Fishguard Film Society
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3rd October – Wajib
A quietly compelling drama with moments of terrific humour from Annemarie Jacir as father and son Abu and Shadi spend a winters day delivering wedding invitations in Nazareth. Abu is a retired schoolteacher who has made compromises in his life to accommodate Israeli surveillance; Shadi is a young architect living in Italy, wearing European clothes and seeing Palestine from a western perspective. Wajib deftly unpeels layers of cultural, generational and familial tension.
17th October – Do The Right Thing
A thirty year anniversary release for the film which made Spike Lee’s name, Do The Right Thing could have been made yesterday and still jumps right at you from the screen; its story of multicultural tension is still just as relevant now as it has ever been. Set over the course of one swelteringly hot day in Brooklyn, the film follows a variety of characters in the neighbourhood with the action centring around an attempted boycott of Sal’s famous pizzeria.
31st October – Ash is Purest White
Jia Zhangke’s latest is a magisterial outlaw romance which depicts the changing world of China over the course of seventeen years. Qiao is a young woman in a depressed coal mining town who takes the rap for her gangster boyfriend Bin. When she emerges from prison she finds that Bin has found himself a new woman and China is consumed with rapid change. A meditation on a country, relations with others and the vanities of human wishes, it has had superb reviews.
14th November – Tehran Taboo
In this multi-stranded narrative, musicians and prostitutes find ways around the strict laws of their country. Prostitute Pari, a judge’s kept woman, befriends wife Sara who longs to work. Babak and Donya search for ways to disguise Donya’s lost virginity. Shot in rotoscope, the film creates a remarkable visual texture creating a hyper-real backdrop as the characters encounter different challenges from the repressive society in which they live.
28th November – Capernaum
After running away in Lebanon from his negligent parents, committing a violent crime and being sentenced to five years in jail a hardened, streetwise boy named Zain sues his parents in a protest at the life they have given him. This potent and emotional film from Nadine Labaki has won prizes and golden opinions for its portrayal of poverty, desperation, love and humanity.
12th December – Too Late To Die Young
In 1990, just after the fall of the Pinochet dictatorship, sixteen year old Chilean Sofia is seeking a route out of the stifling inertia of the backwoods setup her father has chosen for her. A few ominous incidents hint at the outside world encroaching and history rises up almost unseen like smoke and hangs in the air around the inhabitants of a Chilean rural commune where the film is set. Shot with beautifully atmospheric cinematography, the camera often films its subjects from afar. The languid settings help director Dominga Sotomayor create a feel of the memory and interpretation of growing up.
16th January – Birds of Passage
The origins of the Columbian drug trade as seen through the eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family which becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s. When greed, passion and honour collide a fratricidal war breaks out and puts their lives, culture and ancestral traditions at stake. Director Ciro Guerra, maker of the masterpiece ‘Embrace of the Serpent’, combines magic realism with an epic sweep.
30th January – Disobedience
New York photographer Ronit Krushka flies to London after learning about the death of her estranged father. Ronit is returning to the same Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades earlier for her childhood attraction to Esti, a female friend. Their fortuitous and happy reunion soon reignites their burning passion as the two women explore boundaries of faith and sexuality. An understated yet profound examination of identity and self sacrifice by Chilean director Sebastian Leilo.
13th February – So Long My Son
In a small seaside town in Fujian, south east China, when adopted son Xingxing runs away Yaojun and Liyun have flashbacks to their past when they were forced by a family planning cadre to abort a child. This cleverly constructed film by Wang Xiaoshuai looks at the lasting damage done by China’s one child policy. The sombre nature of the film rises to crescendo of hope and promise.
27th February – Happy as Lazarro
Lazarro, a good hearted young peasant and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination, form a life altering bond when Tancredi asks Lazarro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping.
In this beguiling fable of a golden, rural Italy trampled by modernity, Cannes winner Alice Rohrwacher has produced a magic realist fable which doubles as an origin myth for a modern Italy subsumed by corruption and decline.
12th March – Madeline’s Madeline
Madeline has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theatre troupe. When the workshop’s ambitious director pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and runs through all three women’s lives. Third feature from maverick American director Josephine Decker.
26th March – Burning
Based on a Haruki Murakami short story, this mesmerising film by Lee Chang-dong slowly creeps up on the viewer. Suberbly shot, the story centres around the obsessive love of Jongsoo, a country boy from Paju, South Korea. An enigma – a vanishing – and pyromania serve as metaphors as characters appear and disappear with a beguiling effect on Jongsoo’s wounded love and damaged soul. A film which stays with the viewer for days and weeks.