The 31st Season of Blandford Forum Film Society ran from September 2016 to March 2017 and is listed below. The next season will begin in September 2017.
Hail, Caesar! (USA 2016) 106mins Cert.12A Comedy
7.45pm Wednesday 7th September 2016
A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the industry.
Directors: Ethan & Joel Coen. Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich
Taxi Tehran (Iran 2015) 82mins Cert.12 Comedy Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 21st September 2016
When you are a filmmaker and you are not allowed to direct movies any more, you have to retrain. So why not pretend you are a taxi driver and make a film despite everything? This is what Jafar Panahi has done. Now he invites you into his cab, to ride through the streets of Tehran and discover its people.
Director & Star: Jafar Panahi
Room (Canada/Ireland 2015) 118mins Cert.15 Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 5th October 2016
Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman (Brie Larson) and her young son (Jacob Tremblay) finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson. Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridges
The Crow’s Egg (original title Kaakkaa Muttai, India 2014) 91mins Cert.PG Comedy
7.45pm Wednesday 19th October 2016
The life and times of two kids growing up in a slum, who make their living stealing coal from the railway yard. Their dream is to try out a pizza from the newly opened pizza shop!
Director: M. Manikandan. Stars: Ramesh, J. Vignesh, Aishwarya Rajesh
Tangerines (original title Mandariinid, Estonia/Georgia 2013) 87mins Cert.15 Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 2nd November 2016
War in Georgia 1992. A village is empty, almost everyone has left. Two have stayed: Ivo and Margus. But Margus will leave as soon as he has harvested his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict wounded men are left behind, and Ivo is forced to take them in. But they are from opposite sides of the war.
Director/writer: Zaza Urushadze. Stars: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze
Sing Street (Ireland 2016) 106mins Cert.12A – Comedy Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 16th November 2016
Dublin in the 1980s, a 15-year-old boy is suffering from his parents’ strained relationship while trying to adjust to his new inner-city school. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, cool and beautiful Raphina, and invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band…yet.
Director: John Carney. Stars: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aiden Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy
NOTE: This film replaces Look Who’s Back, which we are now unable to show
Dheephan (France 2015) 115mins Cert.15 Crime Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 30th November 2016
Dheepan is a Tamil fighter. He flees, taking with him two strangers – a woman and a little girl – hoping it will be easier for him to claim asylum. In Paris, the ‘family’ moves from home to home until he finds work, He works to build a new life and a real home for his ‘wife’ and ‘daughter’, but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior’s instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family.
Director: Jacques Audiard. Stars: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kaliea Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby
Rams (original title Hrútar, Iceland 2015) 93mins Cert.15 Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 7th December 2016
In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep.
Director: Grímur Hákonarson. Stars: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
The Apartment (USA 1960) 125 mins Cert.PG Comedy Romance
7.45pm Wednesday 11th January 2017
This years’ retrospective is the multi-Oscar-winning masterpiece about a lonely corporate employee who, to climb the company ladder, lets his apartment out to his seniors for clandestine meetings. Jack Lemmon at his razor-sharp best.
Director Billy Wilder. Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley Maclaine, Fred MacMurray
Victoria (Germany 2015) 138mins Cert.15 Crime Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 25th January 2017
A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret. This extraordinary film is shot in a single running take with mainly improvised dialogue.
Director: Sebastian Schipper. Stars: Lasa Costa, Frederick Desn, Franz Rogowski
Timbuktu (France/Mauritania 2014) 97mins Cert.12A Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 8th February 2017
An exquisite film set in Timbuktu, Mali. The Jihadists arrive and impose Sharia law on a simple pastoral community in which a peaceable herdsman accidently kills a neighbour who has shot one of his cows.
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako. Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki
Spotlight (USA/Canada 2015) 128mins Cert.15 Biographical Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 22nd February 2017
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child abuse and cover-up in the local Catholic Archdiocese.
Director: Tom McCarthy. Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams
99 Homes (USA 2014) 108mins Cert.15 Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 8th March 2017
Set amidst the 2008 housing market catastrophe, Dennis, a hard-working and honest man, can’t save his family home. Thrown to the streets with alarming precision by real estate shark Mike Carver, Dennis, out of work and luck, is given an opportunity – to join Carver’s crew and put others through the harrowing ordeal done to him in order to earn back what’s his.
Director: Ramin Bahrani. Stars: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern
7.15pm Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Our AGM is at 7.15pm and will be followed at 7.45pm by a film to be announced.