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47 LOVE BRITISH HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES ISRAFIL FRI 13 SAT 14 18:15 MAYFAIR 12:15 SOHO THU 12 FRI 13 SAT 14 21:00 CENTRAL 15:15 HAYMARKET 21:00 CINÉ LUMIÈRE TUE 10 WED 11 18:15 MAYFAIR 15:00 VUE7 FRI 6 FRI 6 SAT 7 18:30 PCC 21:00 PCC 12:30 HAYMARKET Paddy Considine follows up his directorial debut Tyrannosaur with the story of a boxer rebuilding his life after a near-fatal injury. Middleweight boxing world champion Matty Burton is nearing the end of his career. With one final prize fight ahead of him, he prepares to take on cocky newcomer Andre Bryte. But hours after the epic battle is fought, Matty collapses and falls into a coma. When he regains consciousness, his memory is gone, his personality dramatically altered and his physical movements impaired. As his relationship with wife Emma becomes increasingly strained, Matty must attempt to piece his life together and claw back the things he once held so dearly. What begins as a testosterone-fuelled ringside spectacle effortlessly shifts to an intimate character study, boasting exceptional performances from Considine and Jodie Whittaker at its core. Make sure to bring those tissues, as Journeyman packs one hell of an emotional punch. Michael Blyth Dir-Scr Paddy Considine. Prod Diarmid Scrimshaw. With Paddy Considine, Jodie Whittaker, Tony Pitts. UK 2017. 92min. UK Distribution STUDIOCANAL Dir Ida Panahandeh. Prod Mastaneh Mohajer. Scr Arsalan Amiri, Ida Panahandeh. With Hedieh Tehrani, Pejman Bazeghi, Hoda Zeinolabedin. Iran 2017. 100min. Sales DreamLab Films Dir John Cameron Mitchell. Prod Howard Gertler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, John Cameron Mitchell. Scr Philippa Goslett, John Cameron Mitchell. With Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman. UK 2015. 102min. UK Distribution STUDIOCANAL Strap yourself in for a cosmic ride, because the aliens have landed… in Croydon. One night in the 1970s, fanzine-toting teen Enn (Alex Sharp) and his punk buddies crash a party only to find a house full of groovy extra-terrestrials in skin-tight clobber. One alien, intergalactic megababe Zan (Elle Fanning), is spellbound by Enn. She swiftly ditches her species for a suburban safari with the homo sapien, and on their odyssey they encounter cockney svengali Queen Boadicea (Nicole Kidman). Director John Cameron Mitchell is new to the teen romance movie register, but still knows how to rock a subversive spectacle, employing lashings of latex and birthing the lovechild of Velvet Goldmine and The Demon Headmaster. A very personal Neil Gaiman adaptation that’s aware of how people are coolest when they are totally uncool, the film is a funny, energetic love story that is both winningly earnest and very silly indeed. Kate Taylor £5 advance tickets available for audiences 25 & under for the screenings on Fri 6 at 18:30 and 21:00 Ida Panahandeh’s highy-anticipated second feature is a meticulously constructed reflection on lost love, loneliness and life choices, viewed through the prism of three intersecting lives. A fight erupts at the funeral of Mahi’s young son – a successful wrestler who died suddenly in a car crash. Behrooz, a figure from Mahi’s past, has turned up to pay his respects. An unexpected and unwelcome guest, he has returned after two decades in exile to sell his land and meet his fiancée Sara for the first time. Having spent a lifetime caring for her disabled mother, Sara is at odds with her brother about how to care for their mother and determined to take a step towards enjoying a life of her own. But Mahi and Behrooz’s reunion stirs up a painful past. Panahandeh sensitively articulates the reasons why their young love wasn’t allowed to flourish and brings into focus its long-term repercussions. Elhum Shakerifar JOURNEYMAN LET THE SUNSHINE IN UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR Romantic love is a curse and Juliette Binoche’s Isabelle has it bad. She’s an artist caught up in a series of unsatisfying affairs: a litany of lovers that includes a callous banker, a capricious actor and an ex-husband who has watched too much porn. Still, she keeps searching for a man to walk with hand-in-hand through life, even if she’s not certain that’s what she really wants. Riffing on Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse, Claire Denis injects black humour into this witty journey through indecision, idealism and sexual dissatisfaction. The cast is a who’s-who of French cinema, including Xavier Beauvois (director of The Guardians, also screening in this year’s festival) and Denis regular Alex Descas (35 Shots of Rum). Binoche, meanwhile, sparkles in a sexually charged role as a woman seeking signposts to life – from the lyrics of Etta James’ ‘At Last’ to Gérard Depardieu’s self-serving tarot reader. Kate Taylor Dir Claire Denis. Prod Olivier Delbosc. Scr Christine Angot, Claire Denis. With Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine. France 2017. 94min. UK Distribution Curzon Artificial Eye BRITISH


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