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L'Albero Degli Zoccoli
Italian filmmaker Ermanno Olmi's film is an Italian masterpiece that elegantly and effortlessly depicts the natural rhythms of life in a rural community in the nineteenth century.
The families living on this rural tenement in the Bergamo region are the equivalent of sharecroppers, who must give two-thirds of their produce to the landlord. Various vignettes flesh out life in this self-enclosed community where grain is gathered, a hog is killed, the village idiot visits various homes and is given food, and a grandfather secretly grows tomatoes in his own special way and is the first to take them to market. ‘The Tree of Wooden Clogs’ works primarily because it is direct and honest. You don’t need to have experienced its world first-hand to grasp the transparency with which Olmi depicts it, full as it is with simple pleasures, complex emotions, and unadorned heartbreak. This lyrical and tender Italian film was honoured with the Palme D’Or at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival. (Subtitles)
Italy 1978 Ermanno Olmi 186m
Bienvenue Parmi Nous
An elderly artist and a runaway girl meet, and together the bond between them grows closer, akin to a father-daughter relationship, in this 2012 French film never released in the UK.
This is the simple tale of an elderly artist called Taillandier (Patrick Chesnais) -sufficiently wealthy and evidently once quite a notable painter, but now melancholic and weary of his world - who is drawn into a relationship with a young girl (Jeanne Lambert). Rejected by her own mother and also seeking out her path in life, her youthful innocence and spontaneity contrasts with the artist's disappointment with what he sees as life's final reward. The pair encounter a series of challenges and a bond gradually forms and eventually aged cynical perceptions meet with youthful exuberance to their mutual benefit. Patrick Chesnais gives a masterclass in understated acting. Surprisingly, this film by master director Jean Becker, who made the wonderful ‘Conversations with my Gardener’, has never been released in the UK. Supporting cast includes Jacques Weber and Xavier Gallais. (Subtitles)
France 2012 Jean Becker 88m
Amintiri Din Epoca de Aur
Cristian Mungiu uses here the format of the compendium movie to present other facets of life in the so-called "Golden Age" of Romania under the regime of Communist leader Ceausescu, with five often hilarious satirical episodes, created by five different directors.
Conceived and scripted by Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu (‘4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days’), this is a funny, poignant and surreal portrait of 1980’s Romania. Shot with tremendous style and spirit, it brilliantly re-captures the mood of an era where undertones of fear, corruption and imprisonment were never far away, and where the humour of ordinary citizens played a vital role in facing up to the idiotic logic of the dictatorship. To warm and often hilarious effect, Mungiu combines several urban legends to portray a time during which food was more important than money, freedom more important than love and survival more important than principles. As he does so, he subtly and comically unseats the propagandist myth that Ceausescu’s Romania was the golden age of communism. (Subtitles)
Romania 2009 Cristian Mungiu, Hanno Hoffer, Ioana Uricaru, Constantin Popescu 126m
Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, this is a brilliant new film about one of the world’s most fascinating and beloved artists. Made in collaboration with the experts at the Van Gogh Museum, the film marks both a major re-showing of the gallery’s collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death.
Experience the wonder of seeing Van Gogh’s legendary masterpieces on the big screen, in high definition, while specially invited guests, including world-renowned curators and art historians, offer their interpretations and explanations of his work. With exclusive new research revealing incredible recent discoveries, the Van Gogh Museum has helped craft a cinema experience like no other. Not to be missed.
CLOSED FOR SALE...
The Distributors of this film have reconsidered their festival and premiere strategy for this film.
They have decided to put on a Special Premiere Event in October (we will keep you posted),
meaning we have had to replace the film.
On Friday 18th Aug 16:00 we will be screening an Encore of 'Exhibition on Screen: Van Gogh'.
We are keeping the Saturday slot free for the moment.
Please contact the Box Office if you have purchased a ticket for this film.
Thanks You for your Patience and Understanding.
Oscar-winning British animator Hugh Welchman and his wife, Polish artist and director Dorota Kobiela have brought together 65,000 oil painted frames - produced by 115 professional artists and using over 3,000 litres of oil paint - to form ‘Loving Vincent’, a stunning cinematic achievement billed as ‘the first fully painted feature film in the world.’
29th July, 1890: Vincent Van Gogh, bullet in his belly, stumbles along the drowsy high street of Auvers at twilight. Traditionally, the famously troubled artist’s death is viewed as suicide. But ‘Loving Vincent’ delves into the ambiguities of his life and last days to reconsider this narrative via the stories of his paintings and the people who inhabit them. Footage originally performed by a cast including Robert Gulaczyk, Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner and Helen McCrory forms the basis of frames which mimic Van Gogh’s singular Impressionist technique. Thick daubs of flickering, variegated colours play over each character’s face, revealing the depth and ambiguity of their shifting thoughts and emotions in a truly innovative way and enhancing our understanding of a canonical artist and his great interior anguish.
UK/Poland 2017 Hugh Welchman/ Dorota Kobiela 95m
Over the course of a weekend, three couples experience the complications of long distance relationships and modern love.
Director Nic Barker says, “'Short Distance' is my love letter to not only the beautiful city of Melbourne, but also to the real, honest relationship comedies and dramas that made me want to me a filmmaker in the first place. This film is a testament to the work and commitment of our cast and crew over a two year period, and I hope the end result is a drama that feels honest, true and heartfelt.” Budget $15,000 AUD.
Australia 2016 Nic Barker 61m
A forgotten European Song Contest singer (Isabelle Huppert), fading away in a pâté factory, falls in love with a young aspiring boxer. Together they decide to attempt her comeback.
Huppert stars as Liliane, a middle-aged factory worker whose long-ago brush with fame comes to the fore again when she begins her romance with her colleague Jean (Kévin Azaïs, who is like a breath of fresh air). The young man who boxes in his spare time is intrigued by Liliane, and so is eager to become her friend. Huppert shows her appetite for taking on a variety of different roles with a wide range of directors. Well into her fifth decade as an actor, she has created a filmography second to none, and with ‘Souvenir’, she again shows how willing she is to challenge, explore, and expand her artistry. Amazingly, Huppert did her own singing to music from Pink Martini, and lyrics co-written by the director and producer. Her moments on screen singing are some of the best in the film. Her versatility knows no bounds! (Subtitles)
France 2016 Bavo Defurne 90m
An exquisitely textured and reflective documentary about David Lynch’s life as a visual artist, narrated by the idiosyncratic filmmaker.
Getting up close and personal with David Lynch as a visual artist. That’s what this exquisitely textured and reflective documentary offers. Narrated by the man himself, speaking into a lovely vintage microphone from his painting studio in the hills above Hollywood, he takes us on an intimate journey through his youth. He talks about his childhood in a small-town America, his family, the awkward teenage years, his anxieties and fears. Life in general really, along with the b people who helped him become who he is. Lynch recounts the influence his youth had on him as an artist and his subsequent move into filmmaking. Combining home movies, stock footage, moody artworks and observations of him working on his paintings and sculptures, David Lynch: The Art Life is both an immersive and compelling experience. He’s an entrancing storyteller, delivering a few juicy anecdotes. And the soundtrack, as you’d expect, is deliciously strange, dark and beautiful.
USA-Denmark 2016 Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm 93m
A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a ‘Shakespeare in Love’ style drama with a ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ tragic end.
The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s life during a visit to Prague. Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart (Aneurin Bernard) is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka, a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, a showpiece role by James Purefoy, who inhabits the loathsome baron with more than a little relish, yet never steps over the line into pantomime. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However, Mozart’s unconventional behaviour in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events that go on to become immortalized in one of the world’s most famous operas, ‘Don Giovanni’. The staging, with set design by Katerina Koutská and cinematography by Mike Brewster are excellent. Costume design by Pam Downe is superb and the music is obviously magnificent. The cast includes Samantha Barks, Adrian Edmondson and Morfydd Clark.
UK/Czech Republic 2017 John Stephenson 105m
We hope to welcome the producer Brian Ashby for a Q&A after the 18 Aug screening at 18:15.
Pudovkin was another great Soviet film maker who created this masterpiece about a peasant boy who comes to St. Petersburg just as the 1917 October Revolution is beginning.
The boy witnesses some of the great events of the revolution and ends up joining the fight. An innovative piece of silent filmmaking commissioned by the Soviet government. This Pudovkin classic and Eisenstein's ‘October’ were both commissioned to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 1917 revolution. The two movies work very well as companions for one another, since Eisenstein concentrated on the major historical events of the revolution, while ‘The End of St. Petersburg’ looks at the era through a story involving some everyday characters. The story is well-conceived and, the main character is a young man from the country who heads to the great city of St. Petersburg to find work, but who instead learns a series of unexpected and not always pleasant lessons. Another landmark of Soviet realist cinema, as good as if not better than ‘Battleship Potemkin’. Silent film with recorded orchestral score. (Intertitles)
USSR 1927 Vsevolod Pudovkin 88m
A concert film with a difference, featuring more than 100 of Africa’s finest musicians including Youssou N’Dour, Baaba Maal, Rokia Traore, Oumou Sangare, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Angelique Kidjo – all performing African songs to draw world attention to the fact that malaria is a disease killing more than 3,000 children in Africa every day of the year.
Significantly, this concert and subsequent concert film triggered the release of 20 billion US dollars to help combat the spread of malaria in Africa during 2006 – 2016. This film has played in cinemas and on television worldwide, starting on BBC4 and then BBC2, with a DVD release, and a BBC Radio 3 version. “A line-up of African stars to put Live 8 to shame.” - Nigel Williamson’s 5 Star review in Songlines magazine. “The Africa Live: Roll Back Malaria Concert held in 2005 connected a global audience to create an international rallying cry for the fight against malaria. The concert and the film came at a pivotal time: the resulting groundswell of awareness helped support significant funding increases and contributed to a still-strong global movement that continues to make progress in saving lives from malaria.” Kathy Calvin - President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation.
UK 2005 Mick Csáky 104m
French director Bertrand Bonello imagines Paris in a state of apocalypse, in a provocative, troubling response to the contemporary age of terror.
A group of young people from diverse social backgrounds move through Paris, crossing paths, heading with determination towards a terrible mission, they hide out overnight in a department store, where - surrounded by the glamorous signifiers of 21st-century materialism - they await their fate. Bonello’s latest film will certainly be his most controversial. Conceived before the recent spate of terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere, ‘Nocturama’ unapologetically addresses a topic that many will find disturbing, while the film’s compelling thriller-style detachment and supremely elegant execution may strike some as questionable. No matter how you react to it, ‘Nocturama’ is undeniably extraordinary filmmaking, and a work very directly tuned to the current, increasingly troubled European psyche. The most controversial film of the festival. (Subtitles)
France-Germany-Belgium 2016 Bertrand Bonello 130m