Flatpicks: Amy Smart

There’s only one more sleep to go until Flatpack 10 kicks off over 130 events across Birmingham – we’ve been doing a series of Team Flatpack Flatpicks to give you a hand deciding what you simply cannot miss. Our next selection comes from the Project Manager of our Flatpack: Assemble project, Amy Smart:

1) Mustang
Top of my list is this must-see Turkish delight from first time director Deniz Gamze Ergüven.  Beautifully shot with outstanding performances from the young cast the film explores themes of family, sisterhood and rebellion and despite having not grown up in a small Turkish community I found Mustang very familiar and relatable.

2) Moonstruck
An Oscar winning performance from Cher and a three-course meal. Enough said.

3) Blind Cinema
Watching (or rather not watching) a film whilst blindfolded with whispering children providing the narration sounds equal parts amazing and terrifying.  I’ve no idea what to expect but I’ve got a feeling this experience will be one to remember.

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ENDORSEMENTS

"An incredible mix of film and music for all ages." - The Times
"A treasure trove of a festival" – Sight and Sound
"Magnificently eclectic" – Time Out
"This festival is really like no other, with an incredible line-up of amazing screenings and events for grown-ups and kids alike." - Anorak
"Joyously inventive" - Guardian
"Britain’s most exciting and innovative film festival" – Lonely Planet
"Like the perfect mixtape…you’re not quite sure how or why the selection works, but that is what makes it so magical" – Electric Sheep
"It's like being shown really cool stuff by a good friend who thinks you might like to see it." - Audience member
"Flatpack has gained a well deserved reputation as an innovative film festival with an imaginative output" – Film Four
"I came away totally inspired, both by Birmingham and by Flatpack. One of the best festivals I’ve ever been to." - Ken Freedman, WFMU
"The festival feels like an essential component in Birmingham’s cultural life, bringing new talent and the city itself to light." - The Quietus
"The best programming on the planet." - Canadian curator Kier-la Janisse
"Independent, quirky, intelligent, innovative, amusing and relaxed - nothing else like it." - Audience member