FRI 23 MAR SAT 24 MAR
18:30 NFT2 11:40 NFT3
Dir-Scr Anahita Ghazvinizadeh. Prod Zoa Sua Cho,
Simone Ling. With Rhys Fehrenbacher, Koohyar Hosseini,
Nicole Coffineau. USA-Qatar 2017. 80min. Sales Luxbox
Complications with hormone blockers means
14-year-old J must decide upon a path to take.
J is 14, genderqueer and on hormone blockers that
are causing osteoporosis. After a worrying check-up,
J is asked to think deeply about which path to take
as they move into their later teenage years. Over the
course of a weekend, we see J’s complex, nervy
but ultimately loving relationship with their absent
parents, soon-to-be wedded older sister and to
themselves – all viewed through a sunlit haze that
shifts between the dreamy and the nostalgic. Quiet
observations of both American and Iranian family
life bring cultural relations to the fore in a deliberate,
yet delicate meditation on that precious time before
a decision is made. They is an unusual look at the
non-binary child, prioritising play, curiosity and make-believe
over the anguish of adults. It’s a sensitive
exploration of current gender issues from an Iranian-born
filmmaker with much regard for children and the
fantasy worlds they create. Jay Bernard
BETWEEN HERE AND NOW
SAT 24 MAR TUE 27 MAR
21:00 NFT1 15:50 NFT1
THU 22 MAR SAT 24 MAR
20:30 NFT3 18:20 NFT3
TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS UNCLE DAVID 2
Dir-Prod Gary Reich. Scr David Hoyle, Archie Redford,
Matthew McCabe, Lucy McCormick. With David Hoyle,
Archie Redford, Matthew McCabe, Lucy McCormick.
UK 2017. 84min. Prod Co Feathered Serpent Films
A distinctive thrill-ride in the company of David Hoyle
as Uncle David.
David Hoyle stars in this dark and disturbing sequel
to Uncle David (BFI Flare 2010). It returns us to
a bleak caravan park somewhere on the Isle of
Sheppey and finds Uncle David has introduced
a new addition to his community, whose warped
imagination and love of horror might have led to
murder. Some of the park’s inhabitants take a keen
interest in the androgynous Michael/Michelle.
A pair of emotionally disturbed siblings are especially
curious and needy around this new arrival. Drawn into
Uncle David’s web, their presence has consequences
for all concerned. Certainly not for the faint of heart,
this is bold and adventurous filmmaking and as queer
as it is unsettling. Brian Robinson
Dir Adam Sekuler. Prod Darci Meyers. With Shar Jones,
Cynthia Vitale. USA 2018. 93min. Sales Argot Pictures
After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,
a transgender person decides to undertake
a conscious death.
The uncomfortable reality of death is faced by
Shar and Cynthia who, upon Shar’s diagnosis with
early-onset Alzheimer’s, make a brave and difficult
decision: she will undertake a conscious death, fully
experiencing the end of her life. This documentary
moves away from any ominous, taboo or frightening
depiction, instead raising the question of what
we really mean when we say someone has gone.
Is it the senility, the last breath or the burial?
How do we prepare for each stage? And what
happens when the diagnosis comes soon after
your decision to transition? As our population ages
and the number of diagnoses of this little understood
disease increases, these are questions we must
find the cultural courage to address. This is a quiet,
non-linear and thought-provoking piece that
encourages and rewards the honest examination
of our own mortality. Jay Bernard
This film contains scenes of death. Viewer discretion is advised
Sometimes relationships happen in spite of the dangers. Four longer shorts
with the power of mini-features explore different situations where things
don’t turn out as anyone expected. Brian Robinson
OUR WAY BACK
Dir Moshe Rosenthal. Israel 2018. 26min
When an older married man takes a young man on a secret visit to a spectacular
desert rock formation, the scene is set for a blissful weekend spent roaming in nature.
Dir Daniel Nolasco. Brazil 2017. 18min
A chance encounter with another swimmer at a local pool develops into an obsession.
But the city has many opportunities for sex.
BETWEEN HERE & NOW
Dir Jannik Splidsboel. Denmark 2018. 22min
Tony, a visiting Italian, meets Oscar in a Copenhagen bar. What seems like a simple
one-night stand becomes more complicated.
Dir Stéphane Olijnyk. France 2017. 45min
A man known as Little Bear lives with his father in a run-down Rio slum, but everything
changes when he gets a job with a rich older man and becomes obsessed with
a Copacabana rent boy.
Total running time 111min
Contains flashing images
FRI 30 MAR SAT 31 MAR
15:45 NFT1 16:15 STUDIO