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Celeste | Oxford International Film Festival

Celeste

Dir. Ben Hackworth | Australia | 106mins | English Language | Certificate 18

Starring: Radha Mitchell, Thomas Cocquerel, Odessa Young, Nadine Garner

Plus short films Tommy & Rocket Boy

Hidden from the world at a crumbling estate in lush tropical Far North Queensland, Celeste anxiously reaches out to Jack, her late husband’s son, inviting him to return to the languid, sprawling family home for her much-anticipated recital.

Jack’s reappearance after a long absence stirs up unsettling memories, pulling them both into a mutually precarious orbit.

Thursday 9 May 6.00pm, Curzon Oxford

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Love Gilda: The Eternal Spirit of Gilda Radner | Oxford International Film Festival

Love Gilda: The Eternal Spirit of Gilda Radner

Dir. Lisa D'Apolito | United States | 84mins | English Language | Certificate 15

Starring: Amy Poehler, Mellisa McCarthy, Gene Wilder, Martin Short, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph

Plus short films Somewhere in their Heads, My Grandfather's Memory Book, We Invented Paris, Song & The Bird & The Whale

The story of how one beloved comedian found her humor in the midst of the most unfunny thing to ever happen to her.

Friday 10 May 6.00pm, Curzon Oxford

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Stray | Oxford International Film Festival

Stray

Dir. Dustin Feneley | New Zealand | 104mins | English Language | Certificate 18

Starring: Kieran Charnock, Arta Dobroshi

Plus the short film Capital.

In a cold and remote landscape, two strangers struggle to repair their broken pasts.

A young man is on parole after serving time for attempting to murder the man who killed his girlfriend in a hit and run. A woman is released from a psychiatric facility far from her homeland.

These two damaged strangers cross paths in the mountains in winter and fall into a complex intimate relationship, putting to the test their capacity to trust and heal.

Saturday 11 May 12.00pm, Curzon Oxford.

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Ballad of a Righteous Merchant | Oxford International Film Festival

Ballad of a Righteous Merchant

Dir. Herbert Golder | United States | 62mins | English Language | Certificate 15

Starring: Werner Herzog, Michael Shannon, Chloe Sevigny, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier

Plus short films The Conquereror, Lifeboat, A Scribbled Memory & Fighters.

A fresh and candid glimpse of one of the great masters of cinema at work, by his longtime friend and collaborator Herbert Golder, Ballad of a Righteous Merchant chronicles Werner Herzog's making of the feature film My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (co-written by Golder), which was nominated for a Golden Lion and for Best Screenplay at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, and which stars Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, and Chloe Sevigny.

Saturday 11 May 3.00pm, Curzon Oxford.

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Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds

Dir. Leon Chambers | United Kingdom | 87mins | English Language | Certificate 15

Starring: Naomi Morris, Andrew Murton, Philip Jackson, Gordon Kennedy

Plus short films myBorder's JOYfence, Rosa's Esperanza, Car Park Love Note & Fish Out of Water.

When headstrong Charlie discovers her parents have been keeping her biological father secret from her, she does what any 18-year old would do – recruits a rough sleeper to be her ‘responsible adult’ and sets off for Scotland on her provisional driving licence to go and find him.

Followed by a Q&A with Leon Chambers, director of Above the Clouds, plus actor Andrew Murton.

Saturday 11 May 6.00pm, Curzon Oxford.

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Noise

Noise

Dir. Jeremy Laval | France | 105mins | French with English Subtitles | Certificate 18

Starring: Guillaume Duhesme, Berangere McNeese

Plus short films Stage, The Night of My Death & Miccoli - Ledge.

After an accident, Vincent has become deaf. Unwilling to accept this, he isolates himself more and more, and shies away from society.

Yet, Vincent is obsessed with one thing: getting his old life back and rightful place in society. One day, as science has just given up on him, Vincent begins to hear again. Initially just noises... then people.

Passed that initial shock, another realization starts to dawn on him. What Vincent thought to be people’s voice, is turning out to be something entirely different...

Followed by a Q&A with Vincent Raymond, producer of Noise and Alexis Harte, actor in The Night of My Death.

Sunday 12 May 12.00pm, Curzon Oxford.

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Unravelling Athena

Unravelling Athena

Dir. Francis Amat | United States | 102mins | English Language | Certificate PG

Starring: Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova

Plus short films Rooftops, Salt Water & Grey

Unraveling Athena is a feature documentary that chronicles the journey that Women Tennis Champions pass through - from small child with a large racket, to ranked player, and ultimately to WTA number one in the world, and beyond.

Sunday 12 May 3.00pm, Curzon Oxford.

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Sam Speigel: Conquering Hollywood

Sam Speigel: Conquering Hollywood

Dir. Stephan Wellink | France | 60mins | English Language | Certificate 15

Plus short films Arthur Rambo, Portraitist, The Name of the Prime Minister & George & The Dragon

Sam Spiegel escaped from Nazi Germany in 1933 to become the most enigmatic and controversial movie producer in Hollywood history.

Sam Spiegel: Conquering Hollywood examines the life of the last tycoon of Hollywood and the only person to win three Oscars as sole producer, for the feature films On The Waterfront (1954), Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

Followed by a Q&A with Robert de Young, Director and Angela Allen MBE (Sam Spiegel) and Cyrus Neshvad (director of Fish Out Of Water), Guilleme Levile (director of Arthur Rambo) and Alexander Thompson (director of The Name of the Prime Minister).

Sunday 12 May 6.00pm, Curzon Oxford.

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