Tuesday 27 March 2018 at 7.30pm
The Black Hen (Kalo Pothi)
Nepal/France/Germany/Switzerland 2015 (UK Release 2016). 1hr 30min. Dir: Min Bahadur Bham. Cast: Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya, Jit Bahadur Malla. Language: Nepali with English subtitles. Awards: 1 win & 4 nominations. Cert. 12A
Here, BFS is delighted to be presenting its first programming choice from Nepal and a debut from the film’s director.
Two young boys, from different social castes and creeds within their small Nepalese village community, are inseparable friends.
In a spirit of enthusiastic enterprise, they decide to raise a hen (gifted by a sister), with the plan to sell her eggs. But when the eponymous hen goes missing, the boys set out on a journey full of risk, against a backdrop of ongoing civil strife, to discover just what has happened to their precious bird.
“From such a simple beginning, director Min Bahadur Bham is able to portray an entire society in microcosm” Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
“There’s a rough and ready enchantment – a magic of mood and landscape – in this prizewinning Nepalese film” Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
Tuesday 17 April 2018 at 7.30pm
France/Germany 2016 (UK release 2017). 1hr 54min. Dir: François Ozon. Cast: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner. Language: French & German with English subtitles. Awards: 3 wins & 19 nominations. Cert. 12A
In this sumptuously-produced period drama, a mysterious stranger is spotted at the graveside of a young German soldier in the immediate aftermath of World War One. The soldier’s grieving fiancée is eager to identify the visitor’s connection to her lost love. As a Frenchman appearing in a small German town, the stranger finds himself shunned as the enemy. Yet he has a story to relate.
With unequivocal visual beauty, director François Ozon (Potiche, In the House) demonstrates his quintessential versatility of style, using lustrous monochrome, interspersed with flashes of colour and complemented by a stylised production, to evoke a past era of elegance and fresh-felt pain. Based on a French play, the beguiling narrative ensures a satisfying unpredictability, right to the end.
“It is every bit as handsome, teasing and therapeutically smart as we‘ve come to expect from the prolific French director” Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
“A fine bilingual cast, haunting period detail and a provocative approach to a twisting story carry the day” Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
Tuesday 15 May 2018 at 7.30pm
The Other Side of Hope (Toivan tuolla puolen)
Finland 2017. 1hr 40min. Dir: Aki Kaurismäki. Cast: Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela. Lang: Finnish, Arabic and Swedish with English subtitles. Awards: 3 wins & 2 nominations. Cert. 12A
A Finnish husband walks out on his marriage and embarks on a change of direction, taking over a restaurant with an identity crisis and its resident team of oddball employees. Meanwhile, a refugee arrives in Finland and while waiting for his asylum application to be processed, must find a way to survive. His priority is to be reunited with his sister, missing since they became separated while escaping from Syria.
Two disparate narratives and diametric moods somehow connect in this tender fusion of poker-faced drollery, topical circumstances and contrasting cultures, from the Finnish master of melancholy wit, Aki Kaurismäki. The result is both a heart-breaker and a side-splitter.
“The film is devilishly funny, economically constructed…Finnish screen writer [Kaurismäki] employs his usual sensitivity” Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian
“It all adds up to a gently loving fable…that home can be wherever you find it” Nick Jones, Sight & Sound
And an addition to the programme…
Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 7.30pm
The Shape of Water
US 2017. 2hr 3mins, Dir: Guillermo del Toro. Cast: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins. Language: English. Awards: 4 Oscars, 97 other wins and 278 nominations. Cert. 15.
This multiple award-winner (including Best Film 2018 Oscar) could only have been created by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth).
Cold War 1962 America: cleaner Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works in a Government security facility. One day her curiosity is aroused by a secret classified experiment and she discovers an amphibious creature from the Amazon being held in captivity. Despite the angry paranoia of a hostile government agent tailing her every move, Elisa and the creature establish a connection which alleviates their shared sense of isolation, but has ramifications which will land Elisa in deep water.
Darkly fantastic with evocative period sets make this a fabulous cinematic experience with echoes of 1950s classic The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Suspend disbelief and immerse yourself in the final film of our current season!
“[Many scenes] only a filmmaker working at the peak of their powers would even think to create. The film commits to each and every one of these moments, big and small, with an honesty and warmth that’s reflected in every aspect of its craft, from Laustsen’s luminous cinematography to Desplat’s elegantly swooning score” Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
“Guillermo del Toro conjures a cinematic extravaganza teeming with high notes” Nick James, Sight and Sound
“A swooning romantic melodrama that reshapes the mythical themes of beauty and the beast with deliciously bestial bite” Mark Kermode, The Guardian
Note: This screening is additional to our current season’s published programme (and free to BFS passholders). Our new season of films begins on September 11th.
The Shape of Water will also be screened to the public by The Maltings on Friday 4th May. Tickets available from The Maltings box office.