A major new BFI LOVE Season
FILMS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH
FILMS TO BREAK YOUR HEART
The power of love is cinema’s most seductive illusion, making our hearts beat faster and shaping our dreams and longings. BFI LOVE is a major new project that will re-kindle audience passions for film and television’s most enduring love stories. Truly an affair to remember, the UK-wide season includes over 1,000 screenings at 100s of cinemas, special one-off events, new and rare releases on DVD and BFI Player, education events and innovative interactive content across online and social media.
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Sunday 1st November
|Casablanca + Food in the bar||Regal Redruth||15:00|
Dir Michael Curtiz | USA | 1942 | 102 min | PG | Drama, Romance, War
The classic and much-loved romantic melodrama Casablanca (1942), always found on top-ten lists of films, is a masterful tale of two men vying for the same woman’s love in a love triangle. The story of political and romantic espionage is set against the backdrop of the wartime conflict between democracy and totalitarianism. With rich and smoky atmosphere, anti-Nazi propaganda, Max Steiner’s superb musical score, suspense, unforgettable characters and memorable lines of dialogue “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid,” and the inaccurately-quoted “Play it again, Sam”, it is one of the most popular, magical and flawless films of all time – focused on the themes of lost love, honor and duty, self-sacrifice and romance within a chaotic world.
Monday 9th November
|BFI LOVE: Fatal Attraction – Blue Velvet + Talk||Regal Redruth||19:00|
Dir David Lynch | USA | 1986 | 120 mins | 18 | Classic / Drama
Blue Velvet (1986) is screenwriter and maverick director David Lynch’s artistically bizarre cult film. It is an original look at sex, violence, crime and power under the peaceful exterior of small-town Americana in the mid-80s. Beneath the familiar, peaceful, ‘American-dream’ cleanliness of the daytime scenes lurks sleaziness, prostitution, unrestrained violence, and perversity – powerful and potentially-dangerous sexual forces that may be unleashed if not contained. A controversial film often criticized for its depiction of aberrant sexual behavior, the surrealistic, psychosexual film was a throwback to art films, 50s B-movies and teenage romances, film noir, and the mystery-suspense genre. It won critical praise – Best Film of 1986, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Dennis Hopper) and Best Achievement in Cinematography (Frederick Elmes) & Oscar nominations for Lynch.
THURSDAY 12th November
|BFI LOVE: Brief Encounter Anniversary Version||Regal Redruth||19:00|
Dir David Lean | UK | 1946 | 86 min | PG | Drama / Romance
Brief Encounter (1946) is director David Lean’s brilliantly-crafted, classic British masterpiece. It is one of the greatest romantic tearjerkers/weepers of all time, with a very downbeat ending. The screenplay was adapted and based on playwright Noel Coward’s 1935 play Still Life. Lean’s film is a simple but realistically-honest, unsentimental, self-told social melodrama of the quiet desperation involved in an illicit, extra-marital love affair between two married, middle-class individuals over seven weekly meetings, mostly against the backdrop of a railway station. The romantic couple includes a wife/mother (stage actress Celia Johnson) looking for escape from her humdrum life and sterile marriage, and a dashing doctor. Characteristics of film noir also abound within the film – unglamorous locations, rain-slicked streets, dimly-lit interiors and dark train passageways in a tale of doomed, unfulfilled and frustrated love.
Sunday 15th November
|BFI LOVE: The Power of Love – A Matter of Life and Death||Regal Redruth||14:15|
Dir Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger | 1946 | UK | 104 min | U | Drama / Fantasy / Romance
British Air Force pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) is on his way home to England from a World War II bombing mission in a badly damaged aircraft. Before he bails out of the plane into the ocean, he contacts June (Kim Hunter), an Allied radio operator with whom he shares what he believes to be his final moments on Earth. But Peter survives, finds June and they fall in love. A problem arises when a divine messenger (Marius Goring) arrives to escort Peter to heaven to rectify his wrongful survival. Daring cinematography mixes monochrome and colour, incorporates time-lapse images, and even toys with background ‘time freezes’ 50 years before “The Matrix” , in what is one of the undoubted jewels of British cinema.
|Love Short Films||Regal Redruth||11:00|
Various | 2015 | UK | 82 mins | Short film/Drama
Romantic, destructive, powerful and moving a series of short films that are concerning LOVE. Run a part of the LOVED UP in conjunction with the BFI LOVE season.
Rip it Up and Start Again by Stephen Ryan (6:30)
Silentville by Will Nash (6:51)
Wipeout by Paul Murphy (5:00)
The Expiration by Lotus Hannon (4.58)
Romeo Reboot by Manuel Nogueira (10:00)
Knots by Jacqui Knight (2:00)
Short Love Story by Katerina Kiagia (8:31)
Aura Emilia by Clare Wardman (18:39)
The Lemon Drizzle Experience by Tony King (19:39)
Saturday 12th December
|Fools for Love – Gregory’s Girl||Newlyn Film House||Time TBA|
Dir Bill Forsyth | 1980 | GB | 91 min | 12 | Drama, Comedy
A Scottish coming-of-age romantic comedy starring Gordon John Sinclair and Dee Hepburn. Teenage footballer Gregory develops a crush on his school team’s new player – an attractive blonde called Dorothy who transforms the side’s fortunes. But Gregory struggles to make headway when he tries to get himself a date. Ranked #30 in the British Film Institute‘s list of the top 100 British films this is a charming, funny, slice of life that everyone can relate too!
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• Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
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Film Audience Network
The BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) is a major initiative developed by the BFI to enable film and events experts to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK, particularly in the areas of specialised and independent British film.
The Network is made up of nine Film Hubs which cover the whole of the UK. Each Film Hub is led by a Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) that receives funding from the BFI to deliver extensive programming, audience development activity and support sector training in their region.