Spring Season 2017
Films start at 8pm prompt unless otherwise stated. If you have any questions, please contact us.
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HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE 12A
Director: Taika Waititi
New Zealand 2016 101 mins
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive. Filmed in the majestic New Zealand countryside, this is one of the funniest and most delightfully oddball films of the year. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a pleasure from beginning to end. A big-hearted picture full of small, understated moments of magic, an off-kilter charmer.
I DANIEL BLAKE 15
Director: Ken Loach
UK 2016 100 mins
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan
Winner of the Palm d’Or, described by the Telegraph as a quietly fearsome piece of drama. Half a century on from Cathy Come Home, Loach has made what is arguably his finest film since then. Showing how Daniel living in Newcastle-on-Tyne struggles with the almost Kafkaesque bureaucracy of modern Britain’s Department for Work and Pensions, the film focuses on his determined, even obstinate, attempts to avoid poverty and potential homelessness whilst retaining his humanity intact, namely self-respect, dignity and kindness to others. A very moving and important film showing what life is like for many in 21st century Britain.
BEATLES: 8 DAYS A WEEK 12A
Director: Ron Howard
UK 2016 137 mins
Starring: The Beatles
Is there really anything more to say about the Beatles? Yes, there is, in a film that includes interviews with McCartney and Starr, archive material with Harrison and Lennon, and intriguing conversations with present-day fans such as Elvis Costello and Whoopi Goldberg. You will be treated to a giant public spectacle, the theatre of arriving at airports, hotels, posing for photographs, and best of all, talking to journalists. There is a lot of simple, moment-by-moment pleasure to be had. The scream was an important part of it; be prepared to go back in time to why they became such a legend.
HELL OR HIGH WATER 15
Director: David Mackenzie
USA 2016 102 mins
Starring: Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges
Hell or High Water is a heist thriller with a satirical edge about a divorced father and his volatile and trigger happy brother. They come together after years apart to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family’s ranch. For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme, until they find themselves pursued by the Texas Ranger and his half-Comanche partner. This is a deceptively simple tale of Texan cops and robbers where the humour is as dry as the landscapes and all the characters appearing strangely fatalistic.
Director: Céline Sciamma
France 2014 113 mins (subtitles)
Starring: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh
Oppressed by her family setting and dead-end school prospects in the housing projects of Paris, Marieme changes her life after joining a gang of free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school and gains a sense of self confidence in the process but she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier. While the movie has a lot to say about the general condition of being a girl, in the Paris banlieues and elsewhere, it never loses sight of the specific girl at its heart. The result is honest, empowering and electrifying.
SWEET BEAN PG
Director: Naomi Kawase
Japan 2015 113 mins (subtitles)
Starring: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagasi
Winner of five international awards, this film was chosen to open Un Certain Regard at Cannes, in 2015. It is a charming and masterfully told story of a bakery proprietor who reluctantly accepts an old lady’s offer to help make the bean paste for his traditional pancakes. She makes the paste by hand despite her crippled fingers and sales improve dramatically. However they both have hidden problems which they have to work out together. This is a delicately handled and moving story that is touching, but not sentimental, under Director Kawase’s skilful use of pace and cinematic detail.
Director: Radu Jude
Romania 2015 108 mins (subtitles, black & white)
Starring: Teodor Corban, Mihai Comanoiu, Toma Cuzin
Set in Romania in 1835, Aferim! (bravo in Turkish) depicts the life of the region and notably Gypsy slavery. Constantin and his inept son are hired by a nobleman to hunt down an escaped Roma slave. The film reflects the prevailing attitudes of the time: Constantin treats priests and nobles with great respect but peasants and Roma with indifferent cruelty; sometimes he shows a conscience but at others he is shockingly ruthless; some scenes are compelling, humorous and ironic while others are harrowing and violent. This is the first portrayal of Romanian slavery, which was not abolished until 1856 – groundbreaking and controversial.
CHINESE PUZZLE 15
Director: Cédric Klapisch
France 2013 117 mins (subtitles)
Starring: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile De France
Writer Xavier can’t bear the idea of his two children growing up in Chinatown, New York, to where his ex-wife has moved, so he too moves there. Battling with the American Green Card system is far from his only problem as also there are his divorced ex-girlfriend with her two children and also his lesbian best friend and her half-Chinese partner (who wish him to be the biological father of a baby). Director Klapisch is well supported by a brilliant cast and expertly weaves together all the story strands for a superb finale. The film is warm, funny and an imaginative delight.
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC 15
Director: Matt Ross
USA 2016 118 mins
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George McKay, Samantha Isler
This official Sundance and Festival De Cannes selection is a quirky magical film about an unconventional modern family. Viggo Mortensen is simply amazing in this patriarch role as a devoted father in which the whole family is forced into an unspeakable predicament. The family have to leave the Pacific Northwest and their off-the-grid lifestyle and go on an existential journey into the real world. Going along on this dramatic ride is the marvellous Samantha Isler and Frank Langella. Along with the ensemble five star cast, Mortensen makes this one of the best films for 2016. A must see for this season.
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Spain 2016 99 mins (subtitles)
Starring: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao
Pedro Almodóvar is arguably one of the most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmakers since Luis Buñuel and his 2016 film Julieta is outstanding. Staring Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte, mother and daughter both live together in Madrid and both share the loss of Xoan, Antia’s father and Julieta’s husband. This is a story of intrigue, loss and romance. Their lives must go on and Almodóvar’s storytelling style and technique is supremely excellent. A superb film based on the stories by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro. Julieta gets the big thumbs up from the Devizes Film Club.