Festival ticket includes entry to all films Thurs - Sunday.
For details of the individual films please see their listings on this page.
Our Midwinter Film Festival returns to take us through the darkest month of the year with a specially programmed selection of independent Scottish, British and International drama and documentary that you won’t get to see anywhere else. This year features environmental drama from Iceland, supernaturally tinged social realism from Wales, heartwarming documentaries set in County Cavan, Ireland and Zanskar, India and a newly released Scottish feature
fusing cultures through music. Partnering with Dalry Film Club, Driftwood Cinema and local community venues across the Glenkens we have screenings local to you with complimentary blankets and hot toddies to keep you toasty.
The films have been curated by a team including our youth film intern William Byers who attended EIFF in 2018.
Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson, Iceland. Run time: 100 minutes
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir is brilliant in this jet-black comedy about a woman fighting to save the planet and adopt a child at the same time amid the breathtaking beauty of rural
Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminium smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted
and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and saviour of the Highlands to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminium industry a crippling blow.
Followed by a discussion panel on environmental activism arranged by the Stewartry Climate Group
Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn
Drama, UK. Dir. William McGregor
Run Time: 86 minutes
'Breathtaking...and atmospherically rich' (Empire)
Folk horror, Gwen, set in 1855 Snowdonia tells the story of a young girl (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) as she tries to keep her home together in the face of an absent father, an unstable mother (Maxine Peake) and a suspicious local community .
The seismic changes of the industrial revolution loom in the background as slate mining pushes farming out as the predominant way of life. The mother’s slow descent into an unexplained kind of madness and grief begs
the question of some supernatural phenomenon also being at work. McGregor, who has directed episodes
of windswept Poldark, brings an eerie hybrid of gothic drama and social realism together in this debut
The wildness of Snowdonia is broodingly shot and the elemental soundtrack of howling wind and whispering trees nicely contrasts with the sparse script.
DOC, Dir. Michal Sulima, UK
Run time: 84 minutes
Michal Sulima, director of the film,
joins us from London for a Q&A
session after the film.
When his 65th birthday approaches, Desmond Gentle, an eccentric piano tuner from London, decides
to undertake the most difficult and perilous piano delivery of his career.
The challenge entails travelling to the heart of the Indian Himalayas with a 100-year old upright piano, carried
across high mountain passes using only yaks and ponies. Destination: a primary school in Lingshed, one of the most isolated settlements in the world,
situated 14,000 feet above sea. If Desmond is successful, this will be the highest piano delivery in history, and the crown achievement of his 40-year
Selected by youth film intern William Byers, who saw the film premiere at the Edinburgh International Film
Festival in 2018.
Supported by Filmhub Scotland
Coming from the vanguard of the New Wave of Nordic Jazz, Wako are one of the most dynamic and innovative groups on the scene. Touring extensively since 2015, they have honed their stagecraft and performances, garnering a solid fanbase and critical acclaim along the way. Described as having “buoyancy and originality” by Terje Mosnes (Jazz i Norge, NO), as possessing “a very personal and distinctive sound” (Mike Collin, London Jazz News, UK), and as creating music that “would melt even the blackest heart” (Bird is the Worm, USA), Wako have brought their ever-evolving musicianship
and creativity to impressive live renditions of their work across Europe, including collaborative performances with Oslo Strings and with Norwegian trumpeter ne plus
ultra, Arve Henriksen. The scope of their musical reach is always finely attuned in equal measures to audience, environment, and source material, meaning not only is each concert superlative, but also a unique experience.
In short, Wako are one of the most impressive young live acts today, signaling a healthy future for jazz in Norway and beyond.
Screening at Crossmichael Church Hall.
Dir. Kenny Glennan, UK/USA.
Run time: 100 minutes
Bereaved Scottish father Tom (David O’Hara) and his teenage son Murdo (newcomer Neil Sutcliffe) take an
emotional journey from the Highlands to the US, where Murdo hears zydeco (blues) music for the first time. Murdo, an accordionist, hasn’t played since the death
of his mother, but that changes when he meets retired zydeco legend Queen Monzee-ay and her family. Murdo starts to play the accordion again, fusing the music of his home country with zydeco, and helping heal family wounds. Scripted by Booker-winning Scottish author James Kelman.
The film premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival this year.
Award winning Scottish singer songwriter Dean Owens is widely hailed as one of UK’s finest troubadours, with fans including Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and BBC legend “Whispering” Bob Harris.
2019 has been an exciting year for Owens - winning UK Song of the Year at the Americana Music Association UK Awards (for the title track of his most recent, widely acclaimed album Southern Wind), and knocking up over 20,000 miles on the road, on US and UK tours. He’s delighted to be winding it up with a tour with his new power trio, The Southerners – aka the formidable talents of award winning multi - instrumentalist Tom Collison on keys and bass guitar (sometimes both at the same time) and guitar maestro Jim Maving on electric, delta slide and mandolin. Armed with a searingly soulful voice, skilfully crafted songs and earworm inducing melodies,
Dean’s music conjures the wild romanticism of the open road, distilling the Scottish and Americana into a unique blend of celtic spirit, country soul.
The unfettered enthusiasm of a rock n roller coupled with the sympathetic delivery of the best of folk’s storytellers. A Dean Owens gig isn’t just about the songs though. Dean is also a witty raconteur, with
anecdotes about his travels and the songs – from an 8 album solo career, and his days with Scotland’s original Americana/alt country/cowpunk band, the Felsons - peppered throughout his set.
His performance takes his audience from tears to laughter to rocking
out, in the course of just a few songs.
Join us for CatStrand’s celebrated Burns Supper with all the traditional speeches from distinguished guests, a 3 course supper, music, poetry and lots of laughs.
Music from Ollie Rigg & Michael Muir.
Duration 60 minutes.
Best enjoyed by ages 4+
Highly entertaining maestro for young and old alike.
Adapting Mozart, Chopin and Scott joplin for outer space requires a specially equipped pianist. Will has been doing some groundwork. As schoolmates study
for exams, he’s busy making preparations for his lunar recital. How will less gravity affect hand position? Do melodies get homesick?
Stories come alive from the piano stool as Will builds variations on themes and experiments with ways
From the creator of critically acclaimed Anatomy of the Piano.
A Dalry Live Event programmed and run by Dalry Town Hall & volunteers. Bar available at the Clachan.
Based in North Carolina, Joe Newberry is a top notch banjoist, guitarist, singer and award-winning songwriter who charms audiences wherever he goes. He was a
guest star on 2016’s popular Transatlantic Sessions live tour and performs with several projects, including a duo with mandolin legend Mike Compton. April Verch is a world class fiddle player, stepdancer and singer from Canada’s Ottawa Valley, who started step dancing at age three and playing the fiddle at age six!
April has countless awards, ten albums and eighteen years of touring around the world under her belt with the April Verch Band.
Joe and April’s duo collaboration is fuelled by a shared passion for traditional music. Their voices blend in harmony, their musicianship is unsurpassed, and
the addition of April’s spectacular step dancing takes their live performances to another level!