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STRAND GALAS 17 FAMILY GALA SAT 14* SUN 15 12:30 NFT1 12:00 VUE7 THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES LE GRAND MECHANT RENARD ET AUTRES CONTES Dir Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert. Prod Didier Brunner, Philippe Logie, Vincent Tavier. Scr Benjamin Renner, Jean Regnaud. With the voices of Guillaume Darnault, Damien Wietecka, Kamel Abdelssadok. France 2017. 79min. UK Distribution STUDIOCANAL This outstanding, laugh-a-minute animation from the team behind Ernest & Celestine (LFF2012, Family Gala) is guaranteed to appeal to adults as much as it will children. This charming trio of farmyard tales introduces us to a world of animals with identity issues, who are unable to fit into traditional roles in the pecking order and are constantly trying to outsmart each other. ‘A Baby to Deliver’ sees a rabbit, pig and duck delivering a new-born baby for a stork, only to discover what a huge responsibility it is. In ‘The Big Bad Fox’, the eponymous villain’s plan to steal eggs backfires when his dinner – the newly hatched baby chicks – believe he is their mother. And in ‘The Perfect Christmas’, animals take on a frantic mission to find a new Santa Claus. Benjamin Renner adapts his own comic book for the big screen, with lovingly crafted, hand-drawn animation bringing his illustrations gloriously to life. If you’re expecting these farmyard animals to be cute and cuddly, think again. These are fast-talking, wise-cracking, witty characters. The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales will warm your heart as it makes you laugh out loud. Suitable for ages 6+. With English subtitles. Justin Johnson THRILL GALA SUN 8 MON 9 20:15 EMBANKMENT 11:00 EMBANKMENT BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL MUGEN NO JÛNIN Dir Takashi Miike. Prod Jeremy Thomas, Shigeji Maeda, Misako Saka. Scr Tetsuya Oishi. With Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi. Japan-UK 2017. 140min. UK Distribution Arrow Films In the Shogunate era, a samurai cursed with immortal life teams up with a young girl to avenge the murder of her parents. While fellow exploitation cinema connoisseur Quentin Tarantino has mooted his retirement from filmmaking, Japan’s Takashi Miike, just two years Tarantino’s senior, has passed triple figures as director. Though he has made several more since, Blade of the Immortal, based on the famous manga series by Hiroaki Samura, has the distinction of being Miike’s 100th feature. The speed of the film’s production notwithstanding, this is lean and mean Miike – a filmmaker at his controlled and bloody best. Takuya Kimura stars as Manji, a samurai saved by a witch following a vicious battle. She feeds him sacred bloodworms – fantastical creatures that rejoin severed limbs, heal gaping wounds and generally make it impossible for him to die. Haunted by the death of his sister, Manji sees a chance for redemption when he meets a young girl whose parents have been murdered. The culprits, a team of master swordsmen, come from the Itto¯ -ryu¯ , a cruel school of fighting that demands victory by any means necessary. One by one, Manji tracks them down in this savage and inventive action thriller that makes an excellent companion piece to Miike’s earlier 13 Assassins. Damon Wise Screen Talk: Takashi Miiike p109 * BSL


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