The Programme for Friday 9th November 2018 at the Cornwall Film Festival
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Dir Samuel Maoz | 2017 | Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France | 108 mins | Drama (Hebrew with subtitles) | Age rating TBC | start 16.00 end 17.45
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, this stunningly shot offering from Samuel Maoz (Lebanon) charts the story of a family who receive tragic news from their son’s remote military post. Presenting a ‘fierce nightmare vision of Israel” (Xan Brooks for The Guardian), Foxtrot is gripping, urgent and witty in its exploration of gut-wrenching grief set against a backdrop that is in equal parts desolate and vivid. It’s been denounced by Israel’s Minister of Culture as ‘cooperation with the anti-Israel narrative’ and defended by the filmmaker as a criticism that comes from a place of love for his home country, but Foxtrot is equally effective whether taken as a bruising sociopolitical statement or simply as a well-acted, visually arresting drama.
Dir Jamie Adams | 2017 | UK | 95 mins | Comedy | Age rating TBC | start 20.30 end 22.30
Shot on Cornwall’s own university campus in Penryn, Songbird sees Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, Avengers: Infinity War) take on the hilarious role of ex-Britpop rockstar Joanne, who wakes after a wild night to discover she has drunkenly enrolled at university. Intent on giving her millennial peers a run for their money in the partying department, she’s shocked to learn that they’re more interested in yoga and kale smoothies than the rock and roll lifestyle she’s accustomed to. Co-starring Jessica Hynes (Paddington 2, Shaun of the Dead) and Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Adulthood, Doctor Who), and written and directed by Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets, Benny & Jolene), Songbird is a feel good comedy about the search for new beginnings and the realisation that, sometimes, you’ve just gotta rock ‘n’ roll with it!