Thursday, February 24, 2011

Enemies of the People - Sunday 27th February 5pm

Enemies of the People is coming up on Sunday. If you enjoyed seeing The Killing Fields in the 2002 Festival, part of our 'Painting with Light - Great cinematographers' strand, (Chris Menges, DP for that film was, along with Jack Cardiff, one of the illustrious band) you'll doubtless really welcome the chance to complete your knowledge of those terrible Khmer Rouge times in Cambodia. But no matter if you didn't: Enemies of the People is quite capable of standing alone as a gripping documentary aimed at restoring justice and healing old wounds. It scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and achieved a high audience satisfaction too. Derek Adams of Time Out said 'This is patient, persistent, probing and fearless journalism of the highest order and it shocks to the core.' and just look at Andrew Marr's tribute on the film page, where you can also find the notes.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Certified Copy - Sunday 20th February 5pm

After the Festival we're back to the old familiar routine of good films for a Sunday evening... This Sunday we’ve got Certified Copy (Copie conforme) – The distinguished Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s first film made in Europe, employing one of Europe’s foremost actresses – Juliette Binoche got the Best Actress gong at Cannes last year for her performance – and William Shimell, usually listed as ‘one of Britain's most accomplished operatic baritones’ in his first major film role.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Peepli [Live] - Sunday 6th February 5pm

We're looking forward to one more film before the Festival and on Sunday Peepli [Live] should appeal to hearts and minds equally. One of the central themes - Indian farmers' suicides - won't immediately seem an antidote to the sad lives depicted in the last two Sundays' films but, though tragic, it is an amusing part of a Catch-22 situation satirised by Anusha Rizvi in her debut feature. For example, Boxoffice Magazine tells us: 'The juxtaposition of the tragedy and the lunacy of the circumstances are not completely disparate; satire is an appropriate weapon here, but it's the drama in Peepli Live that truly resonates.' And Moving Pictures Magazine: 'Its comical, sharply observant caricatures of India's political and media jackals offers a much-needed reality check in a country where celluloid escapism is too often the rule.' And finally Empire speaks of 'a highly-assured debut by Rizvi' and The Guardian 'a satirical gem'. Sounds intriguing...?