Devizes Film Club – Members and Non-Members Welcome

Autumn Season 2016

Films start at 8pm prompt unless otherwise stated. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Download the full Autumn 2016 brochure (PDF – Requires Adobe Acrobat)

Membership Details

The membership subscription fee is £12.50 a year, renewable each September or you can have half year membership in January for £6.50. You do not have to be a member to come to the films but having that commitment from our audience helps us to thrive! On production of membership cards, members pay £6.50 rather than £7.50 for each film.

Please download our Membership Form (PDF – Requires Adobe Acrobat).

Membership forms can also be picked up from the Palace Cinema or Devizes Books.

Email us Here! Devizes Film Club (c/o Margaret Bryant).

Autumn Programme

13th September         THEEB

Director: Naji Abu Nowar
Jordan   2014   100 mins  (subtitles)
Starring: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Jack Fox

This riveting award winning coming of age tale is set in 1916 during the First World War and filmed deep in Jordan’s Wadi Rum Valley, where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed way back in the sixties.

It tells the story of a young Bedouin boy who is forced to grow up very quickly whilst guiding a British officer on a perilous desert journey. It could be described as the first middle eastern Western.

Critics have used words like beautiful, eloquent, elegant and epic. Awarded prizes at the Venice Film Festival.  Not to be missed.

Roger Day

 

11th October       HAIL CAESAR 12A

Directors: Coen brothers
USA   2016   106 mins
Starring:  George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Michael Gambon

It is the 1950s and hard pressed studio executive Brolin attempts to fix the endless trials, tribulations and writhing scandals of misbehaving stars and starlets. The Coen brothers provide us with a delightfully improbable story of Big Studio machinations that includes a kidnapping by a communist cell of dissatisfied writers. Clooney is the star of the year’s biggest film;  Johansson the divine but precocious synchronised swimming star (complete with mermaid tail); Tilda Swinton has a double turn as twin gossip columnists; Fiennes is a wonderfully patient director. Michael Gambon narrates. This is huge fun with the usual subtlety of the Coen brothers.

Charles Slater

 

18th October       ALL IS LOST   12

Director:   J C Chandor
USA   2013   104 mins
Starring: Robert Redford

A tense adventure drama of a man fighting for survival at sea. Redford plays a lone sailor whose yacht is holed, making his predicament increasingly desperate. At each stage he rises to new challenges only to be thwarted once more. Although the film is almost entirely without dialogue the effect only serves to connect the audience with the man, his thought processes and his quiet unpanicked reasoning.

We see Redford the wizened actor himself, approaching the culmination of a lifetime of experience and memory.  “One of the most idiosyncratic and remarkable films released this year”. Sarah Crompton, The Telegraph, 2013.

John Ingledew

 

1st November       MUSTANG 15

Director:  Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Turkey   2015   97 mins     (subtitles)
Starring:  Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu

On the last day of term in northern Turkey, five adolescent sisters celebrate, playing on the beach with the local boys. However, according to the watching adults’ conservative values, they have behaved shockingly amorally. Misjudgement of innocent reality sets in train the traditional isolation of the girls to the point of gradual imprisonment at home, matchmaking, training for cooking and marriage and even virginity checks. The girls fight back to reassert their independence, sometimes with the help of perceptive adults, with disturbing results. Winner of the 2015 Chicago Film Festival Audience Choice Award, this is a fine, subtle and fascinating study of modern Turkey.

Charles Slater

 

8th November       WHIPLASH    15

Director: Damien Chazelle
USA    2014   107 mins
Starring: Miles Teller, J K Simmons, Melisa Benoist

Set in a New York elite conservatoire, a young jazz drummer lives and breathes music, determined to excel. He finds himself in the hands of an infamous teacher whose brutal methods can ruin his students’ personal relationships or literally draw blood. The young drummer is drawn into spiralling obsession and destruction of his friendships as the teacher duels to take control. This film is a totally compelling thriller whether or not you follow jazz. It won the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for its outstanding lead performances and extraordinarily powerful story.

Charles Slater

 

15th November      A SYRIAN LOVE STORY   12A

Writer/Director: Sean McAllister
2015   UK   76 mins   (some subtitles)
Documentary/Drama

A Syrian Love Story is a Docu-Drama, nominated for a BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut, a European Film Academy Award and a British Independent Film Award, filmed over five years by Sean McAllister and follows comrades and lovers Amer and Raghda. It documents a family being thrown about and put under extreme pressure during the Syrian revolution. McAllister captures Amer and Raghda’s desperation, passion and dreams in this journey for political freedom and we are hopelessly drawn into their plight. Michael Moore described McAllister as one of the most brave and powerful filmmakers around. This is an evocative film with a real contemporary punch.

Simon Goodman

 

22nd November     DHEEPAN   15    Matinee 2:30pm

Director:  Jacques Audiard
France   2015   115 mins   (subtitles)
Starring:  Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby.

Dheepan is a Tamil Tiger freedom fighter in Sri Lanka where the civil war is reaching its end. He decides to flee, taking with him two strangers – a woman and a little girl – hoping they will make it easier to claim asylum in Europe. In Paris the ‘family’ moves from one home to another until Dheepan finds a job as the caretaker of a run-down housing block. He works to build a life for his ‘wife’ and ‘daughter’ but the violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds and he reconnects with his warrior’s instincts to protect the two people he hopes will become his true family.

Ailsa Cuttell

 

29th November        TAXI TEHRAN  12

Director:  Jafar Panahi
Iran   2015   80 mins    (subtitles)
Starring:  Jafar Panahi and passengers

Shot from a dashboard-mounted camera under clandestine conditions, the film consists wholly of Panahi driving around the Iranian capital in a cab picking up friends and strangers. He has a bizarre mix of clientele including his feisty niece, an outspoken man on the subject of capital punishment and a film bootlegger carrying pirated movies. What most impresses about Taxi Tehran is its laid-back and gently humorous approach. It seems light-hearted and even whimsical at times, but its director is making very serious points about the repressive nature of Iranian society. Golden Bear winner.
Clive Dorling

 

6th December        RAMS     15

Director:  Grímur Hákonarson
Iceland    2015   91min     (subtitles)
Starring:  Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving

The Icelandic landscape and sheep farming make a wonderful setting for this film about two brothers who have not spoken to each other for forty years. A lethal disease suddenly infects their animals and the authorities decide to cull to contain the outbreak. Sheep are the main source of income for the farmers and the brothers try to stave off disaster: one uses his rifle, the other uses his wits. As the authorities close in, the brothers have to unite to save the breed from extinction. It is a bitter sweet drama but there are many amusing moments of deadpan Scandinavian humour.
Ailsa Cuttell

 

13th December         EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT   12A

Director:  Ciro Geurro
2015   Colombia  122 mins  (subtitles, black & white)
Starring:  Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis, Yauenkü Migue, Nicolás Cancino

The film tells the story of Karamakate , an Amazonian warrior shaman and the last survivor of his tribe, and his relationship with two European scientists who, forty years apart, come in search of a plant.  Karamakate alone knows how to find the mysterious and psychedelic Yakruna plant; for some it has life-saving properties, for others it is a commodity waiting to be exploited.  This Oscar nominated film is seen through Karamakate’s eyes and bears witness to the effects of colonialism, religion and the exploitation of rubber, that affect indigenous traditions and the environment to which they are inextricably linked.

Sue Weber

 


 

 

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