Thursday, 14 July 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 220: Mon Aug 8

Submarine (Ayoade, 2010): & The Double (Ayoade, 2013):
Prince Charles Cinema, 6.45pm


BOTH SCREENINGS (the original plus a 7pm showing of The Double and Submarine have sold out but details are here if you want to go on the off chance of getting returns etc)

This 35mm double-bill screening is part of the 'Check The Gate' season at the Prince Charles, dedicated to presenting films on film that will run at the cinema from 9th July to August 20th.Director Richard Ayoade will introduce the films and talk about his love of 35mm. Full details here.

Daily Telegraph review of Submarine:
The temptation to overpraise our new movie talent can induce an almost superstitious pang of anxiety, but here goes anyway: Richard Ayoade’s Submarine feels like the most refreshing, urgent and original debut the British film industry has seen in years. This coming-of-age story is set in Swansea and narrated by a teenage boy, but it thankfully gives a body-swerve to the tired clichés in which our industry routinely imprisons such subject matter. There’s no drab naturalism, sulky rebellion or political backdrop, and, best of all, no forced uplifting climax snatched from relentless adversity. Instead writer-director Ayoade, in adapting Joe Dunthorne’s novel, has fashioned an adolescent fantasia that astutely employs its own film-making techniques to represent the thought processes of its unlikely young hero. 
David Gritten

Here (and above) is the trailer for Submarine.

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The Guardian review of The Double:
For this follow-up to his debut feature Submarine, Richard Ayoade has picked a demanding and in some ways unpromising subject: a new adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella The Double, about a drab loser who discovers that he has a doppelgänger in the workplace – an exact replica of him, but aggressively successful, charming and upwardly mobile. Ayoade translates this to a creepy and crumbling nightmare-world: his unhappy protagonist is a data-input manager in a dreary warren, stuffed with clunky, retro 80s computer equipment and office furniture, and he lives in a similarly grim flat. The only entertainment on offer for inhabitants of this terrible universe appears to be a cheapo Blakes-7-type drama continuously playing on TV sets mounted on wall brackets. All this could have been a tiresome film-school venture in someone else's hands, but it is brilliant: quick-witted, elegant, funny and unsettling. The Double is co-written by Ayoade and Avi Korine, brother of Harmony Korine, who has a producer credit. Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon, a stammeringly shy programmer, whose talents are ignored by his bosses and who is hopelessly in love with co-worker Hannah (Mia Wasikowska). Along comes James (also Eisenberg) who entrances his superiors and the lovely Hannah – to Simon's inarticulate despair. There are funny cinephile touches of Billy Wilder, David Lynch and perhaps even Aki Kaurismäki, and the sex-coaching and life-coaching scenes might call to mind Eisenberg's cinema debut in Dylan Kidd's Roger Dodger. Cathy Moriarty, Wallace Shawn, Paddy Considine and Chris Morris contribute cameos. It's very smart work. 
Peter Bradshaw

Here is the trailer for The Double.

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