WOW Film Festival
This is a small touring programme of films from Africa, Asia, and Latin America that are rarely shown in Britain.
Films in the festival include the documentary Crossing The Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul, a journey through the music of Istanbul.
Also included is Cave Of The Yellow Dog – a mix of drama and documentary featuring a Mongolian nomad family.
Cardiff from 17–26 March, Hereford from 26–31 March, Cardigan from 31 March–6 April
Romance and Cigarettes
Directed by John Turturro
“A man should be able to do two things,” says Nick, a New York steelworker (James Gandolfini), “be romantic and smoke his head off”. But both can be lethal.
Nick is cheating on his wife, Kitty (Susan Sarandon), who makes wedding dresses with Tula (Kate Winslet). He gets advice from Angelo, whose experience is mostly from porn films, while their grown-up daughters take sides.
This film is part musical, part karaoke, part the soundtrack in our heads when we need comfort, ’cos no one does misery like Janis Joplin.
It’s a sweet, funny and realistic tale that proves tough guys do dance.
Arab Cinema Weekend
Princess Anne Theatre, Piccadilly, London
This is a rare chance to see some interesting films from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Palestine and North Africa‚ including a number of British premieres and question and answer sessions after screenings.
Alain Tasma’s Nuit Noire is being shown on Sunday evening. It is an uncompromising thriller set against the backdrop of the Algerian war of independence.