Programme for 2017
Our programme runs with fortnightly screenings from Thursday 09th March until November, this year will be made up of 16 screenings or more.
Feel free to download a pdf of the programme.
The films that make up our programme have been selected, mostly sight unseen by the committee and based on availability as announced by the distributors. We aim to select a variety of films from various countries, which in the end will not appeal to all members all of the time, but should appeal to a broad membership.
Please choose to attend sessions which you think will appeal to you based on the synopses and the film classification details we provide, or come to screenings ready to be pleasantly surprised or mildly disappointed, or worse, simply shocked.
We will again hand out voting slips this year, to give you an opportunity to provide a basic feedback for each of the screened movies.
While there aren't any other overarching themes, if you look hard enough you might be able to spot unintended correlations between double screenings.
We are keen to hear back from you about ideas you might have, feedback on films we have screened or films you would like to see in the future.
Productive comment is always encouraged and best sent to us via the website.
We, the committee, are looking forward to this year's programme of screenings, and we hope you share our anticipation.
Previous Years' Programmes
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21st September 2017
Mia Madre 'The Mother'
2015 Italy / France
107min - M - Drama
Dir: Nanni Moretti
Cast: Nanni Moretti, Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini
Ada is a retired teacher, whose daughter, Margherita a film director, is deeply involved in the production of her latest movie, a political drama about an industrial dispute at a factory.
Margherita’s struggles to direct the film without making too many compromises, and her conflicts with an imported, and self-important, American actor, Barry Huggins, who has been cast in the leading role but who clearly believes working on an Italian production is a bit beneath him. He has difficulty remembering his lines and even more difficulty taking direction, flaws that, if displayed on the set of a Kubrick film, undoubtedly would have led to some pretty dire conflict.
Visits to her mother in hospital are squeezed into her tight schedule, and she’s grateful for the help of her brother, Giovanni. Further complicating the situation is the return of Margherita’s estranged husband, Federico, from a skiing holiday with Livia their daughter, who is shocked to see the extent to which her grandmother has deteriorated in the time she has been away.
2014 - Italy
109min - M - Drama / Detective
Dir: Francesco Munzi
Cast: Peppino Mazzotta, Fabrizio Ferracane, Marco Leonardi, Giuseppe Fumo, Barbora Bobuľová
“Black Souls” is about three brothers in Calabria, in Southern Italy. Based on a true story, it details the divergent lives of Luigi, Rocco and Luciano Cabrone. Luigi and Rocco are involved in the family business of drug-trafficking on a very high scale, but Luciano has remained in the mountains of Calabria, content with a life of herding goats and finding simple happiness. His son Leo has no respect for dad’s domesticity, naturally drawn to the flash and sizzle of his uncles. When he goes to visit Luigi and Rocco, he is drawn further into the criminal underworld, against his father’s wishes. Can the eldest brother of criminal power figures really stay out of their world altogether? Especially when his son seems inclined to follow the path that involves righteous vengeance instead of goat-herding?
05th October 2017
2017 - Chile 108 min - MA15+
Drama / Crime
Dir: Pablo Larraín
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Moran, Alfredo Castro, Pablo Derqui
Beloved poet Pablo Neruda is also the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced to leave his home with his Argentine-born wife Delia del Carril, the grumpy Neruda is hidden in various safe houses while attempting to cross the border into Argentina. Meanwhile the government unearths his ex-wife Maria Hagenaar, in an attempt to expose him as a bigamist.
Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda, however, sees the struggle with his police inspector nemesis as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse ever more perilous.
In scenes that are presumably dreams, Neruda is depicted as the epitome of a champagne leftist, taking part in nude orgies and slurping down copious amounts of wine. But these sequences are contrasted with telling moments of reality, such as the one where Neruda encounters a drag queen in a bar. One riveting moment briefly introduces a young army captain, Augusto Pinochet, who is supervising one of the government’s many prisons
In this story of a persecuted poet and his obsessive adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become a symbol for liberty, as well as a literary legend.
Land of Mine
2017 - Denmark 101 min - MA15+
Drama / History
Dir: Martin Zandviet
Cast: Roland Moller, Louis Hofmann, Mikkel Folsgaard, Joel Basman, Laura Bro
At the end of World War II, the western coastline of Denmark was riddled with 1.5 million anti-personnel and anti-tank mines – a gift from the occupying German Army.
Now defeated, their soldiers were ordered to leave immediately, but the new British occupiers came up with a simple but brutal plan: those who put the mines there should remove them.
No one bothered to mention that it was against the Geneva Convention to put prisoners of war to dangerous work. The British invented their own logic: these were not POWs but "voluntarily surrendered enemy personnel". And since the German engineers knew how to defuse the different types better than allied soldiers, they could do the work. About 2,600 Germans were set to work in May 1945, although most were not engineers.
19th October 2017 - Closing night viewing
2016 South Korea 144 min _ M15+
Mystery / Drama
Dir: Park Chan-wook
Cast: Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Moon So-ri
“The Handmaiden” is a love story, revenge thriller and puzzle film set in Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1930s. It is voluptuously beautiful, frankly sexual, occasionally perverse and horrifically violent. At times its very existence feels inexplicable.
Sookhee is the young Korean pickpocket and street urchin sent to the household of Kozuki, a wealthy old Korean who despises his homeland and tries to pass himself off as Japanese. He has a niece, Lady Hideko, who is beautiful but seemingly very naive. Sookhee has been employed as Hideko’s handmaiden. In fact, she is working under the instructions of the handsome young spiv Fujiwara, a poor Korean from a rural background who is passing himself off as a Japanese aristocrat. His long-term plan is to steal away Hideko, marry her and thereby get hold of the uncle’s fortune. Sookhee’s job is to “ripen” Hideko so that she is ready for Fujiwara to pluck her.
Watch this space for 2018 Program