Next month’s Minicine at the Mills film night, featuring the fantastic My Dog Tulip, marks the culmination of our outstanding Animates season. But while we still have that screening to come, it isn’t stopping us from looking forward to October and this year’s Audience Choice film night.
We’re giving our audience a first hand opportunity to determine what we screen at The Palace Picturehouse. We’ve put together a selection of films, chosen from the Cinema For All booking scheme, which we feel strongly represent independent, foreign language, cult and classic cinema. All you have to do is tell us which of the following you’d like to see…
5 Broken Cameras (2011) dir. Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi – A first hand account of life in Bil’in, a West Bank village affected by the Israeli West Bank barrier. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer and the villages resident cameraman, each of Burnat’s five cameras documents and checkpoints key events among the daily protests against the confiscation of farmland. Regardless of ones political stance toward the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, 5 Broken Cameras gives a strong depiction of ‘community spirit’ and what it means to support one another. This Academy Award nominated documentary was a top five audience favourite at the 2012 Leeds International Film Festival.
Be With Me (2005) dir. Eric Khoo – An ageing widower is saved from his depression after reading the autobiography of a deaf and blind woman. A fifty-something security guard lives for food and the attractive businesswoman living in his apartment building. two teenage girls meet online and soon fall in love. Be With Me gives us three tales of love and solitude in Singapore. Containing only three minutes of dialogue, the film examines relationships in which words are not needed and its characters have comfort in silence.
The French Connection (1971) dir. William Friedkin – From the filmmaker who brought us one of the most notorious horror films of all time, The Exorcist, this winner of five Academy Awards – including Best Picture – is considered a masterpiece within the cop drama genre. Gene Hackman plays Popeye Doyle, a New York detective with dubious ethics who will stop at nothing to track down the elusive drug dealer, Frog One. Also starring Roy Scheider (Jaws), The French Connection is a classic example of the downbeat gritty New York cinema that came to the forefront of American cinema in the 1970s.
Wetherby (1985) dir. David Hare – This one is based a little closer to home. Set in the titular Yorkshire town, the film jumps back and forth in time to examine the cause of a stranger’s untimely death at a dinner party and the effect it has on its host and her guests. Starring a who’s who of British acting talent – Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement), Judi Dench (Philomena), Ian Holm (Alien), Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom) – this is a jigsaw puzzle of motivation and regret and ultimately a tale of lost love.
Last October Emily Atef’s little known Molly’s Way edged out the Coen Brothers and Charlie Chaplin as our audience’s choice. What will win this year?