17/18 Season

17/18 Film Schedule

Alone in Berlin – 9th October

Monday 9th October, ODEON Cinema, Andover. Start time: 8:00 p.m.

Cert. 12A, 103 mins. 2016.

Directed by: Vincent Pérez

Based on: Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

Starring: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl

‘Thompson and Gleeson are a class act’ – Times

‘A deeply moving film’ – Daily Mail

The Red Turtle – 11th September 2017

Monday 11th September, ODEON Cinema, Andover. Start time: 8:00 p.m.

Cert. PG, 80 mins. Language: None, 2016.

Directed by: Michael Dudok de Wit

Screenplay by: Pascale Ferran

Starring: Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson

‘A lush and luminous visual symphony’ Empire

‘A desert island movie to bask in’ – The Guardian

Introduction Given on the Night, Written & Presented by Phil Ray

The Red Turtle’s writer and director Michael Dudok de Wit was born in the Netherlands in 1953 and for his further education travelled abroad where he graduated from the West Surrey College of Art & Design in 1978. After working for a year in Barcelona, he settled in London where he directed and animated a number of award-winning commercials for television and cinema. In 1994 he created The Monk and the Fish which was nominated for an Oscar and he won an Oscar for Father and Daughter in 2000. In 2006, he made the short film The Aroma of Tea, which was drawn entirely with tea.

After Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of Japan’s Studio Ghibli and writer/director of our 2014 season premiere film The Wind Rises, saw Father and Daughter he asked a producer friend to find its director with the prospect of working with him. De Wit said that, ‘It was unbelievable,’ and ‘it took me months to come down’ after a letter from Studio Ghibli arrived in 2006 to ask him to work on a project.

The Red Turtle began its life in his shed in north London but after four years of development and numerous visits to Tokyo he moved the project to some proper studios in Paris and 9 years after starting the film it was released to much acclaim last year.

De Wit said he felt no pressure from Studio Ghibli, ‘On the contrary,’ he said, ‘the producers asked me to propose a story and a visual style.’ And true to the Ghibli style they let the director have the final say artistically. ‘I would often meet them and they expressed their opinions with frankness, but they didn’t impose changes,’ he said.

As you might have gathered from the trailer or reading about the film there is plenty of room for interpretation. De Wit said recently, ‘All films are open to interpretation to a degree, whether we realise it or not. I have indeed heard a few different interpretations and I enjoyed hearing them, because they confirmed to me that our intentions with this film were working for the spectators.’

Whether it works for us we shall find out in a moment!

All in all, this was not a film that left people indifferent.

Feedback Review

Those seeing this film were clearly entranced by its look and feel, especially with the quality of the animation. Just under half of the auditorium responded with feedback.  There was an equal division of 4s and 5s and three lower scores; one of 1 (“The music was nice”) and two of 2 (“Some nice visuals but felt like a short film padded out”).

In both the 4s and 5s, descriptions of the film as “wonderful”, “beautiful” and “lovely” ran through many of the comments. Individuals were emotionally moved in various ways with what was happening to the characters on the screen. Terms such as “gripping”, “haunting” and “very gentle” were used. One comment nominated the crabs for best supporting actors dramatically. Two viewers observed that the entire audience had been completely quiet during the whole of the film indicating the hold exerted by it on everybody watching.

There was a range of opinions expressed as to the film’s meaning. There were a number of views on this, including uncertainty on this score by some that it had any. General comments about the film ranged from “deep” and “thought provoking” to others feeling it “confusing” and “unresolved”.  To some, the film touched on the wider world, from, “a good example of how nature always prevails” to the specifics of the human condition, “Thoughts of being alone & survival/the joys of love & family”.

All in all, this was not a film that left people indifferent.

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