5:00 PM, 16th July, 2022
Eight-year-old Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) is still coping with the recent loss of her beloved maternal grandmother when she accompanies her parents to help clear out her mother’s childhood home. Exploring the surrounding woods one day, she encounters a young girl her own age building a treehouse. They become fast friends, until Nelly realises that the girl, named Marion (Gabrielle Sanz), is somehow a younger version of her own mother.
Petite Maman is a captivating, fantastical coming of age story that explores childhood and a mother-daughter relationship that crosses through time. Much like the rest of French filmmaker Céline Sciamma’s (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Girlhood) body of work, it is a powerful and delicate film that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.
7:30 PM, 16th July, 2022
Omar (Amir El-Masry) is a young Syrian musician who is stuck on a remote Scottish island as he awaits the fate of his asylum request. Omar may be stuck, but he is not alone, accompanied by three new flatmates as they while away their hours wandering about the epic landscape. In between contemplating their complex pasts and unknown futures, they binge episodes of Friends, participate in open mic nights, and undertake ‘cultural awareness’ classes.
Nominated for two BAFTA awards, including Best British Film, Limbo is a funny and poignant cross-cultural satire that examines both the hardship and hope of the refugee experience. Deploying pitch perfect wit and crisp observation, this special little film shines a light on the lives of those at the centre of a crisis that most of us only experience through headlines.