Film Season 2007

July to November programme

Brick (2005)Downfall (2005)Match Point (2005)The Girl on the Bridge (1998)
Sat 9th
Babel (2006)Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
138minBrad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Mohamed Akhzam, Peter Wight, Harriet Walter, Trevor Martin, Matyelok Gibbs
The director of '21 Grams' has loosley weaved together four stories from three conitinents in this powerful drama about cultural barriers. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett are seeing their relationship disintegrate until a tragic accident in Morrocco brings their priorities back into focus. Back home their two children are making an unscheduled trip across the Southern border with their Mexican nanny. A deaf-mute girl in Japan struggles to get past the stigma of her mother's suicide, while a seemingly insignificant incident in her father's past is the crucial trigger of events half a world away. Intelligent filmmaking, rivetting and revelatory.
Dogora: Open Your Eyes (2004)Patrice Leconte
Filmmaker Patrice Leconte takes us on a musical journey through Cambodia. Set to a beautiful score by Etienne Perruchon, there is no dialogue or storyline, just mesmerizing images of everyday people living their everyday Cambodian life. In a similar vein to Koyaanisqatsi or Baraka this documentary opens a street level, non-judgmental eye on a rich and diverse culture.
Sat 4th
Rian Johnson
107minJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss, Matt O'Leary, Emilie de Ravin, Noah Segan, Richard Roundtree, Meagan Good
A fresh take on the hard-boiled noir, this festival hit stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an outsider teen-turned-stoic gumshoe after his ex-girl (Emilie de Ravin) turns up dead. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance for Originality of Vision, this hip-talking detective story tips its hat to Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler in a grainy, parallel universe that includes Lukas Haas as a drug dealer who lives with his mum.
Murder, My Sweet (1945)Edward Dmytryk
95minDick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger
They say crime doesn't pay. Private detective Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) knows better. The fat wad of folding money warming his breast pocket is the kind of thing that keeps him going through thick and thicker as he wades chin deep into a mystery involving a missing necklace and a missing hoodlum's moll named Velma. Considered one of the quintessential film-noir films, source author Raymond Chandler called Powell his favourite screen Marlowe. With Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley.
Sat 1st
Oliver Hirschbiegel
156minBruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Juliane Kohler, Ulrich Matthers, Corrina Harfouch, Ulrich Noethen, Heino Ferch, Thomas Kretschmann
Bruno Ganz is rivetting as the mad dictator during his final days in the Berlin Bunker. But director Hirschbiegel understands that evil does not exist in a vacuum and that part of what makes Hitler and Nazi Germany so unfathomable is that the state was kept running by essentially normal people. Virtually a taboo subject since the war, this is the first German production about their most notorious son.
Sat 6th
Woody Allen
118minJonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton, Ewen Bremner
In his first film set in the UK, Woody Allen's slick romantic thriller follows an opportunistic tennis coach (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who ingratiates himself into a wealthy Brit's (Matthew Goode) family. Thinking he's got it made when he gets engaged to Goode's sister (Emily Mortimer), Rhys Meyers' plan hits a snag when he embarks on a steamy affair with his future brother-in-law's sexy American girlfriend (Scarlett Johansson). Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton and Ewen Bremner co-star in this return to form for Allen.
Ali G Indahouse (2002)Mark Mylod
87minAli G, Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Gambon, Charles Dance
In his big screen debut, popular British TV character Ali G gets mixed up in some political machinations in Parliament. Naturally, his clueless hip-hop posing befuddles the snotty establishment. Aiii.
Sat 3rd
Patrice Leconte
90minVanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil, Demetre Georgalas
A mysterious knife-thrower (Daniel Auteuil) saves a young woman (Vanessa Paradis) from jumping off a bridge, and recruits her for his death defying act. Their success together is based not just on skill, but on their almost telepathic (and sensual) sense of oneness. This stylish, provocative fable weaves a wonderful blend of wit and imagination.
Hidden (Cache) (2005)Michael Haneke
112minDaniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Benichou, Annie Girardot
George (Daniel Auteuil) and his wife Anne (Juliette Binoche) seem to have the perfect middle-class lifestyle until one day mysterious videotapes and drawings start turning up on their doorstep. George suspects a ghost from his past, and as he begins to track down who he believes to be the culprit, the line between hunter and hunted becomes increasingly blurred, in this taut suburban thriller from Michael Haneke ('The Piano Teacher').