AMANda Kernell
Stephanie Pray & Pacho Velez
Jean Vigo
Chantal Akerman
Jonathan Drayton & Valerie Faris

Sameblod (Sami Blood)
Amanda Kernell
2016, Sweden,1hr 50mins 
Swedish and Sámi, English subtitles,
cert 12A

Sameblod tells the story of 14-year-old Elle Marja, a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930s at her boarding school Elle Marja starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.
Director Amanda Kernell has Sámi heritage through her father, and has said: ‘This film is a declaration of love to the elders in my family and in their generation.’
Screening as part of Scotland and the Arctic: A Conversation

Manakamana
Stephanie Pray and Pacho Velez
2013, US, Nepal, 1hr 58mins
English subtitles

Humane and mesmerising, Manakamana is a documentary shot entirely inside the narrow confines of a cable car, high above a jungle in Nepal, as it transports villagers and tourists to an ancient mountaintop temple.
Filmed in 16mm and comprising 11 rides (each single take corresponds to the length of a roll of film), Manakamana is a gentle, ephemeral character study of its passengers and a window onto the lush, rolling landscape of a country in transition from ancient tradition to modernity.

L’Atalante 
Jean Vigo
1934, France, 89mins
French, English subtitles, cert PG

85 years on from its original release, Jean Vigo’s 1934 film L’Atalante remains as beautiful and poetic as ever.
The story is an apparently simple one: Three men work a barge (named L’Atalante) on the waterways of northern France. Jean, the skipper, meets a girl, Juliette, and they marry while hardly knowing each other. It is not easy and the barge itself becomes a lens for a captivating exploration of relationships and bonds. The film is enhanced by Maurice Jaubert’s musical score and by Boris Kaufman’s extraordinary cinematography.

No Home Movie
Chantal Akerman
2015, Belgium, 1hr 55mins
French, English subtitles, cert PG
With a reading by JoAnne McKay from Akerman’s My Mother Laughs (Silver Press, 2019)

Chantal Akerman’s final film is a documentary still-life study of her elderly mother, Nelly Akerman, a Holocaust survivor born in Poland. Akerman was intensely close to her, and the film is a moving tribute to her mother, still active, but fragile. In the film there are long, static shots of Nelly pottering from room to room, or chatting with Chantal, in person or on Skype. Peter Bradshaw has said: ‘In its stillness and mystery, it offers careful transcription of the textures of a life.’

Little Miss Sunshine
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
2006, 1hr 41mins
cert 15

Little Miss Sunshine offers a humorous and at times bittersweet reflection on the expansive capacity of the family unit, and on familial bonds and the tensions these can be put under when directed towards a pursuit or purpose. At what point does a family begin to function like a crew, and what about those who wish only to be passengers?
Remarkable performances from Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano, Steve Carrell and Alan Arkin elevate this story of a family of individuals who ultimately restore common purpose and pride to themselves.