AUTUMN SEASON 2018
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (15)
Tuesday 4 September
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Italy 2017 129 mins
Starring: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
This is a coming-of-age story set in Lombardy, northern Italy, in the summer of 1983. It is sensual, lyrical and visually stunning. Elio is seventeen, a precocious and talented young musician. His father is an American professor and Oliver is a graduate student who comes to help him with his research into Greco-Roman culture. Both Elio and Oliver have romantic associations with young women over the course of the summer but Luca Guadagnino’s film is essentially the story of two young men falling in love. It is about romantic melancholy and a sense of loss as a crucial element of maturation and self-discovery.
Tuesday 11 September
Director: Lucrecia Martel
Argentina 2017 115 mins (subtitles)
Starring: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele
Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto, this is the story of Diego de Zama, an 18th-century administrator in the service of imperial Spain. He’s working in a remote outpost on the Paraguay River where he feels he is slowly going mad. He waits desperately for news of a new posting that would reunite him with his wife and children, left behind years before in Buenos Aires. His situation is delicate and he must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer and so must participate in the official duties of state violence and racism. It’s a mysterious and dreamlike journey about the abuses of colonialism.
LADY MACBETH (15)
Tuesday 18 September
Director: William Oldroyd
UK 2016 85 mins
Starring: Florence Pugh, Christopher Fairbank, Cosmo Jarvis
A brilliantly chilling subversion of a classic Russian novel. In rural England in 1865, Katherine (Florence Pugh) has been married off to the morose and sexually inadequate son of a wealthy mine owner. It is her father-in-law who rules the roost and gloweringly insists on her being a demure and submissive wife. With both men absent for long periods, Katherine is imprisoned in this stark, cold manor house in the middle of the moor. Refusing to be broken in spirit, she retreats first into dreary sleepiness, then drinking, then taking an interest in Sebastian, the sexy, truculent young estate worker, with dire consequences.
LET THE SUNSHINE IN (15)
Tuesday 25 September
Director: Claire Denis
France 2017 94 minutes (subtitles)
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine
This hilarious romantic comedy was chosen to open the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Juliette Binoche is a divorced painter of some renown in her 50s who is desperately seeking the right man, for why should she have a life without desire? She is obsessed, and we follow her determined and dissolute entanglements. The film shows her adventures in frank detail but also in absurdity, as the men she tackles are some of the very worst, varying from bullying to effete. She is self-sabotaging too, but there is tenderness and sympathy in the story. This is a beautifully judged and most enjoyable comedy, as funny as it is sensual, with a very surprising ending.
HAPPY END (15)
Tuesday 2 October
Director: Michael Haneke
France 2017 105 mins (subtitles)
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Fantine Harduin, Toby Jones
Michael Haneke’s gripping satire is the darkly humorous story of the bourgeois Laurent family. Apparently oblivious to the suffering at the nearby Calais migrant camps, the household is riven by its own fears and anxieties. Seen from different perspectives, dark family secrets emerge after a fatal accident at the family firm, apparently caused by a deadbeat son. Another family member is involved in a clandestine affair. A teenager may have put her mother in a coma. Is she a monster, or should we pity her? Meanwhile, the elderly patriarch is showing signs of dementia and a desire to end it all. Excellent performances all round.
LEAVE NO TRACE (PG)
Tuesday 9 October
Director: Debra Granik
USA 2018 109 mins
Starring: Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie
A deeply affecting story, subtly and sympathetically directed by Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone). Special Forces veteran, Will, despite severe trauma, does his best to bring up his 13-year-old daughter Tom. They survive in secret camps in a nature reserve in Oregon, skilfully photographed. Their deep bond begins to fray as Tom sees another world beyond plain survival. They are discovered by a jogger and put into the bureaucratic hands of Social Services. He is found work but cannot handle it and she is sent to school. Will insists they return to the forest, but their separation begins. Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the Boston Film Festival.
Tuesday 16 October
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Russia 2017 122 mins (subtitles)
Starring: Maryana Spivak, Alexey Rozin, Matvey Novikov
A couple’s 12-year-old son goes missing during their acrimonious break-up. Both have new partners and want to move on, but neither seems prepared to look after the boy, Alyosha. After overhearing a vicious argument, he disappears. Instead of bringing the couple closer, the crisis sharpens their bitter resentment. The police don’t seem to care and the hunt for Alyosha is left to a group of volunteers. As the investigation progresses, there’s a growing sense of dread. Hypnotic and ambiguous to the end, this compelling film offers a scathing comment on modern Russian society. A major prize winner at Cannes and the BFI London Film Festival.
SWEET COUNTRY (15)
Tuesday 23 October
Director: Warwick Thornton
Australia 2017 113 mins
Starring: Bryan Brown, Hamilton Morris, Sam Neill
Sweet Country is a magnificent example of a captivating western, set in 1920s Australia. An Aboriginal farmhand goes on the run after killing a white man. Slipping back and forth in time, this lyrical film delves into notions of the frontier, racial boundaries and the existential nature of justice. When the age-old story of self defence puts a man on trial but also judges history as an uncomfortable truth, we are taken on a journey of double standards and blind ignorance. Hamilton Morris and Bryan Brown are remarkable. Powerful storytelling, beautiful long shots of dramatic, bone-dry landscape and absorbing characters. An absolute must see.
AUTUMN SEASON 2018
Welcome. Please note that films will be shown on Tuesday evenings this season. As usual, all films start at 8pm prompt unless otherwise stated. If you have any questions, please contact us.
For full brochure click AUTUMN SEASON 2018(PDF).
The membership subscription fee for this year has been kept at £10, down from the usual £12.50. This is due to restrictions imposed on the club allowing us to show only eight films this season instead of the usual ten. Membership is renewable each September – or you can have half year membership in January for £5 (normally £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 a reduced entrance fee for each film.
Please download our Membership-Form-18-19 (PDF – Requires Adobe Acrobat).
Membership forms can also be picked up from the Palace Cinema or Devizes Books.
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