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Summer 2016

This Summer, we were lucky to be able to screen several films that were supported by various groups

 

Infernal Affairs

15 | Hong Kong | 2002 | Cantonese, English, Thai
Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Date Shown: Wednesday 20 April 2016

This show is part of CRIME: Hong Kong Style presented by HOME, Manchester, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. This season is also supported by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office London.
Chan Wing Yan, a young police officer, has been sent undercover as a mole in the local mafia. Lau Kin Ming, a young mafia member, infiltrates the police force. Years later, their older counterparts, Chen Wing Yan and Inspector Lau Kin Ming, respectively, race against time to expose the mole within their midst.

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The Divide

12A | UK | 2016 | English
Documentary
Director: Katharine Round
Date Shown: Saturday 23 April 2016

As many Western countries have become richer, they've seemingly become unhappier; with fearful communities, health problems and violent deaths becoming more common not less. The Divide weaves together 7 stories to paint a picture of how economic division creates social division. The film is inspired by "The Spirit Level" by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.


The Circle

PG | Iran | 2000 | Persian
Drama
Director: Jafar Panahi
Date Shown: Friday 29 April 2016

In a hospital waiting room a woman learns her daughter, Solmaz Gholami, has just given birth. The ultrasound test had prepared the family for a boy. The baby, it turns out, is a girl. The joy the mother anticipated turns to terror for she knows her son-in-law's family will abandon her daughter. The old woman flees as the in-laws arrive. On the crowded streets of Tehran - a place where women are not permitted to stay out on their own or smoke in public - two women are also on the run. Arezou and Nargess have just been granted temporary leave from prison but they have no plans to return. They manage to scrounge together enough money for the bus trip to Nargess' hometown, but she lacks proper identification, and the police are searching everyone at the station. Meanwhile, their friend Pari has just escaped from prison in order to have an abortion. Threatened with death by her brothers, she flees from her father's house and meets with a former inmate, Elham, who is now married to a doctor and works in a hospital. Despite her connections, Elham is unable to help Pari in her hour of need. Despondent, Pari wanders the streets and chances upon Nayereh, a woman about to abandon her young daughter. Pari tries to stop her, but it is too late. Soon after, Nayareh, falsely accused of prostitution, is taken into custody by the police. As Panahi's narrative shifts dynamically from woman to woman, their stories culminate with tremendous potency, transforming a shared sense of despair and injustice into one kinship, and even hope.


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Power in our hands

PG | UK | 2014 | English
Documentary
Director: Angela Spielsinger
Date Shown: Friday 6 May 2016

A compilation of historical archive footage of the Deaf community. The idea for the film began in 2004 when, in an exciting twist of fate, a group of builders accidentally stumbled across the long-lost film from the BDA, dating back to the 1930s.

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When I Saw You

12 | Palestine | 2012 | Arabic, English
Drama
Director: Annemarie Jacir
Date Shown: Friday 13 May 2016

1967. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope. In Jordan, a different kind of change is underway as tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine. Having been separated from his father in the chaos of war, Tarek, 11, and his mother Ghaydaa, are amongst this latest wave of refugees. Placed in "temporary" refugee camps made up of tents and prefab houses until they would be able to return, they wait, like the generation before them who arrived in 1948. With difficulties adjusting to life in Harir camp and a longing to be reunited with his father, Tarek searches a way out, and discovers a new hope emerging with the times. Eventually his free spirit and curious nature lead him to a group of people on a journey that will change their lives. When I Saw You is the story of people affected by the times around them, in search of something more in their lives. A journey full of adventure, love, humor, and the desire to be free. A story of the human spirit that knows no borders.


Chronicle of a Summer

12 | France | 1961 | French
Documentary
Director: Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch
Date Shown: Wednesday 18 May 2016

Real-life individuals discuss topics on society, happiness in the working class among others and with those testimonies the filmmakers create fictional moments based on their interviews. Later on, the individuals discuss the images created with their own words and see if the movie obtained their level of reality.


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¡Viva! presents... To Kill a Man

15 | Chile | 2014 | Spanish
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Alejandro Fernandez Almendras
Date Shown: Friday 27 May 2016

¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival is presented by HOME, Manchester, with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery, the Instituto Cervantes (Manchester) and the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs, Embassy of Spain in the UK.
A working class man who, tired of being the victim of criminals, decides to take justice in his own hands.

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¡Viva! presents... Carmina y Amen

15 | Spain | 2014 | Spanish
Comedy, Drama
Director: Paco Leon
Date Shown: Friday 10 June 2016

A 50-year-old woman tries to hide that her husband is dead
¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival is presented by HOME, Manchester, with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery, the Instituto Cervantes (Manchester) and the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs, Embassy of Spain in the UK.

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You Will Be My Son

15 | France | 2011 | French
Drama
Director: Gilles Legrand
Date Shown: Friday 24 June 2016

A story that focuses on the problematic relationship between Paul Marseul, owner of a prestigious vineyard in Saint Emilion and his son, Martin, who works with him on the family estate. Paul is a demanding and passionate wine-maker but is a domineering father. He is not happy that his son may one day succeed him. He dreams of a son who is more talented, more charismatic . . . and more in line with his own aspirations. Things deteriorate as Paul's trusted manager Francois is dying of cancer. When Francois' son Philip, also in the wine business, returns from California to look after his father, Paul sees Philip as his ideal son and turns away from his own flesh and blood.


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Ran

12 | Japan | 1985 | Japanese
Action, Drama, War
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Date Shown: Friday 8 July 2016

Japanese warlord Hidetori Ichimonji decides the time has come to retire and divide his fiefdom among his three sons. His eldest and middle sons - Taro and Jiro - agree with his decision and promise to support him for his remaining days. The youngest son Saburo disagrees with all of them arguing that there is little likelihood the three brothers will remain united. Insulted by his son's brashness, the warlord banishes Saburo. As the warlord begins his retirement, he quickly realizes that his two eldest sons selfish and have no intention of keeping their promises. It leads to war and only banished Saburo c an possibly save him.

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Caesar Must Die

12 | Italy | 2012 | Italian
Drama
Director: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Date Shown: Friday 22 July 2016

In Rebibbia Prison in Italy, its inmate theatre program puts on a well received production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The film goes back several months earlier as the coordinators announces the play as the program's production of the year. With that project set, we see its creation as the cast is auditioned and selected for this artistic challenge. As they rehearse, the prisoners, many of whom are long termers and lifers for serious crimes, find that the classic play has both a striking resonance and contrast to their confined lives.

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