Check out the latest films at Curzon Clevedon’s ‘Stream with us Service’

As you will have probably heard by now Curzon Clevedon have teamed up with a number of different distributors and launched a digital ‘Stream With Us’ service. They have hand-picked a variety of quality films to keep us entertained during this very long lockdown!

50% of the  ticket will go to the Curzon who like Clevedon Pier are losing much needed revenue. Monies made from initiatives like this will help to ensure their survival for future generations.  

This has all been made possible by the generous funding recently received, to help keep the Curzon running as a viable business, from the British Film Institute as part of the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

If you’re not sure how it works, worry not because the Curzon team have included some very useful FAQs which will help you start your streaming journey. Here’s the link:  https://www.curzon.org.uk/stream-with-us/

Here’s the programme streaming in the  virtual cinema from January 29th

Assassins

In 2017, Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, was assassinated in the bustling departures hall of Malaysia’s international airport. The spectacularly brazen murder happened in broad daylight, filmed entirely by security cameras. Footage showed two young women approaching Jong-nam from behind, covering his eyes with their hands, and pressing VX—the most lethal nerve gas on earth—into his eyes. He was dead within an hour. If the murder sounds extreme, the story that came next was even more bizarre: the two women who killed Jong-nam claimed they had simply been hired to pull a video prank. The Malaysian government scoffed, arrested and imprisoned the women and put them on trial for murder, facing execution. But was their outlandish story actually the truth?

‘It’s like a John le Carré thriller for the Instagram generation. Only it’s real.’ Kevin Maher Times UK

What an extraordinary story of sexism, violence, diplomatic bad faith and dishonesty on an international scale.‘ Peter Bradshaw Guardian

‘Tells an extraordinary and almost unbelievable story in a detailed and meticulously crafted way.’ Rob Adams Backseat Mafia

Manifesto

From acclaimed visual artist Julian Rosefeldt, MANIFESTO features two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett in 13 distinct, must-see vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements. From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleon-like Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself as never before. Rosefeldt weaves together history’s most impassioned artistic statements in this stunning and contemporary call to action

‘Cate Blanchet is astonishing in bravura character study – a hypnotically fascinating exploration’ – The Guardian

‘It is conceptual in nature, nontraditional in form, and perfectly esoteric in appeal.’ – Variety

Coup 53 + Q&A with Michael Moore and Ralph Fiennes

While making a documentary about the CIA/MI6 coup in Iran in 1953, Iranian director Taghi Amirani and editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, The English Patient) discover never seen before archive material hidden for decades.

The 16mm footage and documents not only allow the filmmakers to tell the story of the overthrow of the Iranian government in unprecedented detail, but it also lead to explosive revelations about dark secrets buried for 67 years. Working with Ralph Fiennes to help bring the lost material to life, what began as a historical documentary about four days in August 1953 turns into a live investigation, taking the filmmakers into uncharted cinematic waters. The roots of Iran’s volatile relationship with America and Britain has never been so forensically and dramatically exposed.

‘This powerful and authoritative documentary by the Iranian filmmaker Taghi Amirani is as gripping as any thriller…a riveting documentary on a very British coup…a grim curtain-raiser to today’s tragedies.’ – The Guardian 

‘It wins you over with its scrappy underdog antics and then, later, bowls you over with its heavyweight insights. It’s like taking a swim in John le Carré’s brain.’ – Time Out

Shaff

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, bought to you in collaboration with Clevedon Skate Project.

SHAFF holds a special resonance this year: the importance of getting outside for our daily dose of exercise, plus the definite lack of adventure, have been in the minds of many, pushing people to try new sports and reassess their lifestyle. The upside of Covid creating new digital platforms, means that this is one fantastic film festival we wouldn’t usually get to see this far south. 

SHAFF scour the world, sourcing the best in outdoor and adventure films from around the globe: so sit back, get inspired and feel the rush of adrenaline (without hanging from a cliff).

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Away

After a mysterious crash landing, a young boy wakes up alone on an exotic island. He’s being chased by a dark spirit, although it’s unclear whether the spirit means to help or harm the boy. A motorcycle appears, providing safe travel to the boy, and he makes friends with a local songbird who offers guidance. Soon they are off on their own adventure, trying to escape the dark spirit, learn more about the mysterious crash landing, and uncover the true nature of the exotic island.

Written, produced, directed, scored, and animated entirely by award winning Latvian filmmaker Gints Zilbalodis, AWAY was beautifully crafted over a period of more than three years, developed from a previous short Zilbalodis had been working on. The story, told without dialogue over a series of breathtaking backgrounds, is equally inspired by reality, dreams, and waking fantasies.

‘“Away” is an astonishingly beautiful story. A boy discovers himself in a dreamlike landscape and embarks on a journey – part terrifying, part affirming, totally entrancing. The graphic style is reminiscent of Miyazaki, but unlike the work of the Ghibli Studio, Gints Zilbalodis animated, directed, edited and scored this film all by himself. An extraordinary feat.’ – Reviewed by our very own CEO, Susannah Shaw.

Family Romance, llc

Yuichi Ishii is the founder of the Tokyo-based Family Romance, LLC, a real-life company which hires out actors to play stand-in family members and friends. However, when Yuichi takes the part of a long-lost father to a 12-year-old girl named Mahiro (Mahiro Tanimoto), the line between reality and performance begins to blur.

‘Is it a docudrama? A meta-doc? Staged reality? However you define it, it’s enthralling, unsettling and typically Herzogian.‘ – Time Out

‘It is Herzog’s best film since 2010’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams – seemingly slight at first, but with a premise that snags in your brain, and moments of pure oddball transcendence.’ – Daily Telegraph

MLK/FBI

MLK / FBI is the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly discovered and declassified files, utilizing a trove of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the government’s history of targeting Black activists, and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals. Featuring interviews with key cultural figures including former FBI Director James Comey and directed by Emmy® Award-winner and Oscar®-nominee Sam Pollard, MLK / FBI tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment.

‘Through a skillful assembly of documents, propaganda, candid clips and photos, Pollard — a veteran editor of multiple Spike Lee films — paints a picture of how J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI mounted an obsessive white supremacist campaign to tarnish the reputation of the civil rights leader.’ – Empire 

Luxor

British aid worker Hana (Andrea Riseborough) has been working in a war trauma unit along the border between Jordan and Syria, and returns to the ancient city of Luxor, where she arrives at the storied Winter Palace Hotel for a few days of rest. Traumatized by the horrors she’s witnessed, she bumps into former boyfriend Sultan (Karim Saleh) by chance.

An archeologist, Sultan takes her to his latest dig in the Valley of the Kings to help take her mind off of things. Her next assignment is in Yemen, but she feels broken, unable to handle another war zone. Haunted by the familiar place and unable to access all of her memories of Luxor, she struggles to reconcile her past choices with the uncertainty of the present.

‘In its modest, quiet maturity, “Luxor” avoids the cliché of presenting the East as exotic… – it’s the rare travel story that understands how sometimes being someplace else is as much about the “being” as it is the “someplace else.” – LA Times

Falling

John (Viggo Mortensen) was born to a loving mother, Gwen (Hannah Gross), and a father Willis (Lance Henriksen), who embraces masculinity, taking his son duck hunting while he’s a toddler and allowing him to pull the trigger. However, Willis also has a hair trigger temper, which eventually drives his wife away and alienates John and his younger sister Sarah, who alternately hate and fear being in his presence.

When Willis is elderly and begins to show signs of dementia, John brings him to his home in California in order to be able to take care of the man. However, in his elder years, Willis has become more toxic than ever. A stream of racist and homophobic comments constantly flow from his mouth. John, who is gay, is married to another man and has an adopted daughter, but despite his horrific experience as a child with his father, still feels bound by duty to take care of Willis

‘A very substantial achievement.’ – The Guardian

‘Poetic yet accessible, Falling proves a deeply-felt directorial bow for Mortensen.’ – The Radio Times

HGS 2021 Call for entries!

Featuring short films shot in, inspired by or created by filmmakers hailing from our cosy corner of the British Isles, Homegrown Shorts provides a platform for the emerging cinematic voices grown in the fertile soil of the South-West.

Based at the Curzon, the film festival is now in its 5th year, having had films submitted from over 100 filmmakers, ranging from stop-motion shot on phones to 35mm digitized film.

To enter, email badgerclubproductions@gmail.com by Feb 28th

For further information, please contact: 

Curzon Cinema & Arts Marketing  Email petra.mansour-moffatt@curzon.org.uk  / Tel 01275 879115 

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