Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland subtitles
Set mainly in Poland, early in the Communist era, this is a scintillating portrayal of a passionate love affair. Shot in black and white the cinematography is stunning and combines with memorable melodies of traditional rural Poland. Zula and Wiktor are deeply in love, but is that enough?
(N.B. One showing at 7.00pm followed by AGM and drinks in the Whitaker Room)
Director: Petra Volpe, Germany subtitles
Switzerland, 1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother who lives with her husband, their two sons and her father-in-law in a little village. Here, in the Swiss countryside, little or nothing is felt of the huge social upheavals that the movement of May 1968 has caused. Nora’s life, too, has been unaffected; she is a retiring, quiet person, well liked by everyone – until she begins to campaign publicly and pugnaciously for women’s right to vote, an issue that will be put before the male voters on February 7th, 1971.
Silkscreen member, Taffy Davies will give an illustrated talk about his career in film-making.
7.00pm in the Whitaker Room.
Director: Adam McKay, USA
A film about American politics that isn’t boring! This is an entertaining account of Dick Cheney’s life from drunk loser to powerful Vice President under George W. Bush. A cleverly structured film with real events told in an understandable way, and skilfully infused with humour.
Director: Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria subtitles
Nadezhda tries to teach her school class about honesty and personal responsibility. However her personal life reaches a crisis point, and she is thrust into her own moral dilemma. With little time left she has to find a way out for her family.
Director: Jane Gull, UK
Luke, an independent young man with Down’s syndrome looks after his elderly mother but, when circumstances change, he is sent against his will to live in a care home. His search for new purpose in life leads to some unlikely friendships. An engaging story told with understanding and some lighter moments.
Director: Daniel Rezende, Brazil subtitles
Bit-part actor, Augusto, finally achieves fame when he is cast as Bingo, a TV clown. His children’s show is a big hit, but the pressures of TV celebrity begin to play havoc with his personal life and his relationship with his son, Gabriel. Based on a true story.
Director: Lewis Gilbert, UK
In London, twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins a literature course in an open university and is tutored by the middle-aged Dr. Frank Bryant, an alcoholic and debauched professor from the upper-class whose life has left him emotionally drained, without self-esteem.
Director: Carla Simón, Spain subtitles
A subtle and keenly observed film about a young girl adapting to a new life with relatives when her mother dies. In the summer sunshine of the Catalan countryside Frida comes to terms with the losses and gains of her changed situation. The film echoes the director’s own experiences.
Director: Fatih Akin, Germany subtitles
An award-winning thriller with a powerful performance by Diane Kruger. Katja seeks closure after her family is destroyed by alleged neo-nazi terrorists. The courts and Katja explore different paths to achieve justice. This film poses questions about the rise of the far right across Europe.