Monday, February 19, 2018

19th Keswick Film Festival

It is time for the 19th Keswick Film Festival at last! Starting on Thursday at 6.30 with a free drink and ‘Edie’ at 7.00, going right through to Sunday at 8.00 with ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’, there are over 30 films, guests and the Osprey Awards to keep us engrossed.

So... get your tickets, start deciding what you really HAVE TO see and what you will just have to miss because of it; make sure you know which venue your choices are at and then just get ready to relax and watch movies all weekend..! Take a look for all the details; see you there!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Thelma - Sunday 18th February 5:00 PM

Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the term continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Félicité - Sunday 11th February 5pm

We are off to Africa this Sunday at 5.00 for the Senegalese Félicité... "a proud, free-willed woman working as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Her life is thrown into turmoil when her 14-year-old son has a motorcycle accident. To save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of Kinshasa - a world of music and dreams - where she'll cross paths with Tabu..." – Rotten Tomatoes.

This is the first film ever selected as a Senegalese entry for the Best Foreign language film after winning six awards at the Africa Movie Academy (the most ever) and the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. It stars Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu in the title role, a real life singer in Senegal "who arrives fully formed here as a figure of enormous dignity and warmth, a pillar of resilience who is nonetheless all-too-humanly susceptible to exhaustion, grief and despair" so says Justin Chang in the Los Angeles Times, who also points out the importance of music in the film: "so it's fitting that music should become the movie's emotional filigree, ranging from the band's jubilant jam sessions to the heart-stopping occasional interludes featuring the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra, performing their renditions of Arvo Pärt in an enormous warehouse space. The mix of improvisation and classicism goes beyond mere eclecticism. It reflects the movie's own generous embrace of life in its endless capacity for joy, sorrow and awe". Sounds too good to miss!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Call Me By Your Name - Sunday 4th February

Call Me By Your Name is a coming of age film set in a northern Italian summer in 1984 and explores teenage sexuality amid a beautiful timeless landscape. In one sense nothing much happens as a teenager gradually becomes enthralled by an older American student. Just a beautiful film. And as good as an Italian holiday for the cold days of February.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy End - Sunday 28th January 5pm

We have the latest film from a Keswick favourite – Michael Haneke - this Sunday at 5.00 with the French Happy End. "The Laurent [family] hides in the bubble of its own privilege and live in a mansion in Calais. Georges, played by the reliably brilliant Jean-Louis Trintignant, is about to turn 85; since the passing of his wife, he's in love only with death. (In many ways, this ironically titled drama could be the sequel to 'Amour'.) The widower is trapped with what's left of his family: his daughter Anne (Isabelle Huppert), who runs the clan's construction business; her immature son, Pierre, who she'd like to see take over operations; Anne's brother, Thomas, a doctor; his wife, Anaïs and their newborn son; and Ève (a dynamite Fantine Harduin), Thomas's 13-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, who comes to live at chez Laurent after the suicide of her mother’ – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.

Also staring Toby Jones, we have some great acing to look forward to but... does it live up to Amour, The White Ribbon, or Hidden? Although it was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2017, some critics seem to prefer the more heartfelt style of 'Amour' over his older, more bleak films; they were inevitably left with split opinions over 'Happy End', then. Come along and see what you think of it!