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65 DARE THU 5 FRI 6 SUN 15 18:30 PCC 12:45 VUE5 18:15 HAYMARKET THU 12 SUN 15 18:00 VUE7 15:00 SOHO MON 9 TUE 10 SAT 14 20:45 VUE7 12:00 VUE7 12:30 CENTRAL FRI 13 SUN 15 20:45 ICA 20:30 HAYMARKET Dir Jon Garaño, Aitor Arregi. Prod Iñaki Gomez, Iñigo Obeso, Xabier Berzosa. Scr Jon Garaño, Aitor Arregi, Andoni De Carlos, Jose Mari Goenaga. With Eneko Sagardoy, Joseba Usabiaga, Iñigo Aramburu, Ramon Agirre, Aia Kruse. Spain 2017. 115min. Sales Film Factory Entertainment Take a walk on the subversive side with Toshio Matsumoto’s wild, kaleidoscopic vision of the underground scene in 1960s Japan. A significant influence on Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Matsumoto’s journey through the drag queen bars, dimly-lit nightclubs and student digs that defined Tokyo’s counter-cultural landscape is a hallucinogenic blast. Trans actor Peter, so memorable as the androgynous Fool in Kurosawa’s Ran, here plays Eddie (more than a passing reference to Edie Sedgwick), one of the most desired hostesses at Bar Genet. Her tryst with the bar’s owner infuriates his main squeeze and the bar’s domineering drag queen-cum-matriarch Leda, ultimately leading to violence. Blending fictional drama with dramatic documentary footage, Matsumoto rails against Japanese patriarchy, American imperialism and what he saw as his country’s inability to reconcile its outdated value system with a rapidly changing world. Gorgeously shot, unashamedly erotic and occasionally very funny, this is a bouquet worth savouring. Ian Haydn Smith Dir-Scr Toshio Matsumoto. Prod Mitsuru Kudo.  With Peter,  Yoshio Tsuchiya, Osamu Ogasawara. Japan 1969. 105min. Prod Co Arbelos Digitally restored in 4K resolution from the original 35mm negatives by Cinelicious in Los Angeles. 4K scanning by IMAGICA Corporation in Japan. There is something of the spirit of Julio Medem's Vacas in this Basque-language period drama based on the true story of Mikel Jokin Eleizegi Arteaga, allegedly the tallest man of his time. A tale of two siblings, the action begins in 1836 as Carlist forces arrive at the remote Eleizegi family farm in Gipuzkoa and take Martín away with them to war. When Martín returns, his brother Joakin towers above him. With the family facing penury, the decision is made to take Joakin on tour as Mr Colossus. So begins an adventure that has far-reaching implications for both siblings. From the Basque directors of the acclaimed Loreak (LFF2014) comes a bold, arresting and utterly singular film that is both original and remarkably assured. Drawing some disquieting parallels with contemporary celebrity culture and the politics of display, Giant is a profoundly moving drama about what it means to be different. Maria Delgado GIANT HANDIA FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES BARA NO SŌRETSU TREASURES Dir Semih Kaplanog˘ lu. Prod Semih Kaplanog˘ lu, Nadir Operli. Scr Semih Kaplanog˘ lu, Leyla Ìpekçi. With Jean-Marc Barr, Ermin Bravo, Grigoriy Bobrygin. Turkey-Germany- France-Sweden 2017. 127min. Sales The Match Factory Climate change has caused the near-extinction of human life in this spellbinding dystopian sci-fi from Semih Kaplanogˇ lu (Honey, Milk). People are herded into detention centres, all hoping they can enter the protected city. Outside its walls, a sparse nomadic economy exists. But a total disaster is imminent. Genetically engineered seeds, which have all but wiped out real grain, are mysteriously failing to work. While the establishment struggles for answers, scientist Erol (Jean-Marc Barr) goes in search of famed geneticist Cemil (Ermin Bravo) who disappeared some years ago, but not before he predicted this doomsday scenario. Giles Nuttgens’ (Hell or High Water) stunning widescreen monochrome cinematography plots Erol’s journey, from a city of very ordered straight lines to the mysterious and unpredictable desert wilderness. In Grain, the twin forces of science and mysticism wage war and with the illusion of its mastery over the planet long since receded, humanity struggles to comprehend what lies in store. Tricia Tuttle GRAIN Dir-Scr Liu Jian. Prod Yang Cheng, Liu Jian. With Zhu Changlong, Cao Kai, Liu Jian. China 2017. 75min. UK Distribution MUBI Young delivery driver Xiao Zhan steals a bag containing a million yuan so that his girlfriend can have the plastic surgery she wants. This foolhardy theft sets off a chain reaction: a gangster, a hitman and an inventor of X-ray glasses all race to retrieve the loot, while Xiao Zhan lays low in an internet café. Existential pessimism pervades this adult animation – a sassy satire on the characters’ enslavement to capitalism. And it’s not just contemporary Chinese social mores that the film gives the stink eye to. Donald Trump, Brexit and the philosophy of Steve Jobs are all targets for ironic digs. But if this anti-globalisation talk is killing your buzz, fear not. There are plenty of bloodthirsty Tarantino-esque genre thrills to be had (think Pulp Fiction set in grungy Chinese backstreets) and the film’s pacing, black humour and bone-dry wit make it a brilliant, biting delight. Kate Taylor HAVE A NICE DAY HAO JI LE


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