From Fri 18 Jul
Kids Stuff, all £5
Set in 1984 Manchester, Believe is a funny and touching fictional tale about the legendary Manchester United football manager, Sir Matt Busby. An act of petty crime by 11 year old Georgie becomes a collision of fate as Sir Matt tracks him down, only to discover that the boy is an extraordinarily gifted footballer and captain of a team of unruly talents.
Having lived with football all his life and survived the tragic 1958 Munich Air Disaster, in which eight of his players were killed, Sir Matt is still committed to continue his work of “training lads for life” and so begins a thrilling adventure as he comes out of retirement to transform a young group of scallywags into a dream team.
“An engrossing, superbly acted working-class melodrama.” Variety
“The film has tobacco on its breath and sweat rings under its arms.” Guardian
Gary (Tahar Rahim, A Prophet) is one of those people who life has promised nothing. Moving from odd job to odd job, he finds himself employed in a nuclear power plant. There, against the menace of the reactors, he at last finds what he’s been looking for: money, a team, a family. He also finds forbidden love with the wife of one his team, the ever-sultry Lea Seydoux.
Almost unbearably intense, Grand Central was a prize winner in the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes. The following is an excerpt rather than a trailer:
“What an astonishing achievement; what a beautiful movie.” Guardian
No stranger to episodic filmmaking, Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, etc.) succeeds brilliantly in following a boy’s life from the ages of six to 18, shooting periodically over 12 years. Cast as a young boy, Ellar Coltrane plays Mason, the son of Mason Snr and Olivia (Linklater regular Ethan Hawke + Patricia Arquette). As his divorced parents find new partners of varying suitability, Mason Jnr faces emotional and physical uncertainties with growing maturity. Whether he’s squabbling with his older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, the director’s daughter), arguing Star Wars lore with his dad or having his heart broken by an out-of-his-league first love, the film renders the apparently commonplace both unfamiliar and compelling. And while the changes Mason and Samantha undergo are obvious, they’re subtly matched by those of their parents in this unique collaborative feat.
Kids Club £5
Animation, like childhood, can be just full of wonder with the biggest pleasures being the simplest ones. This programme strips away all the soft-sell toy ads and the over-the-top blockbuster-style special effects and just delivers up a programme of wonderful films full of simple joys.
14 Films screening:
CHOIR TOUR – EDMUNDS JANSONS (Latvia, 5’15)
A world-famous boys’ choir goes on tour. In the hands of their conductor they are obedient but when he gets trapped in an elevator they become playful children.
THE MOLE AT THE SEA – ANNA KADYKOVA (Russia, 5’00)
Everyone’s off to the seaside. Not wanting to miss out, the mole starts digging. When he gets there it’s nice and quiet with just a few crabs and a sailing boat to keep him company. But then the hordes arrive.
FRESH GUACAMOLE – PES (USA, 1’50) Nominated for a 2012 Academy Award, Director PES creates fresh guacamole with his own special recipe.
RISING HOPE – MILEN VITANOV (Germany, 9’15) Rising Hope, once the fastest horse in the world, suddenly turns into a loser. With the help of a new friend – a jack-of-all-trades hound – he finds hope and himself again.
LITTLE PLASTIC FIGURE – SAMO-SAMA (Germany, 3’10) Sometimes we need a little help from our inanimate friends. A plucky stop-motion musical irreverent tribute to an unassuming doll figure and her sleepwalking companion.
PISHTO GOES AWAY – SONYA KENDEL (Russia, 9’00) One Autumn, Pishto gets so sick and tired of everything that he decides to leave for good. On his tiresome journey he meets a cute and shy little dog.
TOM AND THE QUEEN BEE – ANDREAS HYKADE (Germany, 5’00) All Tom wants is a slice of bread with strawberry jam and honey but the bees are getting in his way.
WIND – ROBERT LOEBEL (Germany, 3’05) Wind can be a nutty friend, a challenging protector or a wily, invisible predator. But how is it generated?
THE DEEP – PES (USA, 1’35) Here’s a look at a strange underwater world you’ll never have seen before!
NEAREST AND DEAREST – MICHAEL SIEBER AND MAX STOHR (Germany, 6’45) When the world’s best big sister is moving away, you really need a good plan to prevent this from happening.
INTERNATIONAL FATHERS DAY – EDMUNDS JANSONS (Latvia, 5’00) For most people Fathers Day is a celebration, but for one small bird – an ordinary working day where he has to feed his family.
KOSTYA – ANTON DYAKOV (Russia, 6’00) Kostya is a nice little skeleton. He is heading towards an unknown future, one he hopes to be bright.
A GUM BOY – MASAKI OKUDA (Japan, 3’45) Kuchao is a bit of an outsider as far as school is concerned. The others are preoccupied with releasing balloons into the air, but he’d rather chew gum. But chewing bubble gum can also help you take off, high up to where the aeroplanes and rockets are.
ANATOLE’S ISLAND – AMER NAZRI AND CHRIS SHEPHERD (UK, 3’05) Anatole, a little marmot, lives on a magic Island. When he runs into St Ignatius, the monk, Anatole finds the poor man terribly upset about his lost snake. So, Anatole sets off to try and find him bumping into many eccentric inhabitants along the way.