Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Kes (1969)

150419 Kes smSunday April 19th 2015, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Kes (1969). Directed by Ken Loach, 111 minutes. In English with English subtitles. Free admission. Door opens at 20:00, Film starts at 21:00.

This is an early film directed by Ken Loach, and it is a poetically beautiful portrait of a 14-year-old boy growing up in the northern working-class Yorkshire area of England. It is photographed in an austere, almost documentary style. The non-actor David Bradley is stunningly as the young boy Billy, whose dreary future seems to be pretty much destined for the local coal mines. One day his life suddenly resonates when he discovers a small kestrel falcon, which he trains daily. This is a film about being suffocated by your environment, and the deep longing for something else.

Whereas the Hollywood approach to life is to escape through entertainment, European cinema (and Kes is a wonderful example) instead zeros in on aspects of our lives and asks us to pause and think about them. In Kes, this is done through sublime acting and a profound ability to capture a mood. There is so much trash in the cinemas today, why not try out something that may pierce your heart and change your idea of cinema forever? This movie is still etched deeply in my memory after I saw it last 35 years ago.. it’s one of the most moving films of all time, and it achieves this without any cheap sentimentality.

For many people it is the best film ever made. And it was also voted by the British Film Institute as being one of the 10 best British films of the last century. This will be a high-definition screening.

Pretoriusstraat 43
Film starts @ 21:00
Free admission

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