Autumn Season 2016
Films start at 8pm prompt unless otherwise stated. If you have any questions, please contact us.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15th November A SYRIAN LOVE STORY 12A
Writer/Director: Sean McAllister
2015 UK 76 mins (some subtitles)
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.
22nd November DHEEPAN 15
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.
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.
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.
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.