Made in 2018. Director: Carl Hunter; UK; 91 minutes.
Bill Nighy stars in this witty and touching story of a Merseyside family living in the shadow of a sudden disappearance. Nighy plays Alan, a semi-retired tailor whose favourite son has vanished after a Scrabble disagreement. But Alan’s quest to track him down leads to some unexpected revelations in this heart-warming tale. (N.B. One showing only at 7.00pm followed by AGM and drinks in the Whitaker Room).
Made in 2018. Director: Nadine Labaki; Lebanon; 120 mins; subtitles.
Zain is a 12 year old boy trying to survive on the streets of Beirut. This well-observed story follows his difficult, sometimes desperate, existence, and the different attitudes of the people that he meets. Some humour despite the turmoil. The young Syrian actor, himself a refugee, steals the show.
Made in 2018. Director: Christian Petzold; Germany; 101 mins; subtitles.
In Marseilles a refugee tries desperately to escape the oncoming Nazi army in this mesmerising tale of stolen identity, love, paranoia and alienation. The story comes from a WW2 novel but the setting is present-day which only adds to the sense of dislocation in this unusual but gripping thriller.
Made in 2019. Director: Lulu Wang; US/China; 100 mins; subtitles.
Is it kinder to tell your much loved terminally ill grandmother that she has only months to live or try to protect her from the truth? East meets West in this delightful bitter-sweet family drama when traditional Chinese values are challenged by a younger generation raised in the US.
Made in 2017. Director: Amit Masukar; India; 106 mins; subtitles.
Newton, a new government clerk, is sent to a remote area to conduct an election. Faced with opposition and difficulties from all sides he is determined to do his job whatever happens. This combines a serious look at Indian elections and bureaucracy, with a nice sense of humour.
Made in 2018. Director: Benedikt Erlingson; Iceland; 96 mins; subtitles.
Halla is a loner, a committed environmentalist who employs extreme methods. She is energetic, ruthless and passionate. Her side story is an ambition to adopt a young Ukrainian girl, a plan which almost (but not quite) threatens to derail her final and most ambitious act of sabotage. Truly inspirational!
Made in 2019. Director: Bong Joon Ho; Korea; 132 mins; subtitles.
A black comedy about a poor family who con their way into a rich family’s life and start living the life of Riley But things don’t last and prejudices and a long kept secret comes to the surface. A brilliantly crafted ground breaking award winning film.
Made in 2018. Director: Peter Strickland; UK; 118 mins.
Everyone loves to find a killer outfit but that’s literally what happens in this darkly funny and surreal tale of a murderous red dress. With lots of references to 70s horror movies this chiller will leave you wondering when it’s safe to go back into the wardrobe…
Made in 2018. Director: Gilles Lellouche; France; 122 mins; subtitles.
Several 40-something guys, all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, decide to form their local pool’s first synchronised swimming team – for men. Training with Delphine, former synchronised swimming star, will the tough challenge of competing in the World Championships allow them to find meaning in their lives?
123 minutes including a 5 minute break.
Our short films evening showing for the first time in the main auditorium. 11 short films with a mix of live action, animation, serious issues, and humour. Expect murder, kidnap, pregnancy, voyeurism, refugees, a fox and a mouse, a body, home hairdressing, a returning I.S. fighter, fast-changing faces, and frogs.