Monday, September 21, 2020

The County - Sunday 27th September 5pm

Poster for The County

We are off back to Iceland this week, from where we have had some great moments in the last few years – you will remember Rams and Woman at War I hope. The County comes from the same director as Rams - Grímur Hákonarson – but maybe has more of the feel of Woman at War.

Our hero this time is Inga, a dairy farmer fighting to survive in a farm drowning in debt to the local Co-op. When her husband dies, she becomes aware that the Co-op, far from supporting the local farmers, acts more like the Mafia; yes they guarantee buying all her milk but she has to buy everything from them at inflated prices. Risking everything, she writes a whistle-blower review to the Co-op Facebook account. The support she hopes for from the local farmers disappears as they fear the Co-op too much, giving us that feel of Woman at War - she is left to fight on alone.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Make Up - Sunday 20th September 5pm

Poster for Make Up

Finally considered old enough to be away from home by her parents, 18 year old Ruth has come to this deserted caravan site in Cornwall's winter to get a job and be with her long term boyfriend Tom. So we enter this dark, middle world of youth turning adult; she is between two chapters of her life, as the caravan site is between seasons. Being unsure of herself, she finds a friend in Jade, a fellow worker, who offers her help and a makeover, painting her bitten nails red...but is there more going on here than we see at first?

Monday, September 07, 2020

The Perfect Candidate - Sunday 13th September 5pm

A perfect candidate to start our new season too? We thought so. We last saw director Haifaa Al-Mansour in 2014 with the first Saudi film ever directed by a woman – 'Wadjda' – where she brought us a small girl determined to own a bike (not allowed in Saudi). Six years later, she is back in Saudi with Maryam, a female doctor trying her hardest to be accepted as a doctor (her first patient refuses to let a woman touch him). Her clinic has the only emergency room for miles and is down a dirt road which becomes a quagmire when it rains. Failing to get the local councillor to do anything about it, she decides to stand for office herself. 

"Maryam doesn’t see herself as any kind of feminist pioneer. Her motivations are practical, not symbolic. But the people around her are bull-headed. To them, nothing exists beyond her gender. When she makes an appearance on local TV, the presenter assumes her policies deal only in women’s issues 'like gardens, for instance'" – Clarisse Loughrey, Independent.

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Film Club Reopens

Our new season will start on 13th September and we are very pleased to announce that we have found more films available than we thought, so we now expect to manage something like our normal season of unseen, new films. We are hoping that further films will be released as the months pass, so we do not intend to book up the whole season as we normally do, but will roll forward, booking three or four weeks in advance. 

We have three great films booked for September:

The Perfect CandidateMake UpThe County

The Perfect Candidate (Sun 13th) from the director of 'Wadja' follows Maryam as she tries her hardest to be accepted as a female doctor in Saudi. 

Make Up (Sun 20th) is writer-director Claire Oakley's first feature film, for which she has got all-round good reviews: "She has taken the template of arthouse Brit realism and audaciously spiked it with some genre thrills, as if Ken Loach collaborated with Brian De Palma or Nicolas Roeg" - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian.

The County (Sun 27th) sees Inga, a dairy farmer fighting to survive in a farm drowning in debt to the local co-op. When her husband dies, she becomes aware that the co-op, far from supporting the local farmers, acts more like the Mafia.

You can find more details on all these films here on our new website along with links to book tickets which will be required as part of the Alhambra's safety guidelines.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus Update - End Of Season

We'd already decided that we couldn't go ahead with our final two films of the season before the Alhambra closed. It is a shame to end the season on such a sad note, especially as it has been a successful year for the club. We hope you have enjoyed the films overall and will be raring to go when we start up again.

Meanwhile we are all going to have to plan out a very different Summer to the one we may have thought. Some of you will be in 'lockdown', others will be trying to stay safe whilst having some life outside the home. Please try to help each other as much as you can and take a look at Keswick Community Emergency Recovery Partnership Facebook page for more information on how to help and get help.