Passport to World Cinema brings a handpicked selection of the best international titles from around the globe to the PFS Roxy Theater for their first and often only opportunity to be seen on the big screen in Philadelphia. To enhance the viewing experience, in-depth discussions led by distinguished film critics and scholars follow the film screenings.
RAY & LIZ
RICHARD BILLINGHAM | UK | 2018 | 107 MIN
Tuesday, March 26 | 7:00 PM | PFS Roxy Theater
Acclaimed artist Richard Billingham built a reputation in the mid-1990s with a series of harrowing but bleakly funny images of his working class parents in their squalid Birmingham home. With his feature debut RAY & LIZ, Billingham revisits that autobiographical subject matter, tracking the lives of his parents—scrawny, alcoholic Raymond and physically imposing Elizabeth—through three distinct periods in their lives. Bouncing between dingy, government-subsidized apartments, Ray and Liz bicker and drown their sorrows as their sons are left increasingly to their own devices. These vignettes of life on the margins of British society are insightful, disturbing, and laced with a surprising amount of dark humor. Aided by cinematographer Daniel Landin, Billingham lends an off-kilter, dreamy quality that offsets the harsh reality of the characters’ lives. Working within the grand tradition of British social-realist drama, Billingham has nevertheless carved out a singular niche with this lived-in, electrifying debut.
Post film discussion led by Timothy Corrigan, Professor of English, Cinema & Media Studies, and History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania