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Le otto montagne
A meditation on our capacity for love shapes this sweeping story of two friends, torn apart by family and life’s journeys but bound by something deeper.
This rich, beautiful and inexpressibly sad film is about the friendship between men who can’t talk about their feelings and about winning and losing at the great game of life. Set in the Italian Alps, two boys become firm friends until parents separate them. But fate reunites Bruno and Pietro as tough, bearded young men, played with subtlety and gentleness by Alessandro Borghi and Luca Marinelli. After a reticent, wary start Bruno suggests that, as neither have any work on, they spend an Alpine summer building a shack in the valley that will be their special place. This is a movie with air in its lungs and love in its heart. (Subtitles)
Italy 2022 Felix van Groeningen/Charlotte Vandermeersch 147m
When her family moves from the city to the suburbs, 11-year-old Margaret navigates new friends, feelings, and the beginning of adolescence.
Margaret (Abby Ryder Fortson) is uprooted from her life in New York City for the suburbs of New Jersey, going through the messy and tumultuous throes of puberty with new friends in a new school. She relies on her mother, Barbara (Rachel McAdams), who is also struggling to adjust to life outside the big city, and her adoring grandmother, Sylvia (Kathy Bates), who isn't happy they moved away and likes to remind them every chance she gets. Adapted from Judy Blume’s coming-of-age classic.
USA 2023 Kelly Fremon Craig
Philip Marlowe on Screen
A talk exploring the portrayals on screen of the legendary private eye, illustrated by a range of clips.
Marlowe is back on the big screen - 45 years after the last Marlowe feature film, Liam Neeson has taken on the role and this talk will consider the merits of this latest interpretation and those of his predecessors.
Thu 8 June 18:00 – In the Auditorium
Government program Plan 75 encourages senior citizens to be euthanized to remedy an aged society.
A low fertility rate combined with a high life expectancy, healthy lifestyles, and excellent medical care — not to mention the insularity of the nation and a strict immigration policy — have conjured the perfect storm and won Japan the menacing record of being the oldest country in the world. An elderly woman, Michi, whose means of survival are vanishing, a pragmatic Plan 75 salesman, and a young Filipino labourer face choices of life and death. As Michi is slowly sucked into the euthanasia program, the whole thing is couched in bland, gently patronizing tones that perfectly mimic the language of Japanese bureaucracy and public information campaigns. A fascinating indictment of ageism. (Subtitles)
Japan 2022 Chie Hayakawa 113m
What if a random text message led to the love of your life?
In this romantic comedy, dealing with the loss of her fiancé, Mira Ray sends a series of romantic texts to his old cell phone number... not realizing the number was reassigned to Rob Burns' new work phone. A journalist, Rob is captivated by the honesty in the beautifully confessional texts. When he's assigned to write a profile of megastar Celine Dion (playing herself in her first film role), he enlists her help in figuring out how to meet Mira in person... and win her heart. If you're a fan of similarly unrealistic but oh-so-romantic movies like ‘P.S. I Love You’’ and ‘Dear John’, ‘Love Again’ is definitely for you.
USA 2023 Jim Strouse
In northwest Tunisia, young women work the summer harvest, flirting, teasing, arguing. Throughout the day, the orchard becomes a theatre of emotions, where everyone's dreams and hopes are played out.
Every morning in northwest Tunisia, a truck drives around picking up day laborers for the nearby fig orchard. While some are old and experienced, “Under the Fig Trees” follows a group of teenage girls who take on this job during their summer school break. When we first meet them, as they giddily (if wearily) walk up onto the pickup truck, it’s clear this has all become routine for them. The day that follows, as chronicled in Erige Sehiri’s sun-dappled film, offers a rare glimpse into their seemingly mundane life and their even richer inner lives. (Subtitles)
Tunisia 2021 Erige Sehiri 92m
À plein temps
A breathlessly tense portrait of modern labor, this French drama stars Laure Calamy as a single mother who hits her breaking point during a nationwide strike.
Single mother Julie (César award-winning actress Laure Calamy) works a grueling job as a head chambermaid in a five-star Parisian hotel. Julie's daily balance of commuting from her remote suburb into Paris, tenuous childcare and search for a new job to get her out of debt, becomes unmanageable during a paralyzing transport strike in Paris. Laure Calamy gives a one-woman show performance as she is front and centre for nearly every frame of the film.This relentless, heart-in-your-throat, ticking-clock thriller about precarious single-motherhood could not be more timely or more intimate. As real, and as recognizably stressful, as the genre gets. (Subtitles)
France 2021 Eric Gravel 88m
A paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in this bold and ingeniously depraved new film from writer/director Ari Aster (‘Midsommer’)
Joaquin Phoenix’s balding and frumpy-looking Beau stating that he’s going to visit his mom tomorrow. He seems fearful to even leave his house, and when he does, he’s met with inexplicable obstacles that stop him from getting to his mother. It then transforms out of the mundanity of reality and into a fantastical world of surrealism.
Canada/Finland/USA 2023 Ari Aster 179m
Special Preview Screening
We are delighted to be one of three UK cinemas in the country privileged to screen this Special Preview - a thrilling drama set in the world of nuclear power and politics.
Based on a shocking true story, La Syndicaliste is a nail-biting cat-and-mouse thriller set in a world of whistleblowing, corporate skulduggery and relentless misogyny. ‘La Syndicaliste’ is the true story of Maureen Kearney (Isabelle Huppert) - head trade union representative of a French multinational nuclear powerhouse turned whistleblower by denouncing top-secret deals that shook the sector. Kearney’s life is suddenly turned upside-down when she is violently assaulted in her own house which leads to an investigation that shifts her position from victim to suspect. From acclaimed writer/director Jean-Paul Salomé and based on the book by Caroline Michel-Aguirre.
France 2023 Jean-Paul Salomé 121m
Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu
A vivid 18th century portrait of the stolen romantic relationship between two young women, played by Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel, who have a persuasive onscreen connection which gives this affair a life of its own.
Brittany 1760. Painter Marianne (Merlant) is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Haenel). Héloïse is a reluctant bride-to-be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all. One of the hits at Cannes 2019. "Sciamma brings the erotic together with the cerebral … I was on the edge of my seat.” - The Guardian. (Subtitles)
France 2019 Céline Sciamma 119m