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APRIL’S DAUGHTER LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL CASTING EL MAR LA MAR 64 DARE SUN 8 WED 11 15:15 ICA 18:20 NFT2 THU 5 FRI 6 13:15 NFT2 18:15 HACKNEY FRI 6 SAT 7 18:30 CENTRAL 13:00 SOHO FRI 6 SAT 7 FRI 13 18:30 VUE5 15:15 HAYMARKET 21:00 PCC Dir-Scr Eliza Hittman. Prod Brad Becker- Parton, Drew Houpt, Paul Mezey, Andrew Goldman. With Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge. USA 2017. 95min. UK Distribution Peccadillo Pictures Eliza Hittman returns with a gripping investigation of repressed sexual desire in a hyper-masculine environment. British newcomer Harris Dickinson crackles with energy as the enigmatic Frankie, a virulently macho Brooklyn teen. In a tale of two worlds destined to collide, he spends days with friends, hanging around the beach and showing off to girls. But night-time finds him hustling off alone for furtive gay hook-ups with men he meets online, or cruising for sex near the Coney Island boardwalk. This impressive sophomore drama from the director of It Felt Like Love (LFF2013) has added poignancy in Frankie’s formerly tender relationship with his mother, who looks after his father as he lies in bed, wasting away from a terminal illness. The liberated world of Manhattan might only be a train ride from his home, but for Frankie it’s light years away. Tricia Tuttle Dir Nicolas Wackerbarth. Prod Franziska Specht. Scr Nicolas Wackerbarth, Hannes Held. With Andreas Lust, Judith Engel, Ursina Lardi. Germany 2017. 91min. Sales The Match Factory Dir-Prod Joshua Bonnetta, J P Sniadecki. Prod J P Sniadecki, Joshua Bonnetta. USA 2017. 95min. Prod Co J P Sniadecki, Joshua Bonnetta A haunting and extraordinarily resonant anthropological essay about border crossings by Harvard Sensory Lab alumni J P Sniadecki and Joshua Bonnetta. Representing the sensory experience of landscape, fauna and climate, the directors explore the harrowing journeys of undocumented migrants crossing the inhospitable and arid Sonoran Desert – a strategic point of passage located between Mexico and the United States. The film interlaces grainy 16mm shots of sparse plant life, animals and the traces people leave behind them with a carefully crafted soundtrack of natural sounds and the testimonies of migrants, border guards and locals. It perfectly encapsulates the stunning beauty, stark brutality and atmosphere of the region with the experience of people who have to cross it. The result is a topical, visually striking and immersive cinematic exploration of survival, the cycle of life and death, and the mercilessness of nature. Laure Bonville Brilliantly observed and breathtakingly performed, Casting takes a fearless look at the interplay of human relationships and power games within the TV and film industry. Only few days before filming commences on a TV adaptation of RW Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, the lead role has yet to be cast, with auditions continuing at a furious pace. Though the producer and crew become increasingly anxious, director Vera remains unwilling to compromise while Gerwin, a line reader, is hopeful of finding a role in the production. As for the actors, channelling the themes of Fassbinder’s film, they start exploiting their powers. The film’s outstanding performances, refined through hours of improvisation, help director Nicolas Wackerbarth create a captivating exploration of the fine line between reality and fiction. Revealing much about the hierarchies that dominate film and TV production, Casting also works as a more universal story about power, ego and the desire to be recognised. Juliane Grieb BEACH RATS DOC Mexican auteur Michel Franco offers his take on the psychological thriller genre with this idiosyncratic and utterly distinctive nail-biter. Pregnant by her teenage boyfriend, 17-year-old Valeria decides to keep the news of her impending arrival a secret from April, her absent mother. But as financial and logistical hardships pile up, Valeria’s sister contacts April, who promptly shows up to offer generous love and support. But as time passes, it becomes increasingly clear why Valeria wanted to keep her mother out of the picture. As with his previous work (After Lucia, Chronic), Franco’s signature style – long static shots, detached observational distance – is present here, although this is certainly a pacier, more plot-driven film than we have previously seen from him. Flirting knowingly with genre conventions, which he both delivers on and slyly denies, there is a genuine sense throughout that anything could happen. Which makes for deliciously uncomfortable viewing. Michael Blyth Dir-Scr Michel Franco. Prod Michel Franco, Lorenzo Vigas, Moisés Zonana. With Emma Suárez, Ana Valeria Becerril, Enrique Arrizon. Mexico 2017. 103min. Sales Protagonist Pictures, mk2 films See something different player.bfi.org.uk


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