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LOLA (2023)

Opens on August 4

Director: Andrew Legge Run Time: 80 min.

Starring: Aaron Monaghan, Emma Appleton, Rory Fleck Byrne, Stefanie Martini

Country: United Kingdom, Ireland
Language: English

About the film:

Official Selection, 2023 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

1941, sisters Thom and Mars have built a machine, LOLA, that can intercept radio and TV broadcasts from the future. This allows them to listen to iconic music before it has been made, place bets knowing what the outcome will be and embrace their inner punk well before the movement came into existence.

But with the Second World War escalating, the sisters decide to use the machine for good to intercept information from the future that could help with military intelligence. The machine initially proves to be a huge success, rapidly twisting the fortunes of the war against the Nazis. While Thom becomes intoxicated by LOLA, Mars begins to realize the terrible consequences of its power.

“Building cleverly on a simple science fiction premise… By turns enchanting and heartbreaking, it speaks to the troubled history of the 20th Century yet feels bang up to date.”

—Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

About the filmmaker:

Andrew Legge is a Dublin-based screenwriter and filmmaker with a penchant for playing with form and music as part of the storytelling process. He has made several award-winning short films, including faux documentary The Chronoscope (2009), which won Best Short Film at Belfast Film Festival, and The Unusual Inventions of Henry Cavendish (2005), for which he won Best Short Film and the Frank Copplestone First Time Director Award at Celtic Film and Television Festival in 2007. The silent love story was partly shot on a hand-wound ‘Krasnogorsk’ 16mm camera. Legge was selected for a Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation Residence in 2009. His debut feature LOLA (2023) – a fusion of time-travel and found footage that explores an alternative history – was shot with period cameras and processed in a vintage 16mm developing tank.

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