Hull Film Festival 2017


The annual festival of the best in independent, world, classic, cult and short film.

Monday June 26 – Sunday July 9

Week 1:
Vue Cinema Hull – Mon 26 June to Sun 2 July

Alone in Berlin, Chasing Coral, The Levelling, Hounds of Love, The Graduate, Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle, The Gaze Of The Sea, Dream Boat, The Ghoul + Q&A, Berlin Syndrome, My Life as a Courgette, David Lynch: The Art Life, Mulholland Drive.

Week 2:
Hull Truck Theatre – Mon 3 July to Sat 8 July
The Last Word, I Am Not Madam Bovary, Zoology, BAFTA Shorts 2017, Daphne, The Lodger (with live score), The Midwife, Wilson, The Odyssey, A Man Called Ove, The Red Turtle, Yorkshire Shorts, Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story, Scribe.

Stage @The Dock – Fri 7 July
La La Land

Fruit – Sun 9 July
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Film by film...

7.30pm
Vue Cinema

YORKSHIRE PREMIERE

A German couple lose their son in WWII, prompting them to become secretly anti-Nazi.

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6.30pm
Vue Cinema

SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING

Documentary screening in partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest.

In this thrilling ocean adventure, Jeff Orlwoski (CHASING ICE) investigates why coral reefs are vanishing at an unprecedented rate.

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8.30pm
Vue Cinema

Somerset, England. Trainee veterinarian Clover Catto returns to the farm where she grew up after hearing news that her brother Harry has died in what appears to be a suicide.

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6.30pm
Vue Cinema

50th Anniversary 4K restoration print, screened by WeWatchFilms.

A one-of-a-kind cinematic portrait of America which captured the mood of disaffected youth seething beneath the laid-back exterior of 1960s California.

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8.30pm
Vue Cinema

YORKSHIRE PREMIERE

A young girl is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple.

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6.30pm
Vue Cinema

SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING

Documentary screening in partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Hortencia, a native woman from Tuxpan with a stormy past, journeys through sea and land to recover testimonies of the crew of a fishing boat that disappeared five years ago in Veracruz, Mexico.

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8.30pm
Vue Cinema

Feature documentary narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in the UK.

PLUS special introduction and post-film Q&A (chaired by JJ Tatten from local charity The Warren Youth Project) with the director Paul Sng, Dr Lisa Mckenzie from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Caroline Gore Booth, Project Manager from the Hull-based housing charity Giroscope.

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6.30pm
Vue Cinema

SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING

Documentary screening in partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest.

A cruise ship and 3,000 men – it is a universe without heteros and women that usually remains a mystery to the outside world.

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8.30pm
Vue Cinema

A homicide detective goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist he believes is linked to a strange double murder. As his therapy sessions continue the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur.

PLUS special introduction and post-film Q&A with the director Gareth Tunley.

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6.30pm
Vue Cinema

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

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8.30pm
Vue Cinema

A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

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6.30pm
Vue Cinema

SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING

DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE is an intimate portrait of a master director, screenwriter and producer of cult classics THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980), BLUE VELVET (1986) and MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001) and TWIN PEAKS (1990-1991, 2017)

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8.30pm
Vue Cinema

David Lynch-approved 4K restoration print, screened by Cult Cinema Sunday.

Consistently hailed the best film of the 21st century, in David Lynch’s quintessential neo-noir nothing is what it seems. In the unreal universe of Los Angeles, the city bares its schizophrenic nature, an uneasy blend of innocence and corruption, love and loneliness, beauty and depravity.

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6.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre

SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING

Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.

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8.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre

Acclaimed director Feng Xiaogang and superstar Fan Bingbing team up for this razor-sharp, intriguing tale of a wronged woman fighting for justice against her duplicitous husband and the government itself.

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6.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre

YORKSHIRE PREMIERE

Middle-aged zoo worker Natasha still lives with her mother in a small coastal town. She is stuck and it seems that life has no surprises for her until one day – she grows a tail and turns her life around.

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8.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre

The BAFTA Shorts return! See our feature-length selection of short live action and animated films from the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).

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6.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre

ENGLISH PREMIERE

Londoner Daphne is caught up in the daily rush of her restaurant job and an agitated nightlife. She is strong, funny, and acerbic but deep down she is not happy. When she saves the life of a shopkeeper, stabbed in a failed robbery, the armour she wears to protect herself begins to crack…

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8.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre

With live score performed by Jonathan Best from Yorkshire Silent Film.

A serial killer is on the loose in London and the city is on high alert.

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6.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre

SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING

Claire is a wonderfully gifted midwife. Midwife, devoting her life to others. Already preoccupied with the near closure of her maternity, she sees her life shattered by the return of Beatrice, the former mistress of her disappeared father, a whimsical and selfish woman, her exact opposite

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8.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre

A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.

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6.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre

SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING

Highly influential and a fearlessly ambitious pioneer, innovator, filmmaker, researcher and conservationist, Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s aquatic adventure covers roughly thirty years of an inarguably rich in achievements life.

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7.30pm
Stage@TheDock

This screening has sold out in advance.

One of the most celebrated films of 2017, Hull Film Festival presents a special outdoor screening of LA LA LAND at Stage @The Dock

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8.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre

Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

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12.00pm
Hull Truck Theatre

Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, THE RED TURTLE recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.

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3.00pm
Hull Truck Theatre

See the very best Yorkshire based shorts from a variety of film makers, all vying for the top spot, and prizes for being the best short film of the festival.

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6.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre

BESIDE BOWIE: THE MICK RONSON STORY is a documentary about the life and work of Michael “Mick” Ronson, the guitarist, songwriter, producer and arranger who, in the early part of his career, performed with David Bowie as one of the ‘Spiders from Mars’.

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8.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre

YORKSHIRE PREMIERE

A middle-aged man diligently and discreetly carries out a job transcribing private telephone calls – until one seems to end in murder.

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6.00pm
Fruit

This screening has sold out in advance.

Closing night film with Cult Cinema Sunday.

A screamingly funny, sinfully twisted salute to sci-fi, horror, B-movies and rock music, all rolled into one deliciously decadent musical morsel.

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