A new season of independent film has been announced for Hull for April to June 2018. Taking place at Vue Cinema at Princes Quay and Hull Truck Theatre, it includes the very best award-winning and critically-acclaimed new films from around the world, giving audiences in the city the chance to discover something different.
The programme, by Hull Independent Cinema, opens on Tuesday 3 April at Vue Cinema Hull Princes Quay with Journey’s End, set in a British trench in 1918. The film explores the story of a group of officers awaiting an imminent attack and how they deal with their impending fate. Based on R C Sherriff’s 1920s play, this British film is a thoughtful and emotional look at the banality of war, and was requested by many regular members of the HIC audience.
Foreign language gems include Loveless, a hard-hitting Russian drama from the director of Leviathan; Sebastián Lelio’s moving transgender tale A Fantastic Woman (pictured), winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar; a star-studded cast in Palme D’Or winner The Square; François Ozon’s mysterious romance L’Amant Double; and sumptuous Japanese animation Mary and the Witch’s Flower.
The very best of English-language film is represented by titles such as You Were Never Really Here, the hugely-anticipated new film from Lynne Ramsey telling the story of a traumatised war veteran; American coming-of-age tales from Cory Finlay and Todd Haynes in Thoroughbreds and Wonderstruck; and British dramas Beast and Lean on Pete. Documentary and fashion lovers are catered for with a screening of Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, telling the story of punk rock’s Grande Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Beyond the weekly programme of film, HIC will also be hosting the welcome return of music documentary festival Doc’n Roll Film Festival in early May with five days of film screenings and live music, and the return of the ever-popular Yorkshire Silents with a mini-season of three fantastic silent films with live music accompaniment at the end of May. Watch out for more details of these programmes nearer the time.
Damien Greco, HIC’s Head of Programming, said: “Our first season of 2018 has been a great success, with sell-out crowds demonstrating the continuing demand for great film in Hull. As ever, we’re confident that our new season will continue to bring our fantastic audiences more of the amazing independent and world cinema that they won’t get the chance to see anywhere else in Hull. And we’re really looking forward to continuing our relationships with Yorkshire Silents and Doc’n Roll Film Festival with some brilliant special film programmes on top of our regular screenings.”
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.
All films at Vue Cinema Hull Princes Quay start at 7.30pm, all films at Hull Truck Theatre start at 7pm.
Tuesday 3 April, Vue: Journey’s End | Saul Dibb | 2018 | UK | Cert 12A
Thursday 12 April, Vue: Loveless | Andrey Zvyagintsev | 2017 | Russia | Cert 15
Wednesday 18 April, Truck: You Were Never Really Here | Lynne Ramsey | 2018 | USA | Cert 15
Thursday 24 April, Vue: A Fantastic Woman | Sebastián Lelio | 2017 | Spain / Chile / Germany / USA | Cert 15
Thursday 10 May, Vue: The Square | Ruben Östlund | 2017 | France / Denmark / Sweden / USA | Cert 15
Wednesday 16 May, Truck: Thoroughbreds | Cory Finlay | 2017 | USA | Cert 15
Wednesday 23 May, Truck: Wonderstruck | Todd Haynes | 2017 | USA | Cert PG
Thursday 31 May, Vue: Beast | Michael Pearce | 2017 | UK | Cert 15
Tuesday 5 June, Truck: Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist | Documentary | Lorna Tucker | 2018 | UK | Cert 15
Tuesday 12 June, Vue: Lean on Pete | Andrew Haigh | 2017 | UK | Cert 15
Saturday 23 June, Truck: Mary and the Witch’s Flower | Hiromasa Yonebayashi | 2017 | Japan | Cert PG(tbc) (English language version)
Tuesday 26 June, Vue: L’Amant Double | François Ozon | 2017 | France | Cert 15