Made in 2019. Director: William Nicholson; UK; 100 mins.
Bill Nighy and Annette Bening play a seemingly content middle-aged couple with a nice house, financial security and good health and then just as they are about to celebrate another wedding anniversary everything falls apart. An emotionally pitch perfect portrait of a marriage with superb acting from both central players ably supported by Josh O’Connor as their go-between son.
Made in 2018. Director: Nadine Labaki; Lebanon; 120 mins; subtitles.
Zain is a likeable and resourceful 12 year old boy, abandoned by his family and living on the streets of Beirut. We follow his adventures as he struggles to survive and negotiate the adult world and some of the unscrupulous individuals he encounters. 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 2018. Director: Mark Jenkin; UK; 89 mins.
Picturesque Cornwall – a destination where holidaymakers enjoy the sun and coastal scenery. This idiosyncratic film made in dramatic B&W shows a fishing family torn apart as two brothers fight over their livelihood against a background of escalating tensions between locals and incomers. Film critic Mark Kermode hails ‘A genuine modern masterpiece’.
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…
Unfortunately, due to lockdown restrictions, this film has been cancelled.
Made in 2019. Director: Celine Sciamma; France; 122 mins; subtitles
This gorgeously filmed romance between two women, an artist and her model, in 18th century Brittany is set against waves crashing off rocky shores, candlelit interiors and fine baroque architecture. A distinctly feminist take on Art and Passion, the historical role of women and the transformative power of love.
120 minutes including a 5 minute break.
The return of our popular Short Films Evening features 7 Animated and 7 Live action short films. As ever, we feature a broad mix – amusing and thought provoking, award winning and amateur, historic and contemporary, B&W and the latest CGI, from the UK and around the world.