Some films just need extra time to develop their themes, grow and draw us more comprehensively into their worlds. This competition programme is dedicated to showcasing the best of these longer films. If you find the regular competition programmes a bit of a roller coaster ride, this screening is your animation limousine.
After the screening there will be a Q&A with the Angels and Ghosts team discussing the themes of science and psychosis. Sara Kenney (Director), Dr Emmanuelle Peters (Science Advisor for the film), and Dr Tom Ziessen (Grants Manager at the Wellcome Trust and Manager for the People Award, which funded this film), will all be joining us.
Junkyard (Hisko Hulsing, 2012)
One of the most acclaimed, awarded and gripping films of the year. Stabbed in the street, a man uses his dying moments to summon up memories of a childhood best friend, who had drifted into the murky world of drugs and crime.
Miniyamba (Luc Perez, 2012)
Abdu, a Malian blues singer, who dreams of a better life in Europe, sets out on a perilous journey across Africa. A trip to the Niger River to the barbed wire of the Ceuta, where dreams are confronted with the harsh reality, the distant lights of the West.
The Mystery of the Malakka Mountain (Jakub Wroński, 2012)
Six-year-old Junior is an extremely emotionally mature child. In a cloud of cigarette smoke he ponders life, people and their problems. When his father, a famous pilot, crashes somewhere in China in mysterious circumstances, Junior decides to set off on a journey to find out exactly what happened. A mesmerising story about growing up and searching for the truth.
Hollow Land (Michelle & Uri Kranot, 2013)
A story about the eternal human search for home with the dream of Utopia. Solomon and Berta are two seekers who arrive in a land that promises respite from their many journeys, their treasure bathtub improbably in tow. From the first optimistic moments after their arrival, to the final haunting scene at sea, Hollowland captures the state of being displaced – whether by circumstance or by choice.
Ziegenort (Tomasz Popakul, 2013)
Fish Boy is a teenager facing the challenges of growing up. Half boy, half fish, his drama is set against the background of a seemingly idyllic fishing village, where his father wants to teach him how to become a fisherman. A near-perfect use of the powerfully creative possibilities of a black and white visual palette.
Angels and Ghosts (Sara Kenney , 2013)
Based on a true story narrated by Oscar Nominee, Samantha Morton, Amber is a young girl on a quest to find her brothers who have disappeared. A gripping adventure exploring the potent themes of mental health and family bonds.