Inspiring Films Festival

Venue: University of Bradford

Richmond Road, BD7 1DP

Student Central Lecture Theatre, SC0.51

IFF 2012 took place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September at the University of Bradford, Student Central Building, Lecture Theatre 0.51

There was a short introduction before each film and very interesting discussions followed after. The public has voted "La haine" by Mathieu Kassovitz as the Best Film of the Festival! The festival was organised by Inspiring Films Society (IFS) that anybody can join.


  • Saturday 29th September (European Films)
  • 11am - 'Until the End of the World' by Wim Wenders (Germany)
  • 2pm - 'Open Your Eyes' by Alejandro Amenabar (Spain)
  • 5pm - 'La haine' by Mathieu Kassovitz (France)
  • 8pm - 'Trainspotting' by Danny Boyle (UK)
  • Sunday 30th September (World Cinema)
  • 11am - 'Brother' by Aleksei Balabanov (Russia)
  • 2pm - 'Amores Perros' by Alejandro Gonzales Iňarritu (Mexico)
  • 5pm - 'City of God' by Fernando Meirelles (Brazil)
  • 8pm - 'Pulp Fiction' by Quentin Tarantino (USA)

Inspiring Films 2012:

Until the End of the World (Germany/France/Australia 1991)

Director: Wim Wenders, cast: William Hurt and Solveig Dommartin

The Ultimate Road Movie about Claire and the mysterious hitchhiker she gives a ride to, who is traveling around the world and gathers images in his prototype device. Meanwhile the world is being endangered by an out-of-control satellite heading towards the Earth.

Open Your Eyes (Spain/France/Italy 1997)

Director: Alejandro Amenabar, cast: Eduardo Noriega and Penelope Cruz

The original movie that inspired the Cameron Crowe remake, 'Vanilla Sky', mixing dreams and reality. Cesar meets a girl called Sofia, but his ex-lover is so jealous of him that she crashes her car whilst giving him a lift home, resulting in him becoming horribly disfigured.

La haine (France 1995)

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz, cast: Vincent Cassel and Hubert Kounde

A story of three young friends and their struggle to live in the suburbs of Paris. Vinz, who is Jewish, finds a gun lost by a policeman during the recent riots. He shows it to his friends - Afro-French boxer Hubert and Muslim Said. Together they wander around the city.

Trainspotting (UK 1996)

Director: Danny Boyle, cast: Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle

Black comedy about a group of heroin addicts based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh. The main character is Mark Renton, who decides to quit heroin and his home city Edinburgh. He heads to London to start a new life but his past follows him there.

Brother (Russia 1997)

Director: Aleksei Balabanov, cast: Sergey Bodrov Jr. and Viktor Sukhotukov

Post-Communist film about organised crime. After demobilisation Danila goes to St. Petersburg to find his older brother Viktor who works as a hitman for the mob. Viktor offers him a job given to him by his boss - Danila must now assassinate a Chechen mafia boss.

Amores Perros (Mexico 2000)

Director: Alejandro Gonzales Iňarritu, cast: Gael Garcia Bernal and Goya Toledo

The first part of Iňarritu's trilogy of death, later followed by '21 Grams' and 'Babel', in which three stories are interconnected by a car accident. Dogs (perros) are important to the main characters in each of the stories and symbolise their loyalty to their loved ones (amores).

City of God (Brazil/France 2002)

Director: Fernando Meirelles, cast: Alexandre Rodrigues and Leandro Firmino

A story of the growth of organised crime in the suburb of Rio de Janerio based on real events as described in the book of the same name. Rocket is a teenager growing up in the neighbourhood, observing the rise and fall of Li'l Z - the local drug dealing king.

Pulp Fiction (USA 1994)

Director: Quentin Tarantino, cast: John Travolta and Uma Thurman

Postmodern film with a nonlinear storyline, filled with black humour. Seven sequences about mafia hitmen Vincent and Jules, boxer Butch, mob kingpin Marsellus Wallace, his wife Mia and underworld problem-solver Wolf connect and intersect in various ways.