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Film Archive from the 2008-2009 Season
The 2008-09 Season of the Bridport Film Society featured 14 films from around the globe.
Blame It on Fidel
23rd September 2008Film Information
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Prim, precocious 9-year-old Anna (memorably played by Nina Kervel) is dismayed when her lawyer father and journalist mother suddenly become left-wing activists, thus disrupting her cosy bourgeois life in early 1970s' Paris. A delightful debut by the daughter of Constantin Costa-Gavras, director of powerful exposés of political corruption and the abuse of power.
Directed by Julie Gavras
France / Italy 2006
The Family Friend
7th October 2008Film Information
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A blackly comic tale about a cynical, misanthropic money lender who meets his match in a beautiful, feisty bride-to-be. With a brilliant central performance by Giacomo Rizzo.
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
France / Italy 2006
21st October 2008Film Information
Set in and around a Beirut beauty salon, this bittersweet romantic comedy looks at the lives and loves of a group of middle-class women.
Directed by Nadine Labaki
France / Lebanon 2007
4th November 2008Film Information
Following decades of civil war in Chad, 16-year-old Atim is handed a gun by his blind grandfather and sent to the capital N'Djamena to avenge the death of his father. A gripping story set in a war-torn society from the director of Abouna.
Winner of the Special Jury Award at the 2006 Venice Film Festival.
Directed by Mahamet-Saleh Haroun
Chad / France / Belgium / Austria / UK 2006
The Edge of Heaven
18th November 2008Film Information
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The intersecting lives of six characters travelling between Istanbul and Hamburg: a Turkish widower and his son (professor of German at Hamburg University), the older man's prostitute lover, her daughter, the daughter's German lover and her mother. A rich ensemble piece which examines the relationship between the two cultures.
Winner of the Cannes and the European Film Award for Best Screenplay in 2007.
Directed by Fatih Akin
Germany / Turkey / Italy 2007
2nd December 2008Film Information
A coal miner and a nurse come to Fengjie on the Yangtze river in Sichuan province in search of long-absent partners, at a time when Fengjie is being demolished as a result of the Three Gorges hydro-electric dam project. A haunting, meditative portrait of human displacement.
Winner of the Golden Lion for best film at the 2006 Venice Festival.
Directed by Jia Zhangke
China / Hong Kong 2010
Not Here to be Loved
16th December 2008Film Information
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Gloomy divorced 50-year-old bailiff strikes up an improbable relationship with a much younger schools career officer, when both attend tango classes.
Critics' award for Best Film at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival.
Directed by Stéphane Brizé
Les Petites Vacances
6th January 2009Film Information
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Retired teacher Danièle, beautifully played by Bernadette Lafont, decides she is tired of ferrying her grandchildren between their estranged parents and takes off with them for an impromptu Easter break in the French Alps. An assured and affecting psychological drama against a background of magnificent scenery.
Directed by Olivier Peyon
20th January 2009Film Information
About to be adopted by a wealthy Italian couple, 6-year-old Vanya sets off from his squalid orphanage to track down his mother and find out why she abandoned him. Inspired by a true story, this is a perceptive study of identity and determination amidst the corruption and criminality of post-Communist Russia.
Directed by Andrei Kravchuk
3rd February 2009Film Information
A Parisian couple with two young sons appropriate a briefcase containing foreign currency abandoned at a railway station by a middle-aged man, seemingly Arab. This leads to the gradual disintegration of their bourgeois family existence. An audacious, playful, well-acted debut film by the writer/director. An example of a recent French phenomenon: the absurdist-anxiety thriller.
Directed by Brice Cauvin
4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
17th February 2009Film Information
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Bucharest, in 1987, two years before the overthrow of Ceausçescu. Otilia helps her friend and fellow undergraduate Gabita during a tense winter afternoon and evening to procure an illegal hotel-room abortion.
Winner of the Palme d'Or and the International Critics' prize at Cannes 2007, and European Film Awards for Best Film and Director.
Directed by Cristian Mungiu
Romania / France / Netherlands / Germany 2007
3rd March 2009Film Information
A single father (played by the director) attempts to bring up his son and teenage daughter after being abandoned by his wife - all seen largely through the eyes of 11-year-old Tommi (an award-winning performance by Alessandro Morace).
Winner of the Directors' Fortnight prize at Cannes 2006.
Directed by Kim Rossi Stuart
You, the Living
17th March 2009Film Information
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A fascinating look at the human condition in a loosely connected series of lugubrious comic and tragicomic vignettes featuring people in an unnamed city and ranging from the mildly bizarre to the genuinely surreal.
Winner of the Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay at Sweden's national Guldbagge Awards.
Directed by Roy Andersson
Sweden / Germany / France / Denmark / Norway / Japan 2007
31st March 2009Film Information
Middle-aged, good-natured, simple-minded Josie works and lives alone in a rundown petrol station on the outskirts of a small town in the midwest of Ireland. The arrival of 15-year-old David as his assistant has unfortunate consequences. A gentle, low-key tragicomedy, notable for the excellence of its casting, cinematography, editing and script.
Winner of the CICAE Prize (Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d'Art et d'Essai) at Cannes 2007 and the Best Film award at the 2007 Turin Film Festival.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Ireland / UK 2007
Seasons Ratings for 2008 / 2009
Following every film screening our audience are asked for their reaction to each film, helping us with our selection process for the following year.
Listed here are the audience reactions for our 2008 / 2009 film season.
This seasons ratings will be added in due course.