Rhowan is WOW's marketing officer. As a Japanese language graduate (SOAS), unsurprisingly she is a massive fan of Kore-eda Hirokazu, Beat Takeshi and all things Ghibli.
A heartfelt, deeply passionate story about the life and times of legendary Australian actor David (Walkabout, Ten Canoes) Gulpilil that makes great use of his extraordinarily expressive face.
This gripping road movie both explores the disturbing plight of child brides and subtly unveils the connected struggles of generations of women shouldering adversity.
This witty, gentle but often surprisingly acerbic docu-drama tells the real-life story of two innocent girls suddenly let loose on the streets of Tehran (by a pleasingly determined social worker) after being kept locked indoors for twelve years.
WOW audiences from a couple of years back may well remember the stunning live soundtrack performance by Bronnt Industries Kapital. They are now releasing their new album Turksib on Monday 19th January 2015 on I Own You Records. The album is comprised of music from Bronnt's soundtrack to the acclaimed Russian film Turksib (1929, dir. Viktor Turin), commissioned by the British Film Institute and originally released as the centrepiece of The Soviet Influence: From Turksib to Nightmail, a collection of films looking at the influence of Soviet propaganda on British filmmaking. We wish them well with the new album and look forward to future projects.
Our Iran Season celebrates the most magical and moving Iranian films of the last thirty years, offering the rare opportunity to experience these beautiful films on the big screen.
Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Rakshan Banietemad, Bahman Ghobadi, Jafar Panahi and Samira Makhmalbaf are among a generation of globally acclaimed Iranian filmmakers who won prizes at festivals across the world. Their films - Where Is the Friend's Home? (pictured), Bashu, the Little Stranger, Under the Skin of the City, Hamoun, Gabbeh, The Apple, and Children of Heaven - opened a window on contemporary Iran during a time of great change.
Whilst revealing social changes in Iran to Western audiences, these films are visually striking, rich in symbolism and full of wonder. The hugely influential Iranian neorealist style has had an enduring legacy, having been adopted by filmmakers around the world.
In partnership with British Council Iran as part of their UK-Iran Season of Culture.
Part of Conversations About Cinema's Impact of Conflict Season a Film Audience Network Initiative led by Watershed with QFT and Chapter Arts.
Join the conversation: www.conversationsaboutcinema.co.uk ￼@ConvoCinema #convocinema
Marooned in an old people’s home when her son is killed, Junn, a grieving Chinese woman speaks no English. Her only chance of escape is Richard (an excellent Ben Wishaw), who she doesn’t know was her son’s gay lover. He tries to help her by hiring an interpreter so she can talk to her ageing Romeo (Peter ‘To The Manor Born’ Bowles). A deft, funny script that is beautifully performed all round makes for one of those little gems that’s so easily overlooked. A delicate, thoughtful, moving film about finding the things which bring us together.
The cheerful, charming, story of sprightly Allan who disappears from the old people’s home on his 100th birthday and soon has the police and a gang of Nazis on his tail. Through Allan’s picaresque journey we learn the story of his life and his impact on world events. The great pleasure he gets from blowing things up leads via mental hospital, the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project, and the Gulag, to ridiculous encounters with Franco, Stalin, Reagan, and finally to a career as a double agent. A wonderfully entertaining shaggy dog story that neatly balances dark humour and playful storytelling.
One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. A study of hard work, hard earned leisure, and an intricate bond between man and nature. Brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys of the Arctic. Quiet but good natured, dare-devilish but humble, rugged but gentle, and exceptionally knowledgeable when it comes to their little slice of wilderness. Between their uncanny understanding of the landscape and their reindeer on the one hand, and their heavy reliance on snowmobiles and helicopters on the other, the herders have been categorized as beacons of sustainability and demons of environmentalism – in essence, poster children for simplicity and technology alike. Their story raises weighty questions about what it means to live with the land and invites audience members to reconsider their own assumptions about technology, food production, and, most critically, man’s place in nature.
Bastards follows the true story of Rabha, an illiterate young woman who took on tradition, her family, and the Moroccan justice system for the sake of her illegitimate child: a powerful and uplifting documentary from the cutting edge of Islam.
BASTARDS is a powerful documentary made by director Deborah Perkin. We're delighted Deborah is joining our daytime screening for a Q & A.
Only in west Wales could you go to a nomadic film festival that begins in the village hall, travels to a workers cottage, the pub, the old school and a mansion before ending with a dance party!
Curated through an open call, 'Bodies in Land' is bringing an international line up of artist, moving image, experimental and dance film to the north Pembrokeshire village of Abercych.
A gripping, tremendously well-made thriller this brilliantly captures the paranoia of Palestinian daily life. No stranger to the dangers that go with living in the Occupied Territories; Omar, Tarek and Amjad are childhood friends forever linked by their desire to strike back at the Israelis. But their loyalty is severely tested when Omar is taken into custody. Things are further complicated by the fact that Omar and Amjad are both in love with Nadia, Tarek’s sister. Like The Battle of Algiers this explores why people resort to terrorism and illuminates the long-term consequences of growing up in a war zone.
“A tender love story, a haunting tragedy and an expertly crafted thriller . .” salon.com
Winner Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival 2013
These images capture perfectly last night's joyous celebration of the best of Bollywood film at the Samaj Community Centre with Bollywood Brass Band. The event sold out over a week ahead and we must say a huge thank you to the centre's secretary Anoup Kerrai and all the volunteers involved at the centre who gave WOW and our sister project, the WOW Women's Film Club, such a warm welcome, making it a night to remember.
Today it's the turn of Anoup Kerrai from Grangetown's Samaj Community Centre and Sita Thomas from the Bollywood Brass Band, who tell us about their favourite childhood films.
Sita: My favourite childhood film is Disney's The Parent Trap. I've watched it so many times that I know all of the words. A brilliant Lindsay Lohan (before she went bad) playing the coolest twins Hallie and Annie; the plot made me hope I'd be reunited with a long-lost twin - I'd take her place in India, she'd put on a Welsh accent and be me!
Anoup: This is probably the hardest question I've ever had to answer! My brothers and I would forever burn through tapes of John Candy Films, Superman, The Jungle Book and a Hindi film called Hum. They all stuck inside the VCR and cost my Dad a small fortune in repairs. If I had to narrow it down though it has to be Star Wars, we have all grown up as huge tech and sci-fi enthusiasts from the original Star Wars trilogy. We never really understood quite why Darth Vadar was so evil as he seemed amazing to us all that power and a red light sabre, he was the only bad guy we all wanted to play.
In the lead up to WOW's screening of Mark Cousins's A Story of Children and Film, we have been asking our friends and supporters for their favourite childhood films.
Here are BAFTA award winning Welsh director Kieran Evans's replies:
What's your favourite children's film?
This is tricky as having two young boys, I've probably seen nearly every film aimed at children over the last eight or so years (some of which have scarred me, and not in a good way...) and so I feel a little more qualified to comment and discuss this topic further. For me a good children's movie is something that goes beyond stereotypes and focus grouped script devices and lets its story unfold before your eyes, making you forget your age and who the target audience is and just let the film take you on a journey, regardless of the fantastical qualities it may have. So, for this answer I'm going to have to give you three answers as they fall in to three different formats and categories...
For the 2nd post on 'Women in World Cinema', WOW interviewed Kenyan director Judy Kibinge, who spoke about her childhood cinema memories, her latest film Something Necessary and what motivated her to become a filmmaker.
To celebrate International Women's Day, in the first of a series of features on women in world cinema, WOW interviewed Lucia Puenzo, the Argentinian author and director, who is known for her groundbreaking films XXY and Wakolda (The German Doctor), which features in the 2014 WOW Film Festival.
WOW’s special focus for 2018 is ‘Tales from the Silk Road’. A cinematic journey following the ancient trade networks from China through Mongolia and Central Asia to the Mediterranean, this is a rare chance for you to explore a whole new world of cinema that’s seldom seen in the UK.
WOW Film Festival and its sister project the WOW Women’s Film Club invite you to a unique pop-up cinema event. A journey of discovery to the heart of Grangetown’s Gujarati community, who will be giving us all a warm welcome at their temple for a joyful celebration of the very best of Indian film.