A film showing as part of the Borderlines Film Festival
Loosely based on the novel by Martin Amis, this bold, surgical probe into our capacity for zoning out on genocide is chilling indeed. Rudolf, Hedwig and their children live a pastoral idyll, in a bright villa with a cultivated garden full of roses and hothouse fruit. But the backdrop is a high wall with chimneys beyond, and behind the birdsong are other persistent but indistinguishable sounds. Rudolf Höss is the commandant of Auschwitz. Eschewing the conventions of Holocaust drama, Jonathan Glazer’s (Under the Skin) film penetrates the too bright surface of bourgeois domesticity with visual and aural precision to reveal the horrors beneath.
Shortlisted for International Feature Film Oscar
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Starring: Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel
US/UK/Poland, 2023, 1 hour 46 minutes, German/Polish + English subtitles
Full Price £9.50, Senior Citizen/Student/U16/Unemployed £8.00, Under 12s £7.00
Borderlines Film Festival 2024 is bigger than ever
Britain’s biggest rural film festival, one of the six largest film festivals in the UK, is set to take place from 1 – 17 March with a record number of screenings and events, just short of 300 in total. Borderlines covers a large area of country with 23 venues across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Malvern and the Marches, from mixed-arts centres and art deco picture palaces to remote village halls.
Supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, the Elmley Foundation and Hereford City Council, Borderlines offers audiences the opportunity to watch some of the very best new releases, including Oscar and BAFTA nominated titles like All of Us Strangers and The Zone of Interest, American Fiction and Anatomy of a Fall (winner of the 2023 Palme d’Or at Cannes).