UK Premiere Feature: The Pain and The Pity (Phil Mulloy, 2013) (15)

7:00 pm: Tickets £10/£7 Concs. click here


The third – and presumably final – instalment in the mercurial ‘Christies’ animated features by the equally mercurial bad boy of British animation, Phil Mulloy.

Mister Christie and the others return for one last time to try and work out exactly who they are. A serial killer is loose deep under the streets of London. Raw, roughly hewn images knitted together with a unique system of The Pain and The Pity, Phil Mulloy, LIAF, London International Animation Festivalnarrative structuring, bashed into existence using the tools and resources of our age and plastered onto the big screen with the customary ‘take it or leave it’ Mulloy energy.The Pain and The Pity, Phil Mulloy, LIAF, London International Animation Festival

UK, 80’00


International Competition Programme 7 (15) (Repeat)

9:15pm: Tickets £10/£7 Concs. click here


Angels and Ghosts (Sara Kenney , 2013)

The backbone of the whole LIAF mission. Somehow we’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,350 entries with enough strength and wits intact to put together a series of programmes that showcase the best 100 or so new films. Six ‘general’ International Competition Programmes, our ever popular Abstract Showcase and Long Shorts programmes, plus the British Showcase. The films come in from every corner, they use every technique, they can be funny, dramatic, eye-popping, subdued, documentary or autobiographical. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop.

Junkyard (Hisko Hulsing, 2012) One of the most acclaimed, awarded and gripping films of the year. Stabbed in the street, a man uses his dying moments to summon up memories of a childhood best friend, who had drifted into the murky world of drugs and crime. Holland, 17’50

Miniyamba (Luc Perez, 2012) Abdu, a Malian blues singer, who dreams of a better life in Europe, sets out on a perilous journey across Africa. A trip to the Niger River to the barbed wire of the Ceuta, where dreams are confronted with the harsh reality, the distant lights of the West. France/Denmark, 14’30

The Mystery of the Malakka Mountain (Jakub Wroński, 2012) Six-year-old Junior is an extremely emotionally mature child. In a cloud of cigarette smoke he ponders life, people and their problems. When his father, a famous pilot, crashes somewhere in China in mysterious circumstances, Junior decides to set off on a journey to find out exactly what happened. A mesmerising story about growing up and searching for the truth. Poland, 20’45

Hollow Land (Michelle & Uri Kranot, 2013) A story about the eternal human search for home with the dream of Utopia. Solomon and Berta are two seekers who arrive in a land that promises respite from their many journeys, their treasure bathtub improbably in tow. From the first optimistic moments after their arrival, to the final haunting scene at sea, Hollowland captures the state of being displaced – whether by circumstance or by choice. France/Denmark/Canada, 14’00

Ziegenort (Tomasz Popakul, 2013) Fish Boy is a teenager facing the challenges of growing up. Half boy, half fish, his drama is set against the background of a seemingly idyllic fishing village, where his father wants to teach him how to become a fisherman. A near-perfect use of the powerfully creative possibilities of a black and white visual palette. Poland, 19’00

Angels and Ghosts (Sara Kenney , 2013) Based on a true story narrated by Oscar Nominee, Samantha Morton, Amber is a young girl on a quest to find her brothers who have disappeared. A gripping adventure exploring the potent themes of mental health and family bonds. UK, 15’00