A film season exploring solitude on the screen at Rio Cinema.

This is a special moment performed by Miss Yankey included in the programme on Saturday between the screenings. We believe that moments of solitude could not be better explored than poetry and cinema, and putting them together will give us an unique experience.

Miss Yankey has graced stages at The Royal Albert Hall, The Tate Modern Gallery, Althorp Literary Festival, and The Lambeth Country Show. She captivates the audience with an honest heartfelt poetry, combining the love of poetry with her knowledge of holistic therapy.

Miss Yankey founded Poetry Prescribed in 2017, with the primary aim of improving people’s mental health and well being using poetry and creative writing.

dir. Zeki Demirkubuz, (2015) — Following the loss of his wife and son, Ahmet struggles with loneliness. Although he seems not to care about anyone or anything, he finds himself changing for no apparent reason.

dir. Urszula Antoniak, (2009) — Alone in her empty flat, from her window Anne observes the people passing by who nervously snatch up the personal belongings and pieces of furniture she has put out on the pavement. Her final gesture of taking a ring off her finger signals she is leaving her previous life in Holland behind to lead a solitary, wandering existence in Ireland.

dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan, (2002) — A photographer who is haunted by the growing gap between his ideals and his life, finds himself obliged to share his Istanbul apartment with a young relative who arrives in the city looking for work.

dir. Jan Ole Gerster, (2012) — An aimless university dropout attempts to make sense of his life as he wanders the streets of Berlin, on a day when everything changes. His girlfriend ends their relationship, his father cuts off his allowance, and a psychiatrist confirms his ’emotional imbalance’, forcing Niko to confront the consequences of his inaction.