Programme 2019-2020

Our 51st Season of films

 

11 Sept  Eighth Grade    (65.1% Member Rating)

USA, 2018, Bo Burnham
Drama/Comedy, 93 mins (15) 

Universally appealing, coming-of-age film about a teenage girl voted ‘most quiet’ in class. It blends moments of comedy with feelings of isolation. ‘A note-perfect tale of a shy teenager’s struggle with our internet-obsessed culture’ – The Observer

 

25 Sept  Disobedience    (80.5%)

Ire/UK/USA, 2017, Sebastián Lelio
Drama/Romance, 114 mins (15)

Based on Naomi Alderman’s 2006 novel set within an Orthodox Jewish community, a woman is shunned for her attraction to a female friend. ‘Surely the most intense and  erotically charged film to have been made in Hendon’ – The Independent

 

09 Oct  Cold War    (73.8%)

Pol/UK/Fra, 2018, Pavel Pawlikowski
Drama/History/Music, 89 mins (15)

Artful, heartbreaking story of a near impossible romance between two people of very different backgrounds, set in Poland in the 1950s . ‘It makes you feel thankful to be alive with human feelings, heartbreaks of the past be damned’ – RogerEbert.com

 

23 Oct  One Cut of the Dead    (82.8%)

Japan, 2017, Shin’ichirô Ueda 
Comedy/Horror, 96mins (15)

A hack director and crew are shooting a zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies. ‘Infused with a nutty energy, a sly sense of satire and a surprising emotional undertow’ – EmpireOnLine

 

20 Nov  Sometimes Always Never    (68.2%)

UK, 2018, Carl Hunter
Drama/Mystery, 91 mins (12A)

Scrabble-obsessed retired tailor Alan (Bill Nighy) tirelessly searches for his absent son, amid tensions with his other son who feels second best. ‘A quietly delightful family melodrama’ – The Times

 

2020

 

15 Jan  Woman at War    (90.3%)

Iceland, 2017, Benedikt Erlingsson
Adventure/Comedy/Drama, 101 mins (12A)

An enjoyable yet impactful film, as a woman takes on an aluminium industry. ‘This quirky dramedy about an unassuming choir conductor from Reykjavik turned notorious eco-terrorist has a prodigious go-for-broke central performance’ – The Times.

 

 

22 Jan  Children of the Snow Land    (85.3%)

UK/Nepal, 2018, Zara Balfour/Marcus Stephenson
Documentary, 97 mins (PG)

In the mountain villages of Nepal, children have to leave their families at an early age to have an education.‘A group of teenagers educated in Nepal’s capital return to villages they left years earlier in this gently moving documentary’– The Guardian

 

5 Feb  American Animals    (75%)

UK/USA, 2018, Bart Layton
Biography/Crime/Drama, 116 mins (15)

Four students mistake their lives for a movie in this gripping true-crime thriller about an incompetent plan to steal valuable books from a library. ‘Layton blurs the lines of memory and truth in increasingly playful ways’ – EmpireOnline

 

26 Feb  Capernaum    (78.1%)

Lebanon/France/USA, 2018, Nadine Labaki
Drama, 103mins (15)

Gritty, powerful heartbreaking Lebanese drama about a 12-year-old boy who sues his parents for neglect.
‘Every so often a film comes along whose very existence can be hard to wrap your head around’ – The Telegraph

 

4 Mar  Leave No Trace    (71.5%)

USA/Canada 2018, Debra Granik
Drama, 109 mins (PG)

A moving portrait of a father and his thirteen-year-old daughter living off-grid in a vast public park in Portland, Oregon, when a passerby spots them and their lives are changed forever. ‘Flawless, deeply affecting’ – The Observer

 

18 Mar  Wajib (with Subtitles)

Palestine/France 2017, Annemarie Jacir
Drama, 121 mins (15)

A traditional family wedding puts a strain on the relationship between a father and his estranged son as they must hand-deliver invitations around the streets of Nazareth. ‘Sensitive, impressive Palestinian drama’ – TimeOut

 

8 Apr  The Heiresses (with Subtitles)

Paraguay 2018, Marcelo Martinessi
Drama, 98 mins (12A)

Chela and Chiquita are descended from wealthy families but they find themselves having to sell off their inherited possessions. ‘Underneath the film’s quiet is a heaving ocean of longing, restlessness, melancholy’ – RogerEbert.com

 

22 Apr  Bait (Members’ Choice)

UK 2019, Mark Jenkin
Drama, 89 mins (15)

A Cornish fisherman no longer has a boat and no home, displaced by the many tourists visiting the village.  ‘A timely social portrait and a timeless work of art’ – EmpireOnline

 

 

6 May  If Beale Street Could Talk

USA 2018, Barry Jenkins
Drama/Romance, 119 mins (15)

A young woman, with her family’s support, seeks to clear the name of her lover and prove his innocence before the birth of their child. Set in 1970s New York. ‘A film almost woozy with its own beauty and dignity’ – The Guardian

 

13 May  Faces, Places (with Subtitles)

France, 2017, JR & Agnès Varda
Documentary, 94 mins (12A)

90-year-old director Agnès Varda and 35-year-old artist JR travel through France taking portraits of locals, then plastering the images on to buildings. ‘The results are truly spectacular’ – The Guardian

 

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