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The Sense Of An Ending

The much-anticipated adaptation of Julian Barnes's 2011 Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sense of an Ending. Jim Broadbent plays Tony, who is divorced and semi-retired and leading a reclusive and quiet life. One day, he learns that the mother of his university girlfriend, Veronica (Charlotte Rampling), left in her will a diary kept by his best friend.  He at once begins a quest that requires him to revisit the flawed recollections of his younger self, and face up to the devastating consequences of a decision made a lifetime ago.
Harriet Walter and Emily Mortimer play Tony’s ex-wife and daughter, in a moving and suspenseful meditation on ageing, memory and regret.

UK, 2017, 108 mins

Fri 26, Sat 27 & Tue 30 May (3 days) 7.45pm


The Divide

The Divide tells the story of seven individuals striving for a better life in modern day America and Britain, interweaving interviews with families on the breadline, venture capitalists and economists, with news archive from 1979 to the present day. Taking its lead from Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett's book The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better for Everyone, Katharine Round's documentary creates a lyrical, psychological and tragi-comic picture of how inequality controls virtually every aspect of our lives; revealing how economic inequality drives social division, one of the most pressing issues facing countries today.

UK/USA, 2015, 78 mins

There will be a short introduction to this film and an opportunity to discuss it afterwards.

Thu 1 Jun (1 day only) 7.45pm


Their Finest

Their Finest is a charming, nostalgic and spirited romantic wartime drama, starring Gemma Arterton as Catrin, a talented young copy-writer employed by the Ministry of Information to write convincing women's dialogue. Her natural ability is soon recognised, and she is drafted by dashing film producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) to work alongside a colourful crew to produce the cinematic, morale-boosting stories needed by the nation during the dark times of the Blitz. Bill Nighy plays Ambrose Hilliard, a scene stealing ageing star, struggling to come to terms with the fact his romantic lead days are over.

UK, 2016, 117 mins

Sat 3, Tue 6 & Thu 8 Jun (3 days) 7.45pm


Mindhorn

25 years after his career peaked in the hit 1980s detective show Mindhorn, actor Richard Thorncroft is called upon to return to the Isle of Mann to help the police catch a deranged killer. Sensing glory and renewed professional credibility, Thorncroft is soon en route to the scene of his greatest triumphs. From the surreal imagination of Mighty Boosh's Julian Barratt and co-writer Simon Farnaby, Mindhorn is a joyously absurd off-the-wall creation, a loving send-up of vintage home-grown detective shows and much more. A terrific support cast includes Harriet Walter, Simon Callow, Steve Coogan and Kenneth Branagh, alongside Barratt himself as the titular sleuth, whose robotic eye can literally 'see the truth'.

UK, 2016, 89 mins

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Jun (2 days) 7.45pm


Letters from Baghdad

Their Finest is a charming, nostalgic and spirited romantic wartime drama, starring Gemma Arterton as Catrin, a talented young copy-writer employed by the Ministry of Information to write convincing women's dialogue. Her natural ability is soon recognised, and she is drafted by dashing film producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) to work alongside a colourful crew to produce the cinematic, morale-boosting stories needed by the nation during the dark times of the Blitz. Bill Nighy plays Ambrose Hilliard, a scene stealing ageing star, struggling to come to terms with the fact his romantic lead days are over.

USA/UK/France (English and Arabic dialogue with English subtitles), 2016, 93 mins

Thu 15 Jun (1 day only) 7.45pm


Frantz

In the aftermath of World War I, a young German woman, Anna grieves for her fiancé killed in battle. When a mysterious Frenchman visits his grave, Anna takes comfort in his stories of their friendship, but the rest of the residents of the small German village are more cynical. François Ozon's latest film is shot in evocative black and white, and thoughtfully explores the post war period in a finely acted and consummately executed tale of love and remembrance.

France/Germany (French and English dialogue with English subtitles), 2016, 114 mins

Fri 16 & Sat 17 Jun (2 days) 7.45pm


The Happiest Day in the Liife of Olli Maki

Hymyilevä mies (original title)
It's 1962 and Finnish boxer Ollie Maki finds himself thrust into the limelight. His upcoming bout against world bantamweight (and undefeated) American champion Davey Moore is being promoted as a 'historic spectacle never before seen in Finland' by his showman manager. All Olli has to do is concentrate on his training and make the weight; but with fame and glory within reach, his heart has other plans. Shot in gorgeous 16mm black-and-white and winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this is a disarming biopic by way of a charming and unforgettable romance.

Finland/Sweden/Germany (Finnish and English dialogue with English subtitles), B/W, 2016, 92 mins

Thu 22 Jun (1 day only) 7.45pm


My Life as a Courgette

Ma vie de Courgette (original title)
An entertaining and witty claymation from Girlhood and Tomboy director Céline Sciamma, adapted from Gilles Paris' book. My Life As A Courgette tells the story of Nine-year-old Icare, 'Courgette' to his friends, who finds himself in a local orphanage after the accidental death of his alcoholic mother. At the home he meets a group of children, each with their own emotional burdens and traumas to bear, but determined to find a way to co-exist in relative harmony. Nominated for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award, this is a brilliant unsentimental animated feature that deals with its mature themes and childhood trauma with subtly and respect. The English language dubbed matinée screening includes the voices of Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page and Amy Sedaris.

Switzerland/France (French dialogue with English subtitles), 2016, 66 mins

Fri 23 Jun 7.45pm Subtitled screening
Sat 24 Jun 3.00pm matinée English language dubbed screening


The Other Side of Hope

Toivon tuolla puolen (original title)
Six years after the award-winning Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki directs the second in his planned port city trilogy. Kaurismäki regular Sakari Kuosmann stars as Wikstrom, restaurateur and former travelling salesman who crosses paths with a Syrian refugee (Sherwan Haji) after his inadvertent arrival in Finland as a stowaway. Kaurismaki brings his delightfully lugubrious comedy to address the plight of the refugee with style, compassion and wit, winning the Silver Bear for Best Director at the recent Berlin Film Festival in the process.

Finland/Germany (Finnish, English, Arabic and Swedish dialogue with English subtitles), 2017, 98 mins

Sat 24 & Thu 29 Jun (2 days) 7.45pm


The Red Turtle

La tortue rouge (original title)

Storms and grey waves engulf a small island and a nameless man is washed up on a beach alongside the remnants of his boat. Finding the inquisitive crabs scant company, he resolves to escape from the island on a makeshift bamboo raft; only to encounter a mysterious underwater force impeding his departure. Thus begins Studio Ghibli's first international co-production, a ravishing castaway fable that combines beauty, mystery, drama and heartbreak - all without a word being spoken. Michael Dudok de Wit directs a sublime, Academy Award nominated, animation, conjuring a charming tale from deceptively simple pencil drawings and watercolour washes.

France/Belgium/Japan, 2016, 81 mins


 
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