What's on 2016-2017: Season 18
All films are shown on Sunday evenings at the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy. Please check their website for screening times or call the cinema on 01887 822845 Ext: 1.
In collaboration with the Birks Cinema, HFS welcomes one and all to a programme of outstanding films from world cinema.
Sunday 11 Sept 2016: The Wonders (Le Meraviglie)
Aiming to boost the fortunes of her beekeeping family in rural Tuscany, young Gelsomina enters them in a tacky TV show against her father's wishes. Traditional ways of life conflict with the modern world in this charming, funny and bittersweet coming-of-age tale.
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Grand Prix Cannes
Plus: Honey tasting and presentation by local bee-keeping expert, Margaret Thomas.
Sunday 9 Oct 2016: Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes)
Wickedly hilarious and delightfully deranged, these six short stories are linked by the common theme of revenge and violence, as people under stress succumb to the giddy pleasures of losing control. Wildly entertaining.
Director: Damián Szifrón
Sunday 6 Nov 2016: The Battle of the Sexes
In this classic comedy, gold-digger Marie hooks a tycoon, but when his family and her boyfriend get involved mayhem ensues. Silent film with live accompaniment by Jane Gardner and friends. Showing in association with Aberfeldy Music Festival.
Director: D W Griffith
18-20 November 2016: Aberfeldy Film Festival (Sound Tracks)
A weekend of films and events celebrating the role of music in cinema.
Sunday 11 Dec 2016: The Lobster
In a dystopian near future, single people are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or be transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. Seriously weird and wonderfully funny.
2015 UK & International
Director Yorgos Lanthimos
BAFTA, Cannes Awards
Sunday 8 Jan 2017: Mustang
As punishment for the ‘immorality’ of playing with boys and in an attempt to keep them unsullied, five teenage sisters are virtually imprisoned at home and marriages are arranged. Their spirited rebellions bring lightness and humour to this bubbling comedy-drama.
Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Sunday 12 Feb 2017: Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente)
40 years apart, an Amazonian shaman leads two western explorers in search of a sacred healing plant. A mixture of fact and fiction, this mesmerising, politically-tinged adventure is both an indictment of colonialism and a celebration of disappearing cultures.
Director: Ciro Guerra
Director's Award Cannes
Sunday 26 Feb 2017 (AGM): Taxi Tehran
Banned filmmaker, Jafar Panahi, takes to the streets in a taxi equipped with hidden cameras. The resulting portraits of everyday characters and events offer a captivating, entertaining and telling commentary on life in Iran today.
Director: Jafar Panahi
Golden Bear Berlin 2015
Sunday 12 March 2017: A War (Krigen)
On a routine mission in Afghanistan, an army officer makes a momentous decision which has grave consequences for himself and those at home, where his wife struggles to hold the family together. Part thriller, part courtroom drama, this is a complex and rewarding film.
Director: Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking)
Sunday 9 April 2017: Rams (Hrútar)
In rural Iceland, two curmudgeonly sheep-farming brothers are faced with a total cull of their ancestral flock. In a perfectly pitched film which hovers between absurdity and tragedy, they fight back in their own ways.
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Un Certain Regard Cannes
Sunday 14 May 2017: Tangerines (Mandariinid)
In 1992 in warring Georgia, Ivo remains on his farm to harvest his tangerines, but finds himself caring for two wounded soldiers from opposing sides, who barely suppress their mutual hatred. A poetic, moving and suspenseful anti-war film.
Director: Zaza Urushadze
Sunday 11 June 2017: Still Life
In this poignant drama, John (Eddie Marsan), whose job for over 20 years has been to trace the relatives of people who have died lonely deaths, is facing redundancy. Tackling his final case, he becomes involved in the complicated past of a neighbour and finds a new friendship.
Director: Uberto Pasolini
Best Actor & Best Director Awards
Sunday 9 July 2017: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
A deadpan black comedy, as a pair of hapless novelty salesmen take us on a tour of the human condition, in reality and fantasy, which unfolds in a series of absurdist episodes revealing the humour and tragedy within us all.
Director: Roy Anderrson
Golden Lion Venice
All films are scheduled to start early evening on the above dates but the exact times should be checked with The Birks Cinema 01887 822845 extension 1 or via their website www.birkscinema.co.uk
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