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Film Stars Dont Die In Liverpool

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (15) Annette Bening and Jamie Bell vividly bring to the screen the intense romance between Gloria Grahame, Hollywood star and film noir stalwart, and the charming and much younger actor Peter Turner. Adapted from Turner’s own memoir, Paul McGuigan’s consummate study of a truly extraordinary relationship is filled with humour, passion and insight, effortlessly capturing the connection, both emotional and physical, between them. It’s a beguiling story and Bell and Bening are tremendous as the star-crossed lovers in a cast including Julie Walters as Turner’s sympathetic mother.

UK, 2017, 105 mins

Tue 9, Thu 11 & Mon 22 Jan 7.45pm

Happy End

HAPPY END (15) Michael Haneke artfully addresses the enduring themes of his previous films in a bracingly intelligent portrait of a dysfunctional bourgeois family, led Anne Laurent, the de facto head of the family dynasty whose members all seem frustrated, lonely or unfulfilled. Characteristically sardonic, Happy End yet finds Haneke present a quietly compassionate picture of contemporary life as experienced by complacently well-off Europeans. Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant head a superb cast in a compelling drama leavened by bracing moments of absurdist humour.

France/Austria/Germany (French dialogue with English subtitles), 2017, 107 mins

Tue 16 & Thu 18 Jan (2 days) 7.45pm

Blade Of The Immortal

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL (18) Mugen no jûnin (original title) After a legendary battle, and haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, the supremely skilled samurai Manji becomes cursed with immortality. Aware that only through fighting evil can he regain his soul, Manji promises to help a young girl avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. Takashi Miike adapts Hiroaki Samura’s manga story, creating an entertaining samurai epic, including graphic fantasy violence and a comic sensibility as Manji pursues his relentless and bloody mission of vengeance.

Japan/UK (Japanese dialogue with English subtitles), 2017, 141 mins

Fri 19 & Sat 20 Jan (2 days) 7.45pm

The Lost Honour Of Katherina Blum

THE LOST HONOUR OF KATHARINA BLUM (15) Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (original title) A key political film of the New German Cinema co-directed and adapted by Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta from the controversial novel by Heinrich Böll. Set in a climate of fear and paranoia, Angela Winkler plays the eponymous young woman whose life is scrutinized by the police and slowly destroyed by the media after she meets a young man suspected by the authorities of being a political activist.

West Germany (German dialogue with English subtitles), 1975, 106 mins

Tue 23 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

The Prince Of Nothingwood

THE PRINCE OF NOTHINGWOOD (15) Nothingwood (original title) Sonia Kronlund’s touching and often hilarious debut is an entertaining documentary on the subject of Salim Shaheen, the Ed Wood of Afghanistan. A force of nature, Shaheen has managed to make and self-distribute no fewer than 110 films despite the country’s ongoing war and past conflicts, often employing innovative production techniques such as using real blood and real guns with real ammunition. 15 years of visiting and reporting from Afghanistan as a radio journalist inform Kronlund’s thoughtful voiceover, complementing an intriguing love letter to filmmaking.

France/Germany (French, Dari and English dialogue), 2017, 85 mins

Thu 25 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

Ingrid Goes West

INGRID GOES WEST (15) The dark side of social media raises it head in this this jet-black stalker comedy, brilliantly skewering dangerous obsession and the sham of Instagrammed perfection. Ingrid is fresh out of the psychiatric ward and on the trail of Taylor Sloane, social media celebrity extraordinaire, whose online feeds overflow with sun-kissed, bohemian LA chic, a world away from Ingrid’s painful past. Flirting with psychological horror and tragedy, Ingrid Goes West is driven by a fearless lead performance from Aubrey Plaza, wittily questioning where sanity lies.

USA, 2017, 98 mins

Fri 26 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

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