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.

Monday, September 19, 2016

A War - Sunday 25th September 5pm

We continue the season with another Oscar nominated film, this time from Denmark home of the tense thriller – A War. Directed by Tobias Lindholm who directed the excellent 'A Hijacking' (you can sense a pattern in his film titles), this time his story follows Captain Pedersen on the frontline in Afghanistan and back home in Denmark, where he and his family are forced to live with the consequences of a decision he made in the heat of battle. Peter Keough from the Boston Globe thinks "[It] may ... be among the best war movies of all time", whilst David Edelstein (New York Magazine) says "A war confirms the darkest, least mentionable secret of traumatized veterans-that what haunts them is not just what they saw and what was done unto them, but what they did".

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mustang - Sunday 18th September 5pm

Our second week of the season brings us another Oscar nominated film, this time from Turkey – Mustang. This is a film that will fill you with many emotions from anger to joy, from bewilderment to exhilaration.

First time director Deniz Gamze Erguven takes us to a small town in Turkey where five orphaned girls are punished for (what seems to us as) harmless fun with some local lads: they are locked into their house and taught to be 'wives'. Needless to say, the girls are none too pleased about this and their reactions are the key to all the emotions; whether you leave inspired by the sisterhood or angered by the sheer stupidity of the girls' keepers, we are sure the film will make you think. Strangely, Mustang is also a comedic thriller too! As Farran Smith Nehme says in the New York Post "A gripping mix of comedy, tragedy, political anger and, despite everything, hope".

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Relaxed Screening: South Pacific- Wednesday 21st September 1:30pm

Our next relaxed screening is South PacificThis special screening is suitable for anyone who needs a more easy-going environment, particularly those living with dementia.

Wednesday 21st September at 1.30pm, Keswick Alhambra. All Welcome
Tickets priced at £5 per person. Companions go free.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Sweet Bean & Welcome Drinks - Sunday 11th September 4:15pm

The film club autumn season starts again on Sunday 11 September: it is always amazing how quickly the summer goes by; this year it seems even quicker to me as I feel I am still waiting for it to begin! So we hope to make you forget the disappointing weather with a beautiful, gentle Japanese opener; Sweet Bean brings us a growing friendship between Sentaro (a seller of sweet bean 'sandwiches'), Tokue (his new 76 year old chef) and Wakana, a teenage customer. Director Naomi Kawase lets these relationships sprout, whilst keeping a darker secret underneath the surface: "The movie, beautifully shot and acted, earns its ultimate sense of hope by confronting real heartbreak head-on, and with compassion" – Glenn Kenny, New York Times. I hope that you will agree with Aine O'Connor in the Irish Sunday Independent that this is "A subtle treat... an unusual and interesting gentle pleasure".

The film starts at 5.00pm, but we start the season with our usual free drink at 4.15pm to get you in the mood; see you there!

- Vaughan