Dec 4 to Dec 8
Sunday to Thursday 6:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Benjamin Ree - 2016 - 78m - No Matinees
Magnus Carlsen is widely known as the ‘Mozart of Chess’ because, unlike many chess grandmasters, he not only possesses an innate ability and a remarkable memory, but he blends those attributes with unrivaled creativity and intuition. Memorized moves and calculated probabilities can carry a chess player extremely far. But Magnus’ journey eventually proves that there can be other elements of the game, ones that are impossible to measure or calculate.
From a young age Magnus Carlsen had aspirations of becoming a champion chess player. While many players seek out an intensely rigid environment to hone their skills, Magnus’ brilliance shines brightest when surrounded by his loving and supportive family. Through an extensive amount of archival footage and home movies, director Benjamin Ree reveals this young man’s unusual and rapid trajectory to the pinnacle of the chess world. This film allows the audience to not only peek inside this isolated community but also witness the maturation of a modern genius.
“An engrossing, truly inspirational new documentary” - Paul Heath, Tribeca Film Festival
“An excellent job at presenting a difficult subject and making it exciting.” - Lauren Humphries-Brooks, WE GOT THIS COVERED
Notes on Blindness
Dec 4 to Dec 8
Sunday to Thursday 3:15, 8:15
Dir. Peter Middleton & James Spinney - 2016 - 104m - UK
After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary. Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness. Published in 1990, the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, ‘A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.’ Following on from the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work, both affecting and innovative – and one of the most essential British documentaries of the year.
The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (alongside our virtual reality project), as well as winning the Special Jury Prize at the 59th San Francisco Film Festival and the Wellcome Trust Innovation and Storytelling Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
4-STAR REVIEW “The genius of the film is in allowing us to understand and visualise the world of blindness… A beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art.” - THE GUARDIAN, Charlie Phillips
4-STAR REVIEW “A visionary, lyrical film”- THE TIMES, Kate Muir
4-STAR REVIEW “Articulate, eloquent and soul-searching” - OBSERVER, Mark Kermode
4-STAR REVIEW “Remarkable… a haunting, throat-catching documentary that shares some of the lyrical power of Clio Barnard’s The Arbor or Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life.” - THE LIST, Allan Hunter
4-STAR REVIEW “Beautiful and reassuring, Notes On Blindness is a moving and inspiring film” - DAILY MAIL, Libby Purves
“Audaciously ambitious, formally inventive… somehow manages to translate an intensely interior experience into compelling, even revelatory cinema, ingeniously articulating what it means to see and be seen.” - GOLDEN GATE FILM AWARDS, San Francisco International Film Festival