The Programme for Sunday 11th November 2018 at the Cornwall Film Festival

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Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to screen The Kindergarten Teacher  but will be showing THE WIFE instead, 

Dir. Björn Runge | Sweden/USA/UK 2018 | 100 min | 15

Glenn Close gives a truly masterful performance as a woman who has spent forty years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to support those of her husband – until long-kept secrets are threatened to be exposed.

Joan (Glenn Close) has put her husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his stellar literary career ahead of her own desires. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses made in the cause of his art, she has dealt with his bad behaviour with grace and humour. But the foundations of their marriage have been built upon a set of uneven compromises and, on the eve of Joe’s Nobel Prize for Literature, she is forced to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life…

Expect to see Close rewarded for her astonishing performance when awards season arrives – she gives her career best in this poignant, funny and emotional celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation.

The Eyes of Orson Welles

Dir Mark Cousins | 2018 | UK | 110 mins | Doc | Age rating TBC | starts 13.00 end 14.50

Receiving a Special Distinction in the Golden Eye documentary competition at Cannes, The Eyes of Orson Welles sees award-winning filmmaker Mark Cousins (The Story of Film: An Odyssey) dive into the visual world of the legendary actor, director, writer and producer Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, The Lady from Shanghai). Capitalising on exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings, Cousins has created a unique portrait of this fascinatingly versatile and prolific artist as he’s never been seen before. Executive produced by Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine), the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman are brought vividly to life, and the film explores how Welles’ genius still resonates in the age of Trump, more than 30 years after his death.

The Tale

Dir Jennifer Fox | 2018 | USA | 104 mins | Drama, Thriller | CFF 18 Advisory Warning | start 13.00 end 15.00 

Described by Jordan Hoffman for the Guardian as ‘the mother of all #MeToo movies’ and nominated for two Emmy Awards, The Tale is an emotionally raw and destabilising investigative thriller that punctures the insidious workings of unchecked power and lays bare the mechanisms of memory. Jennifer Fox’s Beirut: The Last Home Movie) landmark autobiographical work stars Laura Dern (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Twin Peaks) as a journalist who rediscovers a story she wrote aged 13 about her “special” relationship with two adult coaches. Determined to uncover the truth, Jennifer embarks on a journey that stirs her seventh-grade self to reawaken and the loving stories she has told herself for decades to unravel, in a narrative that seamlessly toggles between past and present. The Tale is guaranteed to provoke strong reactions in any audience. 

This will be a FREE ENTRY screening.

Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku)

Dir Hirokazu Kore-eda |2018 | Japan | 121 mins | Drama | Age rating TBC | start 14.30 end 16.15 

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018 and hailed as among Hirokazu Kore-eda’s (Still Walking; Like Father, Like Son) best work, Shoplifters is a complex drama about a poverty-stricken Tokyo family (Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Kairi Jyo and Mayu Matsuoka) who routinely turn to petty thieving to make ends meet. Despite the continued hardships of their existence, they take in a homeless girl and live happily together until an unforeseen incident tests the strength of their bond. An incredibly satisfying film composed of delicate brushstrokes, Shoplifters gives rare prominence to Japan’s urban underclass and questions the possibilities of survival in the margins with insight, humour and compassion.

Shoplifters is one of three films for which we are trialling a ‘sliding scale’ ticket pricing system, with the aim of making film affordable for all. You can either buy a standard price ticket via The Poly, or turn up on the day and tell us whether you want to pay £2, £4, £6 or £8 for your ticket! Find out more here.


Dir Andrea Pallaoro  | Belgium | 95 mins | Drama, French Language | Cert 15

start 18.00  End 19.40

Scooping the Best Actress award for its star Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Under the Sand, Red Sparrow) at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival, Hannah is the intimate portrait of a woman’s loss of identity as she teeters between denial and reality. Left alone to grapple with the consequences of her husband’s imprisonment, Hannah begins to unravel. Through the exploration of her fractured sense of identity and loss of self-control, this elegant and heartbreaking drama from Andrea Pallaoro (Medeas) investigates modern day alienation, the struggle to connect, and the dividing lines between individual identity, personal relationships, and societal pressures. The film is brought to UK audiences by 606 Distributions, a new Cornwall-based distribution company that aims to champion films with a strong female lead’ that ‘resonate powerfully on an emotional level’. They’ve made a very strong start with Hannah.

2018 Cornwall Film Festival Fellowship

Presented to Jane Darke: Filmmaker, Writer and Artist

Start 20.00 End 22.00

To top off the weekend, 2018 sees the launch of the Cornwall Film Festival Fellowship—a new award that honours lifetime achievement in the art form of the moving image. We are delighted to announce that the inaugural award will be presented to filmmaker, writer and artist Jane Darke. Jane lives on the North Coast of Cornwall, and her work is about those who live on the North Atlantic fringe and the ocean which pounds at her door. Her film The Wrecking Season is essential viewing for anyone who wants to understand the effects of the Gulf Stream, and was made with her husband, Nick Darke, who died in 2005. Jane’s second film, The Art of Catching Lobsters, is about his life and her grief. Both films were broadcast on BBC4. Jane will present a selection of her work and take audience questions before receiving her award during Sunday’s closing gala.