Carlos Saura's 1976 film Cría Cuervos, or Raise Ravens … is a sensational rerelease: a gripping, profoundly mysterious movie which is both an uncanny drama of family dysfunction and a historical parable of the end of Franco-ism: a film which fully deserves to be placed alongside Bergman's Cries and Whispers or Fanny and Alexander. Eight-year-old Ana Torrent (from Víctor Erice's Spirit of the Beehive) plays Ana, whose father is a senior Spanish army officer and brutal generalissimo stalwart. The claustrophobic household stands for Spain, but Carlos Saura could as well be addressing Europe generally: a Europe in uneasy postwar denial about that country in its midst which was an ideological and military proving ground for Nazi Germany, and whose unapologetic fascism survived the war. The film is a masterpiece of form and technique, and Chaplin and Torrent are both outstanding.
Special Event! Yasujirô Ozu’s classic silent comedy performed with Live Piano Accompaniment by Forrester Pyke
One of legendary director Yasujirô Ozu’s most popular films I Was Born But… is a brilliant comedy of everyday life, seen through the eyes of two young brothers who become leaders of their neighbourhood gang in suburban Tokyo. As they outwit bullies and witness their father kowtowing to his boss to get ahead, the roles of child and adult are reversed. Ozu’s superb comic timing and beautifully observed focus on everyday family life is full of warmth and humour and one of the most enjoyable silent films ever made. I Was Born But… is an enchanting, insightful and very funny film that will make you smile long after you’ve left the cinema!
This special screening will be followed by a Q & A session.
Forrester Pyke has performed piano accompaniment for silent movies for over 17 years, composing music for the Scottish Screen Archives and performing at The Edinburgh International Film Festival, Bo’ness Hippodrome Silent Cinema Festival and Glasgow Film Theatre. His talent for composition and improvisational technique have wowed audiences and brought screenings of classic silent films such as Joan of Arc, Nosferatu, Metropolis, The General, Intolerance, The Gold Rush and Sir Arne's Treasure vividly to life for a whole new generation of cinema goers
Read Georgina's interview with Forrester on What's on Highlands including a You Tube link, at
Satyajit Ray made his debut as director with this masterpiece of world cinema. Played with restraint by a non-professional cast and influenced by such Italian neorealist features asBicycle Thieves, its story of a young Bengali boy's introduction to the ways of the world is remarkable for its simplicity and humanity. The first in the acclaimed Apu trilogy (Aparajito and The World of Apu make up the saga), it astounded everyone when it won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, particularly as it was filmed on weekends and holidays over a four-year period, with Ray having to pawn his wife's jewellery to complete the shoot. The title translates asSong of the Road.
David Parkinson in Radio Times Film Guide
Be transported to sun-drenched Florence by one of Merchant Ivory’s best loved films! A young Englishwoman’s Grand Tour of Europe is transformed into a journey of self-discovery in this warm and totally captivating Romantic comedy/drama. An all-star cast, including Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Day Lewis, Maggie Smith, and Judi Dench, brings the charm and passion of EM Forster’s novel vividly to life. Outstanding performances, a sparkling script and stunning locations make this a film to brighten the darkest winter’s evening.