Films will include low budget British films, limited distribution, art-house films, foreign language films and classic films from the past that deserve to be seen again on the big screen.

SCHEDULED FILMS

Leviathan

Monday 8th July, 7:30pm

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished, he recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

Starring Aleksei Serebryakov (MacMafia), Elena Lyadova, and Vladimir Vdovichenkov, the film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where Zvyagintsev and Negin won the award for Best Screenplay.

The film was judged the best film of the year at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival and the 45th International Film Festival of India. It won the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Feature Film in 2014. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.

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PAST SCREENINGS

Drawn to War

Monday 10th June, 7:30pm

On 2 September 1942, Eric Ravilious joined the crew of a military plane that was embarking on a search party for a missing aircraft off the coast of Iceland. Four days after that plane also failed to return, the RAF declared the crew lost in action.

Eric Ravilious is as compelling and enigmatic as his art. Set against the dramatic wartime locations that inspire him, Margy Kinmonth’s film brings to life this brilliant but still grossly undervalued British artist. Caught in the crossfire of war 80 years ago, Ravilious’s legacy largely sank without trace, until now. Made with the blessing of the Ravilious Estate, this first full length feature documentary about Ravilious unfolds in his own words, through previously unseen private correspondence and rare archive film.

The film features the voices of Freddie Fox, Tamsin Greig, Jeremy Irons & Harriet Walter and asks what his life and art tells us about the elusive concept of Englishness, and what it means to be a war artist.

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Shoplifters

Monday 13th May, 7:30pm

Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese film directed, written and edited by Hirokazu Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son, Our Little Sister, After the Storm, Broker & Monster). Starring Lily Franky (Like Father, Like Son), Sakura Ando (Monster, Godzilla Minus One) and Kirin Kiki (After the Strom, Sweet Bean), it tells the story of a family which relies on shoplifting to cope with a life of poverty.

Kore-eda wrote the screenplay contemplating what makes a family, and inspired by reports on poverty and shoplifting in Japan.

Shoplifters premiered in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d’Or, the film was released in Japan the same year and was a critical and commercial success. Shoplifters was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the BAFTAs, Oscars and the Golden Globe awards.

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Ex_Machina

Monday 22nd April, 7:30pm

Ex Machina is a 2014 science fiction psychological thriller written and directed by Alex Garland in his directorial debut, starring Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter, The Revenant), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Testament of Youth), and Oscar Isaac (Drive, Dune, Inside Llewyn Davis), it follows a programmer who is invited by his CEO to administer the Turing test to an intelligent humanoid robot.

The film premiered on 16 December 2014, and received widespread critical acclaim, with praise for its visual effects, screenplay, and performances.

At the 88th Academy Awards, the film won Best Visual Effects and Garland was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. It earned five nominations at the BAFTAS that year, including Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Original Screenplay. Ex_Machina was cited as among the best films of the 2010s.

This screening of Ex_Machina is sponsored by Elastic Mint.

 

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Mustang

Monday 8th April, 7:30pm

Mustang is a 2015 Turkish-language film co-written and directed by  Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s in her feature debut. Set at an unspecified time in the 2010s in a remote Turkish village, Mustang depicts the lives of five young orphaned sisters and the challenges they face growing up as girls in a conservative society. The event that triggers the family backlash against the five sisters at the beginning of the film is based on Ergüven’s personal life.

 

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Wild Tales

Monday 11th March, 7:30pm

Wild Tales is a 2014 Spanish-language black comedy anthology film, written and directed by the Argentine filmmaker Damián Szifron. The film, a Spanish-Argentinian co-production, is composed of six stand-alone shorts with a common theme of catharsis, violence and vengeance. The film has an ensemble cast consisting of Ricardo Darín (The Secret in Their Eyes, Carancho), Oscar Martínez (Official Competition), Leonardo Sbaraglia (Dolor y gloria), Érica Rivas. Because of Szifron’s desire to work with Darín and Martínez, these actors were allowed to choose the role they wanted.

The film received critical acclaim, particularly for being a good example of an engaging anthology film, for its cast (mainly Rivas), humor, cinematography, and music. It won many accolades, including eight of ten Platino Awards, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, and the Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, and for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Wild Tales is the most-seen Argentine film of all time.

 

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Casablanca Beats

Monday 19th February, 7:30pm

Former hip-hop emcee Anas takes a job at a cultural centre in a working-class neighbourhood in Casablanca. Encouraged by their new teacher, his students will try to free themselves from the weight of restrictive traditions in order to live their passions and express themselves through hip-hop.

Written and directed by Nabil Ayouch and Maryam Touzani (My Land, Razzia), Casablanca Beats was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, it is reportedly the first Moroccan film to be selected to compete for the Palme d’Or since 1962.

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For Sama

Monday 22th January, 7:30pm

An epic and intimate journey filmed through five years during which Waad al-Kateab tells the story of how she fell in love, married and gave birth to her daughter.

For Sama is a 2019 documentary film produced and narrated by Waad Al-Kateab, and directed by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

The film focuses on Waad Al-Kateab’s journey as a journalist and rebel in the Syrian uprising, her husband Hamza al-Kateab, is one of the few doctors left in Aleppo, and they raise their daughter Sama Al-Kateab during the Syrian Civil War.

For Sama made history when it was nominated in four categories in the BAFTA awards, making it the most nominated documentary ever, it was also  nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary and the Oscars.

For Sama is a reality-based horror film, a harrowing first person documentary, please be aware that some of the content is very upsetting.

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Aftersun

Monday 8th January, 7:30pm

Aftersun is a 2022 coming of age drama written and directed by Charlotte Wells in her feature directorial debut. Starring Paul Mescal (Normal People, God’s Creatures), Frankie Corio and Celia Rowlson-Hall, the film follows an 11-year-old girl Sophie, on holiday with her father at a Turkish resort on the eve of his 31st birthday. The film tells the story through a series of memories and personal recollections, filtered through a haze of memory and imagination by the now-adult Sophie (Celia Rowlson-Hall) looking back on things she didn’t really understand at the time. Aftersun had its world premiere at Cannes on 21 May 2022, where Wells was nominated for the Golden Camera, Scottish-born, New York-based writer-director Wells picked up a whopping 16 nominations at the British Independent Film Awards.

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Cinema Paridiso

Monday 11th December, 7:30pm

Cinema Paradiso is a 1988 coming of age drama written and directed by Guiseppe Tornatore. Set in a small Sicilian town, the film centres on the friendship between a young boy and an aging projectionist who works at the titular movie theatre.

This Italian-French production stars Phillipe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio, the film score was composed by Ennio Morricone.

Credited with revitalising Italy’s film industry, Cinema Paradiso has been cited as one of the greatest films of all time.
It was a commercial success, winning several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and the Cannes Festival’s Grand Prix, Cinema Paradiso was nominated for 11 BAFTAs, winning five.

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Official Competition

Monday 13rd November, 7:30pm

On his 80th birthday, Humberto Suárez (Jose Luis Gomez), an ageing multi-millionaire, decides to finance a film so that people will look fondly upon his legacy.

He selects the reclusive Palme d’Or laureate Lola Cuevas (Penelope Cruz) to be the director, with the screenplay being adapted from a Nobel Prize winning novel titled Rivalry, about a man (Antonio Banderas) who is unable to forgive his brother (Oscar Martinez) for killing their parents in a drunk-driving incident.

A 2021 Spanish-Argentine black comedy film, directed by Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn, the film brings together Banderas and Martinez, the two previously appeared together in Almoldovar’s I’m So Excited, and Cruz, who has appears regularly in films by the same director.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Monday 23rd October, 7:30pm

Master Li, a warrior, asks Yu Shu Lien, the woman he loves, to pass on his sword, Green Destiny, to Sir Te. However, when the sword is stolen, Li embarks on a mission to find it.

Starring ChowYun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen,

Crouching Tiger is an absolute classic, and helped put director Ang Lee on the cinematic map.

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Sightseers

Monday 9th October, 7:30pm

Sightseers is a 2012 British black comedy film directed by Ben Wheatley, and written by and starring Alice Lowe (Tina) and Steve Oram (Chris). Sightseers was selected to be screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Chris is a caravan fan and aspiring writer who takes his girlfriend Tina on a road trip, much to the dislike of Tina’s mum, who has never forgiven Tina for the death of their dog “Poppy”.

At their first stop, the National Tramway Museum, Chris confronts a man who is littering, the man refuses to pick up his rubbish at which point things take a very dark turn.

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Proxima

Monday 11th September, 7:30pm

Proxima stars Eva Green as Sarah, a woman trying to balance work and family life. As she prepares for a year-long stint on the International Space Station, she also tries to prepare her eight-year-old daughter Stella (Zélie Boulant), for life without her.

The film also stars Lars Eidinger as Thomas, her ex-husband and Stella’s father and Matt Dillon as Mike, her colleague.
Mike is initially dismissive of her abilities as an astronaut but with his help, and Sandra Huller as Wendy, a psychologist, Sarah and Stella find their way through the complexities of the situation. This screening is sponsored by Elastic Mint.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Monday 14th August, 7:30pm

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman. Starring Noémie Merlant (Tar, Paris 13th District) and winner of innumerable Cesar awards, Adèle Haenel, the film is a beatiful, almost timeless study of power and passion in which the observed, becomes the observer.

Written and directed by Celine Sciamma, it was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2019 where it won the Queer Palm, becoming the first film directed by a woman to win the award, Sciamma also won the award for best screenplay at Cannes.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire was voted the 30th greatest film of all time in the Sight & Sound 2022 critics’ poll.

The Quiet Girl

Mon, 10th July, 7:30pm

Set in rural Ireland in 1981, a  quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one. In January 2023, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for the Best International Film at the, becoming the first Irish film to be nominated in the category’s history.

This film replaces the previously advertised The Road Dance, which is currently available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.

The Florida Project

Mon, 24th July, 7:30pm

Set over one summer, The Florida Project follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World. The Florida Project was acclaimed by critics, who lauded Sean Baker’s direction and the performances, particularly those of Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe and Bria Vinaite.

For their work in the film, Dafoe earned Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs and Prince won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer. Both the US National Board of Review and American Film Institute chose the film as one of the top ten films of the year.

 

Honeyland

Mon, 12th June, 7:30pm

Hatidze Muratova is the last female bee-hunter in Europe, she utilises ancient beekeeping traditions to cultivate honey in the mountains of North Macedonia. When a neighbouring family tries to do the same, it becomes a source of tension as they disregard her wisdom and advice.

This astonishing, immersive environmental drama documentary began life as a nature conservation video about one of Europe’s last wild-beekeepers.

Honeyland was nominated for 54 major world cinema awards, winning 38. Honeyland won three categories at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury World Cinema – best documentary, Cinematography Award – best documentary and the Special Jury Award for impact and change.

Honeyland also received two Oscar nominations for Best Documentary Feature and Best International Film.

Rust and Bone

Mon, 15th May, 7:30pm

Rust and Bone – Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) when he saves her from a brawl at the nightclub.
Their casual acquaintance develops into something much more after a horrible accident. As Stephanie draws on Ali’s physical strength, an unexpected courtship slowly comes to life.

Cotillard was nominated for a whole slew of major awards for her performance.

Rust and Bone was described by the New York Times as a strong, emotionally replete experience, Empire called it “another triumph from Audiard and a Cotillard masterclass”.

Toni Erdmann

Mon, 3rd April, 7:30pm

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.

Toni Erdmann is a 2016 German-Austrian comedy drama film directed, written and co-produced by Maren Ade.

The film, which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, was named the best film of 2016 by Sight and Sound.

Toni Erdmann won five awards at the 2017 European Film Awards including best director, best actor and best actress and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

Brian and Charles

Mon, 13th March, 7:30pm

After a particularly harsh winter Brian goes into a deep depression; completely isolated and with no one to talk to, Brian does what any sane person would do when faced with such a melancholic situation.

He builds a robot.

Brian and Charles is a 2022 comedy drama directed by Jim Archer, in his feature debut, from a screenplay by David Earl and Chris Hayward, who also star in the film.

Girl

Mon, 13th February, 7:30pm

A promising teenage dancer enrols at a prestigious ballet school while grappling with her gender dysphoria.

Inspired by a true story, Girl stars Victor Polster, in his acting debut, as a trans girl who pursues a career as a ballerina.

Polster won the Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Award for Best Performance, Girl was selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

Parallel Mothers

Mon, January 9th, 7:30 PM

From Pedro Almodovar comes the story of two mothers who bond in an unexpected way after giving birth the same day, both are single and both pregnancies are unplanned.

Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and is exultant, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatised. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops, complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

Bait

Mon, December 12th, 7:30 PM

Martin is a fisherman without a boat, his brother Steven having re-purposed it as a tourist tripper. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the harbour.

Bait is a British drama film, written and directed by Mark Jenkn, the film deals with the tensions that arise between locals and tourists in a Cornish fishing village, against a backdrop of second homes, short-term lets, and gentrification.

Mark Jenins received numerous nominations for his debut feature and was awarded a BAFTA and BFI award in 2020.

Under the Skin

Mon, November 14th, 7:30 PM

Scarlett Johansson stars as a mysterious and seductive alien who prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey, unsuspecting men fall under her spell however, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery. The film received acclaim for Johansson’s performance, Johnathan Glazer’s direction, and Mica Levi’s score receiving numerous accolades and awards, was included in many best-of-the-decade lists, and was ranked 61st on the BBC’s 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century list.

Never Gonna Snow Again

Mon, October 10th, 7:30 PM

On a gray, foggy morning outside a large Polish city, Zhenia, a masseur from the East, enters the lives of the wealthy residents of a gated community. Using hypnotic, almost magical techniques, Zhenia is awarded a residence permit and so starts working to heal the inner sadness of the well-to-do residents.

The film is a curious and enchanting meditation on class, immigration, and global warming with touches of magical realism and moments of sober beauty and subtle humor.

Dogman

Mon, September 12th, 7:30 PM

Marcello, a timid dog groomer who moonlights as a drug dealer, encounters Simoncino, a violent gangster, when Simocino frames Marcello in a crime, Marcello begins to plot his revenge.

Dogman enjoyed some 40 nominations and 32 industry awards, most notably Marcello Fonte, who won the Palme d’ Or for best actor. 

Withnail and I

Mon, August 8th, 7:30 PM

Two unemployed actors, Withnail (Richard E Grant) and Marwood (Paul McGann), are desperately in need of a change of fortunes. They decide to go on holiday to a cottage in the country, owned by Withnail’s eccentric uncle, Monty (Richard Griffiths). Things don’t go entirely smoothly and get even more complicated when Monty arrives unexpectedly…

Sweet Bean

Mon, July 11th, 7:30 PM

The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade red bean paste convinces him to hire her, which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food.

The Worst Person in the World

Mon, Jun 13, 7:30 PM

The Worst Person in the World is a romantic, black comedy-drama about the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo. It chronicles four years in the life of Julie (Renate Reinsve), a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.

The film premiered in competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim, with Renate Reinsve winning the award for Best Actress for her performance in the film. At the 94th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay.