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OFFICIAL COMPETITION 29 WED 11 THU 12 FRI 13 20:30 EMBANKMENT 11:30 EMBANKMENT 20:40 CINÉ LUMIÈRE SUN 8 WED 11 SUN 15 14:15 EMBANKMENT 18:15 RICH MIX 11:30 EMBANKMENT Dir Nora Twomey. Prod Anthony Leo, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young, Tomm Moore, Stéphan Roelants. Scr Anita Doron, Deborah Ellis. With Saara Chaudry,  Soma Chhaya,  Laara Sadiq. USA 2017. 93min. UK Distribution STUDIOCANAL GOOD MANNERS AS BOAS MANEIRAS Dir-Scr Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra. Prod Maria Ionescu, Sara Silveira, Clément Duboin, Frédéric Corvez. With Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo. Brazil-France 2017. 135min. Sales Urban Distribution International One girl’s struggle in Taliban-controlled Kabul is the subject of this animated tour de force from Cartoon Saloon (Song of the Sea, LFF2014) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie. When 11-year-old Parvana’s father is taken by the Taliban, she and her family find life difficult without a man in the house. Women are forbidden from going anywhere unaccompanied, which means access to food or even trying to enquire about their father’s whereabouts is impossible. If they are to survive, drastic action must be taken. That’s when Parvana cuts her hair and passes herself off as a boy. It’s a cruel environment, but as a boy she has complete freedom in this war-torn city. The sole breadwinner she might be, but Parvana’s actions place her in terrible danger. Respectful and celebratory in its depiction of Afghan history and culture, this is an exceptional film that depicts a family determined to stay together at all costs. The Breadwinner is an important work, beautifully made by Nora Twomey and while there are difficult moments, this is ultimately an uplifting, inspiring film that offers hope and desire for a world where all women’s voices will be heard. Justin Johnson If you like surprises, then look no further – this mind-bendingly subversive, grown-up fairy tale is about as unclassifiable as it gets. The more unexpected a film, the less one should know in advance. So, for those who don’t wish for this year’s great cinematic surprise to be compromised, stop reading now. Should you choose to keep going, I promise to tread carefully. Clara is a care worker living on the outskirts of São Paulo. Struggling to make ends meet, she accepts the position of live-in nanny to the as-yet unborn child of a wealthy single woman named Ana. The two women immediately develop a strong bond, but Ana’s increasingly strange behaviour hints at a deep, dark secret. Then, one night, the shocking truth emerges. What starts as an eccentrically styled slice of social realism, morphs into something else entirely, without ever compromising the emotional integrity of its characters, nor stretching narrative credibility, no matter how weird things get. This is truly innovative, bracingly bold filmmaking – unafraid of breaking rules and creating new ones. There is, quite simply, nothing else like it. See it now before everyone starts talking about it. Michael Blyth THE BREADWINNER


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