Local Hero

Bill Forsyth
Generation VHS Presents: Immortal British Comedies
Duration: 111 min.
Country: Reino Unido
Language: Inglés, Ruso, Japonés
Year: 1983
Friday 4th, 16:10 hs., Paseo Aldrey (Sala Aldrey 6)
Saturday 5th, 22:10 hs., Paseo Aldrey (Sala Aldrey 6)
Thursday 10th, 17:00 hs., Teatro Auditorium (Sala Astor Piazzolla)

An employee of an important oil company from the US is sent to an old Scottish village with the aim of buying it to build a refinery. Upon arrival, he discovers a calm, pleasant way of life far from the madding crowd of big cities, and soon becomes a character beloved by the community. However, there is something bittersweet, not-at-all idyllic, in Local Hero—most of the village’s inhabitants, who need many jobs to subsist, aren’t bothered by the building of the refinery, as long as they can receive a large sum of money in return. In his third feature, Scottish filmmaker Bill Forsyth builds a warm comedy with subtle shifts towards the strange and the fantastic, a dynamic he would continue exploring in later films such as Comfort and Joy (1984) and Housekeeping (1987).

Bill Forsyth

Bill Forsyth was born in Scotland in 1946. He is a writer-director, and started his career as an assistant for documentaries as well as assistant editor for the BBC. Gregory’s Girl (1981), his second feature, won the BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay. Local Hero is the most successful and widely acclaimed of his films.

Data Sheet:

G: Bill Forsyth
F: Chris Menges
E: Michael Bradsell
M: Mark Knopfler
P: David Puttnam
I: Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert, Fulton Mackay, Denis Lawson, Norman Chancer


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