TradFest Filmhouse Creative Scotland Transgressive North

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Folk Fim Gathering

TRANSGRESSIVE NORTH are proud to present the fourth edition of the world’s first festival of folk cinema, in partnership with Filmhouse Edinburgh and TradFest.

 

This year's programme of folk cinema centres upon ‘A Sense of Place’; showcasing films from Scotland, England, Italy, France, Alaska and Scandinavia, which explore deep connections between the experiences of communities and the landscapes in which they live. Most screenings this year will be introduced with live traditional music.

 

 

Tickets are available from the Filmhouse Cinema: £10 (£8 Concessions)

 

Filmhouse Cinema | 0131 228 2688

www.filmhousecinema.com 

A FLYTING OF SCREEN

AND SANG

THE WHITE

BIRD PASSES

PG

 

Friday 27th April

6.15pm

 

A one-off event where we’ll be pitching the voices of some of Scotland’s most celebrated traditional musicians into conversation with a series of short, silent  films from the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive. A glimpse into Scottish folk history, from crofting townships on Eriskay to Ayrshire mining villages, from Dawn Cine’s charged address to 1950s Glasgow.

 

Soundtrack performed live by Glasgow’s Arthur Johnstone, Brian Miller, and Radio 2’s Folk Musician of the Year, Rachel Newton.

Michael Radford  |  Scotland  |  1980  |  12

 

Saturday 28th April

5.40pm

 

Crowded, dirty, yet full of life, ‘the Lane’ is the only home Janie has ever known. But when the Cruelty Man arrives, bringing the threat of the dreaded orphanage, Janie’s contented childhood seems to be at an end. An adaption of Jessie Kesson’s Scots literary classic which explores growing up on the backstreets of 1920’s Aberdeen. From the team that would go on to make ‘Another Time, Another Place’.

 

The screening will be introduced with Scots folk songs from the North East from Ruth Kirkpatrick.

A SENSE OF PLACE:

FILM CEILIDH

U

 

Sunday 29th April

5.50pm

 

Hosted by Donald Smith, the Folk Film Gathering’s  first ever  film ceilidh will explore the poetic, political and spiritual approaches to how we see place in Scottish cinema. The session mixes a series of short, experimental documentaries with songs from Traveller storyteller, Jess Smith, and contributions from Scottish writer and activist, Alastair McIntosh, and Glasgow University Lecturer and filmmaker, David Archibald.

PATHFINDER

Nils Gaup  |  Norway  |  1987  |  15

 

Monday 30th April

6.10pm

 

The first fillm to be made within the Sami community in Northern Scandinavia, this Oscar-nominated, epic adventure story is about a young boy’s attempts to bring justice to the men that murdered his family. Based on one of the few surviving Lapp legends (the director, Nils Gaup, himself a Lapp, heard it from his own grandfather), ‘Pathfinder’ is a thrilling coming- of-age tale about the timeless struggle between good and evil.

 

The film will be introduced with traditional Scandinavian music from Marit Falt.

MALIGLUTIT /

SEARCHERS

Zacharius Kunuk  |  Alaska  |  2016  |  15

 

Tuesday 1st May

6pm

 

An indigenous Alaskan remake of John Ford’s classic Western, ‘The Searchers’ relocates the action to the indigenous communities of the Canadian Arctic. Kuanana returns from a caribou hunt to  nd his wife and daughter have been kidnapped. Assisted by his father’s spirit helper, the loon Kallulik, he sets out into the Arctic wilds in pursuit of the kidnappers to bring his family home.

 

The film will be introduced with traditional music from Alaskan harpist Cheyenne Brown.

AKENFIELD

Peter Hall  |  England  |  1974  |  12

 

Thursday 3rd May

6.00pm

 

A poetic hymn to the life of rural communities in Suffolk, charting the lives of three subsequent generations living and working

on the land. Reminiscent of the films of Terence Malick, ‘Akenfield’ is a powerful exploration of the relationship between a farming community and the land amidst continuities and disruptions. Will Tom stay in Akenfield and continue the life his father and grandfather have led before him?

PENDA’S FEN

Alan Clarke  |  England  | 1974  |  12

 

Friday 4th May

6.00pm

 

One of the first folk horror films, ‘Penda’s Fen’ is a startling evocation of the deep echoes of the past within Worcestershire’s Malvern Hills. Through a series of real and imagined encounters with angels, demons and England’s pagan past, Stephen (a pastor’s son) begins to question his religion and politics whilst coming to terms with his sexuality.

 

The screening will be introduced by a special 30-minute set from celebrated Scots folk musician Alasdair Roberts.

ILL FARES

THE LAND

Bill Bryden  |  Scotland  |  1983  |  PG

 

Saturday 5th May

5.55pm

 

A rare chance to see Bill Bryden’s poetic portrait of the last days of life upon St Kilda. ‘Ill Fares the Land’ sensitively charts the daily lives of the last  ve families remaining on the island – through funerals, weddings and rites of passage – as they edge closer to the decision that will change their lives forever.

 

The film will be introduced with traditional Scots/ Scandinavian folk songs from Rona Wilkie and Marit Falt.

BYKER / TODAY

I’M WITH YOU

Amber  |  England  |  1983 / 2010  |  12

 

Sunday 6th May

5.45pm

 

Amber return to the Folk Film Gathering with two documentaries about The Byker estate in Newcastle, based upon the work of celebrated photographer Sirkka-Liisa Kontinnen. Featuring a highly topical exploration of the lives of immigrants to the UK, Amber’s films fuse memory, portraiture and music to document the changing experiences facing communities in inner city Newcastle.

 

Introduced with North England folk songs from Sean Paul Newman, followed by a Q&A with Sirkka-Liisa Kontinnen and Peter Roberts.

KAISA’S ENCHANTED FOREST

Katja Gauriloff  |  Finland  |  2016  |  12

 

Monday 7th May

8.40pm

 

An enchanting documentary about the life-long friendship between Swiss author Robert Crottet and spritely community matriarch Kaisa Gauriloff in Northern Scandinavia, celebrating the rich oral traditions of the Skolt Sami community in Finland. Directed by her great-granddaughter, Kaisa’s magical storytelling counterpoints the historical account of the Skolt Sami community fortunes in 20th century Europe.

 

The film will be introduced with Finnish folk music from Mike Ferrie.

LA VILLE EST

TRANQUILLE

Robert Guediguian  |  France  |  2000  |  18

 

Tuesday 8th May

8.15pm

 

A powerful, timely exploration of immigration and the rise of European right, ‘La Ville Est Tranquille’ masterfully weaves a narrative tapestry from the lives of a diverse group of Marseilles individuals. Set within the working class neighbourhood of L’Estaque, the paths of Michelle (a fish market worker), Paul (a dockworker turned cabdriver) and Abderamane (a young North African man just out of prison) converge on a journey through the lives and daily struggles of an entire city.

 

The film will be introduced with folk songs from Steve Byrne.

NIGHT OF

SHOOTING STARS

Taviani Brothers  |  Italy  |  1982  |  12

 

Thursday 10th May

5.40pm

 

In Tuscan folklore, the Night of San Lorenzo (shooting stars) is when dreams come true. Set in 1944, the Taviani Brothers’ masterpiece documents the fortunes of a community one fateful night as they attempt to  ee the Nazis.

A powerful, deeply magical and surprisingly funny account of a community  ghting for life.

 

The film will be introduced with Tuscan folk songs from Simone Caffari and followed by a discussion hosted by Edinburgh University’s Pasquale Iannone.

CHRONICLE OF

A SUMMER

Jean Rouch  |  France  |  1961  |  12

 

Wednesday 2nd May

8.45pm

 

The pioneering documentary that launched the cine-verite movement paints a dizzying, breathless portrait of the lives of a diverse cross-section of Parisians in the summer of 1960. Taking their camera out into the streets of Paris to document the experiences of factory workers, students, immigrants and young holocaust survivors alike, Jean Rouch

and Edgar Morin yield startling insights about the lives of diverse communities in Paris, to conjure a profound, sprawling meditation upon the nature of happiness.

 

The film will be introduced with Parisian chansons from Coreen Scott.

Tickets are available from the Filmhouse Cinema: £10 (£8 Concessions)

 

• Buy three or more tickets and get 15% off

• Buy six or more tickets and get 25% off

• Buy nine or more tickets and get 35% off

 

The tickets must all be bought for the same season and at the same time for the discount to apply. The offer is available online, in person, and on the phone, on both full price and concession tickets.

 

Filmhouse Cinema | 0131 228 2688

www.filmhousecinema.com 

HALLAIG: THE POETRY AND LANDSCAPE OF SORLEY MACLEAN

Timothy Neat  |  Scotland  |  1984  |  12

 

Friday 11th May

7.30pm

Scottish Storytelling Centre

Tickets: tracscotland.org

0131 556 9579

 

Timothy Neat returns to the Folk Film Gathering to present his powerful, award-winning documentary ‘Hallaig’, exploring the life and work of the celebrated Gaelic poet Sorley Maclean. Featuring contributions from Seamus Heaney and Iain Crichton Smith, this is a powerful celebration of one of Scotland’s most pivotal cultural  gures and the landscape which shaped him.

 

The film will be introduced by Gaelic poetry specialist John Stuart Murray and followed by an audience with the director, hosted by Donald Smith.

ASSUNTA SPINA

Gustavo Serena, Francesca Bertini  |  Italy  |  1918  |  18

 

Saturday 12th May

8.30pm

Summerhall

Tickets: summerhall.co.uk

0131 560 1581

 

With Live Score by The Badwills

A Mediterraneo Event: Film Screening / Live Music & Dancing

 

Passion. Jealousy. Revenge. A rare screening of ‘Assunta Spina’ with a new score performed live by Italian folk collective, The Badwills. Filmed on the streets of Naples in 1915, this silent drama has passions running high. After the film, go all out with another instalment of the Mediterraneo world music concert and dancing series, led by The Badwills’ furious folk music plus special guest acts.

 

Presented by Glasgow Film Festival, A Kind of Seeing, and Nothing Ever Happens Here.

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