14/11/2019 19:30 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
The theme of modern Japanese family life here takes an unexpected turn into the disparate and, as it turns out, unrelated lives of the Shibata family. This small group of people, on the fringes of society, share a tumble-down
home belonging to the grandmother they have adopted, and live by illegal and illicit means. Their care towards each other is equal that of any traditional family unit or perhaps beyond it, as they create their own version in response to their previous experiences.
We welcome Alex Jacoby, acknowledged expert in Japanese cinema, to introduce and discuss the film.
“This small film is a thoughtful addition to his parables about happy and unhappy families (Nobody Knows, After the Storm), studded with memorable characters and believable performances that quietly lead
the viewer to reflect on societal values.”
The Hollywood Reporter
Dir: Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan, 121 mins, 2018
21/11/2019 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
This beautifully shot film set in South Dakota tells the story of a young bronco rider Brady Blackburn [Brady Jandreau] who has been disabled by a life changing injury which prevents
him pursuing his riding career. It takes us into his rural community and their struggles to make a living from their land where opportunities are
hard to find. Brady continues to train horses and his love and talent in this regard are at the heart of the story. Director Chloe Zhao cast actors
whose real life stories mirror those shown in the film, giving it a documentary quality.
Dir: Chloe Zhao, USA, 104 mins, 2017
28/11/2019 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Neo-realism at its best, as this hard hitting film about a 12 year old boy Zain [Zain Al Rafeea] shows, whose neglectful and criminal family struggle to survive in post-conflict Beirut. Director Labaki cast non-professional actors, which gives the film a documentary feel, with a cameo by herself as the lawyer who represents the jailed Zain from where he sues his parents for neglect. A film about how humanity can elude individuals but, as seen in our earlier film Shoplifters, still be evident in circumstances of extremis. Labaki shines a spotlight on the refugee crisis in the Middle East, the consequences of being unregistered and stateless and its effects on the children who live there.
Dir: Nadine Labaki, Lebanon, 125 mins, 2018