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SUN 3 Jun • Masters of Turkish Cinema Double Bill
KOSMOS (12A) 12.15
(Turkey 2009) dir. Reha Erdem 122m. Subtitles. Digital.
Sermet Yesil, Turku Turan, Hakan Altuntas, Sabahat Doganyilmaz, Korel Kubilay, Akin Anli.
A special pre-release screening of one of the most outstanding Turkish films of recent years. Reha Erdem, Turkey's most maverick writer/director is at his bizarre best in this tale of a mysterious stranger who drifts into a remote snowbound town, disrupting the stoic and conservative existence of its inhabitants and turning it into a land of make-believe, fairy tales and folk legends. KOSMOS is at first treated as a hero and a miracle worker but the townspeople quickly tire of him. And what is the explanation for the outbreak of robberies and the strange missile which lands from outer space? True to its title, this is indeed a haunting and powerful imagining of a mysterious universe.
+ ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (15) 2.45
(Turkey/Bosnia & Herzegovina 2011) dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan 157m. Subtitles. Digital.
Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel.
A haunting journey into the heart of darkness of the Anatolian countryside and into the heart of Anatolian identity. A murder has been committed and a man has confessed; all that remains is for him to lead police to the body but it soon becomes clear that the killer can't find the place where he left his victim. Unsurprisingly, master director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Cannes prize winner is no ordinary police investigation thriller. Nothing significant may seem to happen but things are not always as they appear to be. People, emotions and events develop in unexpected ways until the grand design of this subtle, rich and audacious film comes gradually into focus.
SUN 10 Jun • Pixilated Perplexity Double Bill
TINY FURNITURE (15) 1.30
(US 2010) dir. Lena Dunham. 100m.
Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Jemima Kirke.
A now almost legendary first feature that was heaped with critical praise and spotlighted a DIY strain of American independent filmmaking that has become known as Mumblecore. It's a refreshing and sharply observed comedy of life at the crossroads with writer-director Lena Dunham playing the recent graduate who returns to New York and moves back in with her (real-life) mother and sister. In a movie that is as painfully confessional as it is endlessly amusing, her performance wonderfully registers every shade of perplexity, pride and pain.
+ DAMSELS IN DISTRESS (15) 3.30
(US 2011) dir. Whit Stillman 99m. Digital.
Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Hugo Becker, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore.
The return of the mildly pixilated screwball Whit and wisdom of the writer-director of such cult classics as METROPOLITAN and LAST DAYS OF DISCO, missing in action for over a decade. College student Violet and her friends Rose and Heather invite new student Lily to join their mission to "rescue the world from sadness" at the campus 'Suicide Prevention Center' where the treatment therapy is donuts and dancing. Boy trouble takes second place to creating a new dance craze, The Sambola, and discovering that a bar of soap might just save her life. Bonkers and bewitching, silly and sweet.
SUN 17 Jun • An Afternoon with Woody Allen
WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY (15) 2.00
(US 2011) dir. Robert Weide. 195m. Digital.
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Penelope Crux, Scarlett Johansson.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Woody Allen... The complete full-length version of an intimate and entertaining profile of Allan Stewart Konigsberg from his nightclub stand-up comedian to acclaimed writer/film maker, musician and living legend whose enthusiasms and obsessions remain undiminished after half a century in the spotlight. There's rare comedy-gold footage from the early years, mouth-watering clips from a parade of classic movies, fascinating glimpses of the author/director at work and of course an eclectic collection of the great and the good talk revealingly about the man and his work: cinematographers, producers, co-writers, his sister, manager and casting director are interviewed alongside the star names that include Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Penelope Cruz, John Cusack, Larry David, Mariel Hemingway, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Diane Keaton, Martin Landau, Louise Lasser, Sean Penn, Tony Roberts, Chris Rock, Mira Sorvino, Naomi Watts, Dianne Wiest, and Owen Wilson. Even though Woody once said that 'the only thing standing between me and greatness is me,' Robert Weide's movie is nevertheless a candid and insightful portrait of an incomparable artist.
SUN 24 Jun • Euro Mysteries and Menace Double Bill
THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH (15) 2.15
(France/Poland/UK 2011) dir. Pawel Pawlikowski 84m. Subtitles. Digital.
Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig, Samir Guesmi, Julie Papillon, Geoffrey Carey.
An intricate and intelligent adaptation of Douglas Kennedy's erotic thriller in which writer Ethan Hawke heads for Paris to try to make sense of his life and find his estranged wife and daughter. A meeting with mysterious émigré Kristin Scott Thomas seems to promise the new life that he seeks, but events soon take a surreal downturn into murder and mayhem. Director Pawel Pawlikowski builds the tension and menace to deliver a taut and sensual thriller that questions the boundaries of imagination and reality.
+ HEADHUNTERS (15) 4.00
(Norway/Germany 2011) dir. Morten Tyldum 100m. Subtitles. Digital.
Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
An exhilarating adrenaline filled adaptation of Jo Nesbø's best-selling thriller in which a charming scoundrel goes from accomplished corporate headhunter to most hunted art collector after he encounters a former mercenary in possession of an extremely valuable painting. The plot twists and turns as a bloody cat-and-mouse game of increasingly perilous situations unfolds in strikingly real locations across Norway. It all adds up to an entertainingly believable labyrinth of double-crosses and deceptions topped off with some delightful visual shocks.
SUN 1 Jul • C'est la Vie Double Bill
LE QUAI DES BRUMES (PG) 2.30
(France 1938) dir. Marcel Carne 92m. Subtitles. Digital.
Jean Gabin, Michele Morgan, Michel Simon, Pierre Brasseur, Robert Le Vigan, Edouard Delmont.
Marcel Carné's visually stunning and atmospheric tale of an outsider on the run, gangsters in a stylised, mist shrouded Le Havre and a beautiful femme fatale. It's the quintessential pre-war French movie and the precursor of many a 1940s film noir. But this is existential film noir so Jacques Prévert's script finds time for discussions on art, war, and death. Jean Gabin and Michele Morgan were superstars, still are and QUAI DES BRUMES finds them and French cinema at their poetic realist peak.
+ LE HAVRE (PG) 4.25
(Finland/France/Germany 2011) dir. Aki Kaurismaki 93m. Subtitles. Digital.
Andre Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel, Pierre Étaix, Jean-Pierre Léaud.
The unique Aki Kaurismaki's LE HAVRE may pay hommage to a glorious epoch of French cinema and the lost world of silent movie melodrama, but there's also a cutting social edge mixed in with the comedy and absurdity. It's the story of Marcel and his wife Arletty scraping to make ends meet against all the odds in the multicultural port city. But Marcel is still ready to help the dreams of a fellow underdog, a young African boy on the run, come true. With a gloriously drawn gallery of characters: friends, neighbours, a shadowy informer and an enigmatic police inspector, this is a rich and multi-layered portrait of a recognisable world... and an absolute treat.
£9.50/£7.50 Concs/£5.50 Under 15's
SUN 8 Jul • East End Film Festival UK Premiere
MUSTAFA'S SWEET DREAMS (PG) 1.30
(UK/Greece 2012) dir. Angelos Abazoglou 83m. Digital.
Mustafa, a 16-year-old boy who works as a pastry shop apprentice in Gaziantep, the 'Capital of Baklava' in Eastern Turkey, dreams of becoming a 'Baklava Master' in Istanbul. His journey takes him to more than just bright lights in this charming ode to a great tradition.
+ Free Baklava!
SUN 8 Jul • East End Film Festival UK Premiere
INDIGNADOS (15) 3.30
(France 2012) dir. Tony Gatliff 88m. Subtitles.
Isabel Vendrell Cortès.
A powerful portrait of identity and revolution inspired by Stephane Hessel's bestseller 'Time for Outrage', INDIGNADOS is veteran director Tony Gatlif's powerful take on current global events. Showing a world in flux through the eyes of a female illegal immigrant travelling through Europe, it goes to the heart of the Occupy movement, the poverty of displaced people, and the dissatisfaction of a younger generation in revolt. A film for our times.
Preceded by the short film THIS IS NOT MY HOME (UK 2012) dir. Gabriel Berretta, 10m. DigiBeta.
SUN 15 Jul • Powell & Pressburger Double Bill
THE SPY IN BLACK (U) 1.15
(UK 1939) dir. Michael Powell 79m. Digital.
Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Sebastian Shaw, Marius Goring, June Duprez, Hay Petrie.
The first collaboration between director Michael Powell and writer Emeric Pressburger is a combination of traditional World War I spy thriller and incisive look at the blurred boundaries of national identity. Conrad Veidt is the German submarine commander on a mission to attack the British Fleet at Scapa Flow who finds more than he bargained for in the local schoolmistress (Valerie Hobson). It's the moral ambiguity that provides the edge and offers an appropriate prologue to the greatest collaboration in British cinema that would follow.
+ THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (U) 3.00
(UK 1943) dirs. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger 164m. Digital.
Roger Livesey, Anton Walbrook, Deborah Kerr, Roland Culver, Albert Lieven, Felix Aylmer, Patrick Macnee.
Powell and Pressburger's first Technicolor masterpiece transcends its wartime propaganda origins to portray the life, loves and relationships of the now rotund old buffer, and seemingly the epitome of stuffy and outmoded values, General Clive Wynne-Candy over a period of 40 years. But, from the Boer War to the London Blitz, the past reveals a very different picture of the man. A satire on British traditionalism and innate sense of decency even in wartime was always going to stir up impassioned hostility and indignation in 1943 and this, together with the sympathetic portrayal of Candy's lifelong friendship with German officer Anton Wallbrook, almost resulted in the film being banned. Thanks to a recent restoration it now looks even more glorious than ever.
£9.50/£7.50 Concs/£5.50 Under 15's
SUN 22 Jul • Faith and Belief Double Bill
BREATHING (15) 12.15
(Austria 2011) dir. Karl Markovics 94m. Subtitles. Digital.
Thomas Schubert, Karin Lishka, Georg Friedrich, Gerhard Liebman, Stefan Matousch.
Newly released from a juvenile detention centre and in a literally dead-end job, young Roman has no family, no future and no hope. until a chance discovery triggers a crisis of self-examination and in its train, real insight. Austrian actor Karl Markovics' debut as writer-director is an impressive achievement. With a great performance by Thomas Schubert as Roman, BREATHING is a moving, unsentimental and hauntingly eloquent look at life and death that unfolds as naturally as its title.
+ HADEWIJCH (12A) 2.15
(France 2009) dir. Bruno Dumont 105m. Subtitles. Digital.
Julie Sokolowski, Yassine Salime, Karl Sarafidis, David Dewaele.
Hadewijch is the name of a 13th century mystic and the name taken by novice nun Céline. But Hadewijch becomes Céline again when she is forced to leave the convent and finds herself being led down dangerous paths in the real world. Bruno Dumont's contemporary parable is a challenging, thought provoking look at the thin line between religion and fanaticism. A luminous performance from newcomer Julie Sokolowski is at its heart. Hers is a mysterious journey, sometimes beautiful, sometimes shocking, that slowly builds to a powerful act of salvation.
SUN 29 Jul • Classic and Caustic Hollywood Double Bill
THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (PG) 12.15
(US 1952) dir. Vincente Minnelli 118m.
Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, Leo G. Carroll.
One of the great movies about making movies, THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is a caustic and poisonously cynical look at the dark side of Hollywood. Ironically but not surprisingly, this tale of a producer who on the way down finds he needs the help of the writer, director and star he has used and betrayed on the way up, was 1952's big Oscar winner. Minnelli directs some immaculate star performances from some of MGM's finest and skillfully blends a stylish and irresistible mix of the tinselly and the tawdry.
+ LAURA (U) 2.35
(US 1944) dir. Otto Preminger 88m. Digital.
Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson.
The most elegant example of 1940's film noir is a cool murder mystery set in a world of jealousy, passion, blackmail and obsession. Hard-boiled detective Dana Andrews engages in a battle of wits with the acid wit of prissy, cultured columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), whilst falling in love with a portrait of murder victim Gene Tierney. Performed to perfection by Webb, Tierney, Vincent Price and Judith Anderson and beautifully photographed in dreamy black and white, LAURA is nothing less than a dark, twisted and haunting masterpiece.
£9.50/£7.50 Concs/£5.50 Under 15's
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