The BFI are pleased to be able to offer the following two films at a discounted rate for Scalarama 2017.
Symptoms (1974, UK, 92 mins, Cert 15, DVD/Blu-ray)
A film by José Ramón Larraz
Larraz’s dark and stylish gothic horror film tells of a young woman (Lorna Heilbron) who is invited by her girlfriend (Angela Pleasence) to stay at her remote English country mansion. Events take a disturbing turn when a menacing groundkeeper (the late Peter Vaughan) interrupts their time together, and a woman’s body is found in the mansion’s lake.
Other than a limited theatrical release and a late-night screening on British television in the early 80s, Larraz’s film slipped into obscurity, and the original negative was long thought lost, assuring it a place in the BFI’s ‘Most Wanted’ list. Following the rediscovery of the original negatives in 2014, the dark delights of Symptoms can be experienced again in this new restoration.
Peppermint Soda (1977, France, 97 mins, Cert 12, DVD/Blu-ray)
A film by Diane Kurys
Teenage sisters Anne (Eléonore Klarwein) and Frédérique (Odile Michel) couldn’t be more different: introverted Anne is trying to understand the world around her as she’s on the threshold of adolescence; and outgoing, political Frédérique (Michel) is beginning her first love affair.
This coming-of-age tale is an ode to teenage summers, first kisses and first losses. Offering an intricately detailed view of adolescence in 1960s France, Peppermint Soda was the first film from the director Diane Kurys, a filmmaker whose work is ripe for rediscovery.
Format: DVD / Blu-ray
Terms: If venues screen from their own DVD/Blu-ray, the BFI can offer terms of 25% of the box office or £60 + VAT – whichever is greater.
To book: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, venue and screening date, mentioning that this will be part of Scalarama 2017.