WITH films from four different countries, the summer film festival at Guildford’s Electric Theatre offers movies to inspire, challenge, enlighten and entertain.
It starts on Monday (July 27) and runs until Saturday, August 1, kicking off with Turkish film, Winter’s Sleep.
Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Antalia with his young wife, Nihal – with whom he has a stormy relationship – and his sister, Necla, who is suffering from her recent divorce.
In winter, as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter, but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.
A highlight of the Cannes Film Festival is the Russian film Leviathan, showing on Tuesday, July 28 at 8pm. In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished.
He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings yet more misfortune to Kolya and his family.
There will be three very different films from the USA: Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, set in the massive city of Toyko; The Last Five Years, a musical deconstruction of a love affair and marriage; and Whiplash, which follows the story of an ambitious young drummer. The film festival ends on August 1 with a screening of Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner.
This British film from 2014, which stars Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson and Dorothy Atkinson, follows the last quarter-century of the great, if eccentric, British painter JMW Turner.