Saturday, 5 October 2013

Winter Of Discontent (film)

Nothing to do with trade unionism in Britain in the 1970s, Winter Of Discontent is an independent  Egyptian film which has taken everyone by surprise, mainly due to its serendipitous topicality. It has even been chosen as Egypt's submission for the foreign-language film Oscar. Our imminent local screening is an Eastbourne Film Society presentation at the Curzon Cinema and there are three chances to see the film THIS Wednesday, the 9th of October.

Winter Of Discontent (El Sheita Elli Fat) has a 15 certificate and premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2012. Its director is Ibrahim el-Batout who was formerly known in Egypt for making television documentary programmes, particularly about peoples at war. He first turned his hand to film-making in 2004 and I believe that Winter Of Discontent is his fourth full-length feature film. The story is based around the events of the 2011 revolution in Egypt that saw Hosni Mubarak ousted from power after 30 years. However El-Batout has said that “We need to keep in mind that The Winter of Discontent is not about the revolution itself. It is a film about three people who lived through the historic and unforgettable 18 days of the revolution.” Therefore we see these days through the eyes of a security officer, a political activist and a journalist. There is an interesting review at the end of this link, written by Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian.

Curzon Cinema, Wed 9th Oct, 14:15, 17:15, 20:15.
Tickets £6.80 adults, £4.80 concessions, available by calling 01323 731441 or in person from the foyer (15:00-19:00 daily).