March 6 - March 13 2014
Afternoon Delight: in writer-director Jill Soloway’s comedy of manners a disaffected middle-class LA housewife (Kathryn Hahn) visits a strip club with her husband (Josh Radnor) and decides to rescue a young lap dancer (Juno Temple) by moving her into the family home as live-in nanny which unleashes unimagined and colourful waves of change into her life and community (Cert 15, Showroom)..
Bastards: in writer-director Claire Denis’s distinctive take on film noir sea captain Marco (Vincent Lindon,) is called back to Parish by his sister with news her husband has committed suicide, her daughter is missing and the family business has gone under and he soon discovers a dangerous underworld of violence, corruption and exploitation that will culminate in a final, shocking revelation (Cert 18, Showroom).
Escape From Planet Earth:3D animated family comedy in which astronaut Scorch Supernova (voiced by Brendan Fraser) rejects the warning of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), and sets off on a mission to a notoriously dangerous planet ande is caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (William Shatner) and it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to save the day (Cert U, Cineworld, Odeon, Vue).
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson’s latest whimsical tale set l against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, who inherits a priceless Renaissance painting from an elderly admirer (Tilda Swinton) and is accused of theft by her family and is forced to go on the run the battle (Cert 15, Showroom, Cineworld).
300 - Rise of an Empire: based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel, Xerxes, the new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield — the high seas —as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) is pitted against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy (Cert 15, Cineworld 2D, 3D, IMAX,, Odeon, Vue).
As The Palaces Burn: documentary telling the story of how top US metal band Lamb of God’s career was nearly derailed by a manslaughter charge on tour in the Czech Republic followed by Q&A with the band (Cert 15, Cineworld, Thursday, March 6, 8.30pm).
Total Siyapaa: Brit-Asian urban-ist rom-com about an Indian girl, played by Yami Gautam, who falls in love with Pakistani boy Ali Zafar with real life couple, Anupam Kher and Kiron Kher providing a comical element in the film shot in London and directed by E Niwas of My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves
101 Dalmatians: Disney’s 1961 animated classic of amorous dogs, their litter of puppies and Cruella De Vil who has her heart set on a brand new coat made from the finest Dalmatian fur (Cert U, Showroom, Saturday Club, midday craft activity, 1pm film screening)
National Theatre Live - War Horse: recorded screening of Michael Morpurgo’s novel adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford which has become an international smash hit thanks to its life-sized puppets (Cert 12A, Showroom, Sunday, 2pm; Cineworld, Thursday, March 13, 7pm)
Ronin: John Frankenheimer’s 1998 action thriller in which Irishwoman Natascha McElhone recruits a crack international team of Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Stellan Skarsgard, Skip Sudduth and Sean Bean to grab a mysterious briefcase from criminals (Ceret 15, South Sea Cinema Club, Spooner Road, Broomhill, Monday)..
Need For Speed: Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul in street racer vengeance thriller. (Cert 12A, Cineworld, previews Wednesday and Thursday, March 13)
Yurusarezarumono: Korean-Japanese filmmaker Lee Sang-il re-works the Clint Eastwood Western, Unforgiven, with Ken Watanabe in the lead role in a story set at the dawn of the Meiji Era in 1880 as the Ainu aborigines strive to settle their land alongside the new regime (Cert 15, Cineworld, Wednesday and Thursday, March 13)
Best of ShAFF 2013, Part 3: featuring My Life - The Big Climb in which 13 year old Ella becomes the youngest ever girl to summit the big wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan with her “smelly, snoring” dad, Sheffield climber Andy Kirkpatrick and The Dragon’s Back, Sheffield’s slackjaw Films account of the five-day journey tracing the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle (Showroom, Thursday 13 March, 8.15pm).
East Side Stories
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme at the Showroom
Otakus in Love: 2004 live-action adaptation of a madcap manga, a quirky love-drama about two social misfits – ‘rock’ manga artist Mon and Koino who is obsessed with cosplay, a form of role playing, in which fans dress up like their favourite characters (Friday, 6pm).
Colourful: anime which is a contemplation of the Buddhist concept of reincarnation, and an examination of the tragedy of teenage suicide in Japan (Saturday, 1.30pm).
Your Friends: two schoolgirls form a friendship strengthened by their disabilities that their classmates can neither understand nor share (Saturday, 4pm)
Capturing Dad: Ryota Nakano’s award-winning debut feature in which two young sisters embark on a trip to visit their estranged father who is dying of cancer to fulfil their mother’s request to capture a photo of him. film (Sunday, 4.30pm).
Love Strikes!: in romantic comedy based on a manga and TV series nerdy, diffident and pop culture-loving blogger Yukiyo (Mirai Moriyama) finds himself all of a sudden more popular with girls (Sunday, 6.15pm).
Parade: four young flatmates sharing a tiny Tokyo apartment find their lives thrown into disarray when a mysterious golden-haired stranger takes residence on their sofa, just when a number of brutal murders have been committed in a nearby park (Monday, 6.30pm).
18 Who Cause a Storm: a worker in a shipbuilding yard is offered the chance to boost his wages by managing a dormitory inhabited by a pack of 18 adolescents (Tuesday, 6.15pm).
Shindo: facing various doubts and problems, and haunted by her father’s disappearance, piano prodigy Uta forms an unlikely friendship with the older Wao, a less talented musician who lacks the drive to succeed (Tuesday, 8.30pm).
The Drudgery Train: offbeat coming-of-age tale in which a charming, rebellious high school dropout named Kanta befriends the kind, provincial Shoji and the two give each other confidence - especially regarding the pursuit of the opposite sex but Kanta soon discovers life is not as easy as he thought (Wednesday, 6.15pm).
Sorry: following 12-year-old Sei’s abrupt and unfortunate introduction into puberty when he discovers the beautiful and elusive Nao, a girl one year his senior (Wednesday, 8.30pm).
The Story of Yonosuke: a naive but self-confident student touches everyone he meets and decades later his friends’ stories paint a picture of his life unaware of the selfless tragedy that has befallen him (Thursday, March 13, 6.15pm).