Tuesday 12 March 2019 at 7.30pm
In the Fade (18)
Germany 2017 (UK release 2018). 1hr 46min. Dir: Fatih Akin. Cast: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar. Language: German, Greek, Turkish with English subtitles. 14 wins including Golden Globe and 17 nominations. Original title: Aus dem Nichts
This tense, politically-charged thriller turns the tables on what we’ve become accustomed to hearing and seeing in the media.
A Kurdish ex-prisoner turned straight marries a free-spirited German woman and once settled, they raise a child in a loving relationship. Their stability is shattered by an event which holds huge repercussions, including a highly-charged court case.
Through exposing nationalist reaction to multiculturalism and a flawed justice system, such a story of deeply felt primal retribution would not be so human were it not for the visceral performance of Diane Kruger in this demanding lead role, for which she received Best Actress award at Cannes Film Festival.
Note: Contains scenes of drug use, strong imagery and graphic verbal description
“In the Fade is made with skill and precision, both on technical terms and in its performances. Diane Kruger is a marvel, effortlessly portraying a range of emotions, never giving in to sentimental touches, never flinching from her character’s behavior” Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
Tuesday 26 March 2019 at 7.30pm
The Rider (15)
US 2017 (UK release 2018). 1hr 44min. Director: Chloé Zhao. Cast: Brady, Tim and Lily Jandreau. Language: English. Awards:13 wins, 13 nominations.
Having suffered an almost fatal head injury, a cowboy in South Dakota is advised to give up his passion as a rodeo competitor. But it has become his identity and livelihood.
An authentic docu-drama based on a true story and set in the vast landscapes of the dusty Dakota plains, this is as much a contemporary elegy for the Western as it is about the strong bond that exists between a cowboy and his horse. Performed by genuine rodeo riders and their families alongside professional actors results in a tangible sense of reality, with the lead role played by the tenacious young man on whose life story this film is based.
Note: Includes scenes of rodeo riding/training, injuries to riders and horse. Frequent strong language
“The Rider reinvigorates tropes from the western genre of men, horses, honour codes and vast expanses of nature with a refreshing lack of sentimentality, without sacrificing their inherent lyricism and poetry” Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“…a very impressive, very accomplished film” Peter Bradshaw, The Observer
Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 7.30pm
The Wife (15)
Sweden / UK / USA 2017. 1hr 40 min. Dir: Björn Runge. Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater. Language: English. Awards: 10 wins, 17 nominations
A charming, loyal and supportive wife (Glenn Close) had her own ambitions and talent as a young woman, but these were quickly shelved in favour of growing her husband’s career as an universally-recognised writer. Given their forty-year marriage has been built upon unequal sacrifice and huge compromise, the cracks are starting to show. But when he is up for the ultimate international literary award, will he be too busy basking in his own greatness to notice?
This film, adapted by Jane Anderson from the sassy novel by Meg Wolitzer, provides a perfect vehicle for two venerated actor veterans. Here, they expertly interpret roles in which their expressions and interactions are at the very forefront of the close-focus narrative. Amusing, poignant and affecting, savour this tale of self-discovery and the premise that it’s never too late to start over.
“It’s a smart, supremely watchable and entertaining film, and [Glenn] Close gives a wonderful star turn” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Tuesday 21 May 2019 at 7.30pm
The Eagle Huntress (U)
Mongolia / UK / US 2016. 1hr 27min. Dir: Otto Bell. Cast: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Rys Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley | Language: Kazakh with English subtitles | Awards: 9 wins, 19 nominations including BAFTA.
Hunting with eagles is a tribal male tradition which goes back 2,000 years in Kazakh nomadic communities. Here is the true story of a young girl’s quest to become the first female huntress in twelve generations of her family. First, she must capture a fledging eagle, train it to hunt, compete with her adult male rivals and finally return the bird to the wild, to continue the circle of life.
Riding across the rugged landscapes of Mongolia, this young girl and her father face temperatures of minus forty degrees and precarious territory. Her ambition is strong and she must prove herself, in order to quiet the doubters and pursue her dreams. With stunning cinematography, this is an inspiring and uplifting tale of a trailblazing young woman’s resilience and determination.
Note: Contains two scenes of animal slaughter
“The Eagle Huntress is a remarkable documentary, one that combines superb National Geographic-style photography with a storyline that plays out like a real-life folk tale…” Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent