CORNWALL FILM FESTIVAL 2019!

What’s on!

Wednesday 13th November

INTO FILM SCREENING | SPRING GALLERY, THE POLY, FALMOUTH

Starting 1pm  Ends 3.10 

Diego Maradona | Dir Asif Kapadia |2019 |130 mins |12 A | English / Italian / Spanish (English subtitles) | Documentary, Sport | FREE 

In 1984, the world’s most expensive football player, Argentine sensation Diego Maradona, moved from Barcelona to play for Napoli, a team in the poorest area of Italy. Looking for a fresh start to his career, Maradona’s inherent footballing skill turned the team around and helped them win the first trophies in their history. However, his time in Italy also found him involved with organised crime, drugs and numerous scandals, affecting his life both on and off the field. This documentary, from esteemed filmmaker Asif Kapadia, explores the price of fame and the way sport can define a culture and a city. Covering the entirety of Maradona’s six-year stay in Naples with crisp, never-before-seen archive footage, ‘Diego Maradona’ gives us an intimate insight into one of football’s most famous icons.

Friday 15th November

INTO FILM SCREENING | KING CHARLES CHURCH HALL, NEW STREET, FALMOUTH

Revolting Rhymes

Dir Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer | UK |2016 | 60 mins | PG | Comedy, Animation Start 10.15 ends 12.15 including workshop | FREE |

Based on the much-loved collection of short stories and poems by Roald Dahl, this mischievous double-bill presents fairy tales in a way you’ve never seen before! The stories of Snow White, Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, Jack & The Beanstalk and Cinderella are all mixed together and served with a delightful, slightly naughty twist in a way that only Dahl could conjure up. Told as two separate short films, both are narrated by the big bad wolf, who seems to have all of the answers, as well as a story of his own to tell. ‘Revolting Rhymes’ are delightful animated adventures from the creators of The Gruffalo, with all of Dahl’s playful language intact.

Jellyfish

Dir James Gardner | UK | 2018 | 101 mins | 15 | Drama  | starting 13.30 end 15.10 | FREE | King Charles Church Hall

Fifteen-year-old Sarah has to keep her family afloat. As the sole caregiver to her family and manic-depressive mother, she juggles looking after her younger siblings and a part-time job with her school work. Affected by her difficult circumstances and bullying by students, she is often told-off by teachers for being rude and gobby. Spotting potential untapped talent, her drama teacher encourages her to turn her insults and quick-temper into stand-up comedy, leading Sarah to find a creative outlet for the chaos in her life. But her preparation for the school’s showcase is disturbed when her family’s financial circumstances become a priority. The film explores some tough issues that are at times highly distressing to watch and should be approached with caution and sensitivity. However it also gives valuable insight into some of the difficulties faced by young carers from working-class backgrounds and highlights the possibilities of creativity as a platform for self-expression.

MID90S

Dir Jonah Hill | 85 mins | 2018 | 15 | Comedy, Skate, drama start 16.30 end 18.00 in conjunction with Falmouth Art Gallery Sidewalk Surfer exhibition | FREE | KING CHARLES HALL

In 1996, 13 year-old Stevie finds an escape from his troubled home life in Los Angeles when he befriends a group of teenage boys at a skate shop and decides to become a skateboarder. Despite his inexperience, the four other boys take him in and Stevie responds positively, eager to please the young rebels. Together they roam around the neighbourhood causing trouble and mischief, aiming to stay out as long as they can to avoid the difficulties that await them at home. In Stevie’s case, his older brother Ian is violent and his single mother Dabney becomes worried of the effect his new friends are having on him as he encounters a number of new experiences. ‘Mid90s’ is an expressive coming-of-age film from first-time director Jonah Hill with a pulsating soundtrack which explores serious themes such as mental health, addiction and abuse.

@ THE POLY

GALA The Cliff Top Sessions – Premier with Director Q&A

Dir Martha Tilston | 2019 | UK | 95 mins | CFF PG | Music, Doc | Start 19.30 End 22.00

On a wild winters night in a secret clifftop cottage in deepest Cornwall, nine musicians and a camera crew collide. Cult songwriters from around the UK were invited to play their best song; no backing band, audience or music industry – Just a house on the edge of a cliff, roaring fire, guitars, grand piano and the invisible magic of song that was palpable that night. To watch this film is to open the door on that late-night music session that most of us rarely get to see. The art of song captured like never before on film.

Saturday 15th November

A Showcase of Regional Filmmaking  

90 mins | UK | various | Start 10 end 11.30

A selected screening of the best entries from the short film competition, highlighting filmmakers from the South West.

2019 International Official Selection 

Various \ Start 12.00 End 14.00

From first-time writer-director and seasoned festival contributors alike, from sci-fi and horror to documentary, animation, experimental and comedy, this year’s shorts are bound to once again be cited by audiences as an unmissable highlight of their Festival experience.  The International programme represents the best of short filmmaking for the UK and beyond.

Good Posture

Dir Dolly Wells | UK | 91mins | Comedy/Drama start 14.15 end 16.30

In her feature debut, Dolly Wells crafts a contemporary, sharp-witted comedy starring her frequent collaborator Emily Mortimer and talented newcomer, Grace Van Patten. Set in current-day Brooklyn, Good Posture is the gentle comedy story of a lazy but charming and beautiful young woman who has got used to using men to make her life easier, but after finally pushing one man too far, is forced to discover that she can live a happier life by taking responsibility for herself and not rely on those around her as easy props. Cameos from Jonathan Ames, Martin Amis, and Zadie Smith add a particularly special layer of authenticity to this tale of two women whose eccentricities unexpectedly draw out change and growth in the other. World Premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

PREVIEW System crasher

Dir Nora Fingscheidt | Germany | 109 mins | Drama (with subtitles) Start 16.45 End 18.45

She is small, but dangerous. Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled. The wild 9-year- old girl has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher”. And she is certainly not looking to change her ways. Because Benni has one single goal: to be back at home with her mommy! But Bianca is scared of her own daughter. Mrs. Bafané from child protection services is trying her best to find a permanent placement for Benni. She hires the anger management trainer Micha as Benni’s school escort and suddenly there is a seed of hope. Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired? While being acutely authentic, first-time director Nora Fingscheidt transcends a psychological study and crafts vibrant, visceral and emotional cinema, which evokes unforgettable performances.

OVER @ KING CHARLES CHURCH HALL

The Blues Brothers 

Dir John Landis | USA | 1980| 130 minutes| 15|Comedy, Musicals Start 14.15 End 16.25

Jake and Elwood Blues are a pair of petty criminals – but they’ve got good hearts. When they learn the orphanage they grew up in is in trouble, they decide to raise the money to save it. They plan to get their old band back together, and set about tracking down the members. So begins a bizarre and eventful journey, which culminates in one of the most extreme car chases of all time. And the brothers think they just can’t fail because they’re “on a mission from God”. With a fantastic soundtrack and star appearances from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and James Brown, this is one funky road movie. CAST includes Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Cab Calloway & Ray Charles.

The Breakfast Club

Dir John Hughes | 1985 | 92 mins | 15 | Coming of Age, Drama  start 16.45 end 18.15

You might not have thought that detention could lead to a powerful and often hilarious story of lives being changed in the space of an afternoon – but that’s exactly what happens in 80s classic The Breakfast Club. When a bunch of high school kids who would normally have nothing to do with each other are forced to spend their Saturday in detention, will conflicts arise between them? Or will the students realise that while they may seem very different, deep down inside they have plenty in common? Staring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and  Ally Sheey.

Sunday 16th November

Honeyland

Dir Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov | 2019 | Turkish | 87 mins | Documentary | Start 12 End 13.30 

In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a 50-something woman, trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently maneuvers the honeycomb without netting or gloves. Back at her homestead, Hatidze tends to her handmade hives and her bedridden mother, occasionally heading to the capital to market her wares. One day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and Hatidze’s peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back—not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy. But soon Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever. 5 stars 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

PREVIEW | Monos

Dir Alejandro Landes | 2019 | Colombia-Argentina-Netherlands-Germany-Sweden-Uruguay-USA | 105 mins | 18 | Drama/War (with English subtitles) start 14.00 end End 15.45

Alejandro Landes delivers one of the most talked-about films of the year: a hallucinogenic, intoxicating thriller about child soldiers. IN COMPETITION at the London Film Festival this year.  High in the mountains of South America, above the billowing clouds but with gunshots heard in the distance, a motley group of child and teenage soldiers train and wait for instruction. They stave off boredom by fucking, playing and fighting. This might be some teen rave gone feral, but for the deadly seriousness underlined by the presence of an American hostage, the Doctora. Monos has inspired feverish buzz wherever it has screened this year and comparisons to Apocalypse Now and Lord of the Flies are not off the mark in mapping out the film’s terrain. But this is also a wildly original vision from Landes and screenwriter Alexis dos Santos, referencing horrors on their own continent. The camera prowls over mud and organic decay, cutting swathes through the jungle, all to the strains of Mica Levi’s visceral score. Monos sparks with dark adrenal electricity and it’s completely, utterly thrilling (via Tricia Tuttle LFF)

CLOSING GALA

PREVIEW: Little Monsters

Dir Abe Forsythe | Australia-USA-UK  | 2019 | 95mins | Horror/Comedy | CFF15 start 20.00 end 21.35

Lupita Nyong’o shines in a delirious zom-com that guarantees you’ll never listen to Taylor Swift in the same way again. Dave is at a crossroads in his life. Recently dumped and with his aspirations of heavy metal stardom fading away, the eternal man-child is forced to crash on his sister’s sofa. However, things look up when he meets the effervescent Miss Caroline, his 5-year-old nephew’s favourite teacher. Desperate to spend time with the object of his affection, Dave signs up to chaperone a school trip to the local petting zoo. But when the neighbouring military base accidentally unleashes a hoard of zombies upon the unsuspecting farmyard, Dave, Miss Caroline and their miniature posse must join forces to keep the flesh-eating army at bay.