What's on at East Dulwich Picturehouse - Big Scream
Director: Aki Kaurismäki. Starring: Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji. Finland/Germany 2017. TBC mins. Finnish/Swedish/Arabic with English subtitles.
Acclaimed writer-director Aki Kaurismäki’s poignant follow-up to Le Havre sensitively weaves together the struggles of two men who flee their homes, albeit in very different circumstances. The first is Khaled (Haji), a Syrian refugee separated from his family, who arrives in Helsinki hidden as a stowaway on a coal freighter. After his transfer to a bleak, impersonal holding centre, the details of his tragic story come to light. Meanwhile, a parallel, equally desperate tale unfolds courtesy of spiky salesman Waldemar Wikström (Kuosmanen), who leaves his drunken wife and quite literally gambles everything on financing a failing restaurant. Typically of Kaurismäki, there’s much dark humour as Wikström and Khaled’s paths cross, yet antagonism eventually yields to sympathy, spawning a surrogate family unit that touchingly fills in for absent kin.
Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem. USA 2017. 129 mins.
A down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) is thrust into an all-new adventure when the hulking Captain Salazar (Bardem) escapes from the Devil’s Triangle with his deadly ghost sailors, hell-bent on eliminating every pirate from the seas. Obliged to make an awkward alliance with a beautiful young astronomer and a headstrong young seafarer, Jack also ropes in a few familiar faces on his quest for the Trident of Poseidon, his only hope of survival.