7:30 PM, 26th April, 2019
In the summer of 1993, six-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas) has to leave Barcelona, because of her mother’s death, and move to the countryside under the care of her uncle and aunt.
Doing her best to adapt to her new environment, assisted by friendly parents, a beautiful countryside and a cute three-year-old new sister, Frida is nevertheless still haunted by some aspects of her old life, both in her memories and through the attitudes and prejudices of some townfolk.
This amiable film, based on the childhood memories of writer-director Carla Simón, will sneakily draw you in, until you find yourself weeping (with joy) at the end.
9:18 PM, 26th April, 2019
Winner of the Best Director award at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, this astonishing debut from Xavier Legrand is a gripping depiction of the world of domestic abuse.
Starting in a family custody hearing, Miriam (Léa Drucker) and Antoine (Denis Ménochet), a recently separated couple, are trying to come to agreement on access arrangements for their young son Julien (Thomas Gioria).
This social-realist drama however soon turns into a slow-burn thriller, where the tension generated by the actions and manipulation of the father is emotionally devastating. Whilst the level of violence depicted on screen is minimal, the fear that subsumes you is real, and you are likely to walk away from this film shaking.