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Dir Denis Côté. Prod Jeanne-Marie Poulain, Denis Côté, Joëlle Bertossa, Dounia Sichov. Canada-Switzerland- France 2017. 94min. Sales Films Boutique 68 DARE SAT 14 SUN 15 18:15 ICA 12:30 VUE5 DOC DOC SO HELP ME GOD NI JUGE, NI SOUMISE Dir Jean Libon, Yves Hinant. Prod Bertrand Faivre, Patrick Quinet, Stéphane Quinet. France-Belgium 2017. 100min. Sales The Bureau Sales SAT 7 SUN 8 17:45 CINÉ LUMIÈRE 12:00 VUE7 THU 5* SUN 8 SUN 15 20:45 PCC 20:45 NFT2 20:45 VUE7 SUN 8 TUE 10 15:15 CINÉ LUMIÈRE 18:15 NFT2 This uncensored and extraordinary documentary details the work of an unorthodox Belgian judge. It is not for the faint hearted. By turns jaw-dropping, hilarious and disturbing, Jean Libon and Yves Hinant’s film follows Judge Anne Gruwez as she tackles gruesome murders, domestic violence and other sordid cases. She also looks to older crimes, reopening the cold case of a brutal murder of two prostitutes. No details are spared – we see pictures of savage murders, hear a mother coldly recounting an act of infanticide and listen to a dominatrix detailing particularly graphic sexual practises. There’s even an exhumation. Through it all, Gruwez displays a nononsense attitude, a sharp tongue and wicked sense of humour. For the Francophiles, So Help Me God was made by the team behind Strip Tease, the incredible 1980s Belgian TV sensation. Laure Bonville Valeska Grisebach follows her 2006 award-winner Longing with a contemporary western in which tensions mount between German construction workers and Bulgarian villagers in a small rural town. Camped above the isolated town, the workers divert the local water supply, boorishly intimidate women and exacerbate tempers by flying a German flag above their camp (flaring age-old national resentments). Lanky loner Meinhardt stays aloof, preferring the company of the locals, finding a connection despite the lack of verbal communication. However, it’s when the white horse that Meinhardt borrows from townsman Adrian goes missing, that tempers finally fray. Grisebach’s exquisitely taut film explores the dynamics of all-male environments; masculinity is a language, albeit a rudimentary one, that can be culturally specific and ripe for misunderstanding. With expertly observed micro-dramas amidst the gorgeously photographed countryside, Western features melancholy and menace in equal measure, providing a memorable and unique addition to the genre. Tricia Tuttle WESTERN Dir-Scr Valeska Grisebach. Prod Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Valeska Grisebach, Michel Merkt. With Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov. Germany-Bulgaria- Austria 2017. 119min. UK Distribution New Wave Films Dir Jakob Lass. Prod Ines Schiller, Golo Schultz. Scr Jakob Lass, Ines Schiller, Hannah Schopf, Nico Woche, Eva-Maria Reimer. With Ella Rumpf, Maria Dragus. Germany 2017. 90min. Sales PictureTree International Nicknamed ‘Vanilla’ for her wimpy ways, police-school dropout Maggie gets a masterclass in assertiveness from an anarchist avenging angel on the streets of Berlin. When anti-capitalist renegade Tiger takes Maggie under her wing, she cannot know the repressed reserves of power in the seemingly harmless girl. What has she unleashed?! The city of Berlin glistens as the third character, with the film's heightened realism spanning squats, shopping malls and neon-hued backdrops for the duo’s DIY justice. Building on the promise of his 2014 debut Love Steaks, Jakob Lass excels at shooting violence like no other, bringing a playful and critical wit to the short sharp shocks. The pleasures of seeing women fighting back are also a provocation to audiences – is this what you want to see? When it’s delivered with such unexpected humour and a fresh, energising filmmaking style, the answer is most definitely YES! Kate Taylor TIGER GIRL Sculpted bodies, bulging muscles and oiled skin stretched to breaking point. This is a tender and enigmatic insight into the daily life and rituals of six bodybuilders. French-Canadian enfant terrible, Denis Côté (Bestiares, 2012) composes a compelling exploration of bodybuilding, far away from the flashy competitions, artificial glamour and images that conventionally represent this bodysculpting art. They’re replaced by an intimate, quietly watchful and almost wordless approach, as Côté reveals how these modern gladiators live their everyday lives. They’re either at home with their families, carrying out mundane activities, or preparing to compete – observing a strict and punitive routine in order to achieve 'the body perfect'. This slow burning, mesmerising film is touched by moments of grace, when we glimpse behind the masks and see the vulnerability of these musclemen. It’s an unusual and deeply human take on addiction and body obsession. Laure Bonville A SKIN SO SOFT TA PEAU SI LISSE * BSL Support Film Forever bfi.org.uk/join


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