The rock mockumentary gets a hilarious update in George Kane’s fly-on-the-wall style film following the adventures of the recently defunct band Dead Cat Bounce. Lauded by the likes of Harry Hill and Phil Jupitus, Discoverdale opens as the band splits up. Lead singer, Jim, believes his long lost father is the legendary Whitesnake frontman, David Coverdale, and he makes it his quest to find him. Crossing Ireland, England, Norway and Denmark in pursuit of the Whitesnake Forevermore tour, Discoverdale is a fun filled, irreverent musical comedy.
£8.00 Tickets available from the Genesis Cinema website here.
Opening with a hilarious scene in which its protagonist attempts to explain to someone why he should refrain from renting Transformers 2, Die Welt is loose and energetic take on post-revolution Tunisia. Abdallah (Abdelhamid Naouara) is inspired by a one-night stand with a Dutch woman to finally make a break for Europe, with disastrous consequences. Using his own home movies and family members, Alex Pitstra brings a freewheeling quality to his debut. An evocative and very funny portrait of Tunisian youth, who seem to be in as hopeless a situation now as they ever were.
£8.00 Tickets will be available from the Genesis Cinema website here
Sao Paulo by way of Jim Jarmusch, Cores (or Colours) is a lively and convincing evocation of Brazil’s down and out hipster community, and a depiction of modern urban Brazil that is a far cry from the economic development touted in the lead up to the Olympics and the World Cup. Tattoo artist, Luca, petty drug dealer, Luiz and Laura, his ornamental fish shop employee girlfriend are stuck in a rut and dreaming of escape. Francisco Garcia’s cool and stylish debut is an important new voice in Latin American cinema, best summed up by one character’s assertion: “Look around us: No-one is on track.”
£9.50 Tickets will be available from Rich Mix Cinema website here.
The concept of exile has changed; in modern society exile has become a feeling. This selection aims to give an overview of the exile seen from different points of view. From conflicts between first and second generations of immigrants to the feeling of discomfort of not being able to be understood and the struggle to find any kind of dodge to not feel alone.
Programmed by Angelica Riccardi
UK | Florah Uddin | 14 min
UK | Florinda Frisardi | 10 min
Canada | Sofia Bohdanowicz & Joanna Durkalec | 9 min
A 1970s tale of sexual exploitation and political corruption in Sweden. Mikael Marcimain, second unit director on Tomas Alfredon’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, brings a brilliantly rendered period vision of his own to Call Girl. This is the story of Iris, a teenager in a young offenders institute, who is lured into the world of strip clubs, brothels and late night parties with powerful men. As the few remaining good cops close in, what emerges is a tense and believable thriller, with high stakes that are both personal and political.
£9.50 Tickets for 9th July available from the Rich Mix Cinema websitehere.
The Ivory Coast gets its own answer to La Haine. In the teeming, on-edge streets of Abdijan, a noir-tinged urban tragedy is narrated by a slam poet, who acts as arbiter to a story of a cigarette seller who kills a man, and goes on the run from his brother, a local cop unaware he is chasing his own flech and bllod. Heavily relianton documentary footage of street life, as well as improved perdormaced from its leading players, the debut feature from Lonesome Solo is a cunning gritty mix of realism and parable, of street slang and grand drama.
Tickets available from the Stratford Picturehouse website here.
Earlene (Ashleigh Sumner) runs away to Venice Beach to escape an old flame and falls in with bohemian intersex skater Bruno. Home rental scams, dangerous ways of raising cash and a headlong plunge into the desert bring the pair into contact with sexually confused carjackers, Scottish ex-strippers, tap-dancing drag queens and like minded runaways – all on their own journeys of self discovery. British filmmaker Simon Savory traveled to the California desert to make his debut feature, and emerges with a wild and visually striking ode to self discovery. A truly refreshing counterculture movie.
Tickets available from the Hackney Picturehouse websitehere.
With only a fifth of Guinea’s 10 million people having sporadic access to electricity, scores of young people, aspiring to a more prosperous life than their parents’, are forced to roam the streets at night in search of light by which to study. Black Out is a poetic tale of young people frequenting gas stations, parks in the rich part of town, and the airport; often walking for miles in the middle of the night, thumbing books and reciting lessons to themselves. A touching film that is both heartbreaking and hopeful.
An emotionally wrenching film that will make you reconsider your relationship with nature. Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Sundance hit recounts the tragic and shocking story of Tilikum, a bull head orca (or killer whale), responsible for three deaths during its lifetime at SeaWorld. Revealing the lies and mistreatment in the business of capturing wild creatures and making them perform for entertainment, Cawperthwaite delves into the psychology of a remarkably sentient creature with it’s capacity to both love and hate it’s master. A tale of animal cruelty, with a revenge thriller twist – this is one of the year’s most impressive non-fiction films.
Tickets will be available from the Rio Cinema website here.
Kasia Roslaniec follows up Mall Girls (EEFF 2010) with another tale of rebellious, superficial youth. Seventeen year old Natalia is frustrated by her dead end existence, regretting her impulsive decision to have a child and obsessed with getting a job in a fancy clothing boutique. Following her spiral into drugs, partying and expensive clothes, Baby Blues is a garishly coloured, brilliantly stylised take on the superficial nature of Polish consumerism, and with a killer soundtrack to boot.
Tickets available from the Rich Mix Cinema website here.