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A Monster Calls

Twelve-year-old Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is about to escape into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales. His mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness has necessitated Conor’s spending time with his less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His daily existence at school is one of academic disinterest and bullying by classmates. Yearning for guidance, Conor unexpectedly summons a most unlikely ally, who bursts forth with terrifying grandeur from an ancient towering yew tree: a colossus of a creature (portrayed in performance-capture and voiceover by Liam Neeson) who appears each night at Conor’s bedroom window. The Monster has stories to tell, and he demands that Conor tell his own story in return. Ancient, wild and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith and truth.

Spain and United States of America (USA) / 2016 / English dialogue with Arabic and French subtitles / Colour / 108 mins
Genre: Drama and Fantasy
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: MENA Premiere
Rating: 15+
Contains: Adult References
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Producer: Belén Atienza
Screenplay: Patrick Ness
DOP: Óscar Faura
Editor: Toby Kebbell, Bernat Vilaplana
Composer: Fernando Velázquez
Cast: Lewis Macdougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver
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