Film Season Programme

Wed 25th September

Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, 2016

An eccentric comedy following the attempts of a retired man to rescue his grown up daughter from what he sees as the clutches of corporate life. At times excruciatingly embarrassing, the film is in turns, tender, affectionate and full of pathos. Winner of mulitple awards – its a comic one-off.

‘A weird, thoughtful, affecting treat’ Empire

Wed 30th October

Ran, Akira Kurosawa, 1985

By one of the masters of Japanese and world cinema, Kurosawa’s epic is an re-interpretation of King Lear, transposed to the warring Shogun’s of 17th Century Japan. Regularly cited by critics as one of the top classic films of all time, this is a magnificent tour de force and cinematic spectacle, with too many awards to list. With nods to Kabuki theatre this ‘film is visually and dramatically breathtaking’ The Guardian

Wed 20th November

Burning, Lee Chang-dong, 2019

Set in contemporary South Korea, and based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, this engrossing psychological thriller scooped up nominations and awards at film festivals last year. ‘Lee Chang-dong’s masterful and unclassifiable follow-up to Poetry teems with ambiguity, inevitability and sublime mystery’ BFI

‘a great film, engrossing, suspenseful, and strange’ Roger Ebert

One Sight and Sounds best new films

Wed 11th December

Summer 1993, Carla Simón, 2018

Semi-autobiographical, this is the story of a young girl following the death of her mother. A directorial debut that garnered praise and awards by the film community. Rotten Tomatoes gave it 100%, declaring ‘set amongst summery hues,it  is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world, anchored by flawless performances by its two young stars’. ‘Summer 1993 is a distinctive film realised with heartfelt sensitivity and a keen sense of visual poetry’ BFI’ 

Wed22nd January

Capernaum, Nadine Labaki, 2018

From our third female director in the season, set in Beirut, Capernaum is the hardhitting story of a young boy who sues his parents for having been born. A political film for our times, the actors were all non professional, with the main performance astonishing from a boy who improvised most of the scenes as he had not learnt to read. Winner of the Cannes Jury prize, 2018, Empire says of it ‘It can make Ken Loach look happy-go-lucky but it’s a gripping, sympathetic cry for the dispossessed.’

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