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Sun 8 Aug • New York Angst double bill
PLEASE GIVE (15) 2.00
(US 2010) dir. Nicole Holofcener 90m. Digital.
Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Ann Guilbert, Sarah Steele.
Beginning with a montage of breasts and ending with a shopping trip to buy a very pricey pair of jeans, writer/director.Nicole Holofcener's observational comedy is a witty and perceptive look at cosmopolitan angst. Kate and Alex are a happily married couple who run a New York furniture shop selling vintage items that they've bought from families of the recently deceased. What's more, they've already bought their elderly next door neighbour's apartment but then things begin to go awry. A beautifully acted delight just waiting to be discovered.
+ WHATEVER WORKS (12A) 3.50
(US/France 2009) dir. Woody Allen 92m.
Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr.
It's the standard Woody Allen world of the nervy, narcissistic neurotic with a smart line in throwaway quips but this time with a pitch-perfect performance from Larry David as Boris Yellnikoff – a lifelong New Yorker and nuclear scientist who was once almost nominated for a Nobel Prize. Now retired and divorced, he will rant to anyone who will listen – including the audience. Winning the heart of Melody, a fresh-faced innocent from the south keeps him happy. That is until her parents show up – and the free-spirited New Yorkers and Southern Republicans clash with hilarious consequences.
Sun 15 Aug • Middle East Tales double bill
THE TIME THAT REMAINS (15) 1.00
(UK/Italy/Belgium/France) dir. Elia Suleiman 110m. Subtitles. Digital.
Elia Suleiman, Saleh Bakri, Leila Muammar, Yasmine Haj, Tarek Qubti, Zuhair Abu Hanna, Ayman Espanioli, Samar Qudha Tanus, Shafika Bajjali.
A bitter-sweet portrait of the everyday lives of those Palestinians, labelled 'Israeli-Arabs', who chose to remain and became an ethnic minority in their own country. A quartet of family stories set from 1948 through to the present day is based on Palestinian director Elia Suleiman's own family memoirs and his personal experiences. His wry, deadpan sense of humour tempers the political polemics in a moving and eloquent film.
+ AJAMI (15) 3.10
(Germany/Israel 2009) dirs. Scandar Copti & Yaron Shani 125m. Subtitles. Digital.
Shahir Kabaha, Ibrahim Frege, Fouad Habash, Youssef Sahwani, Scander Copti, Ghassan Ashkar, Eran Naim, Nirsin Rihan.
Ajami is a neighbourhood in Jaffa, a bustling and ancient Israeli port and one of the places where Jews and Arabs live side by side. An interlocking series of events plays out along the inevitable religious divides of an area in which poverty and unemployment only add to the volatility of everyday life. With a mostly non-professional cast and location filming, AJAMI has a raw, realistic power that makes it one of the year's most gripping movies.
Sun 22 Aug • Then and Now double bill
BRONCO BULLFROG (15) 2.00
(UK 1969) dir. Barney Platts-Mills 87m. Digital.
Del Walker, Anne Gooding, Sam Shepherd, Roy Haywood, Freda Shepherd, Dick Philpott.
A mostly amateur ensemble cast and a wealth of improvised dialogue bring the East End of the1960s vividly back to life. There is a central relationship of teenager Dan and Irene, who want out because there is nothing to do and nowhere to go, this landmark movie is at its best when capturing the mood and boredom of their everyday lives.
+ SKELETONS (15) 3.50
(UK 2010) dir. Nick Whitfield 94m. Digital.
Ed Gaughan, Andrew Buckley, Paul Dallison, Jace Desay, Jason Issacs, Tuppence Middleton.
Davis and Bennet work for the Veridical Company. The firm specialises in 'psychic-cleaning' – entering the sea of people's memories, digging through their past and extracting any upsetting material, which allows their clients to start afresh with a clean slate. But they find all their assumptions and powers tested by a startling new case. A genuinely original film, which took the award for Best New British Feature at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival.
Sun 29 Aug • Women and History double bill
AGORA (12A) 1.15
(Spain 2009) dir. Alejandro Amenábar 127m. Digital.
Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom, Michael Lonsdale, Rupert Evans.
Swords, sandals and thinking caps. 4th Century A.D. Egypt under the Roman Empire... Violent religious upheaval in the streets of Alexandria spills over into the City's famous Library. Trapped inside its walls, the brilliant astronomer Hypatia and her disciples fight to save the wisdom of the Ancient World. Alejandro Amenábar's sweeping historical drama of ideas features an outstanding performance by Rachel Weisz as Hypatia, a scientist and teacher whose musings on the place of the Earth in the universe run counter to religious dogma.
+ WOMEN WITHOUT MEN (15) 3.40
(Germany/Austria/France 2009) dirs. Shirin Neshat & Shoja Azari 100m. Subtitles.
Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad, Shabnam Tolouei, Orsi Tóth.
Adapted from the novella by Shahrnush Parsipur, a film that beautifully weaves together the stories of four women against the backdrop of the 1953 American-backed coup that would end the possibility of democracy in Iran for decades to come. A range of characters, from the wealthy but unhappy wife of a military general to a desperately tormented prostitute are bought to life through both realistic and magical devices, as they converge in a beautiful, mystic garden in search of independence, solace and companionship.
Sun 5 Sep • Nouvelle Vague double bill
CLEO FROM 5 to 7 (PG) 2.00
(France/Italy 1962) dir. Agnès Varda 90m. Subtitles.
Corrine Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray.
From one of the founders of the Nouvelle Vague, a spirited mix of cinema-verite and melodrama that records two hours in the life of Cleo, a singer anxiously awaiting medical test results.The Paris of the 1960s is beautifully captured, accompanied by a music score by Michel Legrand and an appearance from Jean-Luc Godard.
+ BREATHLESS (PG) 3.50
(France 1960) dir. Jean-Luc Godard 90m. Subtitles. Digital.
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Jean-Pierre Melville.
An homage to the pace and energy of the American gangster film of the 1940s, this landmark film was at the forefront of the French New Wave. After stealing a car and impulsively murdering the policeman who pursued him, small-time thief Michel goes on the run, taking American girlfriend Patricia along for the ride. Innovative jump cuts, overlapping dialogue and hand-held camerawork announced the arrival of Jean-Luc Godard and the start of a cinematic revolution.
£8.50/£6.50 Concs/£5 Under 15's
Sun 12 Sep * 1940s Britain: The Blitz and Beyond
THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE (PG) 2.00
(UK 1947) dir. Alberto Cavalcanti 100m.
Trevor Howard, Sally Gray, Griffith Jones, Mary
Merrall, Charles Farrell, Michael Brennan.
Post-war film noir with Trevor Howard as ex-RAF
serviceman Clem Morgan who can only find
employment as a black marketeer. But when he
stands up to his sadistic boss he finds himself
framed for murder. Director Cavalcanti creates a
suitably seedy atmosphere of shadowy alleys,
foggy waterfront dives, and claustrophobic
underground clubs, and Howard delivers one of his
best performances in a hard-edged and undervalued
+ LONDON CAN TAKE IT (U) 4.00
(UK 1940) dir. Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt. 9m. Digital.
American journalist Quentin Reynolds narrated
this poetic tribute to the resiliency and courage
of the people of London as they faced night after
night of German bombing seventy years ago.
+ WENT THE DAY WELL? (U) 4.10
(UK 1942) dir. Alberto Cavalcanti 93m.
Leslie Banks, Basil Sydney, Frank Lawton.
Adapted from a story by Graham Greene, this
Ealing Studios production imagines a wartime
world in which disguised German paratroopers
attempt an invasion during Whitsun weekend 1942.
However, they have not taken into account the
indomitable spirit of the inhabitants of the very
British village of Bramley End. Still a
fascinating and compelling piece of cinema today
thanks to Cavalcanti's restrained realistic
direction and the playing of a perfect cast.
£8.50/£6.50 Concs/£5 Under 15's
Sun 19 Sep • Dark Journeys double bill
REVANCHE (15) 1.45
(Austria 2008) dir. Götz Spielmann 121m. Subtitles.
Johannes Krisch, Ursula Strauss, Andreas Lust, Irina Potapenko, Hannes Thanheiser, Hanno Poeschl.
A tense, existential, and surprising portrait of vengeance and redemption that journeys into the darkest parts of the forest of human nature. Hardened ex-con Alex falls for Ukrainian hooker Tamara. Their desperate plans for escape to a new life unexpectedly intersect with the lives of a rural cop and his seemingly content wife. Director Spielmann's first-rate thriller meticulously creates a web of guilt and revenge in which violence and beauty exist side by side.
+ LEAVING (15) 4.10
(France 2009) dir. Catherine Corsini 85m. Subtitles. Digital.
Kristin Scott Thomas, Sergi Lopez, Yvan Attal, Bernard Blancan, Aladin Reibel, Alexandre Vidal, Daisy Broom, Berta Esquirol.
Another superb performance from Kristin Scott Thomas powers this intense, emotional French marital drama/suspense thriller. Suzanne lives a seemingly perfect middle-class existence in the south of France. But her ideal bourgeois lifestyle begins to lose its charm and she seeks passion and excitement in local handyman Ivan but has she underestimated her husband's capacity for revenge?
Sun 26 Sep • The Rebirth of a Masterpiece
THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS (PG) 2.30
(Germany 1927) dir. Fritz Lang. 150m. Subtitles. Digital
Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Frolich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge.
2009 Restoration: F.W. Murnau Stiftung.
Original Music Score Reconstruction: Frank Strobel.
For the first time since its 1927 Berlin premiere the lavish and spectacular epic that is METROPOLIS actually makes sense. The addition of 25 minutes of newly-discovered footage has transformed Fritz Lang's much truncated mother of all sci-fi movies from a jumbled treasure trove of visionary, iconic and influential imagery into a dazzling modern masterpiece. Its tale of a futuristic city and its divided society of masters, men, machines and a mad scientist is equally timeless and the movie remains as powerful and relevant as ever.
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