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TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON WRATH OF SILENCE BAO LIE WU SHENG OKSIJAN HOT AND COLD 76 IN ASSOCIATION WITH THRILL THU 5 FRI 6 SAT 14 17:50 HAYMARKET 14:45 NFT1 20:40 PCC THU 5 SUN 8 18:00 IMAX 15:15 PCC This hugely cinematic and exhilarating documentary recounts the incredible life and career of the big wave surfing pioneer. Fans of Riding Giants (the cult surfing doc that featured Hamilton) rejoice! Take Every Wave is another thrilling ride into the unique and transcendent world of surfing. Digging into a wealth of breathtaking archive footage, filmmaker Rory Kennedy sketches an intimate portrait of the surfer who created tow-in surfing and foil boarding, and who constantly innovated throughout his career. From his early childhood in Hawaii, a brief career in modelling and spell in Hollywood, through to his tireless experimentations with the sport, Take Every Wave culminates in Hamilton awaiting the largest wave ever recorded, on the back of the El Niño. Featuring interviews with Hamilton, his family, friends and critics, as well as some thrilling surfing sequences, Take Every Wave is an homage to a rare free spirit. Laure Bonville Dir Rory Kennedy. Prod Rory Kennedy, Paul Speaker, Mark Bailey, Jack Youngelson. Scr Mark Bailey, Jack Youngelson. With Laird Hamilton. USA 2017. 118min. Sales Film Constellation Dir-Scr Xin Yukun. Prod Gao Yitian. With Song Yang, Jiang Wu, Yuan Wenkang. China 2017. 120min. Prod Co Bingchi Pictures Co., Ltd THU 5 FRI 6 18:15 SOHO 20:50 NFT2 THE THRILL OF THE CHASE The chase is a staple of action cinema. These films break tense scenarios down to bitesize chunks, giving an adrenaline shot to put us on the edge of our seats. Philip Ilson 1745 Dir Gordon Napier. UK 2017. 19min In the year of the Jacobite rising, two slave sisters escape into the Scottish wilderness. OKSIJAN Dir Edward Watts. UK 2017. 19min The true story of a seven-year-old Afghan boy who fi nds himself trapped in a refrigerated truck with 14 other refugees as they are smuggled into the UK. Featuring Ella Purnell. HOT AND COLD CIEPLO-ZIMNO Dir Marta Prus. Poland 2016. 35min One meeting between two women, made in one shot. Two complete strangers bump into each other. One needs money, the other wants to take revenge on her husband. LES MISERABLES Dir Ladj Ly. France 2017. 15min Pento has just joined the Seine-Saint-Denis anti-crime brigade. With his teammates, he develops specifi c methods. TILL ONE CRIES BIS EINER WEINT Dir Benjamin Leichtenstern. Germany 2016. 16min Hanna meets Tim. They push each other to their limits. Total running time 104min LES MISÉRABLES Martial arts maestro Song Yang plays a mute bruiser who returns to his home, a remote farming village, following the disappearance of his son. A lack of tongue is no handicap to picking fights for this man and he soon finds himself in some thrillingly choreographed brawls with local heavies. They’re henchmen in the service of a meat-obsessed gangster kingpin (A Touch of Sin’s Jiang Wu clearly relishing his baddy role). In a landscape scarred by rapacious mining and with quarry explosions pounding ominously in the distance, the human cost of the theft of the village’s mineral resources is gradually revealed. Channeling the narrative arc of a Spaghetti Western, this sophisticated arthouse thriller features stunning choreographed violence and compelling social commentary. With tight plotting, memorable characters and an unforgettable climax, director Xin Yukun establishes himself as a new international filmmaker you need to know. Make Wrath of Silence your festival discovery. Kate Taylor DOC


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