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Now showing at City Screen Picturehouse 13-17,Coney Street,York,Yorkshire YO1 9QL 0871 902 5726

  • Amy + Q&A
  • Blood Cells
  • English National Opera Live: Carmen
  • Goldfinger
  • Jurassic World
  • Jurassic World 3D
  • Lauda: The Untold Story + Q&A
  • Mr Holmes
  • Slow West
  • The Look Of Silence
  • Timbuktu

Amy + Q&A 3 stars

Asif Kapadia's controversial documentary about the life and times of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse featuring contributions from her friends and family. The film details Winehouse's battle with drug and alcohol addiction as well as mental health issues, and charts events leading up to her death from alcohol poisoning at the age of just 27.

  • GenreBiography, Documentary, Musical
  • CastAmy Winehouse.
  • DirectorAsif Kapadia.
  • WriterAsif Kapadia.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration127 mins
  • Official site
  • Release03/07/2015

With her distinctive beehive hairdo, thick eyeliner and deep, soulful vocal delivery, Amy Winehouse became an icon for a musical generation. Her debut album Frank left critics and music fans in a daze but it was her follow-up, Back To Black, that rewrote the record books, earning Winehouse five Grammy awards including Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year, plus three Ivor Novello awards for her songwriting and a BRIT award as Best British Female. At the height of this fame and success, Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning, aged 27. Asif Kapadia's controversial documentary charts the life and times of the distinctive singer-songwriter, incorporating contributions from her friends and family, plus some of the people who worked with her and were touched by her fragility and genius. The film details Winehouse's well-publicised battles with drug and alcohol addiction as well as her mental health issues, and pieces together events leading up to her death, posing difficult questions about the culpability of the media and some of her inner circle in her tragic downfall. On Thursday, July 2, cinemas across the UK and Ireland will screen a live transmission of the gala premiere of Amy from London, followed by a Q&A with writer-director Kapadia.

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Tuesday 30th June 2015

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Blood Cells 3 stars

Foot and mouth sweeps through the British countryside and farmers like Cormac are confronted with the prospect of destroying their entire herds to contain the spread of the disease. Soon after his cows go up in flames, Cormac takes his own life with a shotgun. His son Adam flees the devastation and tries to salve his pain with meaningless encounters in London, but the ghosts of the past continue to haunt him.

  • GenreDrama, Indie
  • CastMohammed Ali, Olivia Bernstone, Jimmy Akingbola, Barry Ward, Keith McErlean, Francis Magee.
  • DirectorJoseph Bull, Luke Seomore.
  • WriterJoseph Bull, Luke Seomore, Ben Young.
  • CountryUK/Ita
  • Duration86 mins
  • Official sitewww.bloodcellsfilm.com
  • Release30/06/2015 (selected cinemas)

Foot and mouth sweeps through the British countryside and farmers like Cormac (Francis Magee) are confronted with the prospect of destroying their entire herds to contain the spread of the disease. Soon after his cows go up in flames, Cormac takes his own life with a shotgun. His son Adam (Barry Ward) flees the devastation and tries to salve his pain with meaningless encounters in London, but the ghosts of the past continue to haunt him. Out of the blue, Adam's brother makes contact to let his sibling know that he is to become an uncle and should return home immediately for the birth. Tormented by everything he has lost, Adam agonises about a reunion with his loved ones and he initially seeks comfort with a cousin (Keith McErlean) and then in a hostel, where an evangelist called Debo (Jimmy Akingbola) tries to persuade Adam to seek answers from the Bible.

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Tuesday 30th June 2015

English National Opera Live: Carmen 3 stars

An opera in four acts by the French composer Georges Bizet.

  • GenreDrama, Special
  • CastJustina Gringyte.
  • DirectorCalixto Bieito.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration165 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 1st July 2015

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Goldfinger 4 stars

In James Bond's third mission, M entreats Bond to keep a close eye on bullion-obsessed entrepreneur Auric Goldfinger and his pint-sized henchman Oddjob. Slowly, Bond learns about Operation Grand Slam, a daring plot to infiltrate the US gold reserves at Fort Knox and render the stores worthless with an atomic bomb. Sexy pilot Pussy Galore, who heads the Flying Circus which is key to Goldfinger's plans, has to decide where her loyalties lie - with Auric, or in bed with James.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Classic, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance, Thriller
  • CastSean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Frobe, Harold Sakata, Bernard Lee, Shirley Eaton, Lois Maxwell, Tania Mallet.
  • DirectorGuy Hamilton.
  • WriterRichard Maibaum, Paul Dehn.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration107 mins
  • Official site
  • Release31/07/2007

James Bond's third mission features the iconic image of Shirley Eaton lying on a bed covered in gold paint. Her demise is a pivotal moment in this classic adventure, which won an Oscar for its special effects. M (Bernard Lee) entreats Bond (Sean Connery) to keep a close eye on bullion-obsessed entrepreneur Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) and his pint-sized henchman Oddjob (Harold Sakata). Slowly, Bond learns about Operation Grand Slam, a daring plot to infiltrate the US gold reserves at Fort Knox and render the stores worthless with an atomic bomb. Sexy pilot Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), who heads the Flying Circus which is key to Goldfinger's plans, has to decide where her loyalties lie - with Auric, or in bed with James.

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Thursday 2nd July 2015

Jurassic World 4 stars

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The Jurassic World theme park is open on Isla Nublar under the control of Operations Manager Claire Dearing. The park's scientists play God by performing genetic modification experiments to breed a new dinosaur: the Indominus Rex. When this hulking beast escapes confinement and goes on the rampage in a park crowded with terrified tourists, animal wrangler Owen Grady races to the rescue.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Family, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastJudy Greer, Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nick Robinson.
  • DirectorColin Trevorrow.
  • WriterRick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration124 mins
  • Official sitewww.jurassicworld.com
  • Release11/06/2015

In the original Jurassic Park, scientists reanimate dinosaurs on a tropical island and quickly discover their arrogant folly. "Life breaks free. It expands to new territories and crashes through barriers," wisely observes Jeff Goldblum's doom-mongering chaos mathematician. His words reverberate throughout this fourth instalment of the blockbusting dino-franchise.

Director Colin Trevorrow and three co-writers step back in time, using the structure and heightened human drama of the first film as a solid template for this return to Isla Nublar. Jurassic World begs, borrows and affectionately steals from the 1993 box office behemoth, including a cameo for the Mr DNA animation and a set piece in the iconic visitor centre (now overgrown).

Two stricken children are a focal point when the park goes into meltdown, and mission control boasts a nerdy computer wizard (Jake Johnson) for mild comic relief. If the nuts and bolts of the screenplay are unabashedly retro, the special effects are undeniably state-of-the-art, realising creatures great and small, which chomp through countless extras and the main cast.

This is by far the bloodiest chapter of the Jurassic saga, if not quite the best. Jurassic World opened to the public in 2005 and now welcomes more than 20,000 visitors a day. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) oversees park operations, while Dr Henry Wu (BD Wong) plays God in the laboratories, splicing DNA strands to create terrifying new breeds.

"Consumers want them bigger, louder, more teeth," Claire tells a group of investors. Thus the ferocious and highly intelligent Indominus Rex is born. "This will give the parents nightmares," shudders park CEO Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), who took up the mantle from John Hammond to open an isle of prehistoric wonders.

When the Indominus Rex escapes her paddock, Claire begs naval officer-turned-animal behaviour specialist Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) for help. He has been working on the island with Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio), head of InGen Security, on a top-secret project involving four captive velociraptors.

Claire is distraught because her nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), are trapped in the middle of the bloodbath. She implores Owen to rescue the boys, tracking them by footprints and scent. "I was in the Navy, not the Navajo," he reminds her.

Jurassic World is a muscular, rollicking romp that captures some of the adrenaline-pumping thrills and jaw-dropping awe we felt more than 20 years ago when Steven Spielberg first unleashed dinosaurs back into multiplexes.

Pratt is an instantly likable hero and he catalyses a simmering screen chemistry with Howard as the workaholic who faces the dino-pocalypse in highly inappropriate footwear. D'Onofrio glowers as one of the film's boo-hiss villains, who views the creatures as expendable assets. "We own them. Extinct animals have no rights," he snarls.

Action sequences are orchestrated at a lick, seamlessly integrating digital trickery with live action including chaotic scenes of a flock of pteranodons plucking visitors from the ground. "Remember: something chases you, run!" advises Zach and Gray's mom at the beginning of the film. Wise words.

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Wednesday 1st July 2015
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Jurassic World 3D 4 stars

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The Jurassic World theme park is open on Isla Nublar under the control of Operations Manager Claire Dearing. The park's scientists play God by performing genetic modification experiments to breed a new dinosaur: the Indominus Rex. When this hulking beast escapes confinement and goes on the rampage in a park crowded with terrified tourists, animal wrangler Owen Grady races to the rescue.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Family, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastJudy Greer, Chris Pratt, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nick Robinson.
  • DirectorColin Trevorrow.
  • WriterRick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration124 mins
  • Official sitewww.jurassicworld.com
  • Release11/06/2015

In the original Jurassic Park, scientists reanimate dinosaurs on a tropical island and quickly discover their arrogant folly. "Life breaks free. It expands to new territories and crashes through barriers," wisely observes Jeff Goldblum's doom-mongering chaos mathematician. His words reverberate throughout this fourth instalment of the blockbusting dino-franchise.

Director Colin Trevorrow and three co-writers step back in time, using the structure and heightened human drama of the first film as a solid template for this return to Isla Nublar. Jurassic World begs, borrows and affectionately steals from the 1993 box office behemoth, including a cameo for the Mr DNA animation and a set piece in the iconic visitor centre (now overgrown).

Two stricken children are a focal point when the park goes into meltdown, and mission control boasts a nerdy computer wizard (Jake Johnson) for mild comic relief. If the nuts and bolts of the screenplay are unabashedly retro, the special effects are undeniably state-of-the-art, realising creatures great and small, which chomp through countless extras and the main cast.

This is by far the bloodiest chapter of the Jurassic saga, if not quite the best. Jurassic World opened to the public in 2005 and now welcomes more than 20,000 visitors a day. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) oversees park operations, while Dr Henry Wu (BD Wong) plays God in the laboratories, splicing DNA strands to create terrifying new breeds.

"Consumers want them bigger, louder, more teeth," Claire tells a group of investors. Thus the ferocious and highly intelligent Indominus Rex is born. "This will give the parents nightmares," shudders park CEO Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan), who took up the mantle from John Hammond to open an isle of prehistoric wonders.

When the Indominus Rex escapes her paddock, Claire begs naval officer-turned-animal behaviour specialist Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) for help. He has been working on the island with Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio), head of InGen Security, on a top-secret project involving four captive velociraptors.

Claire is distraught because her nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), are trapped in the middle of the bloodbath. She implores Owen to rescue the boys, tracking them by footprints and scent. "I was in the Navy, not the Navajo," he reminds her.

Jurassic World is a muscular, rollicking romp that captures some of the adrenaline-pumping thrills and jaw-dropping awe we felt more than 20 years ago when Steven Spielberg first unleashed dinosaurs back into multiplexes.

Pratt is an instantly likable hero and he catalyses a simmering screen chemistry with Howard as the workaholic who faces the dino-pocalypse in highly inappropriate footwear. D'Onofrio glowers as one of the film's boo-hiss villains, who views the creatures as expendable assets. "We own them. Extinct animals have no rights," he snarls.

Action sequences are orchestrated at a lick, seamlessly integrating digital trickery with live action including chaotic scenes of a flock of pteranodons plucking visitors from the ground. "Remember: something chases you, run!" advises Zach and Gray's mom at the beginning of the film. Wise words.

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Tuesday 30th June 2015
Wednesday 1st July 2015
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Lauda: The Untold Story + Q&A 3 stars

At the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring circuit, Austrian driver Niki Lauda crashed in his Ferrari and was trapped inside the vehicle when it burst into flames. He suffered severe burns and inhaled toxic fumes, coming close to death, yet six weeks later, he defied medical advice to race again. This documentary investigates events surrounding the crash and the subsequent campaign to improve driver safety.

  • GenreBiography, Documentary
  • CastMark Weber, Jochen Mass, Hans-Joachim Wagner.
  • DirectorHannes Michael Schalle.
  • WriterHannes M Schalle, Guenther Mitterhuber, Alistair Audsley, Hannes Michael Schalle.
  • CountryUK/Ger
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official site
  • Release02/07/2015 (selected cinemas)

At the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring circuit, Austrian driver Niki Lauda crashed in his Ferrari and was trapped inside the vehicle when it burst into flames. He suffered severe burns and inhaled toxic fumes, coming close to death, yet six weeks later, he defied medical advice to race again. Hannes Michael Schalle's documentary investigates events surrounding the crash and the subsequent campaign to improve driver safety, featuring contributions from Formula One legends past and present including David Coulthard, Lewis Hamilton, Jochen Mass, Nico Rosberg, Sir Jackie Stewart and Hans Joachin Stuck.

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Thursday 2nd July 2015

Mr Holmes 3 stars

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The year is 1947 and Sherlock Holmes, now 93, is a shadow of the brilliant logician, who once held court at 221b Baker Street flanked by Dr Watson and Mrs Hudson. The ageing sleuth has retired to Cuckmere Haven, where he fusses over his beehives and infuriates his widowed housekeeper, Mrs Munro. Her spirited son Roger inspires Sherlock to delve into the fog of the past to recall his only unsolved case - a missing person enquiry in 1919.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Thriller
  • CastSir Ian McKellen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Laura Linney, Milo Parker.
  • DirectorBill Condon.
  • WriterJeffrey Hatcher.
  • CountryUK/US
  • Duration104 mins
  • Official site
  • Release19/06/2015

No one is immune to the allure of that cruel and merciless mistress: time. She saps strength and suppleness from athletic bodies, defies every cream to wither beauty and dulls the sharpest intellects. Mr Holmes imagines the twilight years of one of literature's icons, who is facing the grim reality of dementia with what remains of his once-glorious wit, aided by doses of a rare restorative plant from Japan called Prickly Ash.

This Sherlock, portrayed with dignity and steely resolve by Sir Ian McKellen, is no longer the aloof master of deduction who traversed the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's imagination. Instead, he tends bees on the Sussex coast, haunted by the one case he failed to solve - if only he could recall the facts.

Bill Condon's slow-burning drama tests our little grey cells with a perplexing subplot: The Curious Case Of The Thrice Oscar-Nominated Actress And The Wayward Accent. Laura Linney is one of the finest performers of her generation, but here she is undone by a vocal delivery that roams wildly between the West Country, Ireland and America. Her valiant struggles are an unnecessary distraction.

The year is 1947 and Sherlock Holmes (McKellen), now 93, is a shadow of the brilliant logician, who once held court at 221b Baker Street flanked by Dr Watson (Colin Starkey) and Mrs Hudson (Sarah Crowden).

The ageing sleuth has retired to Cuckmere Haven, where he fusses over his hives, struggles to piece together fractured memories and infuriates his widowed housekeeper, Mrs Munro (Linney). Her spirited son Roger (Milo Parker) is fascinated by Sherlock and the boy shows a natural aptitude with the bees.

"Exceptional children are often the product of unremarkable parents," Holmes coldly observes, wounding Mrs Munro. The lad inspires Sherlock to delve into the fog of the past to recall his only unsolved case - a missing person enquiry in 1919 involving a distraught husband, Thomas Kelmot (Patrick Kennedy), and his beautiful wife Ann (Hattie Morahan).

As Sherlock's addled mind drifts between that ill-fated pre-war investigation and the present, the old man edges ever closer to an inglorious end.

Mr Holmes is distinguished by McKellen's measured central performance and the strong support from rising star Parker. The script slowly unravels the myth of the literary sleuth, including one bittersweet scene of the ageing Sherlock watching a film in which Basil Rathbone portrays him with unnatural gusto.

Plotting is pedestrian - there are no twists or big reveals - allowing us plenty of time to marvel at the picturesque locations, including one breath-taking shot of the White Cliffs of Dover. We'll meet Holmes again, in many different guises, but few will be as heartbreakingly frail or haunting as this.

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Tuesday 30th June 2015
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Slow West 4 stars

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Fresh-faced 17-year-old Jay Cavendish journeys from the cold shoulder of Scotland to the baking heart of America to find his love: peasant's daughter Rose Ross. Jay is poorly equipped to survive the brutality of the frontier west, where cigar-chewing outlaws like Payne and his posse roam with murderous intent. The teenager crosses paths with a world-weary bounty hunter called Silas Selleck, who proposes to chaperone Jay for a fee. The two loners form a tender yet fragile bond.

  • GenreAction, Drama, Romance, Thriller, Western
  • CastBen Mendelsohn, Rory McCann, Michael Fassbender, Caren Pistorius, Kodi Smit-McPhee.
  • DirectorJohn Maclean.
  • WriterJohn Maclean.
  • CountryUK/NZ
  • Duration83 mins
  • Official sitewww.slowwestmovie.com
  • Release26/06/2015 (selected cinemas)

John Maclean, one-time DJ and sampler with The Beta Band, makes an impressive feature film directorial debut with this stylish western shot on location in New Zealand. Confidently abiding by conventions of the genre, Slow West is a classic coming of age story, which positions a resourceful young woman at the heart of the blood-spattered action.

"Wearing a dress don't make her a lady," observes one grizzled character, reminding us that appearances can be deceptive in the dustbowl of 1870s Colorado. This no place for the weak or demure. A moment's hesitation to pull a trigger separates the living and the dead, and no one sheds a tear when you're gone because they are too busy ransacking your pockets.

Maclean's lean script, which gallops to just 83 minutes, won't leave audiences feeling saddle sore and the writer-director confidently orchestrates shoot outs that culminate in a double-digit body count.

Fresh-faced 17-year-old, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), journeys "from the cold shoulder of Scotland to the baking heart of America to find his love." In a mosaic of flashbacks, we discover that the impressionable young man, son of a landowner (Alex Macqueen), pursued a Highland fling with peasant's daughter Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius).

She tried in vain to douse Jay's ardour, informing him, "You're the little brother I never had." Rose and her father (Rory McCann) departed for foreign climes and now lovesick whelp Jay is on their trail, determined to woo the object of his unrequited affections.

Jay is poorly equipped to survive the brutality of the frontier west, where cigar-chewing outlaws like Payne (Ben Mendelsohn) and his posse roam with murderous intent. The teenager crosses paths with a world-weary bounty hunter called Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender), who proposes to chaperone Jay for a fee.

The two loners form a tender yet fragile bond as they trot through a series of misadventures. "There's more to life than just surviving," philosophises Jay, as Silas shaves his almost hairless chin with a knife. "Yeah, there's dying," growls the gunslinger, who has neglected to tell Jay that his beloved Rose and her old man are wanted dead or alive for 2,000 US dollars.

Slow West is a compelling portrait of an era, as seen through the eyes of a jack rabbit, who has strayed into a den of wolves. Smit-McPhee brings an appealing innocence to his stargazing dreamer, who learns harsh lessons about placing trust in strangers on the road.

In stark contrast, Fassbender swaggers with ominous intent, shrouding his character in ambiguity so we are never entirely sure of his allegiances until a barnstorming final reckoning. The actors are an exceedingly odd couple, yet somehow the mismatch works, set against the majestic locations captured in all of their sprawling glory by Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan.

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Tuesday 30th June 2015
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The Look Of Silence 3 stars

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A documentary about the genocide in Indonesia in the 1960s and the repercussions for citizens today. The film focuses on a forty-something ophthalmologist called Adi, whose petty criminal brother Ramli was killed by the militia before Adi was born. Haunted by this tragic past, Adi travels around the country from house to house, fitting strangers for spectacles so they can see clearly in the aftermath of the atrocities.

  • GenreDocumentary, World
  • DirectorJoshua Oppenheimer.
  • WriterJoshua Oppenheimer.
  • CountryDen/Fin/In
  • Duration103 mins
  • Official sitewww.thelookofsilence.co.uk
  • Release12/06/2015 (selected cinemas)

In 2012, Joshua Oppenheimer directed the chilling documentary The Act Of Killing, which invited Anwar Congo, leader of the Indonesian death squads, to re-enact the murder and torture of more than a million suspected Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals during the 1960s in the style of the American movies they love. For his follow-up, Oppenheimer focuses once again on the genocide in Indonesia in the 1960s and the repercussions for citizens today. His subject is a forty-something ophthalmologist called Adi, whose petty criminal brother Ramli was killed by the militia before Adi was born. Haunted by this tragic past, Adi travels around the country from house to house, fitting strangers for spectacles so they can see clearly in the aftermath of the atrocities.

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Timbuktu 3 stars

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A herdsman called Kidane enjoys a simple life with his wife Satima and their 12-year-old daughter. When a local fisherman kills Kidane's cow, the father confronts the culprit with unpredictably tragic consequences. The herdsman is judged for his regrettable crime by a warped justice system that doesn't allow for sentiment or mercy.

  • GenreDrama, Romance, World
  • CastPino Desperado, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Ibrahim Ahmed.
  • DirectorAbderrahmane Sissako.
  • WriterAbderrahmane Sissako, Kessen Tall.
  • CountryFr/Maurita
  • Duration96 mins
  • Official sitewww.cohenmedia.net/films/timbuktu
  • Release29/05/2015 (selected cinemas)

Nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars, Abderrahmane Sissako's harrowing drama unfolds in and around the titular city, where daily rituals are conducted in three languages: Arabic, French and Touareg. A herdsman called Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed) enjoys a simple life with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki) and their 12-year-old daughter. When a local fisherman kills Kidane's cow, the father confronts the culprit with unpredictably tragic consequences. The herdsman is judged for his regrettable crime by a warped justice system that doesn't allow for sentiment or mercy.

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Thursday 2nd July 2015