The 2018 festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018. Below is information regarding the 2017 festival.

The Hippopotamus

Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 12 at 9:15pm

In “The Hippopotamus” — based on a comic novel by actor/writer/comedian Stephen Fry — disgraced poet Ted Wallace (Roger Allam) is summoned to the country manor of his friends Lord and Lady Logan (Matthew Modine and Fiona Shaw) to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings. Ted tracks down the perpetrator of the phenomena, 15-year-old David Logan, and the Logans become determined to share their sonʼs “gift” with the world, unaware that he is using some unorthodox methods. With a poet's passion for the truth, Ted hurries to debunk the miracles and save a young man from a lifetime of embarrassment. The Guardian writes: “John Jencks’ adaptation of the Stephen Fry novel is all Allam, all the time: when not grousing in voiceover, he can be witnessed sniping, letching and harrumphing in person as Ted Wallace, a blocked poet-turned-soused critic drawn into an altogether wonky country house mystery. It’s a slight limitation that neither Wallace nor the audience really knows what he’s investigating — we’re mostly watching Allam scowling at the eccentrics passing through his eyeline — but it’s still a pleasure, and often a joy, to watch the star measuring out and savouring Fry’s rich wordplay like fingers of scotch.”

2017
89 min.

Directed by

John Jencks

Country

U.K.

Film Category

International Spotlight

Subject

Supernatural

Genre

Comedy

Sponsored by

Janet & Rob Levy