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Alois Nebel

Forest Row Film Society Picks

In this post, Brad Scott from Forest Row Film Society in East Sussex, takes a look at five Booking Scheme titles.

Being Elmo

Being Elmo

Growing up in Baltimore in the 70s, Kevin Clash adored making puppets and giving shows locally. Picked up first by a local TV station, he later started working for the Jim Henson troupe, eventually becoming the creator of the character of Elmo on Sesame Street. This documentary is a delightful and uplifting account of one person following their passion, and will appeal to anyone who has loved the Muppets, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and any of the Henson creations. It’s not a film for very small children, since it has too many talking heads (not the rubber ones), but probably anyone over about twelve who has seen Sesame Street or is interested in how the shows are created will love this film. I thought it was fabulous.


About to start her retreat before taking her vows, Avril is a novice who has lived her entire life in the convent. Discovering she has a brother, she goes off on a search to find him, making her much more aware about the world outside. This is a charming French drama which is very easy on the eye; a good part of it is set in the Camargue, with good performances from the young actors. Avril also features Miou-Miou as one of the nuns, and one could imagine this film working well within a French strand or weekend. It’s not at all challenging and a bit implausible, but pleasant enough and none the worse for that.

Fear and Trembling

After a childhood in Japan, Amélie (Sylvie Testud (Lourdes)) moves back to Tokyo and lands a job at a big corporation. Here she finds that corporate life has some unexpected dimensions. In this tale of a clash of cultures, director Alain Corneau (Tous les Matins du Monde) gives us a (very) gentle comedy of manners as Amélie gets a series of dead-end jobs. Sylvie Testud’s performance won her a César and Prix Lumière in 2004.

The Conformist

The Conformist

Still wonderful to look at, with its beautiful cinematography, visual design, jump cuts and light, Bertolucci’s unpicking of Italy’s Fascist past remains a transfixing film. Jean-Louis Trintignant plays Marcello Clerici, uneasy with his own identity, caught between political and sexual norms and expectations, and complicit in the murder of his old professor.

Alois Nebel

Absolutely entrancing and evocative black and white rotoscoped film set in the Czech woods and Prague from the end of the war until the election of Vaclav Havel. Alois Nebel works at the station on the border in the Sudetenland, and is haunted by the past. Winner of the European Film Academy Animated Feature Film award, and has just had a great review in Sight and Sound (May 2013).

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Looking ahead – what to look forward to in 2013

Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt
Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt

From Oscar fodder to surreal animations, these are the top 10 films we’re looking forward to arriving on the BFFS Booking Scheme in the coming months:

  1. No – nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at this years Oscars we are thrilled to be able to offer BFFS Members and Associates the chance to be part of it’s theatrical release from the 22nd of February. Gael Garcia Bernal is astounding as the advertising mogul who helps to brings down the Pinochet regime with a simple message: happiness.
  2. The Hunt – BAFTA nominated Danish film starring Mads Mikkelsen as a man accused of abusing a child in his care. He gives a stunning performance in this critically acclaimed film, available to screen from 25th February.
  3. Chasing Ice – Years are turned into minutes in this stunning documentary from environmental photographer James Balog who deploys the latest time-lapse cameras to chart shocking changes to the worlds glaciers. Available in Spring.
  4. Alois Nebel – Based on the comic book trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš this beautiful rotoscope animation won the European Film Award for Best Animated Feature in 2012. Available from January.
  5. The Women on the 6th Floor – Jean-Louis’ peaceful but boring Parisian life is turned upside down when a group of Spanish maids move into his building. This sweet French comedy is available from January.
  6. The Snows of Kilimanjaro – Michel has been made redundant but still lives a happy life with with Marie-Claire. Their happiness is shaken when they are brutally robbed and Michel discovers it was carried out by a former collegue. Available from January.
  7. Our Children – stunning performances from a steller cast that unites A Prophet duo Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup with an award winning performance from Emilie Dequenne makes this heartbreaking but absorbing drama a must see. Available in the Summer.
  8. A Liar’s Autobiography – the anarchic animated movie of Graham Chapman’s life. Chapman was most famous for being part of the legendary Monty Python and this film sees the team reunite for the first time in 23 years. Available in the Summer.
  9. The Comedian – a raw, honest and beautiful film about an aspiring comedian caught between beautiful housemate Elisa and Ed, a young artist he meets on a bus. Available in late 2013
  10. Side By Side – Keanu Reeves’ exploration on the history and future of film-making sees him talking to legendary directors from Martin Scorsese to David Lynch. Available in the Summer.

The full BFFS Booking Scheme catalogue can be found on the BFFS website