Day 8 1/2 - Sat 23rd August 2008


Day 8 1/2 - 10.30am ~ Sat 23rd

The Boot
Mohammad Ali-Talebi | Iran | 1992 | 60 min | Cert U

A stroppy wee girl badgers her mum to buy her a pair of cheap red boots.  Then she loses one, on a bus.  Nae superheroes, nae car crashes, just a lovely story that shouldn’t be so moving and gripping, and yet it is.  One of the great films about kids – incredibly rare.

Day 8 1/2 - 2pm

The Old Lady and the Pigeons
Sylvain Chomet | France | 1998 | 25 min | Cert PG

A policeman is hungry.  He sees an old lady feeding pigeons, so dresses up as one.  She feeds him, then he goes to her apartment, where he discovers strange things…This eccentric, brilliant Oscar-nominated film was the debut of one of the great animation talents to emerge in recent years.  We are thrilled that Sylvain and his producer-partner Sally will come to Nairn to introduce the movie!

Plus
Madame Tutli-Putli
Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski | Canada | 2007 | 17 min | Cert PG

Madame Tutli-Putli boards the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past… Another spell-binding, Oscar-nominated animation, with ground-breaking visual effects by Nairn-born Jason Walker. He used to play snooker at the Ballerina, now we’re playing his movie!

Plus a surprise short film!

Day 8 1/2 - 7pm

8 1/2
Federico Fellini | Italy | 1963 | 138 min | Cert 15

Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée.  Music by Nino Rota.  A filmmaker has lost his inspiration.  The women in his life pester or scare him.  In this harried state he has but one choice, to retreat into fantasy and memory.  For many, this is the best film ever made.  For us it is one of the most personal and extravagant.  It is brilliant on thought, desire, rapture and daydreaming.  It inspired our festival: we dedicate this screening to every movie lover who was ever 8 1/2 years old.