CALAMITY - Watch at home for £7.49 (use promo code DLYS)

2020 | Dir Rémi Chayé | 85 mins | France | Denmark

1863, the Oregon Trail. 11-yr-old Martha Jane accompanies her two younger siblings and widowed, impoverished father on a wagon train way out West. Discontent to simply gather firewood and cook, her rebellious, unfeminine behaviour outrages the group’s leaders. “Control your daughter”, they admonish, but when her father is injured in an accident Martha Jane rises to the occasion, donning men’s clothes, cutting her hair and generally taking control of the family’s wagon and the situation. When simmering resentment of this snub to authority leads to an accusation of stealing, she sets out solo on horseback to track down whom she believes is the real thief. French with English subtitles.

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Film run ends on 12 September 2021.
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Winner in Annecy, the second feature from Rémi Chayé is a gorgeous, feminist coming-of-age western set in the American Far West – Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

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2020 | Dir Gints Zilbalodis | 75 Min | Latvia

After a mysterious crash landing, a young boy wakes up alone on an exotic island. He’s being chased by a dark spirit, although it’s unclear whether the spirit means to help or harm the boy. A motorcycle appears, providing safe travel to the boy, and he makes friends with a local songbird who offers guidance. Soon they are off on their own adventure, trying to escape the dark spirit, learn more about the mysterious crash landing, and uncover the true nature of the exotic island.

Written, produced, directed, scored, and animated entirely by award winning filmmaker Gints Zilbalodis, AWAY was beautifully crafted over a period of more than three years, developed from a previous short Zilbalodis had been working on. The story, told without dialogue over a series of breathtaking backgrounds, is equally inspired by reality, dreams, and waking fantasies. The multiple award-winning film took the prestigious Contrechamp Award at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019.

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Distributor: Munro Films – no account required.
Film run ends on 30 April 2021.