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The Wild Pear Tree (15) * Tickets available on the door form 7pm
Wed 16 January @ 8:00 pm£7 – £10
The Wild Pear Tree (15) – 2018, Turkey, 188 mins
Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Cast: Aydın Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yıldırımlar
After studies in Çannakale, Sinan finds Can provincial, especially since everyone seems to know his father is knee-deep in gambling debts. Dreading he’ll be sent to teach way out east following military service, Sinan seeks funds to publish a book of his essays and stories – but will anyone in Can recognise his talent? Ceylan’s discursive but consistently engrossing account of his opinionated but bemused protagonist’s fraught dealings with his parents and clumsy encounters with various locals constitutes another gently penetrating dissection of the flawed male psyche. Again, the wry tone is Chekhovian: detached yet compassionate, subtle but clear, quiet yet hugely expressive. With its vivid gallery of superbly played characters and exquisite tapestry of interwoven themes, this is Ceylan to the core. London Film Festival
Doors open for fine wines and all manner of drinks at 7pm. Film starts at 8pm