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Dir-Scr Michael Pearce. Prod Ivana MacKinnon, Lauren Dark, Kristian Brodie. With Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Trystan Gravelle. UK 2017. 107min. Sales Protagonist Pictures 36 FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION THE CAKEMAKER FRI 6 SAT 7 WED 11 18:00 VUE7 15:45 PCC 12:30 NFT3 FRI 13 SAT 14 SUN 15 18:00 VUE7 15:30 CINÉ LUMIÈRE 13:00 ICA THU 5 FRI 6 SUN 15 21:00 CENTRAL 12:45 HAYMARKET 15:45 VUE5 SAT 7 SUN 8 MON 9 18:00 VUE7 15:30 HACKNEY 12:30 NFT1 Dir-Scr Kogonada. Prod Andrew Miano, Aaron Boyd, Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Chris Weitz, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim. With John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey. USA 2017. 104min. Sales Visit Films An impressively classy debut about a grief-stricken Israeli widow and gay cakemaker from Berlin who share their sorrow over the death of the man they both loved. When Israeli businessman Oren stops at Thomas’ café while working in Germany, an instant connection sparks a long distance affair, despite the acknowledgement that Oren has a wife and child in Jerusalem. After a blissful relationship of more than a year, Oren doesn’t return and all calls and texts abruptly stop. Thomas travels to Israel to discover the devastating reason why. Grieving, he seeks comfort from Oren’s bereaved widow (the superb Sarah Adler) without revealing that he knew her husband. Ofir Raul Graizer directs his beautiful screenplay with a subtlety that avoids judgement, instead observing with great sensitivity how grief and desire work. Their alchemical effect is not dissimilar to the magical cakes that Thomas bakes from flour, yeast, sugar and butter. Tricia Tuttle When the craggy patriarch of a struggling North Sea fishing company falls overboard, his eldest son has to take over the family business, igniting dark tensions between three brothers. LFF alumnus Gilles Coulier delivers this finely observed feature debut about masculine codes of behaviour in a family notably absent of women. Stern and serious Jean (brilliant Flemish actor Sam Louwyck) is single father to an 8-year-old and sees a dying fisheries business as having no possible future. Younger sibling Francis must hide his secret lover and desperately wants to escape to seek happiness. Only black sheep William, returning home to an indifferent welcome, wants to carry on the family trade. Cinematographer David Williamson (Flemish Heaven, LFF2016) draws out the blues and blacks of each shot of this powerful film, emphasising the age-old traditions of this world and the turbulent seas to which the family are inexorably linked. Tricia Tuttle Dir-Scr Ofir Raul Graizer. Prod Itai Tamir, Mathias Schwerbrock. With Tim Kalkhof, Sarah Adler, Roy Miller. Israel-Germany 2017. 104min. Sales Films Boutique Dir Gilles Coulier. Prod Gilles De Schryver, Gilles Coulier, Wouter Sap. Scr Gilles Coulier, Tom Dupont. With Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert, Sebastien Dewaele. Belgium-Netherlands- France 2017. 91min. Sales Wide After his lecturer father is taken ill, Jin (John Cho) heads to Columbus, Indiana, the modernist architecture capital of America. Jin encounters Casey, a librarian. She’s a smart cookie brimming with ideas and potential in a town too small to contain them, but stymied by a co-dependent relationship with her mother. Their blossoming friendship is the foundation of this intelligent drama that considers the limits of what we owe to our families. Those familiar with director Kogonada’s video essay work on Ozu will not be surprised by his formal and thematic affinity with that master – every corridor is meticulously framed. Another influence is Hal Hartley, particularly in the hyper-articulate, off-kilter dialogue. Ultimately, the film offers a perspective entirely its own, making the case for the emotional power of architecture. This is stylish, intellectually ambitious cinema, with the added thrill of seeing Parker Posey speaking Korean. Kate Taylor COLUMBUS CARGO While celebrating her birthday, Moll drifts away from the party and finds herself eye-to-piercing-blue-eye with Pascal, a local poacher and police suspect. The attraction between these two damaged souls is immediate and palpable, and the film captures both the euphoric flush of first love and the heady insanity of sexual obsession. Meanwhile, a string of murders across Jersey has the island’s inhabitants primed for a witch hunt, and Moll and Pascal both already have black marks against them. Can they find a way to break free of social prejudice? With compelling lead performances from Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn, director Michael Pearce has created an intoxicating film that employs a vast cinematic canvas (calling to mind both Jane Campion and Lynne Ramsay) and bends genre expectations to its will. A genuinely sexy British thriller like this is a rare beast indeed. Kate Taylor BEAST BRITISH See something different player.bfi.org.uk


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