Monday, March 20, 2017

The White King - Sunday 26th March 5pm

For those of you who enjoyed meeting Greta Scacchi at the Festival, she appears again in The White King this weekend, alongside a clutch of other stars including Jonathan Pryce and Agyness Deyn. The real star, though is 15 year old Lorenzo Allchurch, fresh from the London stage in his first movie. He plays Djata, a young boy who goes looking for his 'disappeared' father in an Orwellian future state just called The Homeland, where any form of dissent is not allowed...

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Handmaiden - Sunday 19th March 5pm

In this season of varied genres, styles and countries, it is the turn of South Korea to bring you a twisting, turning melodramatic and, yes, erotic thriller: The Handmaiden is "a great big chocolate box of a movie in which a rich and satisfying narrative is enlivened by some piquant erotica and the sharp tang of politics" – Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail.

Filmed in three acts, each bringing the view from a different character, we see Sookee (the Handmaiden) helping Count Fujiwara to entice Hideko to marry him...but maybe none of this is really what is really going on. Meanwhile Sookee and Hideko are falling in love. Set in Japanese occupied Korea in the 1930s, where Koreans are pretending to be Japanese... "Perhaps not since 'Pulp Fiction' have I seen such a cleverly convoluted story woven together from different perspectives. Act two and three pile on more layers of detail, adding more richness to the story. What seems like a simple tale of greed and betrayal becomes something more in act two and three and there is an ample supply of satisfying comeuppance as well" – Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope. Oh...and did I mention the eroticism..?

Monday, March 06, 2017

The Black Hen - Sunday 12th March 5pm

We come to another film in our 'accidental theme' of child stars this week – The Black Hen – which features two young boys searching for their lost chicken in Nepal. The real drama is the backdrop of the growing civil war in their region; the two lads set out to find the bird, oblivious to the danger this will bring to them. "A gentle, humane and beautifully photographed movie from Nepalese director Min Bahadur Bham, whose short film ‘The Flute’ and then this debut feature were hits at the Venice film festival", says Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian, but the civil war brings moments of violence to this  'bucolic calm'.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Train Driver's Diary - Sunday 5th March 5pm

This Sunday our film is Train Driver's Diary, a story of a train driver bringing up his adoptive son whilst dealing with suicides and accidental deaths on his trains: believe it or not, this is more a comedy than anything.

As the Raindance Festival reviewer puts it, "The film has a very difficult balance to maintain between being able to discuss suicide, accidental killing, and trauma in a sincere, but funny manner, and simply making light of these issues. It never fails to fall on the right side of this divide...Miloš Radović triumphs with this must-see sensitive, funny and heartwarming portrayal of the psychology of innocent murderers."

Monday, February 20, 2017

Under the Shadow - Sunday 26th February 5pm

After our fantastic festival , we return to 'business as usual' with Under the Shadow... or is it usual? As Rotten Tomatoes says, it "deftly blends seemingly disparate genres to deliver an effective chiller with timely themes and thought-provoking social subtext". What we are offering you is, then, a believable horror movie!

Set in Tehran, we follow Shideh as she deals with the problems of bringing up her child alone in the Iran-Iraq war, facing bombs, hunger and thirst plus male and religious intolerance. Under these pressures, is she imagining the noises in the night and the misplaced articles...or has something sinister arrived in her apartment block..? So, do expect some classic horror tricks, but well wrapped up in a story of our time - "The jump scares are solid, and earned. The suspense is genuine. And Under the Shadow never loses sight of the basic human reality of mother and child, trapped at home, encircled by a variety of evils, both real and imagined" – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice.

So, when did you last watch a horror movie? Come along and enjoy yourself!