Sunday, April 03, 2022

The end of a restricted, but successful year

With the end of the Festival, our Film Club year comes to an end again. Covid meant we had a very restricted capacity, but we at least managed to keep going. We saw 21 films throughout the year, albeit with an average audience of only 65. Whilst Covid seems to be on the rise at the moment, let us hope that it continues to be beaten back and we can have next year without social distancing. The highest scoring Club film was 'The Father' with nearly 89% - the top scores are on the website.

Our thanks go to all who helped keep the club afloat - the committee, volunteers and, of course, the Alhambra.

So now we can hope to enjoy a good summer. Make the most of those glorious sunny days! We will be back in September with a new season of films to start our 24th year - watch this space for details - and, if all goes well, maybe a brochure for the first time in a while. We will also bring you occasional news of Alhambra films we think you might enjoy. Not only is their program now much more extensive (with two screen to fill!), but they are also going to put on some 'world cinema' films that David Miller and Jonathan Porter are choosing - we have agreed to email you the details as they come up.

Enjoy your summer everyone - see you in September!

Monday, March 21, 2022

22nd Keswick Film Festival

Our season of Sunday evening films has come to an end but we'll be back at the Alhambra, Theatre By The Lake and Rheged from Thursday for the 22nd Keswick Film Festival.

Opening with Clio Barnard's ALI & AVA, there are 24 feature length films to choose from over the weekend with the critically acclaimed THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD bringing the festival to a close on Sunday evening. The award winning DRIVE MY CAR and HIVE are two highlights on Friday with a fundraising screening of the Ukrainian film OLGA in support of Red Cross and Unicef. 

Saturday sees the Osprey Short Film Awards, an online Q&A with Mark Cousins after his latest film THE STORY OF LOOKING,  mesmerising animation BELLE on Rheged's big screen and Almodovar and Cruz together again for PARALLEL MOTHERS.

Sight & Sound's Film of 2021 THE SOUVERNIR: PART II starts the Sunday alongside Jacques Audiard latest film PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT which was co-written by PETITE MAMAN's (showing on Friday) Céline Sciamma. There's a choice of two different Finnish films in the afternoon; COMPARTMENT NO 6 and MASTER CHENG. Animated documentary FLEE rounds off the day at Rheged whilst another film from Ryûsuke Hamaguchi WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY is on at the Alhambra.

That's only some of films so do check out the festival website, Facebook page and Twitter for even more on all of the films showing.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Memory Box - Sunday 20th March 5pm


In Memory Box a postman arrives at the house of Lebanese Maia and her daughter Alex with a large box from France. "It contains the pictures and notebooks she sent to her best friend Liza circa 1983 after the girl moved to Paris, minutely recounting her daily life during the civil war. Now Liza is dead and the 'memory box' has been returned to sender" -Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter. Alex is intrigued but Maia doesn’t want her to look. Inevitably, Alex cannot resist and the film follows her discovery of her mother's past. Why was Maia so insistent on not looking back..?

"A real sense of cinematic alchemy.” - Steph Green, Little White Lies

Monday, March 07, 2022

Lingui,The Sacred Bonds - Sunday 13th March 5pm

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's latest film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes and is the third of his films to be shown in Keswick ('Abouna' in 2003 and 'A Screaming Man' in 2011) "A perennial festival favourite, Haroun's deeply humanist films generally explore facets of manhood in his home country of Chad. Taking a chance outside his comfort zone, with 'Lingui, The Sacred Bonds' Haroun focuses on the strength and resilience of women in the face of a dangerously patriarchal society.

“The intense, focused performances from the two central women keep this drama in a hyper-alert state...” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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Monday, February 28, 2022

C'mon C'mon - Sunday 6th March 5pm


Our rescheduled screening of C'mon C'mon takes place this Sunday. Joaquin Phoenix plays Johnny who hits the road across the States with his nephew Jesse who he is looking after while his sister Viv is away.

"C'mon C'mon is a great big bear hug wrapped in celluloid. Mike Mills, is a master of intimate, unforced emotion and the kind of simple wisdom that always sounds best when it’s coming from the minds of children. They come out with the kind of gold that screenwriters would spend many a sleepless night trying to chase after" - Clarisse Loughrey, Independent

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