Monday, October 24, 2016

Tale of Tales - Sunday 30th October 5pm

Tale of Tales (or Il racconto del racconti if you want to show off your Italian) is a film by Italian Matteo Garrone but in English so no subtitles this week. And it's a quirky sort of fairy tale (or three dark fairy tales together) loosely based on the tales of Giambattista Basile, the Neapolitan who inspired the Grimm brothers amongst others. The director is best known for Gomorrah but this is nothing like that… It's the story of three kings or three women depending on your viewpoint. We get a sea monster, an ogre and a giant flea. Prepare to be enchanted!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Victoria - Sunday 23rd October 5pm

We have a fascinating film for you this Sunday; Victoria - a movie filmed entirely in ONE take! So the cameras follow the action across 22 locations in Berlin throughout the whole 135 minutes with no cutting. If you saw Birdman – Best Film Oscar winner last year - , you will know what I mean; the result here leaves us with no space to breathe as Spanish tourist Victoria starts the night in party mode with three German lads, but strays into much more dangerous territory as the night progresses.

"Full of twists that feel authentic and believable characters, it grips from the first compelling frame to the last" – Liz Beardman, Empire Magazine

Monday, October 10, 2016

New UK Directors Day - Sunday 16th October from 2:45pm

After last week’s thought-provoking Oscar winner, we have our New UK Directors Day this Sunday with 2 comedies, both directed by women who have yet to make the big time.

Burn Burn Burn (2:45pm) is the first feature for Chanya Button with two female lead characters and one male one (though dead and now in a Tupperware container). It’s a mix of comedy and tragedy: although some of us may have had to dispose of the ashes of a loved one, it’s unlikely they’ll have given us specific instructions of several places they are to be scattered and why. So Dan's death from pancreatic cancer at a young age sends his best friends Seph and Alex on a road trip in an old Volvo. There may be tears shed!

After that Adult Life Skills (4:55pm) is based on another death. A near-30 year old, unable to get over the death of her brother, is living at home in her mother's garden shed and not too bothered about behaving like an adult. It's Rachel Tunnard's first feature film again with strong female roles including Jodie Whitaker (Broadchurch) in the main role.

This double film (FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!) is Keswick’s attempt to support up and coming directors.

Do get along to both if you can; some light comedy should be very welcome after the last few weeks!.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Son Of Saul - Sunday 9th October 5:00 PM

Five weeks in, we reach what is likely to be the most powerful movie of the season: Son of Saul. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film 2016, director Lazlo Nemes takes us into the mind of an Auschwitz prisoner who thinks he has found the body of his son. Make no mistake, this is not going to be an easy watch, but, on the other hand, do you really want to miss what many critics are calling a masterpiece? Films like this are exactly what film clubs exist for!
"I had a primal reaction to this stunning piece of art... It is unlike anything you have seen before... It’s unforgettable" - Brian Tallerco, Roger
"Gripping from its first frame to its last, and ending with a shot of unforgettable and heartbreaking simplicity... – Son of Saul is a work of superlative filmmaking craft and moral intensity" - Andrew O’Hehir,
"It's essential for us as a culture to continually see and understand that this was not an aberration, that people did this to other people and could do it again. Having films like Son of Saul made and seen is our best hope of that not happening" - Kenneth Turan, LA Times
Don’t miss it!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dheepan - Sunday 2nd October 5pm

As we come to terms with the Brexit vote, let's not forget the many millions who are desperate to live in Europe. Dheepan is one of those in this week's film; escaping from the battles of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, he co-opts Yalini and Illayaal to play his wife and child, to give them all a better chance of getting asylum in France.

Director Jacques Audiard has already had much success with films about people in desperate situations ('A Prophet' and 'Rust and Bone') but this one has finally won him the Palme D'Or at Cannes Film Festival and promises to leave us with plenty to talk about.