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SATURDAY CHURCH TENEREZZA – HOLDING HANDS LA TENEREZZA 50 LOVE Dir David Gordon Green. Prod Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michel Litvak, Scott Silver. Scr John Pollono. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson. USA 2017. 119min. UK Distibution Lionsgate TUE 10 WED 11 SAT 14 20:45 MAYFAIR 15:15 HAYMARKET 18:10 NFT2 THU 5 SAT 7 18:15 CINÉ LUMIÈRE 15:15 VUE5 THU 5 FRI 6 SUN 8 18:15 CENTRAL 14:15 OLS 20:45 VUE7 SAT 7 SUN 8 SAT 14 18:45 VUE5 20:45 PCC 15:45 RICH MIX A retired lawyer is shocked out of his disaffected life, when a friendship with new neighbours turns to tragedy. In this accomplished and finely nuanced drama, worldweary Lorenzo (superbly portrayed by Renato Carpentieri) strikes up a tentative friendship with the young family who move in next door. As they start to draw him out of his misanthropic lethargy, a deeply distressing event occurs, and Lorenzo is forced to re-evaluate his whole life – particularly the disengagement he feels towards his own adult children. Loosely based on Lorenzo Marone’s bestselling novel The Temptation to Be Happy, Holding Hands sees septuagenarian director Gianni Amelio (The Intrepid LFF2013) craft a sensitive, finely wrought drama, anchored by understated performances from its superb cast. Adrian Wootton Dir Gianni Amelio. Prod Pepito Produzioni. Scr Gianni Amelio, Alberto Taraglio. With Elio Germano, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Micaela Ramazzotti. Italy 2017. 103min. Sales Rai Com Dir-Scr Jan Zabeil. Prod Benny Drechsel, Andreas Pichler. With Alexander Fehling, Bérénice Bejo, Arian Montgomery. Germany-Italy 2017. 97min. Sales The Match Factory A captivating family drama about diverging ideas of fatherhood, as an unforeseen event turns a mountainside vacation into a survival trip. Although Aaron (Alexander Fehling) has been dating Lea (Bérénice Bejo) for some time, his relationship with Tristan, her eight-year-old son, remains cautious. Their holiday in the Italian Dolomites was planned as the starting point of a new life together, but a hiking trip that Aaron plans in order to win the boy’s respect turns into something potentially more tragic when fog sets in and he loses the boy. Jan Zabeil carefully observes small moments that are so heartbreakingly familiar to anyone who has experienced the precarious territory of contemporary family life. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Italian mountain range, this visually striking and emotionally complex film is an intimate drama and a probing exploration of both an existential and a very real crisis. Juliane Grieb THREE PEAKS DREI ZINNEN Jake Gyllenhaal gives a remarkable performance as a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing in this emotionally compelling true story. Determined to win back his ex-girlfriend Erin, Boston resident Jeff Bauman promises to cheer her on at the finish line of her first marathon. Bearing a makeshift banner of support, Jeff impatiently awaits Erin’s arrival when an explosion unexpectedly tears through the crowd. Regaining consciousness in hospital, he receives the devastating news he has lost both his legs. Able to give the police vital information regarding the identity of one of the terrorists, Jeff is celebrated by the media, but as he begins the arduous process of recovery and rehabilitation, he struggles to accept the role of hero that is thrust upon him. Based on Bauman’s own best-selling memoir, David Gordon Green’s rousing drama is an inspiring and often devastating account of one man’s physical and emotional journey, keenly questioning notions of patriotism and heroism along the way. Michael Blyth STRONGER Devotees of Glee and Moonlight, we’ve got you covered with Damon Cardasis’ joyous story of young love in musical form. Following his father’s death, teenager Ulysses (Luka Kain) has to stay with his mean and controlling aunt while his mother works nights. His aunt is determined to shame him out of his desire to wear his mother’s clothes and forces him to be his unruly young brother’s keeper. It means Ulysses has little time for contemplating his awakening interest in boys. Luckily, he finds a second home at ‘Saturday Church’, the weekly volunteer-run shelter. A trio of fairy godmothers, Ebony (MJ Rodriguez), Dijon (Indya Moore) and Heaven (Alexis Garcia) take him under their gloriously feathered wings and introduce him to heart-throb Raymond. Nathan Larson’s (Velvet Goldmine) melodious, hook-laden tunes underscore this heart-swelling celebration of love, which gives glorious voice to queer and trans characters of colour. Tricia Tuttle Dir-Scr Damon Cardasis. Prod Rebecca Miller, Damon Cardasis, Mandy Tagger Brockery, Adi Ezroni. With Luka Kain, Margot Bingham, Regina Taylor. USA 2017. 83min. Sales WestEnd Films Support Film Forever bfi.org.uk/join


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