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STRAND GALAS 21 CULT GALA JOURNEY GALA THU 5 FRI 6 SUN 8 18:00 EMBANKMENT 11:00 EMBANKMENT 12:30 HACKNEY THELMA WONDERSTRUCK Dir Todd Haynes. Prod Christine Vachon, Pam Koffler, John Sloss. Scr Brian Selznick. With Julianne Moore, Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds, Jaden Michael, Cory Michael Smith, Tom Noonan. USA 2017. 117min. UK Distribution STUDIOCANAL SAT 14 SUN 15 20:45 EMBANKMENT 14:30 EMBANKMENT Dir Joachim Trier. Prod Thomas Robsahm. Scr Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt. With Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen. Norway-France- Denmark-Sweden 2017. 116min. UK Distribution Thunderbird Releasing Todd Haynes brings a typically imaginative, playfully cinematic eye to his adaptation of Brian Selznick’s acclaimed young adult novel. Ben and Rose may be from very different worlds, but they have much in common. Both hearing-impaired, and both desperately unhappy, they each dream of a better life. In 1977, Ben’s life is turned upside down following the tragic death of his mother. All alone in the world, Ben discovers a note which might lead to his absent father’s whereabouts, and sets off on a mission to New York to find him. Meanwhile, in 1927, introverted Rose is obsessed with silent movie star Lillian Mayhew. Fleeing her neglectful father, she too ventures to the Big Apple to track down the famed actress. Once in the city, both youngsters are drawn to the American Museum of Natural History, where their seemingly disparate paths mysteriously intertwine. Effortlessly juggling dual narratives (and dual cinematic styles), Haynes tackles Selznick’s own script with boundless imagination, combining the playful experimentation of his most formally daring works Poison or I’m Not There, with the graceful storytelling of Far from Heaven and Carol. Both a whimsical children’s film for adults and a refreshingly grown-up film for children, Wonderstruck will leave you just that. Michael Blyth Acclaimed filmmaker Joachim Trier switches gear for this supernaturally-tinged tale of a young woman’s macabre coming of age. Known for his trio of astute human dramas (Reprise, Oslo, August 31st and Louder Than Bombs), a horror film might seem a bold departure for Trier. Yet this subtle shocker is every bit the kind of intricate character study we have come to expect from the filmmaker, with its genre stylings used to heighten the emotions rather than dictate them. Thelma is a young biology student living away from her strict family for the first time. While she attempts to enjoy her newfound independence, her parents’ influence remains palpable, thanks to regular phone calls in which they check up on their daughter’s every move. But Thelma’s life is turned upside down when she meets beautiful classmate Anja, whose presence appears to awaken long-dormant, supernatural powers within her. Calling to mind the melancholic frights of femalefocused coming-of-age tales such as Carrie, Ginger Snaps or, more recently, Julia Ducournau’s Raw, Trier’s imaginative and beautifully realised film places the emotional journey of its heroine front and centre, resulting in an experience as deeply moving as it is slyly chilling. Michael Blyth


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