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THURSDAY 25 AUGUST 2022 | 19:00

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David Earl
Chris Hayward
Louise Brealey
Jim Archer
Rupert Majendie
Mary Burke
Lauren Dark
Damian Jones
John Palfery Smith
Daniel Pemberton    
Murren Tullett
Jo Walker
Catherine Willis
Hannah Purdy Foggin
Jo Scholar
UK
English (with English subtitles)
90 minutes

FEATURE FILM

BRIAN AND
CHARLES

An endearing outlier, Brian lives alone in a Welsh valley, inventing oddball contraptions that seldom work. After finding a discarded mannequin head, Brian gets an idea. Three days, a washing machine, and sundry spare parts later, he’s invented Charles, an artificially intelligent robot who learns English from a dictionary and proves a charming, cheeky companion. Before long, however, Charles also develops autonomy. Intrigued by the wider world — or whatever lies beyond the cottage where Brian has hidden him away — Charles craves adventure.

Jim Archer’s imaginative, heartwarming comedy about loneliness and friendship works because its characters are emotionally layered and genuine. That we forget Charles isn’t “real” is testament to the physicality and voice of actor Chris Hayward, who co-wrote the screenplay. In building somebody to keep him company, Brian (British comedian and co-writer David Earl) ironically finds the self-worth to talk to Hazel, a timid neighbor he likes. But — with playful echoes of Frankenstein — he also fails to realize the emotional, developmental needs of his creation until it puts them all in danger.

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Jim Archer

Jim Archer cut his teeth shooting comedy sketches with friends before writing and directing his debut short film in 2014. He went on to receive three Vimeo Staff Picks for his subsequent shorts alongside numerous other festival awards and nominations, culminating in winning gold at the Young Director Awards in Cannes for the short film version of Brian and Charles.

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SCREENING TIME

FRIDAY 26 AUGUST 2022 | 18:00

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Miranda July
Katia Krafft
Maurice Krafft
Sara Dosa
Shane Boris
Sara Dosa
Ina Fichman
Carolyn Bernstein
Greg Boustead
Ben Braun
Dan Braun
Josh Braun
Jessica Harrop
Ben Schwartz
Nancy Marcotte
Amy Miller
Elijah Stevens
Nicolas Godin
Pablo Alvarez-Mesa    
Erin Casper
Jocelyne Chaput
Christine Rocheleau    
USA/Canada
French and English (with English subtitles)
93 minutes

DOCUMENTARY FILM

FIRE OF LOVE

Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things — each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple were seduced by the thrill and danger of this elemental love triangle. They roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and their aftermath, documenting their discoveries in stunning photographs and breathtaking film to share with an increasingly curious public in media appearances and lecture tours. Ultimately, Katia and Maurice would lose their lives during a 1991 volcanic explosion on Japan’s Mount Unzen, but they would leave a legacy that would forever enrich our knowledge of the natural world.

Inspired by the French New Wave, director Sara Dosa and the filmmaking team fashion a lyrical and joyous celebration of the intrepid scientists’ love and their spirit of adventure, drawing from the Kraffts’ spectacular archive of indelible, often otherworldly images, set against a playful soundtrack. Narrated by the inquisitive, inimitable Miranda July, Fire of Love tells a story of primordial creation and destruction, following two bold explorers as they venture into the implacable unknown — all for the sake of love.

Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award: U.S. Documentary

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Sara Dosa

Sara Dosa is an Independent Spirit Award–nominated documentary director and Peabody Award–winning producer based in San Francisco. Directing credits include The Seer and the Unseen (2019), Netflix’s Tricky Dick and the Man in Black (2018), and The Last Season (2015). She graduated from Wesleyan University and holds a master’s degree in anthropology from The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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