Monday, December 17, 2018

Merry Christmas

We hope you have enjoyed the first half of our 20th Year. We will be back on 6 January 2019 to continue with our look at world cinema. This season has more than its normal shares of relative blockbusters with Steve McQueen's 'Widows', Keira Knightley and Dominic West in 'Colette', plus a couple of different views on discrimination in the USA - 'The Hate U Give' - about a police shooting of a black boy - and 'If Beale Street Could Talk' - which follows the attempts of a young black woman trying to get her husband released after a false arrest for rape. We also have a couple of big hitters from Turkey and South Korea - Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 'The Wild Pear Tree' and Chang-dong Lee's 'Burning'. Take a look at the complete programme on this website - we think you will enjoy it! AND, of course, we have our TWENTIETH Keswick Film Festival from 28 February to 2 March.

Until then we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year; we hope our films will help you enjoy 2019!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Under The Tree - Sunday 16th December 5pm

Our Christmas treat for you is this comedy from Iceland - 'Under the Tree': As you sip your sherry under your Christmas tree, wondering whether to put a star or just a light on the top, spare a thought for those with larger problems in the Atli here in Iceland. Forced to move back home with his parents for reasons I’ll let him explain when you see the film, he finds himself in a battleground between his parents and their neighbours; is the tree in his parents' garden beautiful as they believe, or just blocking the sun as the neighbours argue? "Can’t they just move their chairs over a bit into the sun?"

Monday, December 03, 2018

American Animals - Sunday 9th December 5pm

Partly a true-life crime drama, partly a comedy, director Bart Layton has certainly come up with a new way to view the classic heist movie. Rotten Tomatoes describes American Animals as "The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they formulate a daring plan for the perfect robbery, only to discover that the plan has taken on a life of its own".

The film starts off fairly light-heartedly but gets darker when the two would-be master criminals bring in two other friends to help. "By the time Warren’s squaring his shoulders to taser the rare-books librarian, 'American Animals' has veered from sorta-true-crime quasi-comedy into a Scorsese-inflected look at the realities of attempting a theft of this magnitude" - Sara Stewart, New York Post.