This is a list of films that I have watched as part of the Programming Committee for the Bath Film Festival. Some will be shown this year, some won't. You'll have to watch this space to find out which ones are which.
Bath Film Festival 2012 (14th - 25th November)
Programme out on 6th October 2012
Nicolas has a happy existence, parents who love him, a great group of friends with whom he has great fun... (91 mins.)
“ I can't even begin to describe how much I love this film. It is hilarious.
So the story is about a boy who thinks his parents are trying to get rid of him, but the real humour comes from his friends, family, school mates and teachers.
In my mind, this is Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but in French and therefore classier, funnier and more aesthetically pleasing. I WILL be watching this again. ” - elspeth87
Cleo from 5 to 7
Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor. (90 mins.)
“ I don't know why I haven't seen this film before. It is a true masterpiece of french cinema and storytelling. I don't know what more I can say. It shows a slice of life in Paris along side that of an emotional young singer awaiting the results of a medical examination.
Watch it for the beauty, for the city, for the girl, for the cinematography, for the emotion; just make sure you watch it. ” - elspeth87
(2011 Short Film)
A man of incredible wealth and power is haunted by a childhood memory. (20 mins.)
“ It's a shame this is such a strangly timed film (to short to be a feature, to long to be a short) otherwise we may have shown it in the festival. If you get a chance to watch it anyway, I would highly recommend it.
It is quite a surreal film, but beautifully done and a wonderful story. ” - elspeth87
Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
Dole Food Company wages a campaign to prevent a pair of Swedish film-makers from showing their documentary about a lawsuit against the company. (90 mins.)
“ I'll be honest; when I sat down to watch this film I knew nothing about it accept the title. It is not what I expected, but I loved every second.
It shows a side of film-making which is rarely seen on the big screen, and allows an audience the righteous indignation that can be so satisfying. A must-see. ” - elspeth87
Even the Rain
As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. (103 mins.)
“ The fact that Gael Garcia Bernal is lovely to listen to and even more lovely to look at has nothing to do with why this is an excellent film. Ok, well, maybe it has something to do with it, but you get my point. This is a fantastic film, with a brilliant commentary on film-making and modern ethics. Beautiful settings, a brief history lesson, humour, indignation and a really heart-warming tale, what more could you ask for?
(O, and it has Gael Garcia Bernal in it...) ” - elspeth87
8 Minutes Idle
Based upon Matt Thorne's award-winning novel about life in a call centre, "Eight Minutes Idle" is a... (86 mins.)
Revenge of the Electric Car
Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. (90 mins.)
“ I know nothing about cars. I mean nothing. I cannot drive and really have no interest in it. The closest I get are dodgems. Despite this, this film is fascinating.
I was hooked from beginning to end, perhaps because it is not just about cars, it is about the planet, it is about multi-national companies, it is about politics and it is about human nature. Great film. ” - elspeth87
Bill Cunningham New York
A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer. (84 mins.)
The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science. (100 mins.)
The Mexican Suitcase
The story of three lost boxes known as the Mexican Suitcase that were recovered in 2007. The boxes, misplaced in the chaos at the start of WWII... (86 mins.)
I Am Eleven
The lives and thoughts of children from all around the world. It weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to stand on the cusp between childhood and adolescence. (98 mins.)
“ A wonderful documentary which looks through the eyes of eleven year olds from across the planet at the ever confusing world around them.
I really love the way this film captures the innocence of the children's view. It is amazing how insightful some of them are, and also how much it says about their parents. ” - elspeth87
Moon Inside You
Diana is not the only one for whom the monthly period is no fun at all. Headaches, nausea, depression... (75 mins.)
The War You Don't See
Thought-provoking documentary on war propaganda: how governments manipulate the facts and how most media let them get away with it. (97 mins.)
“ I wanted to try to describe this film without using the word fascinating, but I'm not sure that is possible. It is set in post-World War 2 Germany, an era I know little about, and follows the son of a writer of Nazi Propaganda who, to all intensive purposes, believed everything he was writing. Fascinating, right? It starts with a debate about whether something should be dismissed as bad literature because it is propaganda and traces the life of someone who cannot escape the shadow of his father, and is not always sure that he wants to. Well made, and yes, you've guessed it, fascinating. ” - elspeth87
The Forgiveness of Blood
An Albanian family is torn apart by a murder, resulting in a blood feud that makes eldest son Nik a prime target and forces his sister, eldest daughter Rudina, to leave school in order to take over the family business. (109 mins.)
“ This is a remarkable story about something I knew nothing about (as the best films always are). I love the contrast between the history and heritage which is bound so tightly with the blood feud and the teenage rebellion from their parents ways, in the form of texting and videos. Definitely one I would recommend. ” - elspeth87
A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests. (97 mins.)
Madrid, in the seventeenth century. Abandoned at the doorstep of a monastery, Ambrosio has been brought up by the Capucin Friars... (101 mins.)
The Wrong Box
In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other... or can be made to have seemed to do so! (105 mins.)
“ I loved this film. Don't get me wrong it is truly dreadful. Despite the cast, the acting is shoddy, it is farcical and even the humour is off, but I loved it. My favourite scene was definitely ... well I was going to say Peter Sellers with all of his cats, but I'm not sure. There are too many terrible parts to pick just one. Also, as it was filmed in Bath, it is possible to play "I know where that is" with a lot of it. I managed to spot at least 3 Bath locations, and I know that Philip only spotted one. Is this a reason to watch it? Probably not. But just because it is a very poorly made film doesn't mean it can't be fun. ” - elspeth87
Planet of Snail
Young-Chan comes from planet of snail where deaf blind people live slow and quiet lives. When Young-Chan came to Earth... (88 mins.)
A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa. (118 mins.)
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (163 mins.)
Swandown is a travelogue and odyssey of Olympian ambition; a poetic film-diary in which Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair pedal a swan-shaped pedalo from the seaside in Hastings to Hackney in London, via the English inland waterways. (98 mins.)
“ I will admit, this is not my kind of film. It is quite slow-paced and the ideas discussed are done in a way which is quite difficult to access.
It is, however, full of philosophy, poetry and a very picturesque journey. Not my cup of tea, but it might be yours. ” - elspeth87
Things I Don't Understand
Grad student dealing with eviction in Brooklyn forms a cathartic relationship with a local bartender hiding his own secrets and a terminally ill hospice patient she's interviewing for her thesis on what happens after we die. (109 mins.)
Safety Not Guaranteed
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)