Cinema Curated by Battles, Caribou & Les Savy Fav

We are pleased to offer you a cinema programme free of charge as part of the festival. See your timecards / posters for the schedule on each day.

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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory European Premiere -

ATP Concerts are very proud and excited to be able to present the European premiere of the long awaited documentary film Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory at this event on Saturday 11th December:

In 1994, three American teens - the so-called "West Memphis Three" - were convicted for killing three children in an alleged satanic ritual, in West Memphis, Arkansas. Damien Echols was sentenced to death, while Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin got life imprisonment. The directors have followed this case for years and have made two previous films about it: Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills and Paradise Lost 2: Revelations. There is no physical evidence that the three were guilty of murder. In August this year, after 18 years behind bars, the three pleaded guilty according to a little known law known as the "Alford plea", allowing them to plead guilty while still maintaining their innocence. They were set free the same day.

Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has picked Paradise Lost 3 as one of it's shortlist films for the 2012 Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature category. View Trailer


Friday 10th December - Films picked by Les Savy Fav:

After Hours (1985. Dir. Martin Scorsese, United States) / Watch Trailer

This well-regarded cult film is a tense Kafka-esque tale concerning what happens to a likable computer guy who is in the wrong place at the wrong time in the city that never sleeps - New York. This is a New York infested with bizarre characters vividly brought to life by a once-in-a-lifetime cast. Griffin Dunne's wonderfully controlled comic performance as Paul Hackett is the glue that holds this increasingly surreal film together. Scorsese utilizes a full array of independent and underground film techniques, including special film speed manipulations, angles, and edits, deftly capturing the strange rhythms of an after-hours New York City. The moment when Griffin Dunne uses his last quarter to play Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is" and dances with Verna Bloom while an angry mob searches SoHo for him is an inspired bit of lunacy. - Christopher J. Jarmick
Blazing Saddles (1974. Dir. Blazing Saddles, United States) / Watch Trailer

The railroad's got to run through the town of Rock Ridge. How do you drive out the townfolk in order to steal their land? Send in the toughest gang you've got...and name a new sheriff who'll last about 24 hours. But that's not really the plot of Blazing Saddles, just the pretext. Once Mel Brooks' lunatic film many call his best gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns, howlers, growlers and outrageous assaults upon good taste or any taste at all! Cleavon Little as the new lawman, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid, Brooks himself as a dimwitted politico and Madeline Kahn in her Marlene Dietrich send-up that earned an Academy Award nomination all give this sagebrush saga their lunatic best. And when Blazing Saddles can't contain itself at the finale, it just proves the Old West will never be the same
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982, Dir. Amy Heckerling, United States) / Watch Trailer

Based on the humorous bestselling novel, Fast Times at Ridgemont High details the individual struggles of teenagers as they deal with independence, success, sexuality, money, maturity, school and just making it through the formative year. Features music by The Go-Go's, Graham Nash, Jim Buffet, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, The Cars and Quarterflash.
Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985, Dir. Tim Burton, United States) / Watch Trailer

Call in the FBI. Alert the President. Advise all ships at sea and break out the Batphone because this is no ordinary adventure: this is Pee-wee's Big Adventure! Pee-wee's bicycle, the keenest bike in the world, is missing. It's his most prized possession...and he's just got to get it back. Searching high, low and in between, Pee-wee hits the open road and encounters riotous adventures with bikers, bums, cowboys, cons, a phantom trucker and a waitress with wanderlust and even Warner Bros. Studios.
The Shining (1980. Dir. Stanley Kubrick, United States) / Watch Trailer

Think of the greatest terror imaginable. Is it a monstrous alien? A lethal epidemic? Or, as in this harrowing masterpiece from Stanley Kubrick, is it fear of murder by someone who should love and protect you - a member of your own family? From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, who's come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd). Torrance has never been there before - or has he? The answer lies in a ghostly time warp of madness and murder.


Saturday 11th December - Films picked by Battles:

Easy Rider (1969, Dir. Dennis Hopper, United States) / Watch Trailer

This box-office hit from 1969 is an important pioneer of the American independent cinema movement, and a generational touchstone to boot. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper play hippie motorcyclists crossing the Southwest and encountering a crazy quilt of good and bad people. Jack Nicholson turns up in a significant role as an attorney who joins their quest for awhile and articulates society's problem with freedom as Fonda's and Hopper's characters embody it. Hopper directed, essentially bringing the no-frills filmmaking methods of legendary, drive-in movie producer Roger Corman (The Little Shop of Horrors) to a serious feature for the mainstream. The film can't help but look a bit dated now (a psychedelic sequence toward the end particularly doesn't hold up well) but it retains its original power, sense of daring and epochal impact. - Tom Keogh
Germany in Autumn (1978, Dirs. Alf Brustellin, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alexander Kluge, Maximiliane Mainka, Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus, Peter Schubert, Bernhard Sinkel, Hans Peter Cloos, Edgar Reitz, Katja Rupe, Volker Schloendorff) / Watch Excerpt

Produced in response to the kidnapping and murder of a prominent industrialist by a German terrorist group 30 years ago, this film will resonate with today s audiences who are all too familiar with political terrorism. Germany in Autumn features a series of nonfiction and fiction segments bookended by two funerals the industrialist s at the beginning and the terrorists at the end. More of an essay than a straightforward documentary, the film captures impressions of this explosive and emotive moment in Germany's history by several directors of the New German Cinema, including Alexander Kluge, Volker Schlondorff, Edgar Reitz, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Solaris (1972, Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union) / Watch Trailer

Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness. With Solaris, the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic that challenges our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.

Wise Blood (1979, Dir. John Huston, United States)
/ Watch Trailer

In this acclaimed adaptation of the first novel by legendary Southern writer Flannery O'Connor, John Huston vividly brings to life her poetic world of American eccentricity. Brad Dourif, in an impassioned performance, is Hazel Motes, who, fresh out of the army, attempts to open the first Church Without Christ in the small town of Taulkinham. Populated with inspired performances that seem to spring right from O'Connor's pages, Huston's Wise Blood is an incisive portrait of spirituality and Evangelicalism, and a faithful, loving evocation of a writer's vision.


Sunday 12th December - Films picked by Caribou:

American Movie (1999, Dir. Chris Smith, United States) / Watch Trailer

Struggling filmmaker Mark Borchardt is the subject of American Movie, and he may also be the most determined man you'll ever meet. The straggly haired, fast-talking, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, native lists his greatest influences as Dawn of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He began making horror movies as a gangly adolescent, and is now set on finishing Coven (which he pronounces like "woven"), the "35-minute direct market thriller" he has worked on for two years. In the process, he steadfastly battles immense debt, the threat of losing his kids, and birds chirping gleefully through scenes set in the dead of winter. His mother would rather do her shopping than be an extra, his brother contends he's best suited for factory work, and his father just wants him to "watch the language."
Crystal Voyager (1973, Dir. David Elfick, Australia) / Watch Excerpt

Crystal Voyager is the legendary 1972 surf film by director David Elfick, famous for integrating the music of Pink Floyd (Echoes) with some of the most stunning photography ever. Pink Floyd actually took the footage from Crystal Voyager for their stage show projections for Echoes. The last 25 minutes is an almost unbroken underwater trip of a thousand psychedelic translucent tints, set to Pink Floyd's classic Echoes. The surfing equivalent to the final tripped-out 30 minutes of 2001 A Space Odyssey!

My Name is Albert Ayler (2011, Dir. Kasper Collin, Sweden)

"One of the most starkly beautiful and moving documentaries ever made about a jazz musician." - Jazz Times

The prophetic free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler, who today is seen as one of the most important innovators in jazz, was obsessed with his radical music and by the thought that people one day would understand it, as he said in his own words "If people don't like it now, they will." In 1962 he recorded his first album in Sweden. Eight years later he was found dead in New York's East River, aged 34. This acclaimed and award winning documentary follows the trail of Albert from his native town of Cleveland by way of Sweden to New York, meeting family, friends and close colleagues. Albert himself guides us with his voice and music. Seven years in the making, the film includes newly discovered footage of Ayler and his band.

Director Kasper Collin will Introduce the film and do a Q&A afterwards.

A Separation (2011, Dir. Asghar Farhadi, Iran) / Watch Trailer

Staring into the An Iranian couple have a tough decision to make: Simin wants the family to live abroad to better the chances in life for their only daughter, Termeh. Nader, however, insists to stay in Iran and take care of his father who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. The argument leaves the couple but one choice: Divorce. But the consequences may go far beyond anything they had ever expected...
The Spirit Of The Beehive (1973, Dir. Victor Erice, Spain) / Watch Trailer

The Spirit of the Beehive takes place in a small, isolated Spanish town in 1940, shortly after the end of the civil war that inaugurated the long reign of Generalissimo Francisco Franco. The film was made in 1973, near the end of Franco's dictatorship, at a time when Spanish cinema was just starting to reawaken, and to probe, carefully and hesitantly, the buried traumas of the recent past. Perhaps fittingly, one of Mr. Erice's themes is repression - not so much the stifling of thought by political authority as the willed avoidance of painful experience. The story that emerges from Mr. Erice's lovely, lovingly considered images is at once lucid and enigmatic, poised between adult longing and childlike eagerness, sorrowful knowledge and startled innocence.