Hull Independent Cinema announces new season of fantastic film

Published: Monday 11th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Hull Independent Cinema is delighted to announce its new season of film for January to March 2018. Taking place at Vue Cinema Princes Quay and other venues in the city, it includes the very best award-winning and critically acclaimed new films from around the world, giving audiences in Hull the chance to Discover Something Different.

The programme opens on Tuesday 9 January with The Florida Project, the story of a group of young children and a summer break of childhood wonder under the shadow of the hard times their families are dealing with. From director Sean Baker, the film is both a colourful and funny slice of life and at the same time a sobering look at the social issues facing modern America.

Foreign language gems include Joachim Trier’s Thelma, a thoughtful supernatural thriller from Norway; the return of master auteur Michael Haneke with Happy End, starring Isabelle Huppert; thrilling Japanese action from Takashi Miike in Blade of the Immortal; and a surprising and powerful look at the refugee crisis with a mysterious twist in Hungarian drama Jupiter’s Moon.

The very best of English-language film is represented by titles including the hugely-anticipated Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, and the best-reviewed film of all time on review site Rotten Tomatoes. Alongside it are new films from esteemed directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread) and Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing Missouri), and the wonderfully inventive Manifesto, starring Cate Blanchett.

There are special screenings in partnership with other organisations too. Short film is represented by the third and final part of HIC’s European Film Academy Short Matters Tour, supported by Leeds Film City. The programme showcases the very best new shorts from European film festivals during 2017, including the overall European Short Film prize winner 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo.

The British documentary Brexitannia is a timely and provocative look at how the results of the 2016 EU referendum have been received by people around the country. Presented in partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest, the screening, on Saturday 3 February, will include a post-film discussion and Q&A with the film’s director, Timothy George Kelly, and special guests.

On Tuesday 20 March HIC continues its regular collaboration with Yorkshire Silent Film Festival, bringing the 1925 adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World to the big screen with live piano accompaniment from the wonderful Jonathan Best.

Damien Greco, HIC’s Head of Programming, said, “2017 was a fantastic year at HIC but we’re keeping the momentum going into 2018 with another great programme of the very best new films audiences won’t get the chance to see anywhere else in Hull. And our continuing partnerships with Leeds Film, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Yorkshire Silent Film Festival give us the opportunity to provide even more fantastic film experiences to our audiences.”

See below for a summary of the programme. Full details and ticket information are available on the HIC website. Printed brochures will be available to pick up from HIC screenings and a range of locations around the city, and can be downloaded from the HIC website.

Programme Summary

All events take place at Vue Cinema Hull, Princes Quay Shopping Centre, and start at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated below.

  • Tuesday 9 January: The Florida Project | USA | 109 minutes | Cert 15
    Thursday 18 January: Thelma | Norway | 116 minutes | Cert 15
  • Tuesday 23 January: Manifesto | Germany / Australia | 101 minutes | Cert 15
  • Thursday 1 February: Jane | Documentary | USA | 90 minutes | Cert PG
  • Saturday 3 February, 7.00pm, Hull Truck Theatre: Brexitannia with special guests | UK | 80 minutes + discussion and Q&A | Cert 12A
  • Tuesday 6 February: Happy End | France | 108 minutes | Cert 18
  • Monday 12 February, 7.30pm, Fruit: Short Film City: European Film Academy Short Matters Part 3 | Various | 96 minutes + interval | No certificate 18+ only
  • Thursday 15 February: Blade of the Immortal | Japan | 141 minutes | Cert 18
  • Tuesday 20 February: Jupiter’s Moon | Germany / Hungary | 129 minutes | Cert 15
  • Thursday 8 March: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri | USA / UK | 115 minutes | Cert 15
  • Tuesday 13 March: Phantom Thread | USA | 115 minutes | Cert 15
  • Tuesday 20 March, 7.00pm, Hull Truck Theatre: The Lost World Silent Film with live piano accompaniment | USA | 110 minutes | Cert U
  • Thursday 29 March: Lady Bird | USA | 94 minutes | Cert 15

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Published: Monday 11th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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