Archive for March, 2015

Derby Film Festival Guests Confirmed

 

Friday 1 May – Sunday 10 May 2015
Derby Quad

 

 

Reel Solutions are once again working with Derby Film Festival (May 1-10 2015). For the 2nd edition of this rapidly growing event we are delighted to be able to confirm as special guests Jenny Agutter and directors Peter Sasdy and Mark Herman.

 

Jenny Agutter needs no introduction. Firmly established as a national treasure she is the star of The Railway ChildrenAn American Werewolf in London and TV’s Call the Midwife. Subject to work commitments she will attend the festival on Saturday, May 9.

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Sasdy is the Hungarian-born filmmaker who enjoyed early success with Hammer Films on titles such as Taste the Blood of Dracula and Hands of the Ripper. On TV he scared millions with his classic ghost story The Stone Tape. He will receive an 80th birthday tribute. Peter also attends on May 9.

 

 

 

 

Mark HermanMark Herman is the Yorkshire-born writer/director who put the emotion of the miners’ strike into his hit movie Brassed Off. The film was shot in Yorkshire 20 years ago and will receive an anniversary screening in the presence of the director. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reel Solutions and Kala Sangam Present Elena

 

Elena

Sunday 15 March, 1pm Kala Sangam Arts Centre, Bradford


ElenaDir. Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia 2011 109 mins (12) Russian with English subtitles.

 

 

 

 

In a film about two Russian families, Elena lives in the upmarket apartment of wealthy businessman Vladimir. Across the city in a high-rise block is Elena’s son and his family, including her grandchildren who she wants to support. Elena appears to move between two worlds in modern Russia. The re-appearance of Vladimir’s grown-up daughter, a former ‘wild child’, represents a new challenge for Elena in this moral tale.

 

‘Sensational’ (Tim Robey, Telegraph)

‘A subtle Russian marvel’ (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

‘. . . a compelling comic drama full of tension and irony (Philip French, Observer)

 

Karla Sangam Arts Centre Bradford

 

 

 

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Reel Solutions and Kala Sangam Present Rat Trap

 

Rat Trap (Elippathayam) Saturday 21 March, 6.30pm
Kala Sangam Arts Centre, Bradford

 
RT 4Dir. Adoor Gopalakrishnan India 1981 121 mins (PG) Malayalam with English subtitles.  

 

 

 

 

 

One of the best films from one of India’s greatest filmmakers, Rat Trap stands as an outstanding example of the ‘New Cinema’ that emerged in India in the 1970s. The trap of the title is both real and metaphorical, referring to the lingering death of the feudal system in rural Kerala, South India, in the years following independence. The head of a land-owning family refuses to recognise the changes taking place in world around him and turns on his own sisters and servants – behaviour not unlike the rats trapped in the old house.

The characters’ costumes are carefully ‘colour coded’ and the music is equally important in supporting and developing the story. The story and its presentation has an international appeal while still being grounded in the artistic traditions of Kerala. Because of this and the technical mastery on display the film won many prizes including the Sutherland Trophy from the British Film Institute.

This is a beautiful film and an all-time classic of global cinema.

 

 

Karla Sangam Arts Centre Bradford

 

 

 

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Day School and Public Screening at Kala Sangam Arts Centre

 

 Day School and Public Screening

 

Sunday 15 March

 

leviathan

 

Every few years the international film community discovers a new director whose films win prizes at festivals and new fans around the world. Andrey Zvyagintsev first attracted attention with The Return in 2003, followed by The Banishment in 2007 and Elena in 2011. The director’s fourth feature Leviathan was one of the most celebrated and controversial films of 2014 and given the current belligerence of the Russian state, Zvyagintsev’s oblique commentaries on Russian society have begun to attract attention in the news media. What makes these films so compelling and distinctive?

 

This day school will introduce Zvyagintsev as an unusual figure in contemporary cinema who worked for many years as an actor before directing an episode of a television drama series aged 36 in 2000. The move into feature films was rapid and The Returns award of the Golden Lion in Venice was a reminder of another début win by Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood in 1962.

Zvyagintsev’s film’s have attracted audiences for three main reasons and these will be the focus of the Day School:

  1. The stories resonate because of strong characters and universal themes (often with Biblical allusions) – which can also be interpreted in specific Russian contexts.
  2. Some fruitful collaborations with talented filmmakers to produce a powerful aesthetic appeal in terms of cinematography, music and sound and use of settings and landscape.
  3. A dedication to the ‘art’ of cinema and an obvious debt to several of the giants of art cinema such as Andrei Tarkovsky as well as an affinity with other contemporary art directors such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

 

The day will include a complete screening of Zvyagintsev’s third feature Elena plus discussion-based sessions with extracts from the other three films and complementary material from Tarkovsky and Ceylan. The screening will be part of our public programme.

The day will run from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm and tickets cost £18 and £15 concessions. Tea and coffee is included in the price, as is the screening of Elena.

It would be helpful to have a rough idea of numbers so please reserve your place on the day school by emailing Roy Stafford

There will be a short break for lunch before the public screening at 1pm.


 

Day School Screening

Sunday 15 March, 1pm (This screening is open to the public)

ElenaElena
dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia 2011 Cert 12, 109 mins, Russian with English subtitles.

 

 

 

In a film about two Russian families, Elena lives in the upmarket apartment of wealthy businessman Vladimir. Across the city in a high-rise block is Elena’s son and his family, including her grandchildren who she wants to support. Elena appears to move between two worlds in modern Russia. The re-appearance of Vladimir’s grown-up daughter, a former ‘wild child’, represents a new challenge for Elena in this moral tale.

 

‘Sensational’ (Tim Robey, Telegraph)

‘A subtle Russian marvel’ (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

‘. . . a compelling comic drama full of tension and irony (Philip French, Observer)

 

Karla Sangam Arts Centre Bradford

Karla Sangam Arts Centre Bradford

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