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Rod White introduces the April 2015 brochure

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Mon 23 Mar 2015

Rod White introduces the April 2015 brochure

Portmanteau. There's a word you don't hear every day.

A couple of years ago I started keeping a note of the number and names of films that I see in the course of a year - both those watched for business and for pleasure, as it were - for fun mostly, but also as a handy aide memoire. I do often look back over the list to jog my memory on a title or two. You'd be surprised, or perhaps you wouldn't, by the amount of times I have walked into cinemas at festivals only to realise I've seen the film already! (OK, I'm exaggerating, but I'll admit it has happened once.) On a vaguely similar theme, I recall growing up a fairly avid film viewer, with a mother who rarely saw films, and yet nearly every time we sat down together to watch a film, she'd say: "Oh, I've seen this..." How on earth someone who never seemed to watch films had seen them all remains a mystery to me to this day. She can't explain it either!

In the last 12 months, I managed to watch some 334 films in their entirety, which is down some 10% from 373 the year before. What was I doing? I like to think the drop in numbers is merely a reflection of the fact that there were a whole host of massively long films that I watched last year, including Béla Tarr's Satantango (7h12), Norte, the End of History (4h10), Winter Sleep (3h16), Interstellar (2h49) and Boyhood (12 years!). I'm sure if I added it all up I'd see I've actually outdone myself from the previous year in terms of man-hours, but quite frankly I think I've taken this whole counting films thing about as far as it should ever really go...

We've been keeping busy putting the finishing touches to our upcoming, mighty, Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series. 24 films chosen by the world's best known cineaste from the history of one of the world's leading filmmaking countries... I'm not sure how much better than that it actually gets. Thanks to the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery, we're making this historic season available to cinemas throughout the UK for the next six months, so if you ever read this column from elsewhere, be sure and get on to your local cinema about a screening or two!

On top of all of this, we've got awesome, outrageous, funny, revenge-filled Argentinian portmanteau film Wild Tales (undoubtedly the People's Choice of Cannes 2014); Alan Rickman directs and stars in A Little Chaos, with Kate Winslet starring as a green-fingered widow hired to design part of the gardens at Versailles for Rickman's Louis XIV; another Cannes hit, Force Majeure, tells the unsettling tale of the devastating effect on a marriage of an incident around an avalanche at a ski resort; and towards the end of the month we have the long-awaited rerelease of Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi, Blade Runner: The Final Cut. I say long-awaited, but I'm asking you to wait a little longer than you might otherwise have had to... It is actually rereleased on 3 April, but, due to one of those 'quirks' of the film industry I'm always banging on about, we couldn't get it until 27 April. Oh, it's a sair fecht... You'll wait though, eh?

Rod White, Head of Filmhouse

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