(G) Aisholpan’s teen dream is to follow in the footsteps of her forefathers and become an eagle hunter. All of them, however, were men. Her father backs his daughter with love, tenderness and confidence in her abilities, despite some local unhappiness about her plans. That is one of the wonders of the film: it is a father-daughter story that touches the heart. Director Otto Bell’s intention was to make a beautiful film about one girl from a place and a culture we know little about. That he has done. Aisholpan is real. Her personal story is true and I think anyone who sees it will leave the cinema feeling better about the world.
The Childhood of a Leader (PG) An intriguing but not entirely satisfactory first feature from 27-year-old actor Brady Corbet set in 1918 in the aftermath of World War I. While an American diplomat (Liam Cunningham) discusses the details of the Versailles Treaty, his sevenyear-old son quietly and disturbingly rebels against his parents and tutor, preparing himself — the film hints — for a future as a totalitarian dictator
Beauty and The Beast Kinky Boots Cyndi Lauper’s multi-awardwinning musical Kinky Boots is a big-hearted story about prejudice, self-acceptance and acceptance of outsiders. Lauper’s score for Kinky Boots — in which a drag queen (Callum Francis, pictured) saves a struggling shoe factory with a line of footwear that resembles “two-and-a-half feet of tubular, irresistible sex’’ — opened on