Dear friends of the festival, we’re happy to announce the following special screenings, which are not on our website or our printed materials. Please note that our 11.00 film on Saturday night has strong adult content. We hope you’ll make a note of these screenings and come out to watch a few great films, perhaps even have a beer on us and meet a filmmaker or two.
TODAY Friday 18 September
A cautionary tale about friendship, greed and redemption, Bashment addresses the many complexities and pitfalls that Jamaican and Caribbean immigrants face on the quest for that all too often elusive ‘American Dream’. When Cymbal (Mykal Fax) and his friends, Job (Steve McAlpin), Tubby (Shawn Cummings) and Rupert (Narada Campbell) linkup with Son-Son (Nohard Grant) an incorrigible bad boy who believes that choice is an illusion, and that the gun is the only thing that matters, they find themselves dealing with more drama than they are willing to take on.
Saturday 19 September
A working-class man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. In another world is Ana, the daughter of the general for whom he drives, who does sexual acts to any man for pleasure. Marcos confesses his guilt to her in his troubled search for relief, and then finds himself on his knees amid the multitude of believers moving slowly toward the Basilica in honor of the Lady of Guadalupe. –synopsis from imdb.com, check our FB site for the trailer.
Sunday 20 September
Two brothers from a rural Mexican village are playing in a local football match. Tato (Gael Garcia) is the star striker and Beto (Diego Luna) is the eccentric goalkeeper. A talent scout spots them and offers one of them the opportunity to go to the Capital and try out for one of the country’s big teams. They decide to settle it on a penalty shoot out. Tato scores the penalty against his brother and heads off to Mexico City where he has a slow start but finally makes it big and earns the nickname ‘Cursi’. His brother soon follows and joins a rival team where he is given the nickname ‘Rudo’. Cursi becomes a national hero and starts dating a famous model whilst his brother struggles with life in the City and misses his family back home. Soon things start falling apart for both brothers. Tato loses his goal-scoring touch and his woman, and his brother gets lured into a world of cocaine and gambling. In one fateful match the brothers come face to face. Cursi is threatened with demotion to Division 2 if he fails to score and Rudo must throw the match in order to settle his gambling debts. How will it end?
*This film is part of a special Focus on Mexico night. Vouchers for Corona beer courtesy the Mexican Embassy will be given out so you can have a beer and relax after Rudo and before the 8.00 pm screening of Silent Light
See you there!