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The Mercy (12A)
February 23rd - March 1st
BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL 2018
In 1968 British businessman and amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst entered the single-handed, round-the-world yacht race. In this haunting true story, Firth, as Crowhurst, in sore need of the cash prize, hopes to publicise the new navigation device he has invented. He sets sail to circumnavigate the globe in an untested trimaran,
leaving wife Clare and their children behind in a picture postcard Devon. But his inexperience and the intense loneliness of the journey make for disastrous and dramatic struggles on the high seas. James Marsh’s (Man on Wire, The Theory of Everything) marine biopic boasts complex, expressive performances from Firth and Weisz in a gripping tale of ambition, adventure and madness, leaving us to speculate on the deepest motivations of a quixotic and mysterious figure in recent national history.
Director: James Marsh
Starring: Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Ken Stott
UK, 2017, 1 hour 50 minutes