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67 DARE WED 11* THU 12 18:15 CINÉ LUMIÈRE 18:15 HAYMARKET MADEMOISELLE PARADIS MUTAFUKAZ LICHT THU 12 FRI 13 20:40 HAYMARKET 12:30 NFT1 WED 11 THU 12 17:30 ICA 18:30 STUDIO SUN 8 MON 9 18:15 PCC 21:00 RICH MIX THE NOTHING FACTORY A FÁBRICA DE NADA Dir Pedro Pinho. Prod João Matos, Leonor Noivo, Luísa Homem, Pedro Pinho, Susana Nobre, Tiago Hespanha. Scr Pedro Pinho, Luisa Homem, Leonor Noivo, Tiago Hespanha. With José Smith Vargas, Carla Galvão, Njamy Sebastião. Portugal 2017. 177 min. UK Distribution ICA London Portuguese director Pedro Pinho and a bustling cast face up to the economic crisis with guts, pithy humour and even the occasional song. Joyously wrenching the tradition of agitprop cinema into the 21st century, The Nothing Factory is lively, inventive and impassioned – kin to Miguel Gomes’ recent The Arabian Nights but with an approach entirely its own. The setting is a Lisbon lift factory, whose owners plan to bail out, leaving the workforce high and dry. Instead, the workers stay put, with encouragement from an activist and filmmaker (real-life documentarist Daniele Incalcaterra). His presence brings a Brechtian dimension to a film whose ensemble style makes it closer to the sprawling social panorama of Abdellatif Kechiche’s Couscous than to Ken Loach. An unpredictable structure also finds room for a sudden song-and-dance number, as well as interludes from the punk band led by worker Zé (José Smith Vargas). Jonathan Romney Dir Run, Shojiro Nishimi. Prod Anthony Roux. Scr Run. With Orelsan, Gringe. France-Japan 2017. 90min. Sales Celluloid Dreams Dir Barbara Albert. Prod Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Martina Haubrich, Gunnar Dedio. Scr Kathrin Resetarits. With Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Lukas Miko. Austria-Germany 2017. 94min. Sales Films Distribution If you see just one dystopian hip hop sci-fi animated feature this year… Loser pizza-delivery boy Angelino and his flaming-headed buddy Vinz live in a Californian ghetto called Dark Meat City. It’s a cockroach-infested hell hole but it’s home and orphan Angelino survives by keeping his big round head down. However, after clocking a mysterious girl Angelino starts seeing odd things about certain people on the street. And this They Live-style revelation sends him on the run from some shadowy square-jawed men in black. Pop culture references abound, from Batman and Ren and Stimpy to Grand Theft Auto. But nothing comes close to the high levels of WTF-ness on display here. Voiced by French rappers Casseurs Flowters (named after characters in Home Alone), Mutafukaz is fast-paced, very gory, flowing with juvenile humour and a total riot. Kate Taylor Barbara Albert’s resplendent drama is based on the true story of Maria Theresia ‘Resi’ von Paradis a gifted blind musician and contemporary of Mozart, paraded through Vienna’s courts to perform. Resi, played by Maria-Victoria Dragus in an impressively visceral performance, is being dragged to another experimental doctor in hope of a cure for her blindness. This one, Dr Mesmer (Devid Striesow) is different. Forming an intense bond with Resi, his unusual methods actually start to work. But as her sight returns, her musical talent seems to diminish. Albert (The Dead and The Living) crafts a sumptuous film with her mostly female crew – notable are exquisite lighting from cinematographer Christine Maier and costumes from Albert’s sister, Veronika. Reflecting on what is required of artists in pursuit of their gifts, probing oblique links between hysteria, sexuality and health, and laying bare grotesque attitudes to disability and female achievement, this is captivating and complex study of a forgotten female artist. Tricia Tuttle SICILIAN GHOST STORY Dir-Scr Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza. Prod Carlotta Calori, Francesca Cima, Massimo Cristaldi, Nicola Giuliano. With Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez, Corinne Musallari. Italy-France- Switzerland 2017. 122min. UK Distribution Altitude Film Distribution A gripping real-life story of a Mafia kidnapping in Italy is enthrallingly re-imagined as supernatural fantasy by the directors of the acclaimed Salvo. Giuseppe is the 13-year-old son of a Mafia hitman, turned informant. When he disappears, it is assumed he has been kidnapped by his father’s former bosses. Giuseppe’s girlfriend, the determined Luna, battles her mother (some kind of wicked witch) and the police authority’s sloth and corruption in her search for him. Cleverly plotting her relentless quest, while her imagination conjures up mysterious and magical visions of where Giuseppe might be, Sicilian Ghost Story contrasts these fantastical worlds with the grim reality of the boy’s cruel captivity. An enchanting, original and bittersweet film with a dark heart, Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza draw out wonderful performances from their young cast, while prolific cinematographer Luca Bigazzi’s luminous images highlight both the magic and bleakness of these worlds. Adrian Wootton * BSL


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