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85 JOURNEY THU 12 FRI 13 SAT 14 18:15 CENTRAL 20:45 MAYFAIR 11:30 VUE7 SUN 8 MON 9 21:15 VUE5 15:15 VUE5 Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s sullen and soul-searching film focuses on the plight of undocumented asylum seekers desperately trying to find sanctuary in Europe. Abbas (Eriq Ebouaney), a college professor and father of two, seeks political asylum in France after fleeing the civil war that has raged in the Central African Republic since 2013. Widowed when his wife died in attempting to escape the country with him, he has since met Carole (Sandrine Bonnaire), who consoles him in his anguish at the French immigration system. Two years of waiting finally elicit a response from the authorities. Everything he holds dear, including his hopes for both his future and those of his children, lie in their decision. Ebouaney and Bonnaire both give compelling performances, while Haroun masterfully contrasts the intimacy of human relationships with the cold bureaucracy of a vast, impersonal system. Keith Shiri RAVENS THE RIDER KORPARNA Dir-Scr Chloé Zhao. Prod Chloé Zhao,  Bert Hamelinck,  Sacha Ben Harroche,  Mollye Asher. With Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau,  Lilly Jandreau. USA 2017. 104min. UK Distribution Altitude Film Distribution  Dir-Scr Jens Assur. Prod Jan Marnell, Tom Persson, Jens Assur. With Reine Brynolfsson, Maria Heiskanen, Jacob Nordström. Sweden 2017. 107min. Sales Celluloid Dreams Dir-Scr Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Prod Florence Stern. With Eriq Ebouaney, Sandrine Bonnaire, Ibrahim Burama Darboe. France 2017. 100min. Sales mk2 films Based on Tomas Bannerhed’s celebrated novel The Ravens, award-winning photographer Jens Assur brings a forensic beauty and a deeply imaginative resonance to his mesmerising debut feature. Although close to nature and revelling in the discoveries it holds, young Klas’ hopes and expectations lie far beyond the limited possibilites of his family’s small rural world. Like the migrating birds he loves to study, Klas dreams of escaping the Swedish countryside. However, his father Agne is resigned to a role he never wanted – that of a farmer. Beaten down by disappointment, relentless hard work and a creeping sense that someone wants to harm his livelihood, a madness begins to consume Agne. A story told as much by image and sound as by dialogue, Assur creates an emotionally immediate world where the beauty and violence of nature are ever present. This is powerfully raw filmmaking, by turns arresting and heartbreaking. Sarah Lutton Following her impressive Native American coming-ofage debut Songs My Brothers Taught Me (LFF2015), Chloé Zhao returns to South Dakota for this sublime study of a young Sioux cowboy and his broken dreams. To say that Zhao’s film is a narrative built around the real-life experiences of her non-actors might imply less artistry than this magnificently crafted drama deserves. Cinematographer Joshua James Richards (God’s Own Country) captures glinting rays of sunlight that reflect the soulful presence at the heart of the film, cowboy Brady Jandreau. He plays a semi-autobiographical character alongside his real-life father and sister. After a near fatal rodeo accident and with doctors ordering him not to ride again, Jandreau struggles to leave the sport he loves. Zhao focuses on Brady’s moving interaction with the horses and his tight community of fellow-riders. In doing so, she delivers an enthralling portrait of America’s cowboy culture and an archetypal story of a young man redefining his hopes and ambitions. Tricia Tuttle A SEASON IN FRANCE UNE SAISON EN FRANCE DOC One of the world’s great documentary films – an unforgettable journey into the dark heart of the American Dream. Four door-to-door bible salesmen traverse New England and Florida, plying their wares on the doorsteps of bluecollar households. The Maysles Brothers and Charlotte Zwerin observe them with calm, candour and compassion. Considered a classic of world documentary – in particular, the ground-breaking American style known as Direct Cinema – Salesman is much more than that. It’s an entertaining road movie, a compelling character study and a searing meditation on capitalism, America and the vastness of midlife hope and disappointment. This restoration does justice to the sun-baked atmosphere of a movie full of images, dialogue and people that will burn themselves into your memory. Patrick Russell SALESMAN Dir Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin. Prod Albert Maysles, David Maysles. USA 1968. 91min. Sales Janus Film Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation FRI 6 SAT 7 18:15 CINÉ LUMIÈRE 15:15 HACKNEY WED 11 SAT 14 20:45 NFT2 13:00 ICA TREASURES


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