What’s on Sunday 17th Nov at CFF19
Dir Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov | 2019 | Turkish | 87 mins | Documentary
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 manoeuvres 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
Dir. Alejandro Landes | Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Uruguay, USA | 105 mins | 18 | Drama/War (with subtitles)
Alejandro Landes delivers one of the most talked-about films of the year: a hallucinogenic, intoxicating thriller about child soldiers. In competition at 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. 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 Film Preview – Jojo Rabbit
Jojo Rabbit | DirTaika Waititi | USA | 2019 | 108 mins |12A Start 16.15 end 18.45
Writer-director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) brings his signature irreverence and pathos to this smart World War II-era satire.
A lonely young boy, Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) is living in Germany in the final days of the war, with the Nazi regime, though crumbling, remaining vicious to the last. With his father gone – perhaps dead or even a deserter – Jojo is a game if somewhat inept member of the Hitler Youth, his imaginary friend none other than Adolf Hitler (played by Waititi himself). So when he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) has been hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their house, Jojo must confront the veracity of his beliefs. But does he really ascribe to Nazi ideology or is he just desperate to belong to a group?
Tackling the ludicrousness of racism and nationalism head on, Waititi has crafted an audacious black comedy that besides clearly being very timely, also boasts great emotional depth and tenderness. With lovely central performances from Davis and McKenzie and a fantastic wider cast that also includes Stephen Merchant, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson, Jojo Rabbit is riotously funny, moving and relevant.
19:45: Pre feature short: Plastic Scoop
A short from director Andy Hughes (UK, 2019, 20 mins)
LITTLE MONSTERS | Dir Abe Forsythe | Australia-USA-UK | 2019 | 95mins | Horror/Comedy | 18 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. Earning its place alongside modern undead comedy classics Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, this raucous outing has more gags, gore and unashamed sentimentality than you can shake a severed limb at.(Michael Blyth)
Come dressed to impress as your finest zom !
On Sunday 17th November @ The Poly, Falmouth
17.45 HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Dir John Cameron Mitchell | 2001| 88 minutes | 15 | English / German | Musicals/Cult film
Having undergone a sex change operation in order to escape East Germany as the wife of her American army general lover, Hedwig has wound up abandoned in a trailer park with an ‘angry inch’ – the result of a less-than-successful procedure. Redemption is in sight when she falls in love with aspiring young musician Tommy Gnossis, but when Tommy discovers Hedwig’s past as Hansel, he too rejects her. Suffering not only from a broken heart and a fractured identity, further betrayal awaits Hedwig when Tommy achieves great success performing stolen versions of her intensely personal songs. An exuberant and punkily in-your-face take on the rock musical.
Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk