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FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION 35 FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION THE SUTHERLAND AWARD RECOGNISES THE MOST ORIGINAL AND IMAGINATIVE DIRECTORIAL DEBUT SUN 8 TUE 10 SAT 14 18:00 CENTRAL 15:15 VUE5 12:45 HACKNEY APOSTASY Dir-Scr Daniel Kokotajlo. Prod Marcie MacLellan, Andrea Cornwell. With Siobhan Finneran, Sacha Parkinson, Molly Wright. UK 2017. 96min. Sales Cornerstone Films When you’re a family raised in The Truth what comes first – devotion to the faith or to one another? 18 year-old Alex, her elder sister Luisa and their mother Ivanna live as part of a close-knit community of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Manchester. Their contact with nonbelievers is largely limited to proselytising – Alex and Luisa spread the word amongst the local Pakistani community and their mother juggles missionary duties in the local town centre with an office job. But after mixing with her ‘worldly’ college friends, Luisa is found guilty of fornication by the church elders. Following her expulsion, Luisa’s mother and sister are forced to ostracise her completely or be shunned themselves. Written and directed by a former Jehovah’s Witness with a background in fine arts, Apostasy employs a precise visual style to evoke the quiet, internal world of religious believers who find themselves in, but not part of, our world. Jemma Desai THU 5 SAT 7 MON 9 18:30 VUE5 13:00 RICH MIX 15:15 NFT2 AVA Dir-Scr Léa Mysius. Prod Jean-Louis Livi, Fanny Yvonnet. With Noée Abita, Laure Calamy, Juan Cano. France 2017. 105min. Sales BAC Films A teenage girl explores her sexuality whilst battling with the onset of blindness in this bold and provocative coming-of-age story. On vacation with her mother and baby sister, strongwilled 13-year-old Ava discovers she has a degenerative condition that will result in the imminent loss of her eyesight. Her mother is determined to make the most of their family holiday, carrying on as if nothing is wrong. But Ava has other ideas. Right from its eye-popping opening moments on a crowded, sun-drenched Cote d’Azur beach, Léa Mysius’ hypnotic debut offers up some of this year’s most arresting images – its richly rendered colour palette often at odds with the thematic darkness of the story. Recalling the playful rebelliousness of early François Ozon or the confrontational sexual politics of Catherine Breillat, this drolly acerbic portrait of impudent adolescence is every bit as daring, unruly and unexpected as its young heroine deserves. Michael Blyth BRITISH


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