Films 2016

These are the films that we are screening in 2016. Please click on the title to learn more about the film. You can also download the 2016 programme leaflet.

24 January 2016


France, 2011 – Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano – 113 mins

A polished account of the odd-couple friendship that grows between Philippe (Francois Cluzet), a rich, handsome, cultivated quadriplegic, and his new carer, Driss (Omar Sy), an intelligent, charismatic, but uneducated young working-class west African who has done time for robbery. A comedy that allows us to laugh with the disabled, not at them.
28 February 2016

Family Plot

USA, 1976 – Alfred Hitchcock – 121 mins

An illegitimate child, an empty grave and a mountain of misunderstandings link a pair of amiable fakers and one of sinister fakers, with the complex plot strands delightfully tied together by a series of symbols and set pieces. Scripted by Ernest Lehman, a gorgeously amoral wink of farewell from Hitchcock – his last film, and a triumphant return to form.
20 March 2016


Saudi Arabia / Germany, 2012 – Haifaa al-Mansour – 98 mins

10 year old Wadjda challenges deep-rooted Saudi traditions in a determined quest to follow her dreams and buy a bicycle. Stymied at every turn she sees one last chance in her school’s Koran recitation competition, and its cash prize. A heartening story of perseverance, friendship and family life, this is the first film to be made entirely in Saudi Arabia.
24 April 2016

A Man Escaped

France, 1956 – Robert Bresson – 101 mins

Bresson’s key film, acclaimed as one of cinema’s great works, is based on the true story of Resistance fighter André Devigny, who was captured and sentenced to death. Bresson exactly reconstructs his cell and follows his escape plans, and the stunning and spiritually moving denouement, to Mozart’s C Minor Mass, raises the story to another plane.
22 May 2016

The Devil’s Backbone

Spain, 2001 – Guillermo del Toro – 107 mins

An atmospheric ghost story set in the last months of the Spanish civil war. Carlos, the young protagonist, arrives at a refuge run by Republican sympathisers, which turns out to be haunted. With an array of fascinating characters, the film is an allegory of the civil war, but is also a rich reflection on good and evil and on the nature of belief itself.
26 June 2016

Two Days, One Night

Belgium, 2014 – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne – 95 mins

Sandra (Marion Cotillard), a young mother, discovers that her work colleagues have opted for a significant pay bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her workmates to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job. .. Tagged a “Belgian Western”, this acclaimed, intimate drama packs thriller-like intensity.
17 July 2016

Radio On

UK / Germany, 1979 – Chris Petit – 104 mins

As a young London DJ travels to Bristol to investigate his brother’s mysterious death, we get a unique, compelling and even mythic vision of late 70s England, stalled between failed hopes of social and cultural change and Thatcher’s imminent upheaval. Famous for its music and ravishing outsider’s-eye images of English land- and cityscapes.
25 September 2016


Poland, 2014 – Pawell Pawlikowski – 82 mins

Pawlikowski returns to Poland for this story of a novitiate nun, who discovers a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi Occupation, on the verge of taking vows. “A masterpiece, I can’t recall a movie that makes such expressive use of silence and portraiture; from the beginning I was thrown into a state of awe by [its] fervent austerity” (David Denby).
30 October 2016


UK, 1965 – Roman Polanski – 104 mins

Still perhaps Polanski’s most perfectly realised film – stunning portraying the mental and emotional disintegration of a shy young Belgian girl (Deneuve) left alone by her sister in their Kensington flat, who retreats into a terrifying world of fantasies and nightmares. One of the most intelligent horror films ever made and certainly one of the most effective.
20 November 2016

Inside Llewyn Davis

USA / France, 2013 – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – 105 mins

When do artists cut their losses and abandon their careers? This is the dilemma at the heart of the recent Coen brothers’ film, which follows a week in the life of a young folk singer huddled against the unforgiving winter in Greenwich Village, 1961. A funny, yet profoundly sad reflection on success, struggle, failure and the value of art.
11 December 2016

The Legend of 1900

Italy, 1998 – Giuseppe Tornatore – 120 mins

On a transatlantic steamer the crew adopts an abandoned baby which grows up aboard (into Tim Roth). One day at the ship’s grand piano he discovers a pretematural talent for jazz. When his growing legend means Jelly Roll Morton embarks they have the piano duel to end them all. Today the liner is being broken up, but has he left it, even now?

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