Magazine article Screen International

UK's Bertha DocHouse Cinema Details Revealed

Magazine article Screen International

UK's Bertha DocHouse Cinema Details Revealed

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Set for launch this Friday (March 27), the Bertha DocHouse screen, which will be housed within the Curzon Bloomsbury complex, will show documentaries all year round.

Several films have been selected to help launch the new venue. The first to be shown is Marcus Vetter's The Forecaster, a profile of the renegade financial wizard Martin Armstrong, who predicts that a sovereign debt crisis will start to unfold on a global level after October 1, 2015.

Receiving their UK premieres on the Bertha DocHouse screen during the venue's opening week will be Pixadoress, about Sao Paulo's adrenalin-junkie street artists, and Waiting For August, about Romanian teenagers fending for themselves when their mother moves abroad to find work.

Also screening early on is Agnes Sos' Stream Of Love, about love and desire among old folk in a remote village in Transylvania.

"We wanted to show that we are across a broad church and not just a particular kind of documentary," said DocHouse director Elizabeth Wood of the first films that are being shown at the new venue.

DocHouse will screen various titles which have UK distributors attached but will also be dealing directly with sales agents and producers to bring other documentaries to the venue.

"One of the things that makes DocHouse special is that we are really, really keen to find films that don't have distribution and that we can bring to the public," Wood commented.

DocHouse is supported by the Bertha Foundation, cofounded by Tony Tabatznik. In 2012, the Tabatznik Trust took an equity stake in Curzon Artificial Eye. …

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