Films are best enjoyed in company. As the big glittery festivals continue through the summer, i-D, Diesel and the Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) are taking to the big screen too, but we’ve scrapped the red carpet.
Celebrating the wonderful art of film and two directors who deserve a lot of attention, i-D, Diesel and WFF are hosting two screenings in June for 100 guests at The Curzon Cinema in Mayfair. The films we’ve chosen to blow up big are from the 2011 WFF official selection, and will be introduced by i-D’s Tricia Jones. To complete the picture, pun-intended, we’re inviting the audience to participate in a Q&A with the directors after the screening, chaired by WFF co-founder and director Meira Blaustein, so all those aching questions you usually have leaving the cinema will be answered before you exit to the left.
The first night (let’s call it the opening night) will screen Lisa Albright’s Coming Up Roses, starring Bernadette Peters as the glamorous but domineering mother and Rachel Brosnaham as her shy teenage daughter, dragged around America in her mother’s shadow. The second night (let’s call it the closing night) is dedicated to documentary film Dolphin Boy, from director Yonatan Nir, which sounds wet in every sense. It may not be the most inspiring title but it is the most inspiring film. Dolphin Boy is Morad, an Israeli-Arab teenager violently attacked in his village, left unable to speak and scared of human contact. Rather than allow his son to be institutionalised, Morad’s father takes him to another city to be treated with dolphin therapy. Though both films are about parent-child relationships, they show the breadth and diversity that can exist in film, even on common ground.
We’ll be offering readers five pairs of tickets for each screening so keep one eye on our Twitter for your chance to win!
Text: Sarah Raphael