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Day 5 1/2 - Wed 20th August 2008 : Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams

Day 5 1/2 - Wed 20th August 2008


Day 5 1/2 - 2pm ~ Wed 20th

The Bill Douglas Trilogy
Bill Douglas | UK | 1972/’73/’78 | 172 min total | Cert 15

Stephen Archibald is wee Jamie, growing up in East Lothian after the war.  Times are hard.  One of his grannies is icy cold.  He is lonely but finds solace and redemption in unexpected friendships.  When My Childhood, My Ain Folk and My Way Home were re-released recently, one critic wrote “I’m kind of speechless”.  These films rank, surely, with the best of Eisenstein.  We think they are the best ever made in Scotland and amongst the great glories of world cinema.  Come and marvel and, possibly, weep.

Day 5 1/2 - 7pm

Hyenas
Djibril Diop Mambéty | Senegal | 1992 | 110 min | Cert 12

“Hell hath no fury…”:  A woman is jilted by her lover.  She moves away, becomes a millionaire, then returns to the village where he lives…Brilliant, colourful imagery, a twist of fate which is unstoppable, and a totally modern theme: avarice and consumerism.  Its director, Djibril Diop Mambéty, who made just a handful of masterpieces, was Africa’s Orson Welles.  He’s even in the film, casting a sardonic eye over its gripping story.