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Fermats Room

Flying the flag for global cinema in the West Midlands, BIFS holds regular screenings at the Library Theatre in Birmingham. Tonight, for example, a pair of films about hip hop, followed by next week's Spanish sci fi night.

Tonight's offerings are Fangafrika: Voice of the Voiceless(15) at 6pm, all about African hip-hop artists. This will be followed at 7.30pm by the French film Voisins, Voisines (15), a drama about a rapper and his fellow residents in a Paris housing project.

Next week, Thursday 18 June, it's going to be Spanish Sci-fi Night, featuring Fermat’s Room (15) at 6pm and Timecrimes (15) at 8.15 both from 2007.
In the first movie, the mysterious Fermat invites four experts in their field to solve a puzzle. Asked to abandon their phones, the trail leads to a remote warehouse where they suddenly find themselves trapped in a room whose walls are continually moving inwards. To escape from this deathtrap, the four must solve a series of complex riddles. Sight and Sound magazine said, "Fermat's Room is both terrifically enjoyable and extremely well made."

At 8.15 pm Timecrimes tells the story of Hector, who catches sight of a topless young woman. Going to investigate, he finds the woman naked, seemingly dead. He is then violently attacked by a masked man. Managing to escape into a nearby building, Hector discovers a room full of hi-tech equipment. He soon learns he has been unwittingly subjected to a time travel experiment…
A Hollywood remake has already been mooted.


Total Film called it, "A suspenseful, funny, meticulously calibrated lo-fi classic that’s every bit the equal of recent Iberian dazzlers [REC] and The Orphanage".

On both nights, tickets for the complete double bill are £6 waged/£4unwaged, or £3.50/£2.50 for single films.

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