27 Jun 2016

Hull Film Festival 2016: what’s on?

From epics to shorts and tear jerkers to bloodbaths, HuFF has it all.

The 3rd annual Hull Film Festival, organised by the guys at Hull Independent Cinema, is bringing an incredible line-up of film to Hull from 29 June – 4 July. With 14 films screened at Hull Truck Theatre across six days, including everything from British social dramas to Turkish Horrors, the festival is shaping up to be the best yet.

The festival are also offering exclusive Q&A sessions with film directors Chris Hopkin (The Bagpiper Maker’s Baby) and Joe Stephenson (Chicken) about shooting and producing their work in Hull. The programme also includes artist cinema shorts commissioned by the Independent Cinema Office and LUX, The Artists Cinema 2016, bringing leading visual artists’ work into cinemas to showcase to larger audiences.

Here’s just a flavour of what to expect this year.

Chronic

Wed 29 June // 6pm
Mexico/France // 2015 // 93 min
£7/£6
Dir: Michel Franco
Cast: Tim Roth, Bitsie Tulloch, Claire van der Bloom

Written and Directed by Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco, Chronic lays death on the table with a moving performance by Tim Roth. David, played by Roth, is a passionate and dedicated nurse who works with terminally ill patients. David’s awkward and reserved nature due to a personal tragedy leads him to need his patients just as much as they need him.

Our Little Sister

Thu 30 June // 6pm
Japan // 2015 // 128 min
£7/£6
Dir: Hirokazu Koreeda
Cast: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho

Japanese film Our Little Sister is a heartwarming story about a group of three sisters who welcome their half sister, Suzu into the family after the death of their Father. Based on the graphic novel Umimachi Diary, the film is a journey of self discovery and moving forward accompanied by the stunning music of Yoko Kanno.

Baskin

Sun 3 July // 8.30pm
Turkey/USA // 2015 // 97 min
£7/£6
Dir: Can Evrenol
Cast: Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu

Baskin is horrific, utterly horrific. But if you like that kind of thing, you can guarantee hell is well and truly waiting for you here. A routine night on cop patrol for five police officers turns into a dark, grim adventure into the mind, uncovering a place you wouldn’t want to enter in your very worst nightmares. Turkish director Can Evrenol, goes all out on the savage violence with a storyline that doesn’t necessarily rely on a particular narrative, but certainly makes you think. Baskin is very gory but very cool and incredibly surreal. Evrenol never fails to remind you what you’re watching, a complete bloodbath from start to finish.

Prepare yourselves.

When Marnie Was There

Sat 2 July // 3pm
Japan // 2014 // 103min
£7/£6
Dir: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Cast: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima

Marnie Was There, is another stunning film from the world famous Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli. The film tells the tale of an anxious and isolated girl named Anna who struggles to make friends and hates any form of social interaction, completely absorbing herself in her own creativity. Anna moves away to live with her aunt and uncle in a huge Victorian mansion where she encounters Marnie, a girl who may, or may not been, created from Anna’s imagination.

Other highlights

Danish drama film The Commune also showcases on 29 June, which tells the story of Erik, who inherits his Father’s large old house in Copenhagen, who invites friends to live there with his wife. Chicken, directed by Joe Stephenson shows the rocky relationship between two brothers after 15-year-old Richard falls for 17-year-old Annabel on 30 June, whilst Friday brings the turn of romantic classic musical Singin’ in the Rain and the extraordinary tale of Leonardo Da Vinci – The Genius in Milan. Fire at Sea, captures life on the Italian island of Lampedusa with Knight of Cups telling the story of an easily bored man in need of stimulation for fans of Christian Bale, both screening on 2 July.

Sunday takes us all the way back to 1939 with Victor Fleming’s classic Wizard of Oz and Embrace the Serpent, a psychedelic adventure featuring a young shaman in the Columbian Amazon with the The Bagpipe Maker’s Baby and Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next screening on 4 July.

Visit the website for full festival schedule and ticket information.

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