Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman.
Starring: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd. UK/Poland 2017. 95 mins.
Seven years in the making, this story of Vincent van Gogh’s life and mysterious death is a marvel to behold. Some 120 artists hand-rendered 65,000 frames of live action with oil paints on canvas, using the master’s own work as reference. The result is the world’s first fully painted feature film. Beginning a year after his demise, it unfolds around a series of interviews conducted by Armand Roulin (Booth) – a regular model for the artist – who becomes obsessed with his death, which was caused by a bullet wound to the stomach. Was it an accident? Was it suicide? Loving Vincent sets out to explore one of art’s great mysteries.
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos.
Starring: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan. UK/Ireland 2017. 121 mins.
Black humour, horror and classical tragedy collide in the second English-language feature from absurdist Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster). Colin Farrell stars as Steven, a successful cardiac surgeon who enjoys a happy, healthy and affluent life in suburbia with his wife (Kidman) and two children. When he befriends a young man (Keoghan, Dunkirk) and takes him under his wing, a fatal mistake he once made on the operating table comes back to haunt him and his family in terrifying fashion. Inspired by the Greek myth of King Agamemnon, who was ordered to sacrifice his daughter after accidentally killing a sacred deer, Lanthimos’s enthralling, darkly comic horror unfolds with a carefully crafted sense of unease, and features excellent performances from its three leads.
18.00Audio Described: Everyone welcome. Audio Description is available for this film, and is undetectable to anyone not wearing a headset
HOH Subtitled: This screening has subtitles for people with hearing loss