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IFT At Home was established during the 2020 enforced closure of cinemas, theatres and most hospitality businesses in the British government’s response to a Coronavirus outbreak. Its mission was to provide customers of the Ipswich Film Theatre with the best in world cinema while our doors remained closed.

While we love being able to show films in their natural home, we felt it important to continue to offer this service to customers who still feel apprehensive about returning to any public venue.

A Common Crime

One night in the pouring rain, Kevin, the adolescent son of Cecilia’s housekeeper, knocks on her door. A sociology lecturer and financially secure, Cecilia lives alone with her young child. She is too afraid to let Kevin in. The next day, his body is found in a river. The neighbourhood accuses the police of having hounded the teenager and social unrest rocks this impoverished part of town. Cecilia’s concept of reality is also increasingly shaken, her moods start to fluctuate and she begins hearing and seeing things. Is she losing her mind? In a ghostly, shimmering narrative, director Francisco Márquez articulates the injustices of Argentine society, which manifest themselves in the growing gap between rich and poor, employees and employers. His protagonist, sensitively played by Elisa Carricajo, is tormented by her guilty conscience. Like a ghost, her mounting consternation encroaches on every area of her life.

A COMMON CRIME screened at both the London Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival in 2020. It was also nominated for Best Argentinean Film at the Mar del Plata Film Festival in 2020.

Minari

AVAILABLE APRIL 2. A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

Nominated for 6 Academy Awards:

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Steven Yeun), Best Supporting Actress (Yuh-Jung Youn), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Original Score

Nominated for 6 BAFTAs:

Best Director, Supporting Actress (Yuh-Jung Youn), Supporting Actor (Alan Kim), Score, Casting, and Film Not in the English Language

Verdict

Abused and battered wife, Joy lives in Manila, with her six-year-old daughter Angel and her husband, Dante, a small-time criminal. As so often in the past, Dante comes home drunk at night and beats Joy brutally. This time, he also hurts Angel. Joy grabs her daughter and flees to the local police post to finally get him sent to jail. Justice, Joy learns, takes time at best and is impossible to get at worst. Not without reason, she feels that she and her daughter are increasingly under threat.

VERDICT was selected as the Philippine entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. Other festivals & awards include:

76th Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti Jury Special Prize, 2019

13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best Actress (Max Eigenmann)

44th Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection, 2019

46th Telluride Film Festival, Official Selection, 2019

Song Without A Name

Georgina's newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation.

SONG WITHOUT A NAME (CANCIÍON SIN NOMBRE) is a critically acclaimed, award-winning drama directed by Melina León, and has been announced as Peru’s International Feature Film entry for the 93rd Academy Awards®. The film also won the Cinevision Award for Best Film by an Emerging Director at the 2019 Munich Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival, Best Cinematography by Inti Briones and Best Film at the 2019 Stockholm Film Festival.

By purchasing SONG WITHOUT A NAME in partnership with Sovereign Distribution, the revenue will be split between the distributor and us, ensuring we can continue to work together and bring UK audiences quality film content.

Mouthpiece

AVAILABLE MARCH 12.

MOUTHPIECE is a powerful, funny and highly original look into the conflicted psyche of Cassandra Haywood - a fiercely independent millennial woman. Cass is a single writer who lives by her own rules. She’s also a bit of a disaster.

Following the sudden death of her mother, Elaine (Maev Beaty) she finds herself in crisis, unable to think straight with a debate raging inside her head. This movie makes that invisible conflict visible: Cassandra (Amy Nostbakken & Norah Sadava) battles it out while figuring out what to say at her mother’s funeral.

What unfolds is a wild careening through grief, anger, sex and self-sabotage in an exploration of the messy lives of women from both generations. Raucous jokes, musical numbers and heart breaking memories add up to a deeply moving and political portrait of a mother and a daughter as seen through the eyes of one conflicted young woman.

Stray

Stray explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three strays as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society. Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her. The strays’ disparate lives intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians with whom they share the streets. Director Elizabeth Lo’s award-winning film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing.

Amber And Me

“...one of the most touching portrayals of childhood that you're ever likely to see.” - Isobel James, The Mail on Sunday … “A beautiful, tender portrait of childhood.” - Rachel Wexler, Producer of Emmy-winning THE ENGLISH SURGEON. Amber has Down’s Syndrome and is about to start primary school with her twin sister, Olivia. Although at first her experience is positive, she starts to struggle and…

IORRAM: Boat Song

The first cinema documentary entirely in Scottish Gaelic, Iorram (Boat Song) is a lyrical portrait of the fishing community in Scotland's Outer Hebrides. Director Alastair Cole takes a cinematic journey into the past and present of the islands, mixing voices, stories and songs from the mid-20th century with images of life today on land and sea, and original music by Aidan O'Rourke.

Poly Styrene: I AM A CLICHÉ

Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band. She introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using her unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism, postmodernism, and everything she saw unfolding in late 1970s Britain, with a rare prescience. As the frontwoman of X-Ray Spex, the Anglo-Somali punk musician was also a key inspiration for the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements. 

But the late punk maverick didn’t just leave behind an immense cultural footprint. She was survived by a daughter, Celeste Bell, who became the unwitting guardian of her mother’s legacy and her mother’s demons. Misogyny, racism, and mental illness plagued Poly’s life, while their lasting trauma scarred Celeste’s childhood and the pair’s relationship.

Featuring unseen archive material and rare diary entries narrated by Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga, this documentary follows Celeste as she examines her mother’s unopened artistic archive and traverses three continents to better understand Poly the icon and Poly the mother.

SCORE MASTERS: Celebrating John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith

Available to watch for FREE at our YouTube channel. SCORE MASTERS commences a regular strand celebrating the art of film scoring and we're delighted to launch with the support of The Legacy of John Williams and The Goldsmith Odyssey. In our exclusive opening event celebrating the work of film composers John Williams (JawsStar WarsE.T. The Extra Terrestrial) and Jerry Goldsmith (The OmenPlanet of the ApesTotal Recall), we are joined in discussion by some of the most creative and talented artists working in the field: Academy Award®-nominated composer David Newman (Galaxy QuestIce AgeAnastasia), Grammy® award-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin (Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), legendary music recording engineer Bruce Botnick (known for his work with The Beach Boys and The Doors, as well as both Williams and Goldsmith), soundtrack record producer Michael Matessino (Star Trek: The Motion PictureHarry Potter: The John Williams Soundtrack Collection), writer and journalist Jeff Bond (Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Art and Visual EffectsDanse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton), composer Leanna Primiani, and pianist/keyboardist Mike Lang, both of whom have worked with Williams and Goldsmith!

Killing Escobar

STARTS MARCH 12. In 1989, Scottish mercenary and ex-SAS operative, Peter McAleese, was hired by a Colombian drug cartel to lead a small team of ex-special forces commandos on a mission to assassinate the world’s biggest drug baron, Pablo Escobar.

With heart stopping drama reconstruction, access to never-before-seen footage of the mission and first-person accounts from both the mercenaries and the cartel, KILLING ESCOBAR is a documentary thriller that reveals how one man’s violent upbringing in Glasgow,  training in the SAS and experience as a mercenary in Africa led him to the jungles of Colombia and the heart of the Medellín cocaine empire. 

At 78 years old and returning to the Catholic faith of his youth, McAleese reflects on one of the most ambitious and perilous assignments of his career; the one that pushed him closer to death than any other, a mission to kill the most feared man in the world, Pablo Escobar. 

Rams

The funny and touching RAMS is sure to have audiences flock to see it. In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill, JURASSIC PARK) and Les (Michael Caton, THE CASTLE), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together?

Inspired by the 2015 Icelandic film HRÚTAR, but very much its own piece, RAMS was directed by Jeremy Sims (LAST CAB TO DARWIN) and also stars Miranda Richardson (THE CRYING GAME).

IWOW: I Walk On Water

STARTS FEBRUARY 26. In IWOW, Khalik Allah focuses on longtime muse Frenchie, a 60-something schizophrenic, homeless Haitian man, who he becomes increasingly intertwined with. In parallel, Allah, the filmmaker behind BLACK MOTHER, also turns the camera on himself to document a turbulent romantic relationship and grapple with personal notions of spirituality and mortality – gathering advice from charismatic confidants including Fab 5 Freddy, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, and, in deeply moving exchanges, his own mother.

Music

Golden Globe nominated for best film and leading actress. The directorial debut of internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, multi-Grammy nominee and pop icon Sia, Music is a powerful, original and celebratory artistic statement and a compelling reinvention of the screen musical. Zu (Kate Hudson) is newly sober when she receives news that she is to become the sole guardian of her half-sister, Music (Maddie Ziegler), a young girl on the autism spectrum in first-time director, Sia's, debut film.

Willy's Wonderland

Stranded in a remote town with a car that won’t work and no way to pay the local repair shop, THE JANITOR (Nic Cage) agrees to spend the night in Willy's Wonderland, an abandoned theme park full of animatronic characters that were once a joy to the kids of the town, but now hold a dark secret. As night falls, these once happy mascots come to life and they’re out for blood. Survive at any cost, it’s only one night!

The Imperialists Are Still Alive!

Visual artist Asya follows the politics of her Middle East homeland on TV while enjoying a chic Manhattan lifestyle of parties, supermodels and limos. But when a childhood friend disappears, Asya suspects a CIA abduction and – to her new boyfriend's bemusement – sets out to crack the conspiracy. British-American director Zeina Durra fuses dry comedy with alluring political drama, brilliantly depicting the everyday paranoia of post-9/11 America.

A Girl From Mogadishu

Mary McGuckian's A GIRL FROM MOGADISHU is based on the powerful testimony of Ifrah Ahmed.

Fleeing war-torn Somalia in 2006, Ahmed is trafficked to Ireland where, as an asylum-seeking refugee, she undergoes a traumatic medical examination which reveals the extent of her mutilation as a child. Traumatized by the memory, she turns her experiences into a force for good, emerging as one of the world’s foremost global activists against Female Genital Mutilation. 

Assassins

The audacious murder of the brother of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in a crowded Malaysian airport sparked a worldwide media frenzy. At the centre of the investigation are two young women who are either cold-blooded killers or unwitting pawns in a political assassination. ASSASSINS goes beyond the headlines to question every angle of this case, from human trafficking to geopolitical espionage to the secretive dynamics of the North Korean dynasty.

Away

AWAY is a multiple award-winning film about a boy travelling across an island on a motorcycle, trying to escape a dark spirit and get back home. Along the way he makes a series of connections with different animals and reflects on the possible ways he ended up on the island. Part dream, part reality, AWAY explores our common, universal need to find a connection. Director and animator Gints Zilbalodis worked on the fillm for three and a half years. His commitment paid off - this is beautiful!

MLK/FBI

MLK/FBI is the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI's surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly discovered and declassified files, utilizing a trove of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the government's history of targeting Black activists, and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals. Featuring interviews with key cultural figures including former FBI Director James Comey and directed by Emmy® Award-winner and Oscar®-nominee Sam Pollard, MLK/FBI tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment. 

The Mole Agent

When 83-year-old Chilean Sergio is sent as an undercover spy to a retirement home to investigate suspected neglect, he learns a deeper lesson on human connection. Through the lens of the hidden camera in his decoy glasses, viewers watch as Sergio struggles to balance his assignment while becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents.

Love Child

LOVE CHILD offers a heartbreaking portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who are forced to flee for their lives from Tehran where their secret affair and illegitimate child are both considered crimes, punishable by death. Together with their four-year-old son Mani they take refuge in Turkey with dreams of a new life, seeking asylum to either Canada or the US. Intimately filmed over a five-year period, we follow their brave quest to be safe together as a family.

System Crasher

Wild 9-year-old Benni has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher”. Profoundly affected by childhood trauma, Benni is by turns bright, funny and charming, but can flip at any moment into terrifying violent outbursts.

Mrs. Bafané from child protection services is trying her best to find a permanent placement for Benni, to little success. She hires the anger management trainer Micha as Benni’s school escort and suddenly there is a seed of hope.

Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired?

A White, White Day

He is a man, a father, a grandfather, a policeman, a widower.

In a remote Icelandic town, Ingimundur, an off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones.

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