What’s on Saturday 16th Nov at CFF19
In the Cinema
A selected screening of the best entries from the short film competition, highlighting filmmakers from the South West.
|At Sea (Yn Mor)||Zoe Alker|
|Women Uprooted||Dominique de Villiers|
|Big Feet||Alice Harper, Ilaina Lowe|
|How Do You Wear It?||Mia Rumble , Jenni Burrows|
|A Wave of Change||Gemma Wearing|
|Of Kernow||Kieran Lyons|
|Flying Lessons||Laurence Donoghue|
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.
|The Chef||Hao Zheng|
|The Sea||Cameron Richards|
|The stars die too||Rodrigo Martín Jaffe|
GOOD POSTURE | Dir Dolly Wells | UK | 91mins | Comedy/Drama
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.
Dir Nora Fingscheidt | Germany | 109 mins | Drama (with subtitles)
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.
Saturday evening Gala ONLY YOU + Director Q&A
Only You | Dir Harry Harry Wootliff | UK | 119 mins | 2018 | 15 | Drama/Romance
As Glasgow celebrates New Year’s Eve, a chance encounter brings Jake (Josh O’Connor) and Elena (Laia Costa) together and the attraction is instant. Sexy and smitten, they’re totally swept up in each other and the relationship develops at speed. Sure, there’s an age gap, but not one that matters to them, especially when everything feels this good. But this bliss is tested when the couple consider starting a family and hit a brick wall of biology. For her feature debut, Harry Wootliff has crafted an authentic romantic drama that is fearless in its look at modern love, particularly the emotions and practicalities surrounding fertility. It’s a rarely explored topic, brought vividly to life by O’Connor and Costa, two of the most charismatic onscreen presences in contemporary cinema. Premiered at the London Film Festival Competition to rave reviews “a perfectly realised story of love and longing” and Mark Kermode’s film of the week
We will be joined for the screening by writer and director Harry Wootliff
Harry has just finished directing the opening block of the six-part television series DEEP WATER (ITV/Kudos) Her debut short film NITS was BAFTA nominated and selected for Cannes Director’s Fortnight. It also won numerous awards including TCM, London Film Festival, Soho Rushes & Birds Eye View. Her second short TRIP premiered at Berlin Film Festival and won Best Short Bradford and was screened at 30 festivals worldwide. Harry was named The Observer’s Rising Star for Film for 2019.