Monday, November 21, 2022

The Gravedigger's Wife - Sunday 27th November 5pm


Winner of many awards around the world's film festivals and the Somali entry for the Oscars, "The Gravedigger's Wife is a beautiful love letter to the power of family" (Marya E Gates, RogerEbert.com)

"A handsome, widescreen fable about family bonds and financial insecurity, this Somali-language film’s simplicity and economy is its power." - Wendy Ide, The Observer

 

 

Monday, November 14, 2022

Vesper - Sunday 20th November 5pm


Vesper is a 13-year-old girl trying to rebuild a dying world. "Set in 'the new dark ages' — a ruined tomorrow in which the engineered viruses and organisms that humanity created in order to stem the planet's ecological crisis have escaped into the wild and remade life on Earth into a dreary (but awesome) Cronenbergian wasteland full of fleshy droids, bioluminescent critters, and trees whose spores try to suck out your internal tissue while you sleep — Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper's 'Vesper' has already drawn several comparisons to the likes of 'Stalker' and the Andrei Tarkovsky-inspired 'Annihilation.' It’s easy to see why.

Monday, November 07, 2022

The Woman King - Sunday 13th November 5pm

This week we are taken back to Africa, the Kingdom of Dahomey in 1823 when the Agojie defended the kingdom against the Oyo Empire. 'So what?' you might say, but the Agojie were an elite unit of ALL FEMALE warriors. On one level, this is a blockbuster historic war movie, disguising a black feminist story; a big hitter with a social conscience.

"The Woman King isn't intended to be any ordinary account of history. It is a vibrant, restorative celebration of Black womanhood in all its glory" - Clarisse Loughrey, Independent.

Monday, October 31, 2022

The Innocents - Sunday 6th November 5pm


A future supernatural classic for you? Shown at The Alhambra as part of their Summer World Cinema season we thought The Innocents deserved another chance because not enough people saw it.

We start in "a pleasant, if featureless residential development in Romsås, Oslo, with 60s-style high-rise buildings near an artificial lake and picturesque woodland. Ida is a moody nine-year-old who resents her mum and dad paying so much attention to her elder sister Anna, who is autistic. As the long hot summer drags on, Ida is left to play outside, and tasked with looking after Anna. But Ida leaves her sister alone on the swings one day while she goes off with a new friend: a boy called Ben who shows her a strange mental trick he can do, making a bottle cap fly through the air without touching it. Meanwhile, Anna strikes up a friendship with a girl called Aisha, who has telepathic powers to match Ben's telekinesis...
"The Innocents’ is a nightmare unfolding in cold, clear daylight" – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian.

 "A complex piece of storytelling, both visually and narratively." - Brian Tallerico, Rogerebert.com

 

Monday, October 24, 2022

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash - Sunday 30th October 5pm


Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is an Indonesian action movie with a lot to say.

"Pulpy yet swooningly romantic, Edwin's entertaining thriller has perhaps the coolest film title in recent years; it also won the Golden Leopard at last year's Locarno film festival.
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An adrenaline-pumping action fest that is ironic in many respects, 'Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash' swerves towards the mystical and the spiritual in the latter half, becoming an earnest and potent critique on the trappings of masculinity" - Phuong Le, Guardian.

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