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Official Selection


Official Selection 2016
Narrative Features

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Official Selection


Official Selection 2016
Narrative Features

Manchester Film Festival is proud to announce the 16 films that will compete in competition in the 2nd edition of the festival.

Tickets go on sale the week beginning Monday the 11th of January Subscribe to the MANIFF newsletter to be the first to know as soon as tickets go on sale and keep up to date with all the latest MANIFF news.

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A Beautiful Now


A Beautiful Now

International Premiere

A Beautiful Now


A Beautiful Now

International Premiere

Showing on Sunday March 6th at 2:30pm @ Odeon Printworks

Directed by Daniela Amavia

(United States)

Starring- Abigail Spencer (Mad Men, Suits, True Detective), Cheyenne Jackson (United 93, American horror Story, 30 Rock), Collette Wolfe (Interstellar, Young Adult,)

Runtime- 98 minutes

English language

A group of five friends reunite for one night to save beautiful dancer, Romy (Abigail Spencer), who was at the center of their former circle. As the night progresses they struggle with their past relationships and finally truths are revealed as Romy, who has barricaded herself in the bathroom, tries to put the pieces of her life back together. This thrilling journey into the mind of a woman teetering on the edge of letting go ultimately asks “if your life flashed before your eyes- would you like what you see?” and reveals a gripping story of how the past shapes who we will become.

Go see this if you like...Darren Aronofsky's 'Black Swan' or the works of author Haruki Murakami.

* Part of the 'Inspiring Women in Film' programme to coincide with Manchester's 2016 'Wonder Woman' season.

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Showing on Sunday March 6th at 2:30pm @ Odeon Printworks

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Audition


Audition

International Premiere

Audition


Audition

International Premiere

Showing on Sunday March 6th at 5pm @ Odeon Printworks

Director Q and A

Directed by Matt Herron

(United States)

Starring- Lolita Foster (Orange is the New Black)

Runtime- 88 minutes

English language

What is real love? New York filmmaker Matt Herron spent over 15 years peeling back layers of expectations and disappointments to uncover the raw essence of this inescapable emotion through his powerful new award-winning film, AUDITION. Set in the midst of a real-life acting competition, this cautionary narrative within a documentary takes us on a provocative journey into the heart of one of the most profound questions most of us will ever face.

Go see this if you like...Patrice Chéreau's 'Intimacy' .

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Showing on Sunday March 6th at 5pm @ Odeon Printworks

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Blinky Bill


Blinky Bill

UK Premiere

Blinky Bill


Blinky Bill

UK Premiere

Showing on Sunday March 6th at 2:30pm @ Odeon Printworks

Directed by Deane Taylor, Noel Cleary, Alexs Stadermann and Alex Weight

(Australia)

Staring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Toni Collette (Muriel's Wedding, Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist, A Kinght's Tale), David Wenham (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, 300, Public Enemies), Richard Roxburgh (Mission Impossible 2, Moulin Rouge), Robin McLeavy (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Barry Humphries, Deborah Mailman (The Secret Life of Us) and Barry Otto (The Great Gatsby).

Runtime - 84 minutes

English Language

Blinky Bill is an Australian koala with adventure in his heart. Every day he dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch to follow his missing father’s footsteps. When Blinky discovers a mysterious marker that hints at his Dad’s whereabouts, he embarks on a journey that takes him beyond the boundary of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous Outback. He quickly makes friends with Nutsy, a zoo koala, and Jacko, a nervous frill-necked lizard. Pursued relentlessly by a vengeful Cat who has a personal score to settle with Blinky, the trio must learn to work together if they ever want to survive the rugged Australian landscape and find Blinky’s father! 

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Showing on Sunday March 6th at 2:30pm @ Odeon Printworks

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Broke


Broke

UK Premiere

Broke


Broke

UK Premiere

Showing on Saturday March 5th at 3pm @ Odeon Printworks

Showing as part of the Super Sunday Sports event on Sunday March 6th at 2:30pm @ AMC

Directed by Heath Davis

(Australia)

Starring- Claire van der Boom (Dear Eleanor, A year and Change, Hawaii Five-0,), Max Cullen ( The Great Gatsby, X-Men Origins: Wolverine),  Steve Le Marquand (Vertical Limit, Kill me Three Times)

Runtime- 105 minutes

English language

An old working class man named Cec stumbles upon his favourite rugby league star come gambling addict, Ben “BK” Kelly, at the end of his shift. Taking pity on the one-time local legend, who he admired for his on field fortitude, Cec offers to take the now homeless Ben home for the night where he resides with his single mother daughter and fellow footy tragic, Terri. Unable to resist his urges, Ben’s addiction gets the better of him and the warm kindness shown by the adoring family is met by Ben's devilish actions. With the world against him Ben must fight his demons and win the trust of a family and worshipping community that he has let down and betrayed. 

Go see this if you like...David Storey's 'This Sporting Life or Joachim Trier's 'Oslo.

*Part of 'The Super Sunday Sports Day' event.

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Showing on Saturday March 5th at 3pm @ Odeon Printworks

Showing as part of the Super Sunday Sports event on Sunday March 6th at 2:30pm @ AMC

 

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Despite the Falling Snow


Despite the Falling Snow

UK Premiere

Despite the Falling Snow


Despite the Falling Snow

UK Premiere

Showing on Friday March 4th at 7:15pm @ Odeon Printworks

Showing on Sunday March 6th at 5pm @ Odeon Printworks

Director, Producer, Writer Q and A

Directed by  Shamim Sarif

(United Kingdom)

Starring- Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation,  Wallander), Charles Dance (The Imitation Game, Child 44, Game of Thrones), Sam Reid ('71, Railway Man, The Riot Club), Oliver Jackson-Cohen ( The Raven, Dracula, Mr Selfridge), Antje Traue (Woman in Gold, Man of Steel), Thure Lindhardt (Into the Wild, Fast and Furious 6,The Bridge), Amy Nuttall (The Keeping Room, Downton Abbey) Ben Batt (Captain America, Shameless).

Runtime- 93 minutes

English language

Adapted from the best selling novel.

In 1950s Moscow, communist Katya secretly spies for the Americans in the Cold War arms race.  When she lands her biggest assignment, stealing secrets from rising government star Alexander, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. 

When Alexander unwittingly closes the net around his own wife, Katya decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect him - a sacrifice that Alexander only uncovers forty years later.

Go see this if you like...John le Carré's 'A Wanted Man' or Nicholas Sparks's 'The Notebook'.

* Part of the 'Inspiring Women in Film' programme to coincide with Manchester's 2016 'Wonder Woman' season.

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Showing on Friday March 4th at 7:15pm @ Odeon Printworks

Showing on Sunday March 6th at 5pm @ Odeon Printworks

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Kidnap Capital


Kidnap Capital

UK Premiere

Kidnap Capital


Kidnap Capital

UK Premiere

Showing on Friday March 4th at 3pm @ Odeon Printworks

Director Q and A

Directed by Felipe Rodriguez

(Canada)

Starring- Jonathan Sousa ( Relative Happiness, The Animal Project), Paulino Nunes (Brooklyn, Narc, Traitor)

Runtime- 93 minutes

English language

Based on real events.
Trapped and tortured inside a Phoenix, Arizona 'Drop House', Manolo and a group of helpless, illegal migrants must unite and find a way to escape the violent Human Kidnapping Ring holding them hostage.

Go see this if you like...Michael Haneke's 'Funny Games' or Robert Bilheimer's 'Not My Life'.

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Showing on Friday March 4th at 3pm @ Odeon Printworks

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Made in Taiwan


Made in Taiwan

world Premiere

Made in Taiwan


Made in Taiwan

world Premiere

Showing on Friday March 4th at 5pm @ Odeon Printworks

Director Q and A

* Warning, contains strong scenes of flashing images.

Directed by Jonny Moore and Leonora Moore

(United Kingdom)

Starring-  Alexander Jeremy (Menagerie) and Esther Yang (Bitter Sweet, Guess Guess Guess)

Runtime- 77 minutes

English language

Under the elusive name 'Made In Taiwan', experimental film maker Jack invents an exciting type of film, which induces a high in the viewer and becomes an underground phenomenon throughout Taipei. With the help of Amy Lin, organised screenings pop up around the city and crowds of eager MIT fans flood in to see each of his newest creations. As his films become more and more popular, Jack fights obsessively to keep complete control of his product. He also comes to realize that his films have some lasting effects on the mind, and, with constant exposure to the films, Jack slides into a dark, dream world of his own creation that he may never return from.

Go see this if you like...Peter Strickland's 'Berberian Sound Studio' or the works of author Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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Showing on Friday March 4th at 5pm @ Odeon Printworks

* Warning, contains strong scenes of flashing images.

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Memories on Stone


Memories on Stone

Film Festival Premiere

Memories on Stone


Memories on Stone

Film Festival Premiere

Showing on Saturday March 5th at 12pm @ Odeon Printworks

Producer, Writer Q and A

Directed by Shawkat Amin Korki

(Germany/Qatar)

Starring- Hussein Hassan (Crossing the dust), Nazmi Kirik (Bizans Oyunlari), 

Runtime- 97 minutes

Subtitles

After Saddam Hussein's loss of power in Iraq, childhood friends Hussein and Alan decide to produce a film about the 'Al Anfal' Kurdish genocide. But making a film in post war Kurdistan is not easy. And the most difficult task seems to be finding a leading actress. Suddenly they find her: young, beautiful - and passionate about their project. 
But she cannot decide on her own. Her cousin and her uncle control her fate. As they run out of money and time, Hussein and Alan sacrifice everything to keep on filming but will the film ever reach the screen? 

Go see this if you like...François Truffaut's 1973 classic  'Day for Night' or Vincente Minnelli's 'The Bad and the Beautiful'.

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Showing on  Saturday March 5th at 12pm @ Odeon Printworks

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Northern Limit Line


Northern Limit Line

UK Premiere

Northern Limit Line


Northern Limit Line

UK Premiere

Showing on Saturday March 5th at 12pm @ Odeon Printworks

Directed by  Kim Hak-Soon

(South Korea)

Starring- Jin Goo (C'est Si Bon, The Admiral), Lee Hyun Woo (The Beauty Inside, The Con Artists), Ku Jin (Mother, Always)

Runtime- 130 minutes

Subtitles

Based on the true story that is known as the second battle of Yeonpyeong, this epic war film tells the journey of some of the young soldiers who fought and died in the battle. The battle took place in the yellow sea on 29th of June in 2002, against the backdrop of the 2002 world cup finals, when two North-Korean vessels broached the Northern Limit Line and fired at the South-Korean patrol boat named 'Chamsuri 357', killing six men and leaving 18 badly injured to fight for their lives.

Go see this if you like...Clint Eastwood's 'Invictus' and 'Letters from Iwo Jima' or Je-kyu Kang's 'Brotherhood'.

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Showing on Saturday March 5th at 12pm @ Odeon Printworks

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Psychoanalysis


Psychoanalysis

World Premiere

Psychoanalysis


Psychoanalysis

World Premiere

Showing on Friday March 4th at 9:45pm @ Odeon Printworks

Director, Writer Q and A

Directed by James Raue

(Australia)

Starring- Benedict Wall (Pirates of the Airwaves, Underbelly), Ryan O'Kane (Save Your Legs, Pirates of the Airwaves), Michael Whalley (Unbroken, Slow West), Jennie Lee (12 Months of Kerry, All Saints)

Runtime- 79 minutes

English language

Paul Symmonds is the country's top suicide prevention specialist. But when five of his clients commit suicide within a one week period his reputation is thrown into question.
He arranges for a documentary crew to follow him around as he attempts to prove his clients were actually murdered by a rival psych who wants the top spot for himself.

Go see this if you like...Robert B. Weide's 'Curb your Enthusiasm or Ricky Gervais's 'The Office'.

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Showing on Friday March 4th at 9:45pm @ Odeon Printworks

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She Walks


She Walks

international premiere

She Walks


She Walks

international premiere

Showing on Friday March 4th at 10:15pm @ Odeon Printworks

Directed by Naël Marandin

(France)

Qiu Lan, Yannick Choirat (Skin and Bones, La marcheuse), Philippe Laudenbach (Of Gods and Men)

Runtime - 80 minutes

Subtitles

Lin Aiyu, an illegal  Chinese immigrant, lives in the neighbourhood of Belleville in Paris, with her teenage daughter Cerise. They are staying at Kieffer’s, a bedridden septuagenarian, who  Lin takes care of in exchange for accommodation. To earn a living, Lin also prostitutes herself, but she carefully keeps her business secret from her daughter.
One day, a wounded stranger, Parisian native Daniel, forces his way into the old man’s home. Pursued by men to whom he owes money, Daniel forces Lin to hide him. In Lin’s view, Daniel is a threat but he could also be a life-changing opportunity. She offers him a deal which will give rise to a struggle in which power and desire will mingle with one another.

Go see this if you like...Don Siegel's 'The Shootist' or Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1962 'Mamma Roma'.

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Showing on Friday March 4th at 10:15pm @ Odeon Printworks

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The Manny


The Manny

international premiere

The Manny


The Manny

international premiere

Showing on Saturday March 5th at 7:30pm @ Odeon Printworks

Directed by Matthias Schweighöfer and Torsten Künstler

(Germany)

Starring-  Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie, Vier gegen die Bank),  Milan Peschel (Das kalte Herz, Timm Thaler), Paula Hartmann ( Silvia S., Everyone Else)

Runtime 110 minutes

Subtitles

Clemens (Matthias Schweighöfer) has very little time for his kids. He has been working on a big development for the City and the contracts are almost ready to sign. Just a few remaining tenants will have to vacate their apartments and construction can start. When Rolf (Milan Peschel) loses his apartment in the building, he vows vengeance and goes undercover as a male Nanny for Clemens’ kids. His plan is simple: Sabotage. Yet he did not reckon that Clemens’ kids Winnie and Theo would be so well prepared. They have made it a sport to drive any new nanny out of the house immediately. And they know no mercy when it comes to their weapons of choice and Rolf must learn that being a Nanny is far from easy – at least in this family. But while Rolf tries to save his home and neighbourhood, he unwittingly becomes the saviour of an entire family.

Go see if you like...the Coen brothers'  'Burn after Reading' or Rune Denstad Langlo's 'Nord'.

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Showing on Saturday March 5th at 7:30pm @ Odeon Printworks

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The Paper Store


The Paper Store

international premiere

The Paper Store


The Paper Store

international premiere

Showing on Saturday March 5th at 5:30pm @ Odeon Printworks

Director, Writer, Key cast (Penn Badgley) Q and A

Directed by Nicholas Gray

Story by Nicholas Gray and Katharine Clark Gray

(United States)

Starring- Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games), Penn Badgley (Margin Call, Greetings From Tim Buckley, Gossip Girl),  Richard Kind (Argo, A Serious Man, Inside Out)

Runtime- 99 minutes

English language

Annalee is an academic ghost writer. A freelance cheat working in the shadows of a college campus. Or rather, she was, until Sigurd books her for the entire semester. He's subcontracting his entire film studies degree. She has reservations, but he’s paying double. Annalee takes up the challenge and Sigurd and herself  become lovers. But things turn sour. She can't end the romantic relationship without ending the business one. Secrets start to spill and the boy meets girl tale gets intelligently ugly.

Go see this if you like... Scott Neustadter's and Michael H. Weber's '500 Days of Summer' or the works of writer Sidney Lumet.

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Showing on Saturday March 5th at 5:30pm @ Odeon Printworks

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There Should Be Rules


There Should Be Rules

International Premiere

There Should Be Rules


There Should Be Rules

International Premiere

Opening Night Film Thursday March 3rd at 8:40pm@ Home

Showing on Sunday March 6th at 7:30pm @ Odeon Printworks

Producer Q and A

Directed by Linda-Maria Birbeck

(Sweden)

Starring- Anna Hägglin , Lo Salmson, Ludvig Särnklint, Kodjo Akolor (Welcome to Sweden), Aleksandar Gajic(Hitta bort), Fredrik Gunnarsson (Wallander, The Bridge) Annika Hallin (The girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Morden, Millennium)

Runtime- 89 minutes

Subtitles

Mia and Mirjam are 14 year old best friends. Besides each other, they also have Karl, their super smart friend who knows almost everything. They live in a quiet town, but as long as they have each other life is tolerable. But one day, Per enters their lives. Per is a single, 35 year old man. Per and Mirjam begin a secret affair. Mia can hardly believe it ś true,Mia and Karl begin what they call a “detailed reconnaissance mission”. By mapping out Per’s life they hope to confront the married man and in turn get their best friend back into their sacred circle.But things don’t go as planned.

Go see this if you like...the works of author Nick Hornby or Noah Baumbach's 'The Squid and the Whale'.

*Closing night film and part of the 'Inspiring Women in Film' programme to coincide with Manchester's 2016 'Wonder Woman' season.

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Opening Night Film Thursday March 3rd at 8:40pm@ Home

Showing on Sunday March 6th at 7:30pm @ Odeon Printworks

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Thugocratie


Thugocratie

International Premiere

Thugocratie


Thugocratie

International Premiere

Showing on Saturday March 5th at 10pm @ Odeon Printworks

Directors Q and A

Directed by FG KO

(France)

Starring- Salim Kechiouche (Blue is the Warmest Colour, The String, Gigolo)

Runtime- 85 minutes

Subtitles

Sam, a thug, is out of jail. He' s having a go at a crime free new life. He attempts to get closer to his estranged kid and tries his faulting best to maintain a glimmer of hope within an inner city existence. Caught up by his past and Wedged between mobsters and corrupt cops, Sam makes a string of difficult decisions, and struggles in his personal pursuit of a better world for himself and his child.

Go see if you like...Nicolas Winding Refn's 'The Pusher' or Mathieu Kassovitz's 'La Haine'.

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Showing on Saturday March 5th at 10pm @ Odeon Printworks

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Trouble on Wheels


Trouble on Wheels

Film Festival Premiere

Trouble on Wheels


Trouble on Wheels

Film Festival Premiere

Showing on Sunday March 6th at 12pm @ Odeon Printworks

Directed by Burak Aksak

(Turkey)

Starring- Cengiz Bozkurt (Taken 2, Telling Tales), Cihan Ercan (Telling Tales), Erkan Kolcak Kostendil (Let's Sin), Seda Bakan (Behzat Ç.: Bir Ankara Polisiyesi)

Runtime- 105 minutes

Subtitles

Kudret has always lived life by the book. Until, that is, his routine is turned upside down by a succession of surprise events. Kudret jumps into his much loved car and sets off for Antep on a journey that will take him from one end of the country to the other. As he clocks up the miles, he makes a bunch of new friends. But at the same time, everything that could possibly go wrong with the car goes wrong and everyone who could possibly go after Kudret and his crew goes after them. By the end of the marathon trip, Kudret will have discovered both the value of true friendship and the delights of living without rules.

Go see if you like...Hal Needham's 'Cannonball Run' or the works of Howard Hawks.

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Showing on Sunday March 6th at 12pm @ Odeon Printworks

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West of Redemption


West of Redemption

International Premiere

West of Redemption


West of Redemption

International Premiere

Showing on Friday March 4th at 12pm @ Odeon Printworks

Showing on Sunday March 6th at 7:30pm @ Odeon Printworks

Director, Producer Q and A

Directed by Cornelia Moore

(United States)

Starring- Billy Zane (Titanic, Dead Calm), Kevin Alejandro (True Blood, Southland, The Returned), Mariana Klaveno (Stalker, True Blood, Dexter)

Runtime- 89 minutes

English language

A married couple living in a remote farmhouse are interrupted by a stranger, who is taken prisoner by the husband and interrogated for reasons the stranger doesn't readily understand. Their lives are irrevocably changed once the truth of their history is revealed to one another.

Go see if you like...the works of Alfred Hitchcock or Alejandro Amenábar's 'Open Your Eyes'.

* Part of the 'Inspiring Women in Film' programme to coincide with Manchester's 2016 'Wonder Woman' season.

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Showing on Friday March 4th at 12pm @ Odeon Printworks

Showing on Sunday March 6th at 7:30pm @ Odeon Printworks