CIFF2017: Day One


12.45pm, Chapter

£4.50 (£4.00) Concessions £3.50 (£3.00). Advanced/Online ticket prices in brackets. Tickets available from and the box office.

The CIFF Student Film Showcase (adv15)

For the first time at CIFF, a slot dedicated to ten of the best student shorts in competition from around the world. Selected by Cardiff University Film Society.

After Today

Dir Lily Connor-Patrick. Australia 11mins
A young girl is injected with an implant that makes traditional education a thing of the past.


Dir Justyna Mytnik 15 mins Poland
Susie and Maurice live together in a tower block infested with surreal pigeons. One day, a baby pigeon advises them to look into each other’s eyes, else they will die.


Dir Xabier España 5mins Spain
A father and son are inseparable until adolescence threatens their special bond.

Ave Maria

Dir María Claudia Blanco 10mins France

Drama. Adam, a boy that was never born, narrates the story of his mother: a Latina waitress in Paris who gets pregnant by her regular customer.

Express Checkout

Dir Ivan Sánchez Pangrazio 9mins Paraguay
Juan tries to impress a cashier at the express checkout lane of the supermarket, but first he must face his own twisted imagination.

El Escape

Dir Fabián Pinilla 11 mins Columbia
Eddie is a prisoner in a clandestine factory. He is understandably desperate to avoid being processed and sold to the public as pork meat.


Dir Jonghun Eun 15 mins South Korea
Junghyun is a huge fan of Korean baseball team the Eagles. He’ll do anything to watch them take on their arch-rivals.

Land Of Our Father

Dir Patrick Gillespie 10mins Wales
A look into the life of a Welsh dairy farming family and the struggles they face.


Dir Tomisin Adepeju 17 mins UK
A young Nigerian man travels to a remote Pentecostal church with his ailing wife.


Dir Johnny Kenton 8mins UK
A desperate mother, who can’t accept the death of her son, visits a hypnotist so she can keep reliving their last moments together.

3pm -5pm, Chapter

£4.50 (£4.00) Concessions £3.50 (£3.00). Advanced/Online ticket prices in brackets. Tickets available from and the box office.

The Last Compartment (adv15) 104 mins dir Andreas Schaap. Germany.

After their train is hit by an avalanche in the Alps, Greta and five strangers find themselves trapped in a carriage buried beneath the snow. Help is coming… but will they last?

Andreas Schaap’s THE LAST COMPARTMENT brings together a group of strangers and their attempts to free themselves from the confines of a train carriage that has derailed and become buried in the Alps. As their situation becomes more and more precarious, a countdown begins and forces the Greta, played by Anna Fischer, to find a surprise solution.

The compartment itself is host to several mysteries, becoming ever the more dark as the narrative progresses. A thriller, a mystery, a horror – THE LAST COMPARTMENT defies expectations.

Samantha Dunn

Emily Must Wait (11 mins. Dir Christian Wittmoser. Germany)

When Europe descends into chaos, Emily holes up in her apartment, waiting for her boyfriend.


6pm – 8pm, Chapter

£7.90 (£7.20) Concessions £5.80 (£5.10). Advanced/Online ticket prices in brackets. Tickets available from and the box office.

AmStardam (adv15) 105 mins dir Wayne & Lee Lennox UK

Starring: Jonathan Readwin, Sean Power, Eline Powell, Alice Lowe.

Jack travels to Amsterdam to find his father and, through a momentary magical encounter, finds the secret weapon that could turn around his father’s ailing marijuana coffee shop. Features the last screen appearance of Howard Marks. Nominated for Best UK Feature, Raindance 2016.

Harold & Kumar meets Shrek meets Harry Potter meets Romeo and Juliet. Weird enough for you?

No? How about if a boy, fathered by that bloke that isn’t Jack Dee from Lead Balloon and a punk version of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace‘s Dr. Liz Asher, smokes pot with Jerwayne from Phoneshop and receives a magic bean from Pippin of Lord of the Rings fame?

This is AMSTARDAM, folks – a British stoner comedy with a refreshing fairytale twist.

Elliott Burr With kind permission.

Ernestine and Kit (11 mins. Dir Simon Bird. UK)

The Inbetweeners’ Simon Bird’s directorial debut is a macabre tale about two ladies who, as they imagine the terrible, immoral lives of the people they encounter, are consoled by the innocence and vulnerability of the children they see. With Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine).


8pm – 10:30pm, Chapter

£7.90 (£7.20) Concessions £5.80 (£5.10). Advanced/Online ticket prices in brackets. Tickets available from and the box office.

Satan’s Slave (18) dir Norman J Warren. 84 mins. UK 1976 + Q&A with Norman J. Warren, David McGilivray and John Scott.

Starring Michael Gough, Clandace Glendenning, Martin Potter.

After her parents are killed in a car crash, Catherine stays at her uncle’s mansion and is soon plagued by bloody premonitions of satanic rituals. But far worse is to come as she realises her uncle’s true intentions.

Satan’s Slave will be screened from Norman J. Warren’s personal 35mm print, which contains scenes never before seen!

Contains scenes some viewers may find distressing.

An English Gentleman: The films of Norman J Warren

“Off to sleep my dear, we’ll look after you”. So says Michael Gough in his best cut-glass tones, the sinister uncle to Candace Glendenning’s innocent, in Norman J Warren’s contemporary take on devil-worshipers.

SATAN’S SLAVE was Warren’s third feature and first horror film (more on this later). Independently produced for around  35,000 1976 pounds. Swapping between high-rise London and a Home Counties mansion, the idea was to break from the Hammer tradition of period-set scares.

With a crew whose average age was 28,  a lot more ‘Kensington Gore’ and some censor-baiting sex , David McGillivray’s two-week screenplay was shot in wide-screen Techniscope. This lifted the production out of the British bargain basement, helping the film to sell well around the world.

Throughout the lurid subject matter of his films, Warren rightly earned a reputation as one of the friendliest , most good-natured people in low budget horror. I suspect that this very ‘English gentleman’ character has helped him to lead actors and crew through arduous shoots and the un-PC demands of 70s ‘Britsploitation’.

We’re very proud to welcome Norman, screenwriter David McGilivray (one of film’s great raconteurs) and composer John Scott to this year’s CIFF!

Laura Beynon