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In Focus: Lynne Ramsay
Institute of Contemporary Arts
February 2023
29 December 2019 – 7 January 2020


We Need to Talk About Kevin, dir. Lynne Ramsay, UK / USA 2011, 109 min., English, 15


A programme of three feature films celebrating the singular work of Scottish director Lynne Ramsay. Lynne Ramsay’s powerful fiction works revolve around a fascination for childhood and its complex relationship with adulthood, generating and building on psychological predicaments that prove hard to address. Low on dialogues, Ramsay’s films strike by the ingenious way the characters are shaped and the stories are told, where the unsaid becomes as evocative as the dialogues, if not more.

The programme includes three major works from the Scottish director: Ratcatcher (1999), her debut feature presented on its original 35mm format, Ramsay’s acclaimed third feature We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) featuring Tilda Swinton, and her last film, You Were Never Really Here (2017), in which Joachim Phoenix interprets an ex-soldier suffering from post-traumatic disorder.
 
Programme


29 December 2019 – 5 January 2020
Ratcatcher in 35mm
Haunted by a secret, 12 year old James Gillespie has become a stranger in his own family. 



29 December 2019 – 5 January 2020
When Kevin is 15, he does something irrational and unforgiveable in the eyes of the entire community. 



31 December 2019 – 7 January 2020
You Were Never Really Here
A masterclass in suspense, relying on a phenomenal performance by Joaquin Phoenix as a solider suffering from post-traumatic disorder.