Christmas Comes Early This Year: Bill Forsyth’s Comfort and Joy – Rare 35mm Screening

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2


Tuesday, December 6 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Bill Forsyth • 1984
Heartbroken after his girlfriend of four years leaves him just before Christmas, disc jockey Alan Bird (Bill Paterson) goes out for a drive and finds himself in the middle of a war between two rival ice cream truck gangs — If this sounds like a joke, it isn’t: throughout the 80s Glasgow was considered the murder capital of Western Europe, with rival gangs fighting for turf for their ice cream trucks full of drugs and stolen goods (and legit ice cream). The last of a quartet of films Bill Forsyth made in his native Scotland, Comfort and Joy was the highlight of a quietly awe-inspiring and productive period in Forsyth’s career, released a few years before NWCFS favorite Housekeeping. A foggy, melancholy comedy about “temporary insanity and loss of identity” (Forsyth’s words), Comfort and Joy captures the absurd melancholy of the yuletide season like lightning in a bottle. (JA)
106 min • Kings Road Entertainment •  35mm from Universal
Film Stock: Eastman LPP (1983) Lab: Technicolor
Preceded by: “Augusta Makes Herself Beautiful” (Csaba Varga, 1983) – 16mm – 5 min

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