A Special preview screening as part of French Film Festival UK to mark Armistice Day.
Georges, a hero of the First World War who is running away from his past, has been living a nomadic life in Africa for four years when he decides to return to France. He is reunited with his mother and his brother Marcel. Having a hard time finding his place in a post-war society where life has gone on without him, Georges meets Hélène, a teacher, with whom he begins a tumultuous relationship and at the same time attempts to heal his family’s wounds and his own.
In his first feature, director Emmanuel Courcol convincingly creates the psychological and physical horrors of the First World War. Inspired by the experiences of his own grandfather, Courcol retells the aftermath through the life of a family touched by the horrors and sacrifices of the war. As much an adventure film as a family drama, Ceasefire successfully paints a portrait of France after the First World War and explores the national mood in the early 1920s.
French drama with English subtitles. Stars Romain Duris and Céline Sallette.
The project has been specially commissioned through the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative as a new and memorable way to reflect on the First World War in the lead up to the Centenary of the Armistice. The projection draws inspiration from the many events and stories associated with Orkney’s wartime heritage, combining archive imagery with beautiful hand drawn illustration into a visually spectacular animation that is presented on the exterior of the Cathedral. Pupils from Glaitness Primary and Kirkwall Grammar schools were involved in the creation of the work. The animation runs on a short loop each evening between 17.00 and 20.00 and is free to view.
FREE EVENT. Tickets are free and available from KGS reception and the Orkney Library and Archive.
Peter Jackson’s new film THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD will be shown in the Orkney Theatre, with a 6pm start. This will be followed by a PEACE TEA, which will be an opportunity to commemorate the end of the war, as it would have been 100 years ago. We invite you to share stories, listen to music and poetry, all whilst enjoying tea and cake.
Tickets are free and will be available to collect from KGS reception and the Orkney Library and Archive from 15 October.
Raffle tickets will be available on the night, with the money raised being split between Poppy Scotland and the KGS WWI Battlefields Trip.