It's a new era for the Crawley family as they prepare to embrace the 1930s.
At the time of going to print plot details for ‘A New Era’ are scarce. There are however, several questions from the previous film that need addressing: How is Mary handling the responsibility of managing the Crawley estate? Did Lady Edith Crawley safely deliver her child? Will we see Thomas exploring his sexuality? And will there be a dashing duke al la Bridgerton? We do know that the Dowager Countess has inherited a villa in the south of France and that further shenanigans will be taking place there. Early word is that the script is very funny. The familiar cast will be joined by Hugh Dancy, Dominic West, Nathalie Baye and Laura Haddock.
UK/USA 2022 Simon Curtis 126m
While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire who hopes she can lead him to an ancient city's lost treasure from her latest story.
Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock are a dream comedic combination in this charming exotic island caper. Bullock plays reclusive author Loretta Sage while Tatum is Alan the male model from her book covers. when an evil bearded British billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) kidnaps Loretta and takes her to a mysterious island because he is convinced she can tell him about ancient treasure there, silly Alan has to toughen up and be the swashbuckling hero he dreams of being, by rescuing her. Both stars are on top form in this rollicking romcom.
USA 2022 Aaron Nee/Adam Nee 112m
The Royal Ballet’s sumptuous production of ‘Swan Lake’ returns to the Royal Opera House stage after its 2020 revival was interrupted by the pandemic’s closure of theatres.
Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Von Rothbart, arbiter of Odette's curse, tricks the Prince into declaring his love for the identical Odile and thus breaking his vow to Odette. Doomed to remain a swan forever, Odette has but one way to break the sorcerer's spell. The reimagining of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s towering masterpiece by Liam Scarlett is testament to the late choreographer’s abiding love of classicism and innate musicality which shine through the production. With its sublime score by Tchaikovsky and glittering designs by John Macfarlane, an irresistible mix of spectacle, mystery and passion infuses this audience favourite, one of the best-loved works in the 19th-century classical ballet canon.
200m approx including 2 intervals
Thu 19 May 19:30
Agatha Christie Spotlight
Agatha Christie's whodunit plot whirs around Marlene Dietrich’s expressionless beauty. There will be an optional tour of the Chichester Festival Theatre’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ set prior to the film.
The affable Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is being tried for the murder of a wealthy woman, and legendary lawyer Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) has chosen to represent him. Unfortunately, Leonard's alibi depends on the testimony of his callous wife Christine (Dietrich), who, after the discovery of a legal loophole, makes the shocking decision to appear in court against him. To Sir Wilfrid's surprise, this is only the first in a series of puzzling revelations and reversals. The definitive courtroom thriller, with two genuinely startling final-reel twists, this is one of director Billy Wilder’s strongest movies (often cruelly underrated in the face of ‘Some Like it Hot’ and ‘Sunset Boulevard’).
USA 1957 Billy Wilder 116m
Optional CFT Tour:
The tour will explore backstage spaces and roles, and give insight into the stage production of Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ at CFT. Meet for a 10:30 start at CFT.
Tickets £12.50 (Tour & Film)
Normal prices for film only
Life in a French primary school is a trauma to be endured in Laura Wandel’s gut-punch debut.
Following 7-year-old Nora and her big brother Abel, we see Nora struggling to fit in before finding her place on the schoolyard. One day, she notices Abel being bullied by other kids, and though she rushes to protect him by warning their father, Abel forces her to remain silent, while he endures more humiliation and harassment by his peers. Transposing the gritty realism of such filmmakers as Jacques Audiard and the Dardennes Brothers to the inner world of kids, Wandel crafts an empathetic and visceral portrait of the cruelty of children, and the failure of adults to protect them. Shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best International Film. (Subtitles)
Belgium 2021 Laura Wandel 102m
Soprano Nadine Sierra takes on one of the repertory's most formidable and storied roles, the haunted heroine of Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor', in an electrifying new staging by Australian theater and film director Simon Stone, conducted by Riccardo Frizza.
Tenor Javier Camarena adds to the bel canto fireworks as Lucia's beloved, Edgardo, with baritone Artur Rucinski as her overbearing brother, Enrico, and bass Matthew Rose as her tutor, Raimondo.
Cast: Artur Rucinski, Javier Camarena, Nadin SierraDirector(s): Simon Stone
224m inc 2 Intervals
A joyful insight into the creative world of Barry and Joan Grantham, two British eccentrics who have kept the skills of vaudeville alive for over seventy years.
Since becoming stage-struck lovers in 1948, Barry and Joan have taught, danced and acted alongside the greats of British film and theatre. They are the last of the golden generation of vaudeville, eager to pass their legacy on to future generations. Through their lens, we experience the wonderful and wacky history of performance from Vaudeville and Eccentric Dance to Commedia dell’Arte. This tale of two national treasures deals with the universal themes of aging, and how to apply our own uniqueness in an increasingly box shaped world.
USA 2021 Audrey Rumsby 87m
Exhibition on Screen
Without Camille Pissarro, there is no Impressionist movement. He is rightfully known as the father of Impressionism.
It was a dramatic path that Pissarro followed, and throughout it all he wrote extensively to his family. It is through these intimate and revealing letters that this gripping film reveals Pissarro’s life and work.
Born in the West Indies, Pissarro found his passion in paint as a young man in Paris, and by the age of 43 had corralled a group of enthusiastic artists into a new collective. Their first show was scorned by the critics, but the group had acquired a new name: the Impressionists. For the next 40 years Pissarro was the driving force behind what has today become the world’s favourite artistic movement.
The Ashmolean Museum has a long tradition of excellence. As the UK’s first ever public museum (it opened its doors in May 1683) it houses a wonderfully rich collection, including the remarkable Pissarro archive. With exclusive access to most extensive archive of any Impressionist painter, and to the first major Pissarro retrospective in four decades, this film explores and highlights the enthralling and hugely important biography and output of an incredible artist.
UK 2022 David Bickerstaff 94m
Operation Mincemeat ... Julia ... Downton Abbey: A New Era
Discuss these films, shown currently at our cinema, with a friendly group on Thursday 26 May from 6 – 7 pm at Wagtail Café, Church Square, Chichester (next to Carluccio’s) – and other films too you would like to mention over a warming drink, a glass of wine or beer and one of their excellent snacks.
Don’t forget to book your place via the box office 01243 786650 or online – it’s free!
TICKETS ARE FREE, but bookings are essential as we have limited numbers.
Gordon House, 1C-1D,
Chichester PO19 7BD
Ralph Fiennes stars in David Hare’s blazing account of the life of a man whose iron will exposed the weakness of democracy in the face of charismatic conviction.
For forty uninterrupted years, Robert Moses (Fiennes) was the most powerful man in New York. Though never elected to office, he manipulated those who were through a mix of guile, charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a determination to improve the lives of New York City's workers, he created new parks, new bridges and 627 miles of expressway to connect the people to the great outdoors. But in the 1950s, groups of citizens at grass roots began to organize against his schemes and against the motor car, campaigning for a very different idea of what a city was and for what it should be.
Joining Ralph Fiennes in the world premiere of David Hare's 'Straight Line Crazy' are Alisha Bailey (Mariah Heller), Samuel Barnett (Ariel Porter), David Bromley (Stamford Fergus), Al Coppola (Walter McQuade), Siobhán Cullen (Finnuala Connell), Ian Kirkby (Lewis Mumford), Alana Maria (Shirley Hayes), Dani Moseley (Carol Ames), Guy Paul (Henry Vanderbilt), Helen Schlesinger (Jane Jacobs), Mary Stillwaggon Stewart (Nicole Sawyer) and Danny Webb (Governor Al Smith).
Directed by Nicholas Hytner at The Bridge. Designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun, sound by George Dennis and music by George Fenton. 'Straight Line Crazy' reunites Fiennes, Hare and Hytner who previously collaborated on 'Beat the Devil at The Bridge' in Autumn 2020.
180m approx inc interval
Roger Michell’s warm take on the true story of how English eccentric Kempton Bunton acquired the National Gallery’s new Goya. It features a glorious performance by Jim Broadbent.
A delightful true-crime caper told in flashback from Bunton’s trial where he stands accused of stealing a portrait of the Duke of Wellington by Goya from the National Gallery. Bunton has previously been jailed for not paying his TV licence and he is incensed that the gallery has just paid thousands for the Goya. Having stolen the painting, he ransoms it in return for free licences for the elderly. But there’s more at work than just a caper. It’s also the story of a marriage that’s been near-irrevocably damaged by the loss of a child. Nevertheless, Broadbent’s droll take on a modern Robin Hood is a comedic masterclass. Helen Mirren is a hoot as his long-suffering wife and director Roger Mitchell captures grimy 60s north-east Britain with aplomb. What a lovely, rousing, finally moving film this is. The Duke is unashamedly sentimental and resolutely old-fashioned in the best sense of the term. 5 stars from The Telegraph and The Guardian.
UK 2020 Roger Mitchell 96m
A college freshman joins her university's rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost.
Alex pushes herself to her limits-and beyond, alienating everyone around her in the name of success. Isabelle Furhman's fierce lead performance collides with Lauren Hadaway's bold direction and dynamic editing, creating a visceral window into a cutthroat world. Stylish cinematography and a seductive soundtrack complete the experience, evoking the romance and danger of falling in love; the attraction, the drama and the fallout. This unapologetic debut from Hadaway, based on her personal experience as a competitive collegiate rower, heralds a bold new voice in queer storytelling. If you liked Whiplash, this one's for you.
USA 2021 Lauren Hadaway 97m
Audience Award - 2009
A deceptively subtle tale based on the true story of the life and art of a simple maid discovered by a German art critic in the French town of Senlis on the eve of the First World War.
Primitivist painter and outsider Séraphine (Yolande Moreau) toils as a maidservant in 1914 in Senlis, France. She harbours a secret passion for painting in the evenings, one that is discovered by German art collector Wilhelm Uhde. Impressed by her significant talent, Uhde is determined to bring her art to the world. What makes this slow, intense film so compelling is its persuasive creation of complex characters: You scarcely believe Moreau is an actor and that the film isn't, on some level, archival footage of the real painter.
Fri 27 May 17:45
Cabaret is 50 years old but this viscerally powerful, deliriously inspired musical stands the test of time, and then some.
In Berlin in 1931, American cabaret singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) meets British academic Brian Roberts (Michael York), who is finishing his university studies. Despite Brian's confusion over his sexuality, the pair become lovers, but the arrival of the wealthy and decadent playboy Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem) complicates matters for them both. This love triangle plays out against the rise of the Nazi party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic. Liza Minnelli is brilliant in what's the best role of her career. A truly great movie adapted from truly great source material, but it achieves most of its greatness by thoroughly gutting and re-imagining that source.
USA 1972 Bob Fosse 124m
Music Festivals on Screen
It started with ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’ in 1959 – filming music festivals, capturing the music of a period as well as the mood of the time and, often, the audiences. These films evolved along with the music until Martin Scorsese directed what is probably the pinnacle of the multi-artist film genre with 1978’s ‘The Last Waltz’.
Sandy Guthrie from the Education Team will track this journey, which will include ‘Monterey Pop’ and ‘Woodstock” among other, maybe lesser known examples of the festival film. A selection of fantastic music is promised on the big screen in the auditorium with great sound, from this extraordinary period when film and music were changing and developing so fast. Hipster shades, flared jeans and beads are not mandatory as the music and films will set the scene.
Sandy Guthrie 120m
Sat 28 May 10:30 - In the auditorium
A Tautly structured soap-operatic ensemble movie about four families living in the same apartment building and how their lives intertwine over the years.
Nanni Moretti’s Three Floors is a film about three sets of owners of well-appointed apartments in the condominium whose lives are changed forever by the event of one night. Heavily pregnant Monica leaves the building alone, apparently going into labour. She steps into the dark street, urgently flagging down a motorist, who swerves out of control. In doing so, he knocks down and kills another woman. This is Andrea, the drunk son of controlling judge father, Vittario and kindly judge mother, Dora, who live upstairs. The owners of the ground floor apartment are Lucio and Sara, but it is their young daughter, Francesca, who is first on the scene. (Subtitles)
Italy 2021 Nanni Moretti 119m
France, 1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant she resolves to act even if she must risk prison to do so.
With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing Anne pursues an abortion and finds every door in her world closed to her. Potential prison time awaits those who are caught undergoing, executing or even enabling an abortion. The film takes on the shape of a human thriller, with Anne’s options shutting down one by one. Deftly adapted by director Audrey Diwan from a novella, Happening is a period piece, but it’s acted and shot with a shivery immediacy. A triumph of immersive and emotion-filled storytelling. (Subtitles)
France 2021 Audrey Diwan 100m
Eliza Kubarska’s documentary follows the plight of the Nepalis expected to take huge risks to aid western leisure pursuits.
The director is climber and documentary-maker Eliza Kubarska whose film follows Ngada, who has eight Everest ascents under his belt. He is agonising about whether to guide a trio of experienced climbers – two Russians and a Pole – on an expedition to the unclimbed eastern face of Kumbhakarna, a more dangerous and difficult climb than Everest. The reason Ngada is willing to risk it is that his gifted son, Dawa, who dreams of becoming a doctor, but needs money to fulfil it. This is a balanced film that doesn’t pick sides. But Kubarska is asking us to consider the ethical issues involved when foreign mountaineers expect Sherpas to take huge risks in pursuit of their conquests. (Subtitles)
Poland/Germany 2020 Eliza Kubarska 94m
Looney Tunes meets the Oceans series in this breezy swagger of an animated crime caper.
After a lifetime of legendary heists, notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are finally caught. To avoid a prison sentence, the animal outlaws must pull off their most challenging con yet -- becoming model citizens. Under the tutelage of their mentor, Professor Marmalade, the dubious gang sets out to fool the world that they're turning good. It’s deliberately preposterous – the disguises are rarely more convincing than the kind of false nose and moustache combo you might find in a cracker. But there’s a kernel of believability where it matters: in the easy repartee and fully fleshed friendships. It’s sharp, silly and frequently very funny.
USA 2022 Pierre Perifel 100m
A stranger than fiction story of military misdirection in an effort to disguise the invasion of Sicily - starring Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen.
Two brilliant intelligence officers attempt to trick the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece rather than Sicily. Their plan was to disguise the body of a recently-deceased man, equipping it with misleading papers, then drop it off the coast of Spain where Nazi spies would take the bait. The absurdity of the plan throws up unexpectedly funny moments among the tense scenes of high-level espionage. Adapted from Ben Macintyre's book of the same name, director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) delivers an incredible true story of WWII intelligence operations.
USA/UK 2021 John Madden 128m
From the director of The Duke, Roger Michell, comes this nostalgic yet fresh chronicle of the extraordinary reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
This fascinating documentary is a wide-ranging and affectionate without being entirely uncritical. There are passing mentions of Diana’s death, Prince Andrew’s car crash BBC interview, the fire at Windsor Castle, a tearful farewell to Royal yacht Britannia, the transition from Empire to Commonwealth, the many misjudgements and setbacks. Elizabeth is also a portrait of a lost Britain marked by street parties and unquestioning deference. The whole country stops as a mark of respect for King George VI’s funeral and the Silver Jubilee is a cause for community celebrations and bonfires across the land. The lasting impression is of a woman who has weathered storms, remaining a figure of stability as Prime Ministers have come and gone, the world has changed beyond recognition and loyal loved ones have died.
UK 2022 Roger Michell 89m
Mark Wahlberg is Father Stuart Long, a boxer-turned priest who inspired countless people during his journey from self-destruction to redemption.
After surviving a motorcycle accident, a former boxer and long time agnostic starts to wonder if he can use his second chance to help others, leading to the surprising realization that he's meant to be a Catholic priest. It's Wahlberg's ability to have us believe his foul-mouthed crusader actually might relate to the stained masses that makes a pivotal difference in Stu's very Catholic conversion. With Mel Gibson turning a fabulous supporting performance as Stu’s father and Jackie Weaver as his mother, ‘Father Stu’ delivers an uplifting yet neither patronising nor pious experience.
USA 2022 Rosalind Ross 124m
Martin’s response to a midlife crisis is to abandon his life for an alternative existence living as a hunter gatherer in the mountains in this wild comedy of erroneous masculinity.
Martin’s version of a mid-life crisis looks a little different than most. Hilariously ill-equipped to live off the land yet clad in a Neanderthal-like ensemble of animal skins, he wanders the Norwegian forest in a misguided attempt to find a sense of purpose and independence, a wife and two children back at home be damned. But when he crosses paths with an injured and on the run drug dealer, he finds an unlikely ally in his quest for “manhood.” Joining forces, the two bumble their way through the woods, evading panicked family, bloodthirsty criminals and hapless cops. Painfully funny Coen-ish fare.(Subtitles)
Denmark 2021 Thomas Daneskov 104m
Etienne, an often-out-of-work but endearing actor, runs a theatre workshop in a prison, where he brings together an unlikely troupe of prisoners to stage Samuel Beckett’s classic ‘Waiting for Godot’.
When he is allowed to take the colourful band of convicts on a tour outside of prison, Etienne finally has the chance to thrive. Each date is a new success, and a unique relationship grows between this ad hoc group of actors and their director. But soon comes the final performance in Paris. Will their last night together be the biggest hit of them all? An uplifting comedy inspired by true events. "Boulevard comedy that bowls along merrily with a star turn by Kad Merad." - Eye for Film. Cast includes Kad Merad, Marina Hands and Laurent Stocker. Originally previewed at New Park in the 2021 French Film Festival on Tour.
France 2021 Emmanuel Courcol 106m
Delayed Live from Met Opera
We conclude the 2021/22 Met season with this riveting contemporary operatic masterpiece interpreting the Bard’s most famous play
Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, “New opera doesn’t often get to sound this good … Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn’t always be picked up, but Dean’s Hamlet rises to the challenge.” This riveting contemporary masterpiece with Neil Armfield, who directed the work’s premiere, brings his acclaimed staging to the Met stage. Many of the original cast members have followed, including tenor Allan Clayton in the title role, and Nicholas Carter makes his Met debut conducting a remarkable ensemble. The Bard’s immortal tragedy is among theatre’s most captivating psychological portraits, and the incorporation of music only escalates the tension of this classic tale. An Opera in 2 acts sung in English.
195m approx including one 30m interval
More than just one of the greatest concert films ever made, The Last Waltz is an at once ecstatic and elegiac summation of a vital era in American rock music.
Invited to capture the farewell performance of the legendary group the Band at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving, 1976, Martin Scorsese conceived a new kind of music documentary. Enlisting seven camera operators and production designer Boris Leven to design the strikingly theatrical sets, Scorsese created a grandly immersive experience that brings viewers onstage and inside the music itself. That music—as performed by the Band and a host of other generation-defining artists, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, the Staple Singers, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young—lives on as an almost religious expression of the transcendent possibilities of rock and roll.
USA 1978 Martin Scorsese 117m
Arch provocateur Gaspar Noé's latest is a solemn depiction of an elderly life muddling through the last stretch of their time on this planet.
Dario Argento plays an aging film critic attempting to write a book about cinema and dreams, while Francoise Lebrun’s a retired therapist who continually loses track of where she is and who’s around her. From the moment it begins, the couple’s experiences drift apart and overlap many times over. The effect is less dizzying than meditative, as Noé and cinematographer Benoit Debie settle into the immersive rhythm of their subjects’ lives via a clever split screen effect that enables us to follow two realities at once. This might be Noé's finest work – it’s certainly his most thoughtful. (Subtitles)
France 2021 Gaspar Noé 140m
Kirsty dreams of escaping village drudgery on the Outer Hebrides when two tragic events conspire to devastate her life.
Kirsty has a secret lover, Murdo, who is conscripted to fight in The Great War. On the eve of his departure the village hosts a road dance for the soon-to-be soldiers when an assault sees her life take a drastic and dramatic turn. The film is effective at portraying the dreadful effect the war had on small communities. The aesthetic of the piece is striking, it’s beautifully crafted, managing to blend the suffocation of Kirsty’s existence, with the freeing, endless possibility of the broad landscape. This is a compelling and visually stunning period drama that focusses on the scars left by conflict, especially on women.
UK 2021 Richie Adams 116m
Molly raises her children in the harsh environment of an outback farm when a fugitive Aboriginal man, Yadaka, who may be a mass murderer stumbles into her life.
Fending for herself at their isolated shanty in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales, heavily pregnant Molly negotiates the privations and dangers with dogged conviction while her husband is away. When Yakada enters her life Molly begrudgingly forges a wary friendship based on their shared memories of abuse and marginalization. Their relationship forces Molly to confront inconvenient truths about her past. The cinematography skillfully accentuates the dichotomy of natural beauty and savage violence. Purcell is monumental in the lead role, and her vision of a racist, unjust society is still disturbingly relevant in what is a bold, uncompromising work.
Australia 2021 Leah Purcell 109m
Michelle Yeoh’s Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.
Overwhelmed by a tax audit and difficulties with husband Waymond, Evelyn (Yeoh) is visited by another version of Waymond from what he calls the Alpha verse. Here humans have learned to “verse jump” and are threatened by an omniverse agent of chaos known as Jobu Tupaki. Soon, Evelyn is thrust into a universe-hopping adventure that has her questioning everything she thought she knew about her life, her failures, and her love for her family. As absurd as it is profound, deeply moving and wholly original. The film’s final act is contemplative and heart-bursting with substance and will monopolize your mind long after it ends.
USA 2022 Dan Kwan/Daniel Scheinert 139m
La Panthère des Neiges
Two French adventurers travel the Tibetan Highlands in search of the elusive snow leopard, but this quietly spellbinding documentary is more about the chase than the quarry.
In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, multi-award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier guides writer Sylvain Tesson on his quest to document the infamously elusive snow leopard. Munier introduces Tesson to the subtle art of waiting from a blind spot, tracking animals, and finding the patience to catch sight of the beasts. More art-house than Animal Planet, complete with a sparsely atmospheric score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, it’s a wry, self-effacing awareness that lends an endearingly quixotic air to the quest, and that separates the film from more plainly spectacle-driven nature documentaries of its ilk. (Subtitles)
France 2021 Marie Amiguet/Vincent Munier 92m
Four children become friends during the summer holidays, and out of sight of the adults they discover they have hidden powers. However, their innocent play takes a dark turn and strange things begin to happen.
The lonely, uncanny and sometimes unthinkingly violent world of childhood is explored with chilling candour and exceptional skill in writer-director Eskil Vogt’s arthouse horror feature. A group of children gain uncanny powers including telekinesis and the ability to hear other people’s thoughts. Ida’s friendship with Ben threatens the stability of the group. As the tension escalates and the stakes get higher, with gruesome consequences for several of the principles, Vogt keeps the focus tight on the children throughout, which somehow punches up the sense of dread. Chilling and deeply unsettling. (Subtitles)
Norway/Sweden 2021 Eskil Vogt 117m
An Cailín Ciúin
A heartfelt, beautifully homespun tale of a lonely Irish childhood – one of the most soulful and moving films to grace cinemas for a long time.
Colm Bairéad's debut feature is an intricately exquisite coming-of-age drama that delves into the many layers of family relations through the eyes of a young girl. The film follows Cáit (Catherine Clinch) as she is sent to live with distant relatives for the summer. She is welcomed with open arms by Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), but her husband (Andrew Bennett) keeps Cáit at arm’s length. Slowly but surely a warmth grows within this makeshift family and Cáit reaps the benefits. Until, that is, she discovers more than she anticipated. This is an unexpectedly beautiful assembly of narrative, image and sound which takes its cue from the title to build quietly to an emotional catharsis. (Subtitles)
Ireland 2021 Colm Bairéad 94m
Inspired by true WWII events, the thrilling story of one pilot’s mission to hell and back, alone and unarmed over the skies of Berlin.
August 1944. With the American eighth air force poised to strike over Nazi Germany, British intelligence learns that they could be flying into a deadly trap. With only hours to spare, Flight Lieutenant Edward Barnes must fly a life or death mission over Berlin in his unarmed solo aircraft, in a heroic bid to save the lives of more than 1,200 airmen.
UK 2022 Callum Burn 77m
Terence Davies directs the story of English poet, writer and soldier Siegfried Sassoon who was sent to a psychiatric facility for his anti-war stance during WWI.
A decorated British soldier in the First World War, Siegfried Sassoon achieved renown as a poet via impassioned anti-war verses that landed him in a military psychiatric hospital; later, he emerged from the closet to live with unusual openness as a gay man amid the Bright Young Things of 1920s London, before retreating into heterosexual marriage and fatherhood, and converting late in life to Catholicism. The dialogue is quietly scathing, and the production values are sumptuous. But Davies seems most interested in Sassoon as a symbol of hemmed-in Englishness whose personal misery the director confronts head on.
UK 2022 Terence Davies 137m
Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is still pushing aircraft to their limits as a test pilot when a reminder of his past and the prospect of a dangerous mission catch up with him.
Mitchell has been dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose”. Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.
USA/China 2022 Joseph Kosinski 131m
Despite the challenges posed by the Pandemic, the organisers of significant events in Chichester were undaunted.
Several of these initiatives were recorded for posterity by the award-winning documentary maker Clive Hand, whose work will be shown in a programme of short films, introduced by Richard Plowman, the city’s Mayor in 2019-21.
Bayerische Staatsoper Munich
The audience in Munich awaited the performance of Giuseppe Verdi ’s epic 4-act Opera with eager anticipation. And rarely was that anticipation higher than when the leading man is none other überstar tenor, and Munich native, Jonas Kaufmann.
‘La Forza del Destino’ – what is the meaning of the destiny that Verdi uses so
forcefully? Who forces Leonora, and Alvaro as the murderer of her father, to enter the hermitage of a monastery – and confronts them there, in a mighty showdown, with the brother who is full of hatred and cannot forgive? Is it a declaration of war against God’s promise of redemption? The heavenly cantilena of a solo violin rises at the end of the opera – in the face of the death of the hero’s lover and brother. Those who withdraw into the consoling twilight of a divine peace here are only trying to deny one thing: the force of destiny. This new production, directed by Martin Kušej, boldly updates the action to a war-torn region in the modern day. The famous overture was effectively used in the film Jean de Florette. Bayersiches Staatsorchester; Conductor Asher Fisch; Director Martin Kuše. Cast Jonas Kaufmann; Anja Harteros; Ludovic Tézier; Vitalij Kowaljow; Nadia Krasteva; Renato Girolami. Recorded live 2 Jul 2014. An Opera in 4 acts sung in Italian with English Subtitles.
200m inc 20m interval after Act 2
The story of two filmmakers—one prominent, one less experienced but perceptibly promising—searching for inspiration on Fårö, the island where Ingmar Bergman once lived.
Chris (Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth), who retreat to the mythical Fårö island for the summer. In this wild, breath-taking landscape where Bergman lived and shot his most celebrated pieces, they hope to find inspiration for their upcoming films. As days spent separately pass by, the fascination for the island operates on Chris and souvenirs of her first love resurface. Lines between reality and fiction will then progressively blur and tear our couple even more apart. You don't actually have to love Ingmar Bergman, or even have seen a Bergman movie, to find Bergman Island terrific.
France 2021 Mia Hansen-Love 112m
Lancaster is the story of the iconic WW2 bomber told through the words of the last surviving crew members, re-mastered archive material and extraordinary aerial footage of the RAF’s last airworthy Lancaster.
An epic and poignant story of courage, fear, friendship and the moral complexities of war, the film brings to life the WWII bomber’s dramatic role during wartime. Responsible for some of the most famous and infamous missions in World War II history, from the Dambuster raids to the controversial bombing of Dresden, the Lancaster would help turn the tide of war. But there was a deadly price to be paid. 55,000 young men – half of all Bomber Command’s aircrew – died over Nazi occupied Europe. Their average age was just 22. Interviews of 38 veterans form the emotional and deeply moving core of the film. The film also features breath-taking aerial footage from the world’s top aviation photographer, John Dibbs, and an original score from composer Chris Roe performed by the Central Band of the RAF.
UK 2022 David Fairhead & Ant Palmer 110m
An Evening with Professor Pamela Howard OBE
Pamela Howard, acclaimed director and scenographer, has worked in opera and contemporary music theatre all around the world.
Join her for a very special evening of talk, music and visual reflections, accompanied by visuals on the big screen, celebrating her life’s work in anticipation of the publication of her graphic memoir, “The Art of Making Theatre.”
Tickets £12 (Friends 10.50)
Fresh from her Oscar nomination for ‘The Lost Daughter’ Jessie Buckley returns in this creepy tale of rural terror. The brilliant Rory Kinnear plays a series of menacing men.
In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Harper (Jessie Buckley) retreats alone to the beautiful English countryside, hoping to have found a place to heal. But someone or something from the surrounding woods appears to be stalking her. What begins as simmering dread becomes a fully-formed nightmare, inhabited by her darkest memories and fears in visionary filmmaker Alex Garland's (Ex Machina, Annihilation) feverish, shape-shifting new horror film.
UK 2022 Alex Garland 100m
Ingmar Bergman’s psychological masterpiece is showing alongside 'Bergman' Island, both films set on Fårö where the director kept a house drawn by the magnificent isolation and bleak landscapes.
Famed stage stress Elisabeth Vogler (Liv Ullmann) suffers a moment of blankness during a performance and the next day lapses into total silence. Advised by her doctor to take time off to recover from what appears to be an emotional breakdown, Elisabeth goes to a beach house on the Baltic Sea with only Anna (Bibi Andersson), a nurse, as company. Over the next several weeks, as Anna struggles to reach her mute patient, the two women find themselves experiencing a strange emotional convergence. This is an extraordinary and tantalising film fully deserving of classic status. (Subtitles)
Sweden 1966 Ingmar Bergman 85m
This incomparable story of crime and redemption from the French master Robert Bresson follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and stations of Paris.
As his compulsive pursuit of the thrill of stealing grows, however, so does his fear that his luck is about to run out. Michel teams up with a couple of petty thieves in order to improve his craft. With a police inspector (Jean Pélégri) keeping an eye on him, Michel also tries to get a straight job, but the temptation to steal is hard to resist. Primarily concerning self-fulfilment and redemption through love it has seldom been equalled as a philosophical treatise on the subject. ‘Pickpocket’ is an elegantly crafted, tautly choreographed study of humanity in all its mischief and grace.
France 1959 Robert Bresson 76m
Ten years after village doc ‘Le Quattro Volte’, Michelangelo Frammartino returns with an observational piece centring on a deep-cave system in Calabria.
Young speleologists explore Europe’s deepest cave in the untouched Calabrian hinterland. The bottom of the Bifurto Abyss, 700 meters below Earth, is reached for the first time. The intruders’ venture goes unnoticed by the inhabitants of a small neighbouring village, but not by the old shepherd of the Pollino plateau whose solitary life begins to interweave with the group’s journey. It's a magnificent piece of work, completely beguiling from end to end and one which wears its immense philosophical profundity with admirable lightness. ‘Il Buco’ proves that cinema still has the capacity to astonish in a very innocent, childlike way. (Subtitles)
Italy/France 2021 Michelangelo Frammartino 93m
On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll.
Featuring performances by popular artists of the 1960s, this concert film highlights the music of the 1967 California festival. Although not all musicians who performed at the Monterey Pop Festival are in the film, some of the notable acts include the Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Otis Redding, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix's post-performance antics -- lighting a guitar on fire, breaking it and tossing a part into the audience -- are also captured. With its banners touting love and flowers, Monterey Pop shows the tribes before they went their separate ways.
US 1968 D.A. Pennebaker 78m
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires Driss a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
Paris: the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer. Driss is only applying so he can receive his benefits but Philippe challenges him, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion. An unlikely friendship develops between the two men. It delivers broad laughs and tugs at the heartstrings without delving too deep – the very definition of a crowd-pleaser. (Subtitles)
France 2011 Olivier Nakache/Éric Toledano 112m
Jodie Comer ('Killing Eve') makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play, which takes us to the heart of where emotion and experience collide with the rules of the game.
Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.
'Prima Facie' takes us to the heart of where emotion and experience collide with the rules of the game.
Justin Martin directs this solo tour de force, captured live from the intimate Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End.
Thu 21 Jul 19:00