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  • Fri 07 Aug 11:00 Fahim Read more Order tickets directly
  • Fahim
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    The difficulties faced by refugee immigrants to France and their attempts to integrate into a new society serve as the backdrop to this affecting, based-on-real-life drama. Forced to flee their native Bangladesh, pre-teen chess obsessive Fahim Mohammad (Ahmed Assat) and his father arrive in the Parisian suburb of Créteil, where a new battle begins for them. While they await the approval of their political asylum application, they are under constant threat of deportation. Fahim joins the Créteil chess club and is taken under the wing of team coach Sylvain, a gruff, impressive, and very lively teacher (Gérard Depardieu, in a role tailor-made for the legend). What follows their first encounter strikes a touching balance between humour and drama as Fahim begins to climb the ranks in the under-12 category of tournament chess. Can he go all the way before the authorities deport him? (The real Fahim, now 20, is a FIDE master living in France.)
    Zaal 1 (90)
  • Fri 07 Aug 11:15 Duelles Read more Order tickets directly
  • Duelles
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    A cosy Brussels’ suburb, the early 1960s: best friends and neighbours Alice (Veerle Baetens) and Céline (Anne Coesens) are exemplars of bourgeois housewifery whose young sons Théo and Maxime (Jules Lefebvres and Luan Adam) are inseparable. When Maxime is killed in a tragic accident—while a helpless Alice looks on—the women’s friendship grinds to an abrupt halt. Soon things take a turn for the macabre when Alice, crushed by guilt, begins to have paranoid thoughts that Céline is out for revenge by killing her Théo… Director Olivier Masset-Depasse keeps a tight grip on things as he steers the film from very dark comedy to genuinely gripping thriller. And the sets and costumes—not to mention superb turns from Baetens and Coesens—are positively to die for (so to speak…)

    ‘[This] luxuriant psychological thriller is so redolent of the Master of Suspense’s [i.e. Hitchcock’s] style, and so gorgeously robed in Thierry Delettre’s ’60s costuming that at times one expects star Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) to turn around and just be Tippi Hedren all of a sudden. But as much as this deliciously enjoyable, spiral-shaped descent into darkness wears that influence on its immaculately cut, three-quarter-length sleeve, it also represents a subversion of even Hitch’s most femme-centric titles… The film’s sharp eye for the dysfunctional dynamics of frenemy-ship is a dirty pleasure all its own, as these perfect housewives serve each other passive aggression like petits fours…’—Jessica Kiang, Variety
    Zaal 3
  • Fri 07 Aug 11:15 Les plus belles années d'une vie Read more Order tickets directly
  • Les plus belles années d'une vie
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    Fifty-three years after the phenomenon that was his international blockbuster A Man and a Woman, director Claude Lelouch lured French acting legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée out of retirement (he’s now 89 and she’s 88) for a sequel, reuniting 1966’s race-car driver Jean-Louis Duroc and the love of his life, Anne Gauthier, in this moving chronicle of their waning years. The formerly debonair Jean-Louis, confined to an assisted-care home, is growing more and more befuddled by old age, so his son (Antoine Sire) hatches a plan to bring the still spry Anne back into his father’s life. Lelouch makes delicious use of flashbacks to the first movie—and that great theme song—making this a time-travelling delight.

    ‘There is bittersweet humour and poignant insight here… Seeing these two French screen legends together again, probably for the last time, still creates an almost-tangible chemical fizz. Even at 87, Aimee remains a magnificent human sculpture, while Trintignant tugs the heartstrings as a once-beautiful man sunk into soulful ruin…The Best Years of a Life [the English title] strikes a deeper emotional chord because it is really more concerned with the looming mortality of its stars, its director and even its audience than with the fate of its fictional characters…’—Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
    Zaal 4
  • Fri 07 Aug 13:30 Duelles Read more Order tickets directly
  • Duelles
    For all screenings:
    A cosy Brussels’ suburb, the early 1960s: best friends and neighbours Alice (Veerle Baetens) and Céline (Anne Coesens) are exemplars of bourgeois housewifery whose young sons Théo and Maxime (Jules Lefebvres and Luan Adam) are inseparable. When Maxime is killed in a tragic accident—while a helpless Alice looks on—the women’s friendship grinds to an abrupt halt. Soon things take a turn for the macabre when Alice, crushed by guilt, begins to have paranoid thoughts that Céline is out for revenge by killing her Théo… Director Olivier Masset-Depasse keeps a tight grip on things as he steers the film from very dark comedy to genuinely gripping thriller. And the sets and costumes—not to mention superb turns from Baetens and Coesens—are positively to die for (so to speak…)

    ‘[This] luxuriant psychological thriller is so redolent of the Master of Suspense’s [i.e. Hitchcock’s] style, and so gorgeously robed in Thierry Delettre’s ’60s costuming that at times one expects star Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) to turn around and just be Tippi Hedren all of a sudden. But as much as this deliciously enjoyable, spiral-shaped descent into darkness wears that influence on its immaculately cut, three-quarter-length sleeve, it also represents a subversion of even Hitch’s most femme-centric titles… The film’s sharp eye for the dysfunctional dynamics of frenemy-ship is a dirty pleasure all its own, as these perfect housewives serve each other passive aggression like petits fours…’—Jessica Kiang, Variety
    Ruimte X
  • Fri 07 Aug 13:45 De beentjes van Sint-Hildegard Read more Order tickets directly
  • Fri 07 Aug 14:00 Madre Read more Order tickets directly
  • Madre
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    After losing her six-year-old son on the same beach in south-western France where she now resides ten years later, the still-grieving Elena (Marta Nieto) spies the 16-year-old Jean (Jules Poirier), and something awakens inside her. Soon the two of them have struck up a friendship—much to the chagrin of the tongue-wagging locals who are scandalized by what they think is going on between them… After the worldwide success of his breakneck thriller The Realm, Rodrigo Sorogoyen does something intriguing here: he takes the whole of his 2017 Oscar-nominated short film, also named Madre, and incorporates it as this film’s prologue. It’s subject? A Madrid mother loses her grip when her 6-year-old son calls to tell her that Dad has abandoned him at the beach…

    ‘[Elena and Jean’s] rapport is beautifully uncomplicated for themselves but nonetheless rich and fascinating for the viewer, echoing not only specifically François Ozon’s Charlotte Rampling vehicle Under the Sand… but also the complex intergenerational relationships present in some of his other works… Sorogoyen is a master filmmaker. His work with his actors is impressive, with Nieto, in a fully bilingual performance, and Porier both natural yet nuanced. The director also constantly creates visuals — often using distorting lenses or compositions — and audio cues that give the story a more metaphorical dimension without ever distracting from the characters.’—Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
    Zaal 3
  • Fri 07 Aug 14:00 Adam Read more Order tickets directly
  • Fri 07 Aug 15:45 Sing me a Song Read more Order tickets directly
  • Fri 07 Aug 16:00 Gli anni più belli Read more Order tickets directly
  • Gli anni più belli
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    Collapsing 40 years of Italian and world history into just over two hours of screen time, director and co-writer Gabriele Muccino chronicles the relationships between four friends, and shows how the momentous events of the last four decades—the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11 among them—affect both them and Italian society in general. Big themes and big ideas, yes, but Muccino anchors things on a very human level: as Giulio, Paolo and Riccardo (Pierfrancesco Favino, Kim Rossi Stuart and Claudio Santamaria, respectively) and Gemma (Micaela Ramazzotti) come together, drift apart, and re-unite according to the vagaries of their individual lives, we come to know why the film is called (in English) The Best Years…

    ‘A confirmation of Muccino’s filmmaking prowess and his outstanding skill in directing actors, The Best Years won’t disappoint his loyal public, not least for the cast’s excellent performance… The command the director has over the scenic space and the originality of the film’s framing and camera movements ultimately result in some highly affecting sequence shots and several unforgettable scenes…’—Camillo De Marco, Cineuropa
    Zaal 1 (90)
  • Fri 07 Aug 16:15 Der Fall Collini Read more Order tickets directly
  • Der Fall Collini
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    The aged and grizzled Fabrizio Collini (the welcome return of legend Franco Nero) enters a German luxury hotel, murders elderly industrialist Hans Meyer (Manfred Zapatka), and promptly confesses to the police. Soon we are ensnared in a complex criminal case that has its roots in Nazi atrocities during WWII… Director Marco Kreuzpaintner skilfully adapts Ferdinand von Schirach’s international bestseller, written in part to exorcise the demons in von Schirach’s own background—his grandfather, Baldur von Schirach, was the head of the Hitler Youth…

    ‘A seamlessly crafted thriller with exemplary performances all round, The Collini Case [the English title]… will delight fans of the crime mystery genre. It’s beautifully shot, with cinematography by Jakub Bejnarowicz that really brings the locations to life, and Matz Müller’s sound design keeps the mood perfectly balanced in combination with some particularly impressive work where musical elements overlap… Shortlisted for Germany’s Oscar submission, this is a film that oozes quality yet never makes the mistake of hiding behind its technical excellence. It has something to say, and says it well.—Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
    Zaal 4
  • Fri 07 Aug 16:30 Les plus belles années d'une vie Read more Order tickets directly
  • Les plus belles années d'une vie
    For all screenings:
    Fifty-three years after the phenomenon that was his international blockbuster A Man and a Woman, director Claude Lelouch lured French acting legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée out of retirement (he’s now 89 and she’s 88) for a sequel, reuniting 1966’s race-car driver Jean-Louis Duroc and the love of his life, Anne Gauthier, in this moving chronicle of their waning years. The formerly debonair Jean-Louis, confined to an assisted-care home, is growing more and more befuddled by old age, so his son (Antoine Sire) hatches a plan to bring the still spry Anne back into his father’s life. Lelouch makes delicious use of flashbacks to the first movie—and that great theme song—making this a time-travelling delight.

    ‘There is bittersweet humour and poignant insight here… Seeing these two French screen legends together again, probably for the last time, still creates an almost-tangible chemical fizz. Even at 87, Aimee remains a magnificent human sculpture, while Trintignant tugs the heartstrings as a once-beautiful man sunk into soulful ruin…The Best Years of a Life [the English title] strikes a deeper emotional chord because it is really more concerned with the looming mortality of its stars, its director and even its audience than with the fate of its fictional characters…’—Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
    Zaal 3
  • Fri 07 Aug 18:45 Duelles Read more Order tickets directly
  • Duelles
    For all screenings:
    A cosy Brussels’ suburb, the early 1960s: best friends and neighbours Alice (Veerle Baetens) and Céline (Anne Coesens) are exemplars of bourgeois housewifery whose young sons Théo and Maxime (Jules Lefebvres and Luan Adam) are inseparable. When Maxime is killed in a tragic accident—while a helpless Alice looks on—the women’s friendship grinds to an abrupt halt. Soon things take a turn for the macabre when Alice, crushed by guilt, begins to have paranoid thoughts that Céline is out for revenge by killing her Théo… Director Olivier Masset-Depasse keeps a tight grip on things as he steers the film from very dark comedy to genuinely gripping thriller. And the sets and costumes—not to mention superb turns from Baetens and Coesens—are positively to die for (so to speak…)

    ‘[This] luxuriant psychological thriller is so redolent of the Master of Suspense’s [i.e. Hitchcock’s] style, and so gorgeously robed in Thierry Delettre’s ’60s costuming that at times one expects star Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) to turn around and just be Tippi Hedren all of a sudden. But as much as this deliciously enjoyable, spiral-shaped descent into darkness wears that influence on its immaculately cut, three-quarter-length sleeve, it also represents a subversion of even Hitch’s most femme-centric titles… The film’s sharp eye for the dysfunctional dynamics of frenemy-ship is a dirty pleasure all its own, as these perfect housewives serve each other passive aggression like petits fours…’—Jessica Kiang, Variety
    Ruimte X
  • Fri 07 Aug 19:00 De beentjes van Sint-Hildegard Read more Order tickets directly
  • Fri 07 Aug 19:15 Fahim Read more Order tickets directly
  • Fahim
    For all screenings:
    The difficulties faced by refugee immigrants to France and their attempts to integrate into a new society serve as the backdrop to this affecting, based-on-real-life drama. Forced to flee their native Bangladesh, pre-teen chess obsessive Fahim Mohammad (Ahmed Assat) and his father arrive in the Parisian suburb of Créteil, where a new battle begins for them. While they await the approval of their political asylum application, they are under constant threat of deportation. Fahim joins the Créteil chess club and is taken under the wing of team coach Sylvain, a gruff, impressive, and very lively teacher (Gérard Depardieu, in a role tailor-made for the legend). What follows their first encounter strikes a touching balance between humour and drama as Fahim begins to climb the ranks in the under-12 category of tournament chess. Can he go all the way before the authorities deport him? (The real Fahim, now 20, is a FIDE master living in France.)
    Zaal 3
  • Fri 07 Aug 19:30 Adam Read more Order tickets directly
  • Fri 07 Aug 20:45 Sing me a Song Read more Order tickets directly
  • Fri 07 Aug 21:15 Gli anni più belli Read more Order tickets directly
  • Gli anni più belli
    For all screenings:
    Collapsing 40 years of Italian and world history into just over two hours of screen time, director and co-writer Gabriele Muccino chronicles the relationships between four friends, and shows how the momentous events of the last four decades—the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11 among them—affect both them and Italian society in general. Big themes and big ideas, yes, but Muccino anchors things on a very human level: as Giulio, Paolo and Riccardo (Pierfrancesco Favino, Kim Rossi Stuart and Claudio Santamaria, respectively) and Gemma (Micaela Ramazzotti) come together, drift apart, and re-unite according to the vagaries of their individual lives, we come to know why the film is called (in English) The Best Years…

    ‘A confirmation of Muccino’s filmmaking prowess and his outstanding skill in directing actors, The Best Years won’t disappoint his loyal public, not least for the cast’s excellent performance… The command the director has over the scenic space and the originality of the film’s framing and camera movements ultimately result in some highly affecting sequence shots and several unforgettable scenes…’—Camillo De Marco, Cineuropa
    Zaal 1 (90)
  • Fri 07 Aug 21:30 Madre Read more Order tickets directly
  • Madre
    For all screenings:
    After losing her six-year-old son on the same beach in south-western France where she now resides ten years later, the still-grieving Elena (Marta Nieto) spies the 16-year-old Jean (Jules Poirier), and something awakens inside her. Soon the two of them have struck up a friendship—much to the chagrin of the tongue-wagging locals who are scandalized by what they think is going on between them… After the worldwide success of his breakneck thriller The Realm, Rodrigo Sorogoyen does something intriguing here: he takes the whole of his 2017 Oscar-nominated short film, also named Madre, and incorporates it as this film’s prologue. It’s subject? A Madrid mother loses her grip when her 6-year-old son calls to tell her that Dad has abandoned him at the beach…

    ‘[Elena and Jean’s] rapport is beautifully uncomplicated for themselves but nonetheless rich and fascinating for the viewer, echoing not only specifically François Ozon’s Charlotte Rampling vehicle Under the Sand… but also the complex intergenerational relationships present in some of his other works… Sorogoyen is a master filmmaker. His work with his actors is impressive, with Nieto, in a fully bilingual performance, and Porier both natural yet nuanced. The director also constantly creates visuals — often using distorting lenses or compositions — and audio cues that give the story a more metaphorical dimension without ever distracting from the characters.’—Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
    Zaal 3
  • Fri 07 Aug 21:30 Der Fall Collini Read more Order tickets directly
  • Der Fall Collini
    For all screenings:
    The aged and grizzled Fabrizio Collini (the welcome return of legend Franco Nero) enters a German luxury hotel, murders elderly industrialist Hans Meyer (Manfred Zapatka), and promptly confesses to the police. Soon we are ensnared in a complex criminal case that has its roots in Nazi atrocities during WWII… Director Marco Kreuzpaintner skilfully adapts Ferdinand von Schirach’s international bestseller, written in part to exorcise the demons in von Schirach’s own background—his grandfather, Baldur von Schirach, was the head of the Hitler Youth…

    ‘A seamlessly crafted thriller with exemplary performances all round, The Collini Case [the English title]… will delight fans of the crime mystery genre. It’s beautifully shot, with cinematography by Jakub Bejnarowicz that really brings the locations to life, and Matz Müller’s sound design keeps the mood perfectly balanced in combination with some particularly impressive work where musical elements overlap… Shortlisted for Germany’s Oscar submission, this is a film that oozes quality yet never makes the mistake of hiding behind its technical excellence. It has something to say, and says it well.—Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
    Zaal 4
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