on the traditions of the BFI ' whilereflecting developing influences on the cinematic form and experience."
Another dramatic change tothe building is the relocation of the entrance. Building access will be on