[Aleksey Agranovich is The Humorist]
Online films for the second half of our 75th season
While we wait for the all-clear in regard to in-cinema screenings, CFS has linked up with YourScreen, a spin-off from the Cheltenham International Film Festival, to create a programme of films for you to watch at home. They will be available at no extra charge to anyone who pays the £17 subscription for the second half of the season. That, of course, also includes any in-cinema films that we are able to show. Access codes for the films will be emailed to any members who pay the second-half subscription and who request them.
When you use the CFS Online scheme, you have access to the four films we have selected, which are listed below. You can choose to watch any of the other films on the YourScreen website by paying £9.99 to YourScreen to view them.
The four films we have selected for the next phase of the season are:
The Humorist – a sharply written look at Russian life pre-Perestroika through one week in the life of acerbic Boris Arkadiev, a fictional stand-up comedian with a well-loved routine and a favourite of the elite. He decides to work up some new edgier material. How could it possibly go wrong? A very satisfying dark satire with an insightful view of the cynicism, oppression and corruption of the Soviet state. (Russia/Latvia/Czechia 2019). Available from 12 March until 25 April 2021.
Selfie – an amusing and engaging anthology of five interlinking vignettes in which different directors explore the consequences of our dependence on social media and the internet. Has the internet trained us to dissociate ourselves from our behaviour? Find out!
An exclusive to YourScreen. (France 2019). Available from 26 March until 23 May 2021.
Veins of the World – a beautifully filmed drama by a Mongolian documentary film director best known for The Story of the Weeping Camel. She engages with the impact of mining on the lives of a nomadic community through the eyes and actions of an 11-year-old boy. Simple in its telling and moving in its conclusion. (Mongolia/Germany 2020). Available from 13 April until 23 May 2021.
Sofia – unmarried 20 year-old Sofia from a wealthy Casablanca family is in pregnancy denial; unsurprisingly as sex outside marriage is an imprisonable offence. So begins a headlong rush to find the father and plan a wedding before both parents face the consequences. The realistic characters pull us into an impossible situation that all involved are trying to manipulate.
(France/Morocco/Qatar/Belgium 2018). Available from 23 April until 23 May 2021.
How the scheme works
Members who ask to take part in CFS Online will be emailed a Promo code to view each film. You will need this to ensure you are not charged. If you do not have the code, or lose it, contact our membership secretary.
To see the films, you use your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Go to the YourScreen FAQ for help with watching films on your television using Chromecast or an HDMI cable.
What are the system requirements?
You can watch on PCs running Windows 7+, and Intel-based Macs running OSX 10.12+. You can also watch on Android tablets and phones using Chrome, and on iPhones and iPads using Safari. You can, of course, plug your laptop or tablet into your television using an HDMI cable. You will need a broadband or fibre internet connection: dial-up will not work.
The full system requirements are listed in the FAQ on the watch.yourscreen.net site.
Help will be available by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click the link above for detailed instructions on how to work through the streaming process.