The 2017-18 Season

Julieta (Pedro Almodovar, 2016 Spain) Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 6th September 2017
After a casual encounter, a broken-hearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter. Almodovar’s 20th film is thought to be his best in over a decade and is an adaption of stories by the Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro.

I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, 2016 UK) Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 20th September 2017
Daniel is a 59-year-old joiner recovering from a heart-attack. He has been advised not to return to work by his doctor, but has to fight bureaucracy in order to receive employment and support allowance. Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or at Cannes for this funny, angry and moving drama.

Sweet Bean (Naomi Kawase, 2015 Japan) Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 4th October 2017
The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade bean jelly convinces him to hire her, which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food.

The President (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 2014 Georgia) Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 18th October 2017
The dictator of an imaginary country in the Caucasus is forced to escape with his five-year-old grandson following a coup d’état. In disguise, they journey through their country and the former dictator comes to know his people from a different perspective.

Burn Burn Burn (Chanya Button, 2015 UK) Comedy/Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 1st November 2017
A black comedy in which two girls in their late twenties embark on a road trip to spread the ashes of their friend Dan. They take turns driving, with Dan in the glove compartment, in tupperware, decreasing in volume as the trip progresses.

The Eagle Huntress (Otto Bell, 2016 UK/Mongolia) Documentary/Adventure
7.45pm Wednesday 15th November 2017
Seemingly against the odds, 13-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle huntress. Her father supports her because, “It’s not a choice, it’s a calling that has to be in your blood.”

Frantz (Francois Ozon, 2016 France/Germany) Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 29th November 2017
In the aftermath of the First World War, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé’s grave to lay flowers. Gripping and very revealing, the film is also in really excellent black and white.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi, 2016 New Zealand) Comedy/Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 6th December 2017
A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious boy and his foster uncle (Sam Neill) who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. This well-acted odd-couple adventure is also a charming and beautiful story of survival, family and humour shared.

The Olive Tree (Iciar Bollain, 2016 Spain/Germany) Comedy/Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 10th January 2018
20-year-old Alma adores her grandfather, who has not spoken for years. When he also refuses to eat, she decides to recover his olive tree, which the family sold against his will many years before. The problem is to find out where in Europe the olive tree is.

Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan, 2016 USA) Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 24th January 2018
Double Oscar winner for Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Best Screenplay. A handyman in Boston gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city, where his brother has just died. He has been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew, but his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick, 1955 UK) Comedy
7.45pm Wednesday 7th February 2018
This classic Ealing comedy finds five diverse oddball criminal types, led by Alec Guiness, planning a bank robbery. They rent rooms in a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. Much mayhem ensues.

Truman (Cesc Gay, 2016 Spain/Argentina) Comedy/Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 21st February 2018
Julián receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. The two men, accompanied by Julián’s faithful dog, Truman, share many emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julián’s terminal condition.

The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi, 2016 Iran/France) Drama
7.45pm Wednesday 7th March 2018
Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. In Iran, a teacher and his wife are participating in a production of Death of a Salesman, when she is assaulted in their new home. The teacher resolves to find the perpetrator, but over his wife’s traumatized objections.

Film To Be Announced
7.45pm Wednesday 21st March 2018
Our AGM is at 7.15pm and will be followed at 7.45pm by our end of season mystery film, as ever to be announced. Come along and comment on the films we have shown or suggest something for next season.