World Movies steps back to examine our world, and celebrates stories that are stranger than fiction. This award-winning series of films looks at a diverse range of topics – from the film industry to eclectic tales that have been film festival favourites. Premiering over four nights, don’t miss the emotional tale of a couple who raise a chimpanzee as their child in ‚ÄúProject Nim‚Äù, or the intimate study of legendary actress Charlotte Rampling in ‚ÄúThe Look‚Äù. Discover the fairy-tale story of the Irish band behind the surprise hit film ‚ÄúOnce‚Äù in ‚ÄúThe Swell Season‚Äù, and go backstage at one of the most infamous horror films of all time – ‚ÄúThe Shining‚Äù by Stanley Kubrick – with ‚ÄúRoom 237‚Äù.
Project Nim (United Kingdom, 2011) – Monday 15th July, 8.30pm:
From the director and the producer of the Oscar winning “Man On Wire” comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim’s extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature – and indeed our own – is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.
The Look (France, Germany, 2011) – Tuesday 16th July, 8.30pm:
This is the revealing portrait of one of cinema’s most renowned and extraordinary actresses, Charlotte Rampling. Part biographical documentary, part interview, this film looks at her decades-long career as a breaker of taboos, feminist, avant-gard icon and so much more.
The Swell Season (USA, 2011) – Wednesday 17th July, 8.30pm:
Life imitated art for Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglov√° after their performance in the Academy Award winning film “Once” lead to a real-life romance between them. But as the romantic music-duo embarked on a gruelling world tour, the challenges that awaited them would test the very essence of their relationship. Filmed in black and white, this music-filled documentary is an intimate look at the exhilaration and turmoil created by both love and fame.
Room 237 (USA, 2012) – Thursday 18th July, 8.30pm:
Many cult movies have devout followers, bizarre interpretations and conspiracy theories surrounding them – but none more than Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”. This documentary speaks to the fanatics who think they have decoded the hidden symbols and messages apparently buried in the iconic horror film. Meticulously examining the original film, “Room 237” explores if there is any truth to the far-fetched theories behind Kubrick’s film.