Short Film City Hull: AUSTRIAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Hull Independent Cinema and Short Film City Hull presents AUSTRIAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Various Directors | 2018 | Austrian | Unrated – 18+ Only | 180 mins with breaks | German with English subtitles

A selection of films from the shortlist for the Best Short Film Prize at the 2019 Austrian Film Academy Film Awards. The programme includes all three nominees, BESTER MANN, VIRGIN WOODS and the eventual prizewinner, EXCUSE ME I’M LOOKING FOR THE PING-PONG ROOM AND MY GIRLFRIEND. In BESTER MANN, shy teenager Kevin is taken in by the older Bennie, in a disturbing tale about the vulnerability of youth, the power of intimacy and the murky motives that often lie behind supposedly innocent actions. Shot on 16mm film, the ethereal VIRGIN WOODS (ZALESIE) is a dreamlike story about one young woman’s innocent ideas about love and death. The winner of the Best Short Film Award, EXCUSE ME… follows Aron as he wanders the bizarre world of the corridors and rooms of an Austrian mountain health resort, looking for his girlfriend following an argument.

Your ticket allows you to come and go for the duration of the 3-4 hour programme with an appropriate break in between curated sections.

Awards and Reviews

Shortlisted, nominated and Award Winner films from Best Short Film Award at 2019 Austrian Film Academy Awards

Certificate

Austrian Short Film Festival is unrated. Only 18+ will be admitted into the cinema

Hull Independent Cinema: CAPERNAUM

Hull Independent Cinema presents CAPERNAUM

From acclaimed director Nadine Labaki (Carmel, Where Do We Go Now?) comes her stunning and unforgettable new film CAPERNAUM, which clocked up a ten-minute standing ovation at Cannes, scored the Jury Prize at the discerning French film festival and was in the running for 2019’s Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars.

In a courtroom, a young boy named Zain stands before a judge. He asks to sue his own parents for giving him life. The circumstances that have brought him to this point take us on a journey through his poverty-stricken upbringing in Beirut where he lives with his family. Forced to live by his wits in order to survive, Zain’s life reaches a turning point when his parents make an unforgivable deal that will see his younger sister married off. Left distraught by this terrible act, Zain takes to the road. While looking for work at a fairground, he befriends a young woman who is working illegally as a cleaner and helps to look after her adorable one-year-old baby, Jonas. Zain and Jonas form a touching bond but things get much more complicated when circumstances force Zain to make choices that will have huge ramifications. Capernaum is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit – a battle cry for the forgotten, the unwanted and the lost that offers hope in the most unexpected of places.

Starring Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole

Awards and Reviews
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film – 2019 Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film – 2019 Golden Globes
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film – 2019 BAFTA Film Awards
Winner, Jury Prize – Cannes Film Festival

“CAPERNAUM is an absolute heartbreaker about children in peril and the plight of undocumented people.” – Toronto Star

“Labaki’s excellent film is tough sledding – a sucker punch that lands with the emotional force of dinkens relocated to the slums of the modern-day Middle East.” – Entertainment Weekly

Certificate
CAPERNAUM is rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

WeWatchFilms: ROBOCOP: DIRECTOR’S CUT

WeWatchFilms presents: ROBOCOP: Director’s Cut

It’s the not-too-distant future in crime-ridden Old Detroit. A corporate conglomerate is running the city and has developed a huge metal android to combat rampant street crime. When their creation demonstrates a murderous “glitch,” Robert Morton sees an opportunity to advance his company position by building a better cop machine. He gets his chance when street cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) is brutally killed by a gang of sadistic hoodlums. Murphy’s body is reconstructed by technicians and dubbed Robocop.

Starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy

Reviews & Awards
Winner, Special Achievement in Sound Effects – Academy Awards 1988
Nominee, Best Sound, Best Film Editing – Academy Awards 1988

“What follows is a blast of an action movie that still manages to be funny, touching, and has one of the best ending lines of any movie ever. Really.” – Decider

“When the law-enforcing RoboCop cleans up corrupt Motown, his victory is satisfying because he’s got machinery and morals on his side. RoboCop is where high-tech meets High Noon.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

Certificate
ROBOCOP is rated 18. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

Hull Independent Cinema: LORDS OF CHAOS

Hull Independent Cinema presents LORDS OF CHAOS
Jonas Åkerlund | 2018 | UK/Sweden | Cert 18 | 117 mins

Synopsis
Oslo, 1987. 17-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his traditional upbringing and becomes fixated on creating ‘true Norwegian black metal’ with his band Mayhem. He mounts shocking publicity stunts to put the band’s name on the map, but the lines between show and reality start to blur. Arson, violence and a vicious murder shock the nation that is under siege by these Lords of Chaos.

A note from the distributor: To uphold the authenticity of LORDS OF CHAOS and the actual events that transpired, this film contains a sequence of flashing lights and strobing effects in a concert scene which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

Featuring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Sky Ferreira

Awards and Reviews
BFI London Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, FrightFest Official Selections

“LORDS OF CHAOS provokes both awe and repulsion, but not necessarily admiration for a musical form and subculture unwaveringly devoted to literalism, no matter how extreme.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Euronymous shaped the Norwegian Black Metal scene. You’d think that’d make him cool, but Åkerlund wisely doesn’t buy it.” – Variety

Certificate
LORDS OF CHAOS is rated 18. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

Hull Independent Cinema: UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

Hull Independent Cinema presents UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

Sam is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah, frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal, and conspiracy in the City of Angels.

Featuring Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace

Awards and Reviews
Nominee, Palm d’Or – Cannes Film Festival
AFI Fest, Fantasia Film Festival, Calgary Intl Film Festival Official Selections

“Aided by cinematographer Mike Gioloukas’ sunny visuals and a searching Disasterpiece score, the movie becomes a bittersweet ode to wanting answers from an indifferent world overwhelmed by superficial distractions.” – indieWire

“The ambition of UNDER THE SILVER LAKE is worth cherishing. It will either evaporate into nothingness or cohere into something you’ll want to hug for being so wonderfully weird.” – TimeOut

Certificate
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE is rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

Hull Independent Cinema: THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Hull Independent Cinema presents: THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Lisa Spinelli, a kindergarten teacher and poet fed up with her career, her oblivious husband and teenage kids who largely ignore her. When she discovers that a five-year-old in her class may be a poetic prodigy, Lisa becomes fascinated and tries to protect him from neglectful parents. She soon finds herself risking her career and family to nurture his talent.

Featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood

Awards and Reviews
Winner, Best Dramatic Director – Sundance Film Festival
Toronto Intl Film Festival, CPH:PIX, Ghent Film Festival Official Selections

“It’s hard not to think “WTF?!” in this story of a teacher who discovers a child prodigy and becomes obsessed. But Gyllenhaal is a sorceress of an actress worthy of following through the film’s twisty paths of light and dark.” – Rolling Stone

“Gyllenhaal – who is never out of our sight – somehow makes us all her accomplices, imprisoning our sympathies even when Lisa’s inappropriate behaviour escalates to inexcusable.” – The New York Times

Certificate
THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER is rated 12A.

Hull Independent Cinema & Doc’n Roll Film Festival: RUDEBOY: THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS

HIC and Doc’n Roll Film Festival presents: RUDEBOY: THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS

Synopsis
A film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music, Trojan Records.

Combining archive footage, interview and drama, Rudeboy tells the story of the label by placing it at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and dancefloors of the late 60s and early 70s Britain, as immigration and innovation transformed popular music and culture. A cast of legendary artists including Lee “Scratch” Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths, Dave Barker, Dandy Livingstone, Lloyd Coxsone, Pauline Black, Derrick Morgan and more bring the sounds, stars and stories to life.

Featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths

Awards and Reviews
BFI London Film Festival Official Selection

“This love letter to one of Britain’s first multicultural pop movements is an effortlessly enjoyable viewing experience with a rich, sunny, consistently uplifting soundtrack.” – Hollywood Reporter

“Great fun. A slick ‘greatest hits’ look back at the Trojan legacy, which leaves you wanting more.” – Little White Lies

Certificate
RUDEBOY is unrated. Only those over 18 will be allowed into the cinema.

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ROY ORBISON AND BUDDY HOLLY HOLOGRAPHIC ROCK ‘N’ ROLL DREAM

Roy Orbison is back to amaze British audiences with his unique voice and live performance once again.

After the success of last year’s pioneering holographic In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert tour, Base Hologram the leading developer of concerts, theatricals and spectacles that combine holographic cinema and mixed reality with live entertainment, have now announced Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: The Rock ’N’ Roll Dream Tour, a ground-breaking new tour featuring the award-winning rock and roll legends.

The show will visit Hull’s Bonus Arena on 14 October as part of a full UK arena tour.

It is yet another chapter for the revolutionary Hologram movement. The tour will bring Orbison and Holly together for an enthralling event that will tour throughout the UK before further dates worldwide.  It is the first time a Buddy Holly hologram has been created.

“Both Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly set the stage for what was to come down the road in the music industry,” said Brian Becker, Chairman and CEO of BASE Hologram.  “These two men were forward-thinkers who understood what new forms of technology could do for their craft. They defined the genre of Rock and Roll from writing to recording to the standard band configuration and they influenced everyone from Elvis to The Beatles. Now to be able to recapture that magic on a grand scale and let their fans see them together will be something truly special.”

Accompanied by a live band and live back-up singers, this cutting edge holographic performance and remastered audio will transport audiences back in time for an evening of Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly’s greatest hits onstage, these are songs that have stood the test of time.

Universally recognized as one of the great music legends and praised by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Morrissey to Bono, Roy Orbison’s catalogue includes such chart-toppers as Oh, Pretty Woman, You Got It, Only The Lonely, Crying, I Drove All Night, It’s Over and In Dreams.

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WeWatchFilms: THE BODYGUARD

WeWatchFilms presents: THE BODYGUARD
Mick Jackson | 1992 | USA | Cert 15 | 129 mins

Synopsis
In her spectacular film debut, Whitney Houston plays Rachel Marron, a music/movie superstar at her peak. Fans want to see her. Hear her. Touch her. But one wants to kill her – and that’s where security expert Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) comes in.

Farmer is a professional who never lets his guard down. Rachel has always been in control of her glamorous life. Each expects to be in charge. What they don’t expect is to fall in love.

Starring Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Gary Kemp

Reviews & Awards
Nominee, Best Music, Best Score – 1993 Academy Awards

“Old fashioned star vehicle that makes no bones about manipulating its audience, but which does so with plenty of theatrical gusto.” – Film4

WeWatchFilms: SUPERMAN

We’re kicking off 2019 with a bang, starting with one of the most iconic superhero films put to film – we’re very excited to be bringing SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE back to the big screen here in Hull, screening from a newly restored 4K print that was recently created for the films 40th anniversary in 2018.

Synopsis
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest superhero.

Starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman

Reviews & Awards
Winner, Special Achievement for Visual Effects – 1979 Academy Awards

Hull Independent Cinema: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Hull Independent Cinema presents: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Barry Jenkins | 2018 | USA | Cert 15 | 119 mins

Synopsis
Set in early-1970s Harlem, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers. A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Through the unique intimacy and power of cinema only Barry Jenkins (MOONLIGHT) can create, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK honours the James Baldwin novel’s prescient words and imagery, charting the emotional currents navigated in an unforgiving and racially biased world as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure.

Featuring KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King

Awards and Reviews
Winner – Best Film, American Film Institute Awards
Nominee – Best Picture Drama, Best Director, 2019 Golden Globes
Nominee – Best Feature, Best Director – Film Independent Spirit Awards
Toronto Intl Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, New York Film Festival Official Selections

“Barry Jenkins channels all of James Baldwin’s lyricism and anger into a story of love and injustice that burns with a gentle flame, occasionally blazing into a white heat.” – Time Out

” You’ve never seen romantic love depicted on screen with such lyrical and gorgeous intensity, or systemic injustice brought to such vivid and enraging life. Film classes will be taught about Jenkins’ use of colour” – NPR

Certificate
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

Hull Independent Cinema: BLACKMAIL with live score

Hull Independent Cinema and Yorkshire Silent Film Festival present:
BLACKMAIL with live score
Alfred Hitchcock | 1929 | UK | Cert PG | 85 mins | Silent: English title cards

After killing a man in self-defence, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the event. Alfred Hitchcock’s sinister, suspenseful tale of crime and romance is one of the last British silent films to be made. Through its mixture of location filming and a cast of believable working-class characters, BLACKMAIL is a rich evocation of London life in the late 1920s with scenes in the London Underground, Whitehall, the Lyon’s Tea House at Piccadilly Circus, and a climactic chase in and atop the British Museum.

Live improvised score by Jonny Best (piano) and James Hedgecock (percussion).

Certificate

BLACKMAIL is rated PG. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

Hull Independent Cinema: BURNING

Hull Independent Cinema presents: BURNING
Chang-dong Lee | 2018 | South Korea | Cert 15 TBC | 148 mins | Korean with English subtitles

Synopsis
In this thrilling adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story, Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong returns with a gripping psychological thriller about obsessive love set in modern consumerist Korea.

BURNING tells the story of three individuals and a mysterious incident they experience. Jongsu bumps into an old friend, Haemi, on a part-time delivery job. Haemi asks Jongsu to take care of her cat while she leaves on a trip to Africa. When she returns, Haemi introduces Jongsu to Ben, a man she met in Africa. One day, Ben and Haemi pay Jongsu a visit, and Ben reveals his secret interests to Jongsu.

Featuring Jong-seo Jeon, Steven Yeun, Ah-In Yoo

Awards and Reviews
Winner, FIPRESCI Prize – Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Best International Film – Film Independent Spirit Awards
Stiges Film Festival, Toronto Intl Film Festival, Leeds Intl Film Festival Official Selections

“All three leads are sensational (Yeun turns yawns and soft laughter into nightmares), giving performances that retain a sense of mystery that dovetails with the movie’s ambiguity.” – The New York Times

“Is it a love triangle, a murder mystery or a comment on the human condition? Whatever you call this stunning, slow-build thriller from South Korean director Lee Chang-dong, it sizzles with a cumulative power that will knock the wind out of you.” – Rolling Stone

Certificate
BURNING is expected to be rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

Hull Independent Cinema: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Hull Independent Cinema presents: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
Josie Rourke | 2018 | UK | Cert 15 | 124 mins

Synopsis
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

Starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, David Tennant

Awards and Reviews
AFI Film Festival Closing Film
Whistler Film Festival Opening Film

“An epic look at the intimate frustrations of two massively powerful young women who spend most of their energy navigating between who they are and what they represent.” – IndieWire

“Rourke’s greatest achievement is the performances she’s coaxed out of her two lead actresses. They’re so good they’re like De Niro and Pacino in Heat.” – The Times

Certificate
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS is rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

Hull Independent Cinema: THE SILVER BRANCH

Hull Independent Cinema & Leeds Int’l Film Festival presents: THE SILVER BRANCH
Katrina Costello, John Brown | 2017 | Ireland | 75 mins | Unrated – 18+ only

See the Jan – Mar 2019 Leeds Audience Favourite Season at a discounted price! See all three films and save. £15 Standard, £12 HIC Member, £9 Students and Under 25s for all three films in the season.

Synopsis
An uplifting and emotional celebration of people and place, which captures the delicacy of the natural world; the heart and soul of a peasant farmer-poet, Patrick McCormack; and the ancient rural spirit of Ireland which stands behind him. The story is centred around Patrick and the land, The Burren, Western Ireland. A wild place where Mesolithic tombs, famine villages and present-day small rocky fields are like jewels telling of our long human story on these hills. Patrick longs to farm in the quiet pace his ascendants did. But his life gains a different momentum when he’s called to battle in the Supreme courts to decide on the fate of this iconic wilderness.

Featuring Patrick McCormack, John Joe Conway

Awards & Reviews
Nominee, Best Documentary – Irish Film and Television Awards|
Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival, Leeds Intl Film Festival Official Selections

“The Silver Branch is an absorbing, brilliant film that should be honoured everywhere prizes are given, for delving delicately and drinking deep at the well of one man’s story, one family’s joy and heartbreak.” – Paddy Kehoe, RTÉ (Ireland)

“The film was five years in the making by director Katrina Costello and, as with the case taken by McCormack and the Burren Action Group members, it is a testament to patience, determination and love of a place.” – Film Ireland Magazine

Certificate
THE SILVER BRANCH is unrated – 18+ only will be allowed in the theatre.

Hull Independent Cinema: MONSTERS AND MEN

Hull Independent Cinema presents: MONSTERS AND MEN
Reinaldo Marcus Green | 2018 | USA | Cert 15 | 96 mins

Synopsis
One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighbourhood, Manny Ortega witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun down a neighbourhood street hustler, and Manny films the incident on his phone. Now he’s faced with a dilemma: release the video and bring unwanted exposure to himself and his family, or keep the video private and be complicit in the injustice?

With a deep sense of humanity and a deft directorial hand, Reinaldo Marcus Green smartly reformulates the traditional construction of “protagonist” to magnify the power of perspective. Green tells the story of how the footage affects the lives of three upstanding men in Bed-Stuy–a young father striving to support his new family, an African American cop dealing with the fallout of his colleague’s mistake, and a star high school athlete who becomes politicized by the incident. Each man is very different, but they equally feel the urgency of the question they must all face: should I take moral action or remain safely on the sidelines? Green provokes viewers to ask themselves the same question.

Featuring John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr

Awards and Reviews
Winner, Special Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival
Toronto Intl Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival, Leeds Intl Film Festival Official Selections

“MONSTERS AND MEN offers neither unalloyed despair nor implausible hope. It’s about the way people of colour live now, moving through the streets with passion, purpose and one eye on the rear-view mirror.” – NPR

“It’s left to the actors… to keep us close, and not one of them shirks the task, injecting intellectual and emotional nuance that frequently transcends the script.”
– New York Times

Certificate
MONSTERS AND MEN is rated 15. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).