Institute for Social Responsibility

ISR Public Event: March 2022

CHESTER INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL

4th – 11th March 2022
Storyhouse, Chester

Film

We are back! After our most successful festival ever in 2020 we are back for the 2022 Chester International Film Festival. The festival is curated by Chester Film Society in association with Storyhouse and the Institute for Social Responsibility at Edge Hill University. It also incorporates the Chester Animation Festival.

This year’s festival features films three preview screenings of films before they go on general release – The Worst Person in the World, Compartment No. 6 and Hive, alongside acclaimed and awarding films from Ireland, Japan and China. Examining themes of love, loss, repression, freedom and travel, we think there is something for everyone – so we do hope that you will join us!

Storyhouse is Chester’s cultural hub. It is situated on Hunter Street, inside Chester’s historic city walls.

The Worst Person In The World launches the festival, followed by a drinks reception – your ticket includes a free drink.

All films start at 6.00pm and doors open 15 minutes before.


Tickets:

Tickets are available via the Storyhouse website: storyhouse.com/guide/cinema

EHU Staff Discount Code: follow this link.


Animation

CHESTER ANIMATION FESTIVAL
Sunday March 6th, 3.00pm

We are delighted once again to present the Chester Animation Festival. This is an international competition from both amateur and professional animators to showcase their work.

Launched in 2014, it has attracted hundreds of entries from all around the world, and has given talented animators the opportunity to present their creativity in all aspects of the genre, from traditional hand drawn work to the latest CGI generated films.

Curated by the Chester Film Society we will present the final selection back to back in one showing. The audience will then decide who will win the Audience prize for 2022.
(90 minutes)

The Animation Festival starts at 3.00pm and doors open 15 minutes before.

Buy your ticket here: storyhouse.com/guide/cinema

EHU Staff Discount Code: follow this link.

Animated image of a person in a bulding
Winner 2020: RAIN, 2019 Poland Dir: Piotr Milczarek

Fri 4th

Friday 4th March – 6.00PM

Preview Screening:

The Worst Person In The World
121 minutes
(Norway)

This Nordic romcom is an instant classic!

Directed by Joachim Trier, The Worst Person in The World is a modern dramedy about the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo. It chronicles four years in the life of Julie (Renate Reinsve), a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life, and struggles to find her career path; leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.  Winner Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival 2021

Join us for a drinks reception after the film in the Storyhouse bar!

Introduced by Professor Claire Parkinson, Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media at Edge Hill University. She is the editor of the Routledge Companion to Film and Politics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55M5ZgAqbWo
All films start at 6.00pm and doors open 15 minutes before.

Buy your ticket here: storyhouse.com/guide/cinema

EHU Staff Discount Code: follow this link.

Sat 5th

Saturday 5th March – 6.00PM
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
121 minutes
(Japan)

A triptych of light-touch philosophy.

Three short stories about three women dealing with the problems of modern relationships in different situations. An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction, and a chance encounter with the past. Propelled by coincidence and imagination, and guided by love’s gentle current, acclaimed director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Happy Hour, Asako I & II) returns with an enchanting triptych that spins mundane encounters into a world of infinite possibilities.  Winner of Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival 2021

Introduced by Dr Mel Lang, Reader in Social Sciences at Edge University and former journalist who lived and worked in Japan for more than decade. Mel reflects on her own story and how it intersects with the three told in this film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsOW5zzQ66k
All films start at 6.00pm and doors open 15 minutes before.

Buy your ticket here: storyhouse.com/guide/cinema

EHU Staff Discount Code: follow this link.

Mon 7th

Monday 7th March – 6.00PM
Balloon
125 minutes
(China)

Trouble on the Tibetan steppes.

A sheep farmer discovers she is pregnant again, despite China’s one-child policy, in this wry, delicate drama. Set in the 1980s, Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s (Jinpa, The Search) new film, depicts a family struggling against the conflicting dictates of nature, spirituality, politics, and free will. Official Selection for the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, 2021

Introduced by Nessa Johnston, Senior Lecturer in Media, Film and Television at Edge Hill University. Nessa’s is currently co-investigator on the Leverhulme funded Research Project, Anonymous Creativity, investigating the production of library music for film and television.

https://youtu.be/eZ73CSUer6Q
All films start at 6.00pm and doors open 15 minutes before.

Buy your ticket here: storyhouse.com/guide/cinema

Tue 8th

Tuesday 8th March – 6.00PM
Arracht
86 minutes
(Ireland)

An Irish-language murder ballad of famine and injustice.

Ireland, 1845 on the eve of The Great Hunger, Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, father and husband, takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. Patsy, a former soldier in the Napoleonic wars, arrives just ahead of `the blight’, a disease that eventually wipes out the country’s potato crop, contributing to the death and displacement of millions. As the crops rot in the fields, Colmán, his brother and Patsy travel to the English landlord’s house to request a stay on the rent, with the attendant consequences. Winner Best Film, Irish Film & Television Academy Awards, 2020.

Introduced by Professor Victor Merriman, Professor of Critical Drama Studies at Edge Hill University. Victor is an expert on Irish drama, and is a member of the British Association of Irish Studies International Advisory Board.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBUqJPP28Kk
All films start at 6.00pm and doors open 15 minutes before.

Buy your ticket here: storyhouse.com/guide/cinema

EHU Staff Discount Code: follow this link.

Wed 9th

Wednesday 9th March – 6.00PM

Preview Screening:

Hive
84 minutes
(Kosovo)

A Kosovo war widow fights her patriarchal village for an independent life.

Directed by Blerta Basholli based on the true story of Fahrije, who, like many of the other women in her village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she pulls the other widows in her community together to launch a business selling honey. Against the backdrop of Eastern Europe’s civil unrest and lingering misogyny, Fahrije and the women of her village join in a struggle to find hope in the face of an uncertain future. Winner, Sundance Festival, 2021.

Introduced by Dr Ruxandra Trandafoiu, Reader in Communication at Edge Hill University. Ruxandra is an expert on Eastern European migration, minorities and diaspora.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39cIMHLPFMU
All films start at 6.00pm and doors open 15 minutes before.

Buy your ticket here: storyhouse.com/guide/cinema

EHU Staff Discount Code: follow this link.

Fri 11th

Friday 11th March – 6.00PM

Preview Screening:

Compartment Number 6
107 minutes
(Finland/Russia)

Stripped down simplicity makes for a richer experience.

A young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a larger than life Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of Compartment No. 6 to face major truths about human connection. Competitive Selection Cannes Film Festival 2021

Introduced by Prof Jo Crotty, Director of the Institute for Social Responsibility and expert in the Russian Federation. Jo has boarded many an overnight train in Russia to visit places no Russian wants to go!

Join us for the closing drinks reception in the Storyhouse bar: free drink with your ticket!

All films start at 6.00pm and doors open 15 minutes before.

Buy your ticket here: storyhouse.com/guide/cinema

EHU Staff Discount Code: follow this link.