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SAT 7 SAT 14 20:45 VUE7 21:00 VUE5 MON 9 WED 11 FRI 13 18:15 CINÉ LUMIÈRE 21:00 VUE5 12:30 HAYMARKET REINVENTING MARVIN MARVIN Dir Anne Fontaine. Prod Philippe Carcassonne, Pierre-Alexandre Schwab, Jean-Louis Livi. Scr Anne Fontaine, Pierre Trividic. With Finnegan Oldfield, Isabelle Huppert, Grégory Gadebois. France 2016. 115min. Sales TF1 Studio SAT 7 SUN 8 18:30 NFT3 12:45 ICA John Travolta, so mesmerising on the disco dance floor in that era-defining white suit, coupled with the film’s classic Bee Gees soundtrack, makes this a must-see. John Badham’s film centres around Tony Manero (Travolta), an angry teenage Italian-American Brooklynite who spends his evenings dancing at a local nightclub (feeling it is his only chance to succeed is as the king of the disco). He attends with his arrogant would-be girlfriend and dance partner Stephanie. Also there is his unrequited love interest Annette, along with their various friends and acquaintances. But the film has a darker side. The club helps Manero forget the reality of his depressingly bleak life, littered with racism and violence. Very much of its time, it has nevertheless proven to be an influential film. Screening here in a marginally longer director’s cut, the film captures the vibe, rhythm and atmosphere of the time and Travolta’s star at its brightest. Julie Pearce Dir John Badham. Prod Robert Stigwood, Kevin McCormick, Milt Felsen. Scr Norman Wexler, Nik Cohn. With John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Brayy Miller. USA 1977. 120min. UK Distribution Park Circus Limited Restored in 4K by Paramount Pictures Dir Pat Collins. Prod Jessie Fisk, Alan Maher, Martin Paul-Hus. Scr Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride, Sharon Whooley. With Macdara Ó Fátharta, Michael O’Chonfhlaola, Jaren Cerf. Ireland-Canada 2017. 104min. UK Distribution Thunderbird Releasing A compelling and searing chronicle of a young gay man leaving the life he has known in order to become someone else. Like her previous film The Innocents (LFF2016), Reinventing Marvin showcases director Anne Fontaine’s skill at balancing complex subject matter with social relevance. Marvin Bijou (rising French star Finnegan Oldfield), a young boy from a working-class family in a small French village, suffers constant bullying at school and home for being ‘different’ – too sensitive and too feminine. A chance encounter with a drama teacher opens the doors to a world that offers him the chance to escape his situation. Following Marvin into his mid-twenties as a theatre student in Paris, Fontaine presents a richly layered tale about identity building and transformation. With an exquisite cameo from Isabelle Huppert and great performances from the reliably excellent Vincent Macaigne and Charles Berling, Reinventing Marvin packs a powerful punch. Laure Bonville 93 SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER SONG OF GRANITE DOC Blending ‘fictional’ recreation, archive footage and musical performance, Pat Collins’ formally inventive, engagingly impressionistic film about Irish folk singer Joe Heaney is no conventional biopic. Like Collins’ acclaimed Silence (LFF2012), Song of Granite is both audacious and perfectly accessible as it chronicles Heaney’s life from boyhood in 1940s Connemara, through urban hardship as a labourer in Britain, to fame and further exile in North America, from the mid-1960s to his death. More interested in questions of Irish identity and cultural legacy (the sparse dialogue is largely in Gaelic) than in biographical detail, Collins tends to avoid linear drama; once Joe leaves his native village, the narrative itself begins to fragment, as if mirroring his divided sense of self. Yet this tender but unsentimental film remains wholly coherent, thanks partly to the marvellous monochrome camerawork, partly to the music: unaccompanied, old as stone, authentically heartfelt. Geoff Andrew TREASURES


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