Films 2017

These are the films that we are screening in 2017. Please click on the title to learn more about the film. You can also download the 2017 programme leaflet.

22 January 2017

The Maid

Mexico, 2010 – Sebastian Silva – 95 mins

A gripping psychological thriller and a poignant drama about a maid in a wealthy Chilean family, who starts rebelling against her role. The maid (wonderfully played by Catalina Saavedra), is both a subversive and put-upon character, scary yet subtle and tragic. The film is both a psychological, family drama and a comment on class tensions in Latin America.
26 February 2017

Our Little Sister

Japan, 2015 – Kore-eda Hirokazu – 128 mins

Based on the award-winning manga series Umimachi Diary, Our Little Sister is the new film by acclaimed director Kore-eda Hirokazu (Like Father, Like Son and I Wish). Nominated for the Palme d’Or, this exquisite family drama, set across the varied colours of the four seasons, is one of the most graceful, tender and moving films of the year.
19 March 2017

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

West Germany, 1974 – Werner Herzog – 110 mins

Another new restoration, Herzog’s account of of the young man who appeared out of nowhere in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to walk or talk, clutching a note claiming his name was Kasper. A true and touching story of innocence abused.
30 April 2017

Ex Machina

GB, 2015 – Alex Garland – 108 mins

In the mountain retreat of a gifted internet billionaire, a young man takes part in a strange experiment: testing an artificial intelligence housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. But the experiment twists into a dark psychological battle where loyalties are torn between man and machine. What is it to be human?
21 May 2017

The Conversation

France, 1974 – Francis Ford Coppola – 113 mins

As Hackman’s intensely private surveillance expert painstakingly pieces together evidence he becomes convinced of impending tragedy. Tragedy duly occurs, but not the one he imagined, and he is left shattered – realising not only his own sudden exposure but that someone may have planted a bug he simply cannot find. Bleak and devastatingly brilliant.
25 June 2017

The Story of The Weeping Camel

Germany / Mongolia, 2003 – Byanbusuren Davaa – 91 mins

Charming docu drama about the nomadic people of the Gobi desert, centering on a rare white camel colt rejected by its mother and the lengths to which the nomads go to to save the life of this precious animal.
16 July 2017

Fill the Void

Israel, 2012 – Rama Burshtein – 90 mins

Interesting insight into the lives of the Hassidic Jews. An 18 year old girl is obliged to marry her recently deceased sister’s husband, having hoped to marry a boy her own age. Marriage is held to be a joy rather than an outcome of romantic love or sexual attraction.
17 September 2017

Katalin Varga

Romania, 2009 – Peter Strickland – 82 mins

Katalin, thrown out of her home in rural Romania when her husband finds out her son is not his own, sets off to avenge herself on the man who raped her. He is living peacefully with his wife, believing he has redeemed himself. A gripping, Dostoyevskian tale of retribution and redemption set in the stunning Romanian countryside.
15 October 2017

Dead of Night

UK, 1945 – Cavalcanti / Crichton / Dearden / Hamer – 102 mins

Ealing’s collaborative masterpiece of horror: thought provoking, humorous, uncanny, but never less than intelligent. Ventriloquist Michael Redgrave’s agonised struggle with his own doll is among the outstanding segments, but the framing story is reckoned the greatest ever (even inspiring Fred Hoyle’s steady-state theory of the universe!).
19 November 2017

Timbuktu

Mali / France / Mauritania, 2015 – Abderrahmane Sissako – 96 mins

From one of Africa’s leading directors, comes this tale of life in the parts of Mali that have come under extremist Jihadi control. Centred on the family of a rural Taureg herder, Timbuktu presents a subtle depiction of the terrorists and extremists and their effects on the lives around them. A work of anger and compassion, teetering between hope and despair.
10 December 2017

La Belle et la Bete

France, 1946 – Jean Cocteau – 93 mins

More beautiful than ever in a new restoration, Cocteau’s spellbinding masterpiece has been described by Guillermo del Toro as the most perfect cinematic fable ever told.

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