Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Secret In Their Eyes - Sunday 31st October 5pm

As the clocks change and your determination to be out fellwalking, gardening, etc., will doubtless wane in the dark, we have for you what promises to be one of, if not the highlight of the autumn season, The Secret in their Eyes on Sunday. It won the Oscar for Best Film in a Foreign Language this year, beating the likes of A Prophet and The White Ribbon in the process, and has been very warmly praised indeed by several discerning KFC members who have already seen it.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lion's Den: 71.76%

108 people came along to see Lion's Den on Sunday and gave it a score of 71.76%, you can read John's review here and leave your own comments on the film's page.
This Sunday we have the winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, The Secret In Their Eyes, described by Roger Ebert as a "complete, engrossing, lovingly-crafted film".

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lion's Den - Sunday 24th October 5pm

On Sunday, we embark on a run of 3 Argentinian films which will give you a chance to appreciate fully some of the fine filmmaking that is, and has been for a few years now, going on in that part of the world (remember Nine Queens, Son of the Bride, La Cienaga, El Bonaerense, Familia RodanteWhisky, The Motorcycle Diaries, La Antena, Born and Bred, all of which we've screened).

Well, three of those films have come from the creative juices of Sunday's director, Pablo Trapero: Lion's Den was a natural pick for our autumn programme when it was so much appreciated by critics and prize-giving juries around the world, and nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. In fact, actress Martina Gusman attracted almost as much praise for her part in the proceedings as the director himself, winning numerous awards including the FIPRESCI Prize at Palm Springs.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Revanche - Sunday 17th October 5pm

No more war films – you can come back now! But to be serious, our audience of 86 for City Of Life And Death wasn’t too bad in the circumstances, given that it was a lovely sunny afternoon, and only a fortnight after the harrowing experience of Lebanon.
This Sunday’s offering, Revanche gives a complete change of mood. To illustrate that, here are  three critics’ quotes: ‘That rarest of things -- a thoughtful thriller.’ Total Film.  ‘As good a thriller as you'll see this year.’ Empire. 'Crisply photographed, beautifully acted and taut as a cheese-wire.’ Time Out. Your brochure gives you a fair description too, and bear in mind that Revanche was considered a serious contender for Best Film in a Foreign Language at last year’s Oscars. Trailer and notes as usual on the website.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

City Of Life And Death: 83.17%

City Of Life And Death was another difficult film but our audience really appreciated it and gave it a score of 83.17%.

This coming Sunday we have Revanche, nominated for Best Foreign Film at last year's Oscars and described by the Radio Times as a "riveting study of desire, isolation, guilt and redemption ... surprisingly optimistic in its assessment of human weakness."

Thursday, October 07, 2010

City Of Life And Death - Sunday 10th October 5pm

The Concert did a very good job in separating the two harshest films on our programme: both Lebanon and City of Life and Death are easily categorised as war films, and neither avoids the more horrible aspects of warfare, but they are of a very different type. The Chinese film, coming up on Sunday, is much more wide-ranging, examining scenes of conflict and the huge impact of the Japanese invasion on the civilian population of Nanjing. But it also tells the story of several figures, both historical and fictional, including a Chinese soldier, a schoolteacher, a Japanese soldier, a foreign missionary, and John Rabe, a Nazi businessman who would ultimately save thousands of Chinese civilians.

'Possibly the war film of the year...  the director achieves humane switches of perspective on both sides which put Saving Private Ryan to shame.' Tim Robey, Telegraph

'One of the finest films of the year so far, City of Life and Death is harrowing, shocking and searingly emotional... the picture has the grandeur of a classic. It should be witnessed.' Kate Muir The Times

'One of the most powerful films you'll ever see. Literally unforgettable.' Little White Lies

Sunday, October 03, 2010

More High Scores For Le Concert

The audience score for Le Concert may only be higher than Lebanon by less than one percent but with 88.5% it is now our second highest scoring film of the year. You can read John's review here and let us know why you liked it so much by leaving a comment on the film page.
This Sunday sees a return to war with City Of Life And Death, it comes highly recommended with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and as highlighted in the brochure by this quote from The Times:  "One of the finest films of the year so far, it is harrowing, shocking and searingly emotional... the picture has the grandeur of a classic. It should be witnessed."

Friday, October 01, 2010

Le Concert - Sunday 3rd October 5pm

We're looking forward to Le Concert on Sunday: after a tough watch last week, there's a complete change of mood for you with this shamelessly entertainment-orientated Franco-Russian tale of a janitor at the Bolshoi dreaming of putting on a concert. But he's no ordinary janitor of course. It's one of those films that has pleased audiences more than critics, so our scores will be very interesting. Here are a couple of quotes that sum it up:

'While essentially a larky comedy caper, the film's undertones of lost opportunity and growing old strike exactly the right emotional notes. It makes for a tear-jerking finale of the very first order.' David Edwards, Daily Mirror.

'More sentimental, less spiky than Mihaileanu's stock-in-trade, Le Concert is an enjoyable take on the underdogs genre. And Laurent and the music are sublime.' Empire. (That's Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, by the way).