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DARE DARE IN-YOUR-FACE, UP-FRONT AND ARRESTING: FILMS THAT TAKE YOU OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE 63 FRI 13 SAT 14 21:15 VUE5 17:45 MAYFAIR SAT 7 SUN 8 SAT 14 18:15 SOHO 20:45 HAYMARKET 20:45 NFT2 WED 4 THU 5 SUN 8 18:20 ICA 15:30 VUE5 20:45 HACKNEY Dir-Scr Pablo Berger. Prod Ibon Cormenzana, Jérôme Vidal, Pablo Berger, Ignasi Estapé. With Maribel Verdú, Antonio de la Torre, José Mota. Spain-France 2017. 96 min. Sales Films Distribution If you cross What Have I Done to Deserve This? with Blithe Spirit and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, you might be close to the tone of Pablo Berger’s adventurous film. Housewife Carmen (the wonderful Maribel Verdú) lives with her alpha-male husband Carlos and their daughter Toñi in Madrid. At her nephew’s wedding, Carmen’s cousin Pepe, an amateur hypnotist, tries out his skills on Carlos but the results don’t quite have the desired effect. However, Carmen soon embarks on a quest to find out who – or what – has taken over her husband. From the director of the stylish Blancanieves (LFF2012) comes this madcap woman’s melodrama, employing more than its fair share of genre-hopping narrative digressions, absurdist inflections and some glorious retro-pop aesthetic for very good measure. This isn’t a film for the faint-hearted – prepare to throw good taste out of the window on a rollercoaster cinematic ride where mayhem and magic fuse to formidable effect. Maria Delgado Film noir, science fiction and dream cinema à la Jean Cocteau fuse in this latest unclassifiable trip from France’s maverick visionary FJ Ossang. For years, Ossang has been exploring his own poetic worlds at the edge of the cinematic imagination, in films such as Doctor Chance, featuring Joe Strummer. 9 Fingers shows him at his most elegant, channelling the inspirations of genre movies, the silent era and outsider rock ‘n’ roll. In this black-and-white fever dream, dazzlingly shot by Simon Roca, a man on the run (Paul Hamy) finds himself reluctantly in cahoots with a gang planning a heist. He then joins them on a sea voyage to parts unknown (at least, unknown to realworld geography). Between here and ‘Nowhereland’, something’s got to give. An alluring hallucination of a film, inhabiting its own alternative dimension, and with a terrific electro-punk score. Jonathan Romney Dir-Scr FJ Ossang. Prod Sébastien Haguenauer, Bruce Satarenko, Luis Urbano. With Paul Hamy, Damien Bonnard, Gaspard Ulliel. France-Portugal 2017. 99min. Sales Capricci Films ABRACADABRA 9 FINGERS 9 DOIGTS Dir-Scr Jonas Carpignano. Prod Jon Coplon, Paolo Carpignano, Ryan Zacarias, Gwyn Sannia, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marc Schmidheiny, Cristoph Daniel. With Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato. Italy-USA-France- Sweden 2017. 118min. UK Distribution Peccadillo Pictures A gritty, authentic coming-of-age tale, tracing the increasingly serious criminal exploits of a tough teenage boy in a Calabrian Romani community in Italy. Teenager Pio lives within the Romani community of a small town that exists, literally and metaphorically, on the edge of society. With his role model brother recently sent to prison, Pio takes up the mantle of head of the family, his exploits leading him further and further into dangerous territory. His actions attract unwelcome attention and eventually he is forced to choose between loyalty to his friends or his family. Shot in a verité documentary style, with an air of authenticity underpinned by the use of non-professional actors – including members of a whole Romani family – A Ciambra is an enthralling drama and a terrific second feature from Jonas Carpignano, fulfilling the promise of his debut feature Mediterranea, which screened at the LFF2015. Adrian Wootton A CIAMBRA


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