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2007 Films

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Opening Gala: Freedom Writers (12A)Freedom Writers

Thursday 15th February 2007 at 7.30pm
Richard LaGravenese, 2007, USA, 123mins.
For our opening gala this year, we're delighted to present the UK Premiere of Freedom Writers.  Based on the actual journals of disadvantaged students at a Long Beach (California) high school, detailing the violence and trauma of their lives, the film isn't only about an amazingly dedicated young teacher, it's also, emphatically, about some extraordinary young people.  With a sensitive, vastly impressive performance by Hilary Swank and blessed by the contribution of Imelda Staunton and a gifted group of young actors, the film has already wowed audience and critics in the USA. 
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake
Sponsored By:  Carr's Milling Industries

 



 

 

Ladybird Ladybird (18) Ladybird Ladybird

Friday 16th February 2007 at 2.00pm
Ken Loach, 1994, UK 102 mins
Maggie bounces from one abusive relationship to another, finally losing all her children to foster-care. Then she meets Jorge, a Paraguayan, and together they battle back. There's a fine script by Rona Munro. Crissy Rock won several Best Actress awards as Maggie. 'To see acting of such elemental power and truth...can hardly be borne.' (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake

 

Unconscious (15) Unconscious

Friday 16th February 2007 at 4.00pm
Inconscientes Joaquín Oristrell, Spain, 2004 109 mins
A pregnant wife searches for her missing psychiatrist husband. It's Barcelona, 1913: the theories of a man called Sigmund Freud are abroad. The case histories of the missing doctor offer hysterical clues. In an escalating farce, Freud himself finally arrives to lecture on 'Totem and Taboo'. And they all live neurotically ever after. 'It's intelligent, elegant fun.' (Philip French, Observer)
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at: The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema

 

37 Uses For A Dead Sheep (NC)37 Uses For A Dead Sheep

Friday 16th February 2007 at 4.15pm
Ben Hopkins, 2006, UK 84 mins
The Pamir Kirghiz people have migrated across Central Asia from the U.S.S.R to China to Afghanistan to Pakistan and finally to remote eastern Turkey to preserve their culture. Now they face the most serious threat to their traditions. As well as comedy about the process of film-making, this international award-winning documentary offers ethnographical description of a unique people, their history, and the conflict between ancient culture and globalisation.
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake Studio

 

Little Miss Sunshine (15)Little Miss Sunshine

Friday 16th February 2007 at 6.30pm
Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, 2006, USA 103 mins
Three generations of a messed-up family make their way in a clapped-out vehicle across America, hoping to find their share of the American Dream in California. If that sounds like the Joads travelling hopefully in The Grapes of Wrath, it's also the plot of an amusing comedy with brains too. "...a refreshing and ultimately affirmative movie." (Philip French, Observer)
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake

 

After The Wedding (NC) After The Wedding

Friday 16th February 2007 at 6.30pm
(Efter Bryllupet) Susanne Bier, 2006, Denmark 120 mins
A wealthy businessman offers an enormous donation to Jacob, a man dedicated to helping Indian street children. But the gift unexpectedly opens a window on to Jacob's troubled past. Tightly scripted and sharply directed, Blier's film skilfully avoids sentimentality to produce a drama about shattering revelations and difficult choices. It's already a hit on the festival circuit.
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at: The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema

 

NW Film Archive (NC)North West Film Archive

Friday 16th February 2007 at 7.30pm
Various, UK, 120 mins.
This specially selected compilation of fascinating films includes scenes from Vickers Barrow Yard in 1900 right up to a television documentary on water supply in 1973. Particularly poignant are scenes of troops training in Morecambe and Lancaster before leaving to fight in the First World War, many never returning. In the 1930's and 40's, promotional films for the Lake District's many attractions feature strongly, and the dying art of shrimp fishing by horse and cart in Morecambe bay is seen in the late 1970's. There's the unveiling of the Egremont war memorial, and some of the 30's and 40's promo films feature Keswick.
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake - Studio

 

Ten Canoes (NC) Ten Canoes

Friday 16th February 2007 at 9.00pm
Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr, 2006, Australia 90 mins
The first-ever movie in an Australian Aboriginal language is lushly filmed and cleverly framed by an English-language narration (voiced by David Gulpilil, Australia's best-known Aboriginal actor). True to oral tradition, Ten Canoes weaves stories within stories to create a hugely enjoyable comedy-drama. 'An hypnotic and unexpectedly funny story of a traditional aboriginal boy's life' (Nicola Harrison, ABC Australia)
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By the Lake

 

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan (15)Borat

Friday 16th February 2007 at 9.00pm
Larry Charles, USA, 2006 84 mins
Sacha Baran Cohen moves on from Ali G to a role as a sort of journalist touring the USA and falling in love with images of Pamela Anderson. Even as you're offended, you'll find yourself unable to resist the comedy. You will laugh at "Borat", you really will, but the laughter will sometimes stick in your throat. (Kenneth Turan, LA Times)
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema

 

We Shall Overcome (12A)We Shall Overcome

Saturday 17th February 2007 at 12.00am
Drømmen Niels Arden Oplev, Denmark, 2006 109 mins
It's 1969. Thirteen-year-old Frits (a compelling performance from Janus Dissing Rathke) has to contend with a depressive Dad and a tyrannical headmaster. But he fights back, inspired by television images of Martin Luther King, and encouraged by a radical teacher. This is a 'family drama' that succeeds in being both straightforward and moving.
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake

 

Cathy Come Home (PG)Cathy Come Home

Saturday 17th February 2007 at 11.45am
Ken Loach (for TV), 1966, UK 77 mins
Perhaps the most famous of the Garnett/Loach collaborations: social realism before the term docudrama had been invented. Carol White plays a woman who loses her home, children and husband (Ray Brooks) thanks to the pitiless not-so-welfare state. The realistic portrayal of society's underbelly, scripted by Jeremy Sandford, helped to give rise to the charity Shelter , and touched the consciences of a generation.
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake - Studio

 

Apocalypto (18)Apocalypto

Saturday 17th February 2007 at 12.00am
Mel Gibson, 2006, US 138 mins
Set in the time of the collapsing Mayan civilisation, Apocalypto is great epic cinema, with brilliantly detailed plazas and pyramids, horrific human sacrifice and attempts to placate the gods. Jaguar Paw's attempts to survive Zero Wolf's pursuit and rescue his family are thrilling, savage and bloody, the Indian cast is superbly photogenic and Mel Gibson's reputation as a hugely exciting filmmaker is assured.
Read online reviews:  here and here
Showing at:  The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema

 

Deep Water (PG)Deep Water

Saturday 17th February 2007 at 2.30pm
Louise Osmond / Jerry Rothwell, UK, 2006 93 mins
This documentary focuses on two very different competitors in the 1968 solo round-the-world yacht race. Bernard Moitessier, in days of deep reflection, finds himself; while Donald Crowhurst, a desperate man, decides to pretend he's - then can't go through with his deception. Both families contribute to this moving memoir of the impact of isolation and the overwhelming desire to succeed.
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake

 

Land And Freedom (15)Land And Freedom

Saturday 17th February 2007 at 2.45pm
Ken Loach, UK, 1995, 109 mins
Idealist Liverpudlian Dave goes to Spain in 1936 to fight in the Civil War.  Soon his ideas are in turmoil as anarchists, the militia and communists argue with each other instead of their Fascist enemies.  Even his passion for a Spanish firebrand is tested by the crisis in his beliefs.  'confirms Ken Loach as Britain's greatest contemporary filmmaker' (Ian Christie, Sight and Sound)
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema

 

Esma's Secret (15) Esma's Secret

Saturday 17th February 2007 at 2.00pm
(Grbavica) Jasmila Zbanic, Bosnia/Herzegovina/Austria, 2006 90 mins
This debut film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film festival, and is now garnering awards in North America too. Zbanic examines the aftermath of the Balkan wars that broke up Yugoslavia. The moving, carefully-paced drama focuses on the secrets which a mother, Esma, keeps from her 12-year-old daughter Sara - and finally, painfully, reveals.
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake - Studio

 

Red Road (18)Red Road

Saturday 17th February 2007 at 5.00pm
Andrea Arnold, 2006, UK 114 mins
CCTV is watching you. A Glasgow surveillance camera operator pursues her obsession with an ex-jailbird beyond the images of the man she is tracking. Red Road's arty roots in Dogme dogma liberate rather than restrict Oscar-winning director Arnold, graduating from short to full-length movie with aplomb (and the Cannes jury prize of 2006). 'A tough and superbly intelligent surveillance thriller' (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake

 

This Film Is Not Yet Rated (18)This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Saturday 17th February 2007 at 5.00pm
Kirby Dick, USA, 2006, 98 mins
The experienced documentary-maker directs his confrontational methods at the secretive self-regulation of the USA's movie-rating board.  It's bracing, funny and sharp as, with the help of a private eye, Dick outs the once anonymous panel and exposes their prejudices and industry links.  'The hypocrisy and humbug on display from the Hollywood watchdogs is X-certificate stuff'.  (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, rating the film ****)
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema

 

Play (NC) Play

Saturday 17th February 2007 at 8.15pm
Alicia Scherson, 2005, Chile/Argentina, 105mins
The paths of Tristan, trying to recover from a shattered marriage, and the enigmatic Cristina never quite meet in the streets of Santiago.  Or do they in the end?  Chile's capital is richly portrayed in a lavish palette of colours in this international festival award-winning debut tale of love, loss and urban ennui.
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake

 



Pan's Labyrinth Pan's Labyrinth(15)

Saturday 17th February 2007 at 7.30pm
(El Laberinto del Fauno) Guillermo del Toro, Spain, 2006, 120 mins.
A young girl travels north with her mother in 1944 Spain, after Franco's victory.  Amid Fascist repression and her stepfather's indifference, she begins to live mostly in an imaginary world, where she comes to terms with the real world around her.  'Ambitious, glorious and harrowing adult fairy tale . . . one of the finest fantasy pipctures ever made . . '  (Stephanie Zacharek, salon.com)
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
Sponsored by:The Necessary Agnel
Plus:  After-show discussion at The Square Orange

 




 

 

 Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer(15)Perfume:  The Story Of A Murderer

Saturday 17th February 2007 at 10.00pm
Tom Tykwer, 2006, Germany/France/Spain. In English. 147 mins
Long regarded as unfilmable, Patrick Suskind's 1985 novel Perfume has finally reached the screen with this tale of an 18th century Parisian orphan who turns mass murderer in search of the perfect scent, 'Love'. Brought up lacking both love and education, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille develops a highly discerning sense of smell which he uses to create exquisite perfumes. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent. An extraordinarily brave, challenging piece of work. (Variety.com)
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema

 

Bamako (PG)

Bamako Sunday 18th February 2007 at 12.00am
Abderrahmane Sissako, France/Mali, 2006, 115 mins
A serious discusison of globalisation cunningly disguised as an entertaining feature film.  Bamako (which means 'the Court') puts the World Bank and its allies on trial for what they've done to Africa.  And meanwhile life goes on all around, from a love story to an incongruous mock Western set in Timbuktu.  'A strong candidate for African film of the year' (Deborah Young, Variety).
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake

 

Kes (PG)Kes

Sunday 18th February 2007 at 12.00am
Ken Loach, UK, 1969, 111mins
Regularly voted one of the greatest British films of all time.  Billy Casper, a Barnsley lad who doesn't want to go 'darn t'pit' finds a refuge from street-life in training a wild kestrel.  David Bradley is stunning as Billy.  The stinging unsentimental realism of the drama amid the south Yorkshire landscape is marvellously brought to life through Chris Menges' camerawork. 
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema

 

My Name Is Joe (15) My Name Is Joe

Sunday 18th February 2007 at 2.30pm
Ken Loach, UK, 1998, 105mins
  Peter Mullan won Best Actor at Cannes for his 'raw, utterly believable performance' (Edward Guthmann, SF Chronicle) as a recovering ex-drunk.  Joe lives on the edge.  Love and lyalty give him hope, but society and his own nature often work against him.  Loach vividly portrays Glasgow working-class life in a morality tale with no easy answers. 
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake

 

Happy Feet (U)Happy Feet

Sunday 18th February 2007 at 2.30pm
George Miller, 2006, USA 109 mins
You need a family film on a Sunday afternoon... A kind of March of the Penguins: The Musical, this is the story of a young penguin's problem about being "different". Mumbles Happyfeet is a fabulous dancer but he just can't sing. Children will identify with his hurt at being an outcast, leading to him going off on a quest to discover where all the fish have gone. Brilliant visuals, lively songs and highly entertaining characterizations.
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema

 

Box O'Shorts (NC)Iraq

Sunday 18th February 2006 at 2.15pm
Various. 120 mins
Two hours of the best contemporary short films, with an emphasis on local Cumbrian talent - and the highlights of the Kendal Mountain Film School. Download the KFF Film Notes for more details.
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake - Studio
In association with: Kendal Mountain Festivals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Potter (PG) Miss Potter

Sunday 18th February 2007 at 5.00pm
Chris Noonan, UK, 2006
The eagerly awaited biopic of Beatrix Potter, children's writer and Lake District legend.  Renee Zellwegger stars, with a find supporting cast of British actors including Ewan McGregor and Emily Watson.  Babe director Noonan has boldly included animated sequences of Peter - no, not Roger - Rabbit and his pals alongside scenes shot near Coniston.
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake
Sponsored by:Iggesund Paperboard

 

 

Mountain Patrol (15) Mountain Patrol

Sunday 18th February 2007 at 5.15pm
(Kekexili) Lu Chuan, China, 2004, 89 mins
The desolate beauty of the high Tibetan plateau forms the backdrop to this harsh story of the struggles between antelope poachers and the patrol licensed to stamp them out.  A Beijing journalist elicits the strange ambiguities in this tussle - curiously resembling a modern-day Western - in the mutual obsession of hunters and hunted.  'consistently compelling' (Ethan Alter, Premiere)
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema
Plus:  After-show discussion at The Square Orange

 

The Lives Of Others (15) The Lives Of Others

Sunday 18th February 2007 at 8.00pm
(Das Leben der Anderen) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany, 2006, 137 mins
A Stasi agent in 1980s East Germany is ordered to spy on a prominent actress.  Through the agent's moral crisis the first-time director explores the communist era - where the ex-wife of Ulrich Muhe, who plays the agent, really spied on him.  The film swept the board at the 2006 German film awards, and provoked a wide debate about coming to terms with the past.
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Theatre By The Lake

 

The Host (15) The Host

Sunday 18th February 2007 at 8.15pm
(Gwoemul) Joon-ho Bong, South Korea, 2006, 120 mins
Watch echoes of horror movies past as a giant creature rises from the deep to terrorise Seoul.  But there are also comic touches, and a dash of satire, amid the multi-layered drama of a layabout trying to rescue his daughter from the fiend's clutches.  'The most intriguing, lyrcal and entertaining mutant-tadpole picture you're likely to see.'  (Ian John, The Times)
Read online reviews:  here and here
Downloads:  KFF Film Notes
Showing at:  The Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema

 


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