Hull Film Festival is back for the fifth year, inviting you discover the very best in new film from around the world, with titles that are award-winning, critically-acclaimed, unashamedly independent, and a little out of left field.
This year’s programme features 16 films, all Hull exclusive screenings, and they’re proud to be hosting multiple regional premieres.
Mon 2 July, 6:30pm.
In the dark heart of a sprawling, anonymous city, Terminal follows the twisting tales of two assassins carrying out a sinister mission (Max Irons & Dexter Fletcher), a teacher battling a fatal illness (Simon Pegg), an enigmatic janitor (Mike Myers) and a curious waitress leading a dangerous double life (Margot Robbie).
Murderous consequences unravel in the dead of night as their lives all intertwine at the hands of a mysterious criminal mastermind hell-bent on revenge.
Mon 2 July, 8:30pm.
Among the most exciting voices in genre cinema to emerge in recent years, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead return with their third feature, The Endless.
Benson and Moorhead play brothers, former members of a “crazy UFO death cult”, who receive a mysterious video cassette in the mail. The tape contains an eerie calling card from their past, inviting them to attend an event called the Ascension.
At first their old friends in the cult seem warm and welcoming, but things soon turn strange as the brothers find themselves drawn into a vortex of bizarre rituals, strange messages, unseen forces and sinister supernatural secrets that threaten to tear apart the very fabric of reality.
The Endless is a truly unique mind-bending, genre-blending indie gem that will leave you spinning.
Tues 3 July, 6:30pm.
This dark suburban satire tells the story of a man who is accused of adultery by his ex-fiancée and forced to move in with his parents.
While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a bitter dispute between his parents and their neighbours regarding an old and beautiful tree that casts a shadow on the neighbours’ deck.
As the dispute intensifies – property is damaged, pets mysteriously go missing, security cameras are being installed and there is a rumour that the neighbour was seen with a chainsaw.
Tues 3 July, 8:30pm.
Forever remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein, but the real life story of Mary Shelley is nearly as fantastical as her fiction.
Raised by a renowned philosopher, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer, determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth).
So begins a torrid love affair, marked by both passion and personal tragedy, that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. Imbued with the imaginative spirit of its heroine, Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied convention and channelled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages.
Wed 4 July, 6:30pm.
Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, Brady is warned that his riding days are over, after a horse crushed his skull at a rodeo.
Back home on the Pine Ridge Reservation, with little desire or alternatives for a different way of life, Brady’s sense of inadequacy mounts as he is unable to ride or rodeo.
In an attempt to regain control of his own fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.
Wed 4 July, 8:30pm.
As devout Jehovah’s Witnesses, sisters Alex and Luisa and their mother, Ivanna, are united in The Truth. Alex looks up to her confident older sister, while striving to follow in Ivanna’s footsteps as a ‘good Witness’.
But when Luisa starts to question the advice of the Elders, she makes a life-altering transgression that threatens to expel her from the congregation.
Apostasy is a remarkable and authentic debut film, providing rare insight into the complex nature of faith, family, duty and love.
Thurs 5 July, 6:30pm.
Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl, but after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy centre that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.”
At the facility, she is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs-but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community.
For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts.
Thurs 5 July, 8:30pm.
In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, Giuseppe vanishes. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance.
She rebels against the silence and complicity that surround her, and to find him she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance.
Fri 6 July, 6:30pm.
Enn is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to after-hours punk parties. One night they stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers ,who seem like they are from another planet. In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage.
That doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan, a beautiful and rebellious alien teenager who, despite her allegiance to her strange colony, is fascinated by Enn.
Together they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks vs. aliens, and test the limits of how far each of them will go for true love.
Fri 6 July, 8:30pm.
A Prayer Before Dawn is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a terrifying world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realises this might be his chance to get out.
Billy embarks on a relentless, action-packed journey from one savage fight to the next, stopping at nothing to do whatever he must to preserve his life and regain his freedom.
Sat 7 July, 3:30pm.
Tara (Gemma Arterton) is living a life that is no longer hers: it belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband (Dominic Cooper), her young son and daughter, and the numbing routine of housework and childcare.
In desperate need of a change, Tara one day makes a bold decision. Armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city, but walking out on your life isn’t so simple.
The Escape is a perceptive, deeply compassionate portrait of a woman on the rocky road to becoming herself.
Sat 7 July, 6pm.
Blake Edwards’ screen adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella stars Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, an eccentric high-class escort working in New York.
When young writer Paul Varjack (George Peppard), the kept man of a wealthy older woman, moves into Holly’s apartment block, he finds inspiration when he falls in love with her.
Sat 7 July, 8:30pm.
It’s love at first sight at the racing circuit, when gangster Gino meets Benedicte a wealthy and fearless racing driver.
Fierce and loyal, Gigi and Bibi fight for their love against fate, reason and their own weaknesses. But how far can endurance be stretched? How far can they go to try and save what may already be lost?
Sun 8 July, 3:30pm.
A young mother drifts from one motel to the next with her intoxicating boyfriend and her 8-year-old son.
The makeshift family scrapes by, living one hustle at a time, until the discovery of a mobile home community offers an alternative life.
Sun 8 July, 6pm.
Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking, and visits from a six-foot rabbit named Frank who tells him the world will end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds.
During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank’s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.
Sun 8 July, 8:30pm.
‘Lucky’ follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town.
Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.
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