Showing: 21 February 2020 until 27 February 2020
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Little Shop of Horrors in the first English-language foray from Austrian arthouse auteur Jessica Hausner (Amour Fou, Lourdes).
Focusing on a genetically engineered plant ("Little Joe") designed to give its caretakers a sense of euphoria, the film stars the remarkable Emily Beecham and Ben Whishaw as the biotechnology researchers responsible for this marvelous creation. For a while, all is well. But it’s not long before strange occurrences begin cropping up…
Boasting eye-popping production design recalling ’70s sci-fi, meticulous neon-lit compositions, and one of the most singular scores you will ever hear (featuring music from the late Japanese composer Teiji Ito), this genre outing is a veritable feast for the senses. With her off-kilter sense of humour and distinct feel for performance, Hausner delights as surely as she discomfits, delivering a conceptually audacious parable about how people choose their own happiness. This mesmerising, nerve-jangling psychological horror film is sure to get under your skin.
Preceding Little Joe will be an extract from The Birth of a Flower (UK 1910. 3min). Directed by F Percy Smith, a true pioneer, who invented original (and bizarre) methods for time lapse and micro cinematography (especially of flowers and insects) that have hardly been bettered by modern film technique.
Jane Austen's witty satire of social class and the pain of growing up, first published in 1815, is reimagined in this vivacious feature debut by director Autumn de Wilde, with the help of a brilliant young cast and the more seasoned talents of Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart and Rupert Graves.