BFFS at the ICO Screening Days April 2014

This Spring’s ICO Screening Days are once again taking place at the BFI Southbank. Over three days, April 5-7, 25 films will be previewed exclusively to those working or volunteering in film exhibition. As ever BFFS will be there for the weekend with 4 films coming to the BFFS Booking Scheme on show. We will also be on hand to answer questions about BFFS and the community cinema sector.

To find out more about the Screening Days click here.

Here’s a look at the Booking Scheme films that will be previewing over the weekend:

Wakolda (BFFS Pick) | Lucia Puenzo | 2013 | Argentina, France, Spain, Norway | 93 mins

Based on the director’s own novel, Wakolda tells a sinister story of a doctor who arrives at a small town in Patagonia. Though a charming, confident and generous man, Helmut Gregor, quickly arises suspicions. He arrives in the town alongside a new family who are undertaking ownership of a lakeside hotel. Gregor moves into the hotel while he finds a permanent accommodation and makes arrangements for his wife to join him. That his wife is never mentioned again is the first point of unease but its Gregor’s devoted interest in Lilith, the family’s young daughter, that raises her father’s suspicions. Since she was born prematurely Lilith has suffered a growth deficiency and is chastised at school for being a dwarf. Gregor plays on this humiliation to convince the family to let him treat her but her father, Enzo, is less convinced of Gregor’s earnest desires to help. His subsequent investigation reveals that Gregor is not at all who he appears to be.

Of Horses And Men | Benedikt Erlingsson | 2013 | Iceland | Germany | 81 mins

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A series of interconnected stories within a rural Icelandic village, this magical realist film focuses on the relationships between the villagers and their horses, whom they rely on for work, transport and even friendship. In one story a man rides his horse out into the ocean to rendezvous with a Russian ship carrying vodka, but miscommunication promises an unexpected end. In another story a tourist is mesmerised by the  landscape and sets off to explore but gets stuck in a snow drift. Making the most of Iceland’s stunning countryside and marked by a delightfully idiosyncratic sense of humour, Of Horses and Men possesses a fable-like quality and is a loving ode to man and beast.

A Thousand Times Good Night | Erik Poppe | 2013 | Norway, Ireland, Sweden | 117 mins

Juliette Binoche gives an outstanding performance in this drama about a war photojournalist, Rebecca, who, after another near-death encounter, finds her husband is no longer willing to support her dangerous career. Reluctantly she gives in to her husband’s and her children’s concerns and agrees to accept a ‘safe’ assignment to a refugee camp. Her daughter joins her on the trip in order to learn more about humanitarian work. Not long after they arrive however soldiers move into the camp and Rebecca is faced with the agonising choice between keeping her daughter safe and documenting the atrocities being committed.

Based significantly on Poppe’s own experiences as a photojournalist, A Thousand Times Good Night is a powerful drama analysing the moral dilemmas such journalists face.

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon | Mike Myers | 2014 | USA | 84 mins

Mike Myers’ directorial debut is an honest, immersive and lively account of the life and times of Shep Gordon, the influential manager of bands such as Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd, inventor of the celebrity chef, film producer and dedicated Buddhist; friend to the Dalai Lama.

Gordon became legendary in show business for both his wild antics and his extraordinary generosity; his only mantra as a manager was to ensure the band got paid which, in an industry usually marked by greed set him apart as a bit of an outsider. But Gordon was equally famous for his inventive publicity ideas – in one famous instance he arranged for a lorry advertising an Alice Cooper gig, which had been selling poorly, to ‘break down’ on the Piccadilly Circus roundabout. Though the driver was eventually arrested the ensuing 15 mile traffic jam raised enough attention that the gig sold out the following day.
Myers befriended Gordon while fighting over music rights for Wayne’s World and his close friendship ensures that Gordon is completely open to Myers’ questions. Unafraid to delve into sordid details or shocking anecdotes the wild life of Shep Gordon is told in illuminating interviews from both Gordon and his many associates including Michael Douglas and Alice Cooper.