The Sherborne International Film Festival (SHIFF) Thursday 29 October to Sunday 1 November 2015, is all set for its seventh edition sponsored this year by 4 Shires Asset Management and Pittards of Yeovil.
As usual, ten films from around the world are being screened in the comfort of the Powell Theatre with its raked seating, huge screen and upgraded sound system.
Setting the scene, the opening night will feature the Italian film “Human Capital”, a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation.
A number of 2015 Oscar nominated films for best Foreign Language Film are due to be shown this year including “Leviathan” from Russia, a film about corruption in a small town and a Moscow lawyer who has his own agenda; and the poignant film directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, “Timbuktu” – as jihadists arrive in northern Mali in 2012, the peaceful lives of the local inhabitants are shattered by the intolerance and religious demands of the invaders. To stay or to go, that is the dilemma facing cattle farmer Kidane and his wife Satima.
Other films come from Canada, Ethiopia, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Venezuela and UAE/Qatar/Jordan and the central themes range from good versus evil, loss of innocence, battles against adversity, to the Individual against society, and other gripping themes.
Once again, ticket prices have been held at £5-50 per ticket in advance and £6-00 at the door.
A season ticket offering one-third discount will be available for those who are SHIFF devotees and can be purchased from the Tourist Information Office from early October.
Any proceeds from the festival will be donated to international charities as the festival is organised on behalf of the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles.