Ticket price £7.00
Rams (15) – 6.30pm
2015 ( Iceland | Denmark | Norway | Poland ) ( Drama )
(Icelandic with English subtitles)
STARRING: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
DIRECTOR: Grímur Hákonarson
Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Hampton’s Film Festival, ‘Rams’ is one of those gentle films that slowly charms its way into your heart. Estranged brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side In a secluded valley, tending to their prized ancestral sheep stock, despite not having spoken in 40 years. Any communication between them is by handwritten notes delivered by trusty sheepdog Somi. The discovery of the lethal disease scrapie in the flock means that all the sheep must be slaughtered. It is a move that will break Gummi’s heart but trying to save the flock might finally force the brothers to settle their differences.
Deadpan comedy and a sense of compassion mark this as a film to seek out and treasure.
Anomalisa (15) – 8.30pm
2015 ( USA ) ( Animation, Comedy, Drama )
STARRING: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
DIRECTORs: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman
Anomalisa is an eerily detailed puppet animation about a motivational speaker who spends one unhappy night in a Cincinnati hotel.where he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of Lisa, an unassuming sales rep, who may or may not be the love of his life.
Visually, it’s quite brilliant, offering further proof that animation remains at the very cutting edge of cinema, whether it is designed for children, families or (as in this case) adults only. There’s an uncomfortable intimacy to much of the drama, an element that makes Michael’s creepy, predatory nature all the more unsettling.
Desperately sad but wildly funny, Anomalisa uses animation to create a poignant story about love, loneliness and human flaws