SAT 15 JUNE – SCAPA FLOW 1919: WITH ALL FLAGS FLYING (1986)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£3 / £1 student and Young Scot card

Please note: no tables and not a BYO refreshments evening

As part of SCAPA 100 15 – 27 June, West Side Cinema will be screening this 1986 documentary about the Scuttling of the German High Sea Fleet.

With Scapa 100 introduction by Emily Turton.

Based on the eye-witness accounts of surviving German sailors and local orkney people, and including some remarkable interviews and archive footage from both sides, ‘Scapa Flow 1919’ carefully and vividly charts the events of a still controversial action.

Director: Michael Alexander
Production Company: Pelicula Films

With thanks to the BFI National TV Archive

See the whole SCAPA 100 programme HERE

Above Image: Internment at Scapa Flow 24 November 1918 – 20 June 1919: SMS EMDEN, FRANKFURT and BREMSE entering Scapa Flow. By Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain]

SAT 01 JUNE – ‘FOXTROT’ (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT infrequent strong sexual images

 

Foxtrot uses topical themes to deliver a bruising sociopolitical statement that’s equally effective taken simply as an absorbing, well-acted drama.

Michael and Dafna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life’s unfathomable twists – a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son.

SAT 18 MAY – ‘THE FAVOURITE’ (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT very strong language, strong sex

The Favourite sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext – and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars.

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

SAT 04 MAY – ORKNEY WINE FESTIVAL: ‘CITIZEN KANE’ (U)

For the 7th year running we’re teaming up with Orkney Wine Festival for our ever popular night of wine and film. And once again we’ll be setting up our STRANGELY DELICIOUS pop-up wine bar, this time with guest winemaker and blender Samantha Bailey.

We’re limiting this event to 80 table tickets, so make sure you get yours in good time. (Strictly 18 years and over for tickets).

£5 tickets ensure tabled seating and access to the wine bar.
Advance Tickets available from 13 April:
Stromness Books & Prints 1 Graham Place, Stromness

Kirkness & Gorie, 11 Broad Street, Kirkwall

Unreserved balcony seats will be available on the night @ £5 on the door, but no access to the wine bar.

7 pm – Doors open and wine bar

7:45 – trailers followed by film.


CITIZEN KANE (U) 1941

Considered the greatest American film of the sound period, Orson Welles’s epic tale of a publishing tycoon’s rise and fall is entertaining, poignant, and inventive in its storytelling, earning its reputation as a landmark achievement in film.

The newspaper baron Charles Foster Kane, one of the richest and most powerful men in America if not the world, dies. A newspaperman digs into his past seeking the meaning of his enigmatic last word: “Rosebud.” He finds evidence of a child torn away from his family to serve Mammon. Grown into manhood, Charles Foster Kane becomes a newspaperman to indulge his idealism. He marries the niece of the man who will become President of the United States, and gradually assumes more and more power while losing more and more of his soul. Kane’s money and power does not bring him happiness, as he has lost his youthful idealism, as has the America he is a symbol for.

‘Citizen Kane is far and away the most surprising and cinematically exciting motion picture to be seen here in many a moon. As a matter of fact, it comes close to being the most sensational film ever made in Hollywood’. NY TIMES

‘What’s striking now is how utterly modern it is in structure’. TIMES

‘It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced’. LA TIMES

‘A film that gets better with each renewed acquaintance’. TIME OUT

‘Welles’ performance is nothing less than astonishing’. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

‘To revisit it now is still to marvel at its wit, audacity and sheer entertainment value’. LONDON EVENING STANDARD

‘There can hardly be anything left to say about Citizen Kane, now revived on the big screen, other than to comment on sublime moments’. GUARDIAN

 

 

SAT 20 APR – ‘SUMMER 1993’ (12A)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT infrequent strong language

 

Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) finds writer-director Carla Simón drawing on personal memories to create a thoughtful drama elevated by outstanding work from its young leads.

Six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother’s apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Although her aunt, uncle, and younger cousin Anna welcome her with open arms, it’s only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside. Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, this coming of age drama, set amongst summery hues, is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world, anchored by flawless performances by its two young stars.

SAT 06 APR – ‘SHOPLIFTERS (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT strong sex references

 

Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, Shoplifters adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Koreeda’s richly humanistic filmography.

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.

SAT 23 MAR – ‘THE GUILTY’ (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT strong language

Sleek, well-acted, and intelligently crafted, The Guilty is a high-concept thriller that wrings maximum impact out of a handful of basic – and effective – ingredients.

When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed. Director Gustav Möller expertly frames the increasingly messy proceedings against the clean Scandinavian sterility of the police department, while Cedergren’s strong performance anchors the film and places the audience squarely in Holm’s tragically flawed yet well-intentioned mindspace.

SAT 09 MARCH – SILENT DIVAS: ‘ASSUNTA SPINA’ (12A) with live score from THE BADWILLS

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card

A Kind of Seeing presents one of Italian cinema’s greatest ‘silent divas’ with live musical accompaniment performed by not-so-silent six-piece Italian folk band The Badwills.  

Silent Divas: ASSUNTA SPINA is touring Scotland uncovering the hidden histories of women. This event will be supported by readings from local women writers from Orkney Voices to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Passion. Jealousy. Revenge. Join us for a rare silent Italian drama with a new live score by six-piece band The Badwills, followed by wild southern Italian folk dancing for all in Stromness Town Hall.  Assunta Spina (1915) stars Francesca Bertini, one of Italian cinema’s greatest ‘silent diva’ actresses smouldering on-screen as she’s torn between the men who can’t control her passions. Complementing the film’s striking Neapolitan backdrop this new score is co-commissioned by Glasgow Film Festival and A Kind of Seeing.  After the film, try out the traditional Southern Italian dances of pizzica and tammurriata with The Badwills’ furious live music.  Wear red for passion and have your tambourines at the ready!

 

 

This event is taking place as part of a Scottish tour supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations, and by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network and funded by BFI and Creative Scotland.

http://www.akindofseeing.co.uk

Directors: Francesca Bertini & Gustavo Serena
Italy 1915 / Recommended 12+
Italian intertitles with English subtitles

SAT 23 FEB – LUCKY (15)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
BBFC INSIGHT very strong language

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Lucky is a bittersweet meditation on mortality, punctuating the career of beloved character actor Harry Dean Stanton.

LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut “Lucky”, is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on morality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.