Devizes Film Club brings an eclectic mix of award-winning, thought-provoking and unusual films to the Palace Cinema Devizes. We have two seasons, spring and autumn, when we show some of the best films from the UK and around the world; films you would not normally expect to see locally. All films are open to members and non-members.
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We have had a very positive meeting with Picturedrome Cinemas, the new owners of the Palace. They are keen to be part of the community in Devizes and happy to work with the Film Club. Work has already started on a total refurbishment which will include new seating, an extra screen and a bar. We should be able to show our full spring programme, but please check our website regularly, just in case. To keep up to date with what’s happening and what’s on, join our mailing list (see ‘contact us’ below).
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At the Palace Cinema, 19-20 Market Place, Devizes SN10 1JQ
Films start at 8pm prompt
Cinema: 01380 722971
Spring season 2019
HOTEL SALVATION (PG)
Sunday 13 January
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
India 2017 100 mins (subtitles)
Starring: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni
This lovely comedy-drama is an impressive debut from a young Indian writer-director. One day Rajiv’s elderly father announces that he wants to travel to Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges, to die. Rajiv reluctantly accompanies him. Hotel Salvation is a spiritual hospice where visitors can stay for 15 days, enjoying marijuana-laced lassis and hoping to achieve ‘salvation’ before death. As days turn into weeks, father and son air their grievances and face up to mortality. Where you might expect sadness and grief, the film gives you cheery residents and bright, colourful Indian scenes. It is a beautiful film, with a dreamy, hypnotic atmosphere, full of real human warmth.
FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (15)
Sunday 20 January
Director: Paul McGuigan
UK 2017 103 mins
Starring: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters
In the late 1970s the well-known Academy Award winning actress, Gloria Grahame, had a brief but passionate affair with an unknown, struggling actor, Peter Turner, nearly 30 years her junior. But in 1981, aged 57, she collapsed in her London dressing room before a performance and subsequently asked Turner to take her to his family home in Liverpool, to recuperate. The film then splits between scenes where Grahame is elegantly dying under the care of Turner’s mother, and flashbacks to their short romance when they zipped between LA, New York and Liverpool as they clutched onto their honeymoon period. It’s a beguiling story of humanity and compassion.
THE WIFE (15)
Tuesday 29 January
Director: Björn Runge
UK 2018 100 mins
Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons
Joan and Joe Castleman have been together for nearly forty years. She was Joe’s student and an aspiring writer when they first met. He was a married professor of literature. The film opens in the 1990s when Joe is waiting for a call from the Nobel committee. Joan has always been the perfect, supportive wife, anticipating Joe’s every need, sacrificing herself to her husband’s brilliant career. They travel to Stockholm for Joe to receive the Nobel Prize and it is here that we begin to see her ambivalence surface and the suppressed resentments building up. It is a film of our time, with a masterful performance by Glenn Close.
THE GUILTY (15)
Tuesday 5 February
Director: Gustav Möller
Denmark 2018 85 mins (subtitles)
Starring: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi
Set in a Danish emergency services call centre, the main protagonist is a disgraced former Danish police officer, Asger Holme. He answers calls from the public and makes judgements about how the service should respond. His prejudices are apparent. A call from a distressed woman raises the tension and Asger switches from routine autopilot to real concern; his emotions clearly visible in the close-ups of his face. At the beginning of the call it is not clear what is happening. We do not see the victims; their predicaments are simply experienced in our imaginations. The tension becomes extreme.
THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI (12A)
Sunday 17 February
Director: Juho Kuosmanen
Finland 2017 93 mins (subtitles)
Starring: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff
A delightful comedy, this lovely film from Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen is a gentle, shrewd, somehow mysterious love story, based on real life, and beautifully photographed in luminous black-and-white. It is inspired by the Finnish boxer Olli Mäki, who electrified Finland’s boxing fans in 1962 by getting a shot at the world featherweight title, fighting on home turf against visiting American star Davey Moore. It is to be the greatest day of his life, but not for the reasons he might once have thought – he’s fallen in love! A film of immense humanity and charm.
COLD WAR (15)
Tuesday 26 February
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Poland 2018 88 minutes (subtitles)
Starring: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
Paweł Pawlikowski won the best director award at Cannes for this intimate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments. It’s set in the 1950s over 15 turbulent years, in post-war Poland, East Berlin, Paris and Yugoslavia. Wiktor, a sedate intellectual, and Zula, a lively girl from the provinces, fall in love. He is a talented composer trying to keep on the right side of the authorities and dreaming of exile. Zula doesn’t see the point. Their relationship is combustible in the extreme. Filmed in black and white, the music links folk traditions and jazz to create a soundtrack that enchants.
THE BIG SICK (15)
Tuesday 5 March
Director: Michael Showalter
US 2017 117 mins
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
The Big Sick is an engaging and thoughtful comedy, based on the true story of its co-writers. Pakistani-American Kumail is an Uber driver and stand-up comedian who falls for Emily, a white graduate student. Kumail struggles to reconcile his family’s traditional Muslim values with the world he now inhabits and doesn’t tell them about Emily. With their relationship in crisis, Emily contracts a mysterious, life-threatening illness. Kumail tries to understand his feelings and deal with his family’s expectations as he shares an awkward bedside vigil with Emily’s parents. An intelligent comedy that exposes some of the everyday racism Muslims experience in America.
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (12A)
Sunday 10 March
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Finland 2017 98 mins (subtitles)
Starring: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen
Winner of the Silver Bear at Berlin in 2017, this is another excellent film by Kaurismäki that typically deals with misfortunes of vulnerable people but with sympathetic deadpan humour, blissful cinematography and fine direction. It tells two intertwining stories: Khaled, a Syrian refugee, attempts to obtain asylum in Helsinki, while Wikström, a disillusioned salesman tries to run a restaurant, The Golden Pint, after leaving his alcoholic wife. Wikström finds Khaled sleeping among the dustbins and invites him to work in his restaurant. Kaurismäki uses keen character observation, and a sympathetic mixture of drama and humour to make dark political and moral subjects fascinating and amusing.
THE CHILDREN ACT (12)
Tuesday 26 March
Director: Richard Eyre
UK 2017 103 mins
Starring: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin, Fionn Whitehead
The Children Act is a splendid social drama, adapted by Ian McEwan from his 2014 novel. High court judge Fiona Maye, superbly played by Emma Thompson, is given the case of a boy, Adam (Fionn Whitehead) nearly 18 years old, so not yet an adult, who is suffering from cancer. His parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses and will not permit him the simple blood transfusion which would save his life. This excellent film combines the problems of Solomon and middle-class lives split asunder by work, marriage stress and moral decisions. It contains excellent performances and fine photography.
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