Fri 03.02 // 7:45 PM
SF Film Society Cinema, 1748 Post St.
San Francisco Premiere.
In person: Anthony Baxter
Special Double Bill Presentation with LOCAL HERO!
YOU'VE BEEN TRUMPED
Anthony Baxter UK, 2011, 95 min.
A rare and interesting combination of investigative journalism and activist filmmaking, You’ve Been Trumped adds a few drops of celebrity notoriety to really put matters on the line. With a courageous approach, this film risks life and limb to penetrate the ongoing operation of Donald Trump and his designs to turn precious sand dunes and people’s homes into a destination golf course north of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Full of awesomely awkward moments between the filmmaker, Trump and entourage, who bat at Baxter like an increasingly annoying fly, this mano a mano exhibition is full of bravado and competitive spirit, with echoes of Bill Forsyth's Local Hero (the classic 1983 film was made just here and scenes from the film are interspersed throughout Baxter’s documentary).
Winner of numerous prizes including the social justice award at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize at Michael Moore’s Traverse Film Festival, and the Green prize at the Sheffield Doc Festival, the film has provoked a range of commentary and discussion. Recently winning the Maysles Brothers Best Documentary prize at the Starz Film Festival in Denver, Colorado, the jury called the film "deeply troubling, amusing and rousing all at the same time…"
This film is a constant juggle of humor, confrontation, espionage and strange, compelling characters (Trump included). - Soumyaa Kapil Behrens
Preceded by: Slap, Grant Barbeito, USA, 2009, 7 mins. In Person: Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, Producer.
Bill Forsyth UK, 1983, 111 mins.
Bill Forsyth's whimsical tale of sweet-natured corporate rapacity features standout performances by Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert. Lancaster plays Texas billionaire Felix Happer, who would rather gaze at the stars than worry about his multi-national oil company. Happer dispatches Mac MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) and Danny Oldsen (Peter Capaldi) to the small Scottish fishing village of Ferness (in reality the village of Pennan in You’ve Been Trumped) to negotiate buying the entire town so Happer can drill for oil in the North Sea. Much to Mac's surprise, the entire town is happy to sell itself for big money, and the local innkeeper, Gordon Urquhart (Denis Lawson) -- who is also the town's accountant and mayor -- works with Mac on the negotiations. But a wrinkle appears in the deal when Ben Knox (Fulton Mackay), an old man who lives in a shack on the beach which has been owned by his family for centuries, refuses to sell. His reasons? "Who'd look after the beach then? It would go to pieces in a short manner of time." The deal stalls so seriously that Happer travels to Ferness to oversee negotiations as Mac and Danny are seduced by the charm of the Scottish town. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Many thanks to Warner Bros. for their gracious permission to show Local Hero on the big screen as part of this special program.