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Tuesday 25th September

7.45pm
Little Theatre

 

 

 

Hanna
USA/Germany/UK | 2011 | 106 mins
Director Joe Wright
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is raised and trained by her ex CIA father Erik (Eric Bana) to be the perfect assassin. On completion of arduous training she is sent out into the world on a key mission. As she travels across Europe Hanna is pursued by agents working for a ruthless intelligence agency controlled by Marissa (Cate Blanchett) who has secrets of her own to safeguard. As Hanna nears her ultimate target she faces startling revelations about her own existence.

“A modern day Leon.” Empire

 

     
   

Tuesday 2nd October

7.45pm
Little Theatre

 

 

The Well Digger's Daughter
(La Fille du Puisatier)

France | 2011 | 107 mins
Director Daniel Auteuil
Starring
Astrid Berges- Frisbey, Kad Merad, Daniel Auteuil, Sabine Azéma

Daniel Auteuil makes his directorial debut in this adaptation of Marcel Pagnol's classic 40’s novel based in Provence. A well digger (Daniel Auteuil), excessively proud of his saintly daughter finds she's pregnant by the wealthy son of a local shopkeeper. However, the culprit is away at war and little can be done to hold him to account.

“Imbued with the bucolic charm and the conspicuous lack of villains thatis typical of Pagnol's work.” Variety

“Auteuil's debut film creates a truly authentic charm.” Paris Soir

“A cri de coeur for artistic freedom.” Variety

 

     
   

Tuesday 16th October

7.45pm
Little Theatre


 

Gorbaciof
Italy | 2010 | 85 mins | plus short film
Director Stefano Incerti
Starring Toni Servillo, Mi Yang

Marino Pacilio (Toni Servillo) works in the petty cash department of the
Poggioreale prison processing fine payments. Due to a red birthmark on his forehead he is nicknamed Gorbaciof which causes him to withdraw from society. Although he leads a sad and lonely life he escapes reality in the back room of a local Chinese fast food shop where he can exercise his vice for gambling.

One night he is served food by the beautiful shop owner’s daughter Lila (Mi Yang) who points his mind to alternatives he had never dreamed of.

 

     
   

Tuesday 30th October

7.45pm
St Mary's Centre

 

 


The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
(Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie)

France /Italy /Spain | 1972 | 102 mins
Director Luis Buñuel
Starring Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur, Stephanie Audrian

This famous film plays with the bland sheen of polite society and the lusts that lurk under the table. To take just one scene: a couple expect guests for dinner. In the bedroom, they are overcome by impolite passion. The guests arrive. Now as they fear their horizontal endeavour is excessively audible, they clamber out of a window and passionately couple in the woods. Then they sneak back into the house, hair tousled with leaves and grass.

Bourgeois manners, Buñuel believes, are the flimsiest facade for our
animalistic urges.

“Extraordinarily funny and brilliantly acted.” Halliwell


BAFTA Award Best Actress Stephane Audran 1973

 

     
   

Tuesday 6th November

7.45pm
St Mary's Centre

 

 

A Separation
(Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
Iran | 2011 | 123 mins
Director Asghar Farhadi
Starring Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, Sarina Farhadi

Nader (Peyman Moadi) and Simin (Leila Halami) live in central Teheran. As their marriage develops and their only daughter grows older they start to argue about the possibility of living abroad. Simin is very keen to move to provide a better opportunity for Termeh (Sarina Farghadi). Nader however refuses to leave Iran because of his responsibilities for his father.

This conflict can only be resolved by Simin seeking a divorce - but in Iran this is virtually impossible.

Winner Best Actor and Best Actress Award Golden Bear Berlin 2011

“Compelling viewing for just about everybody.” Screen International

 

     
   

Tuesday 20th November

7.45pm
St Mary's Centre

 

 


Midnight in Paris
USA | 2010 | 94 mins
Director Woody Allen
Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard

Gil (Owen Wilson) a Hollywood scriptwriter and his fiancée Inez (Rachel
McAdams) are visiting Paris with her snooty parents. It is a dream for Gil who has romanticised over the Paris of the 20's. Inez is more interested with the nightlife so while she goes off dancing he wanders the streets.

Whenever the clock strikes midnight Gil is transported back to the Paris of the 20's meeting with the famous names of that time. He also strikes up a flirtation with a young woman Adriana (Marion Cotillard) and his nightly journeys start to worry Inez. But how can Gil abandon reality and live in a fantasy?

 

     
   

Tuesday 27th November

7.45pm
St Mary's Centre

 

The Source
(La Source des Femmes)
Belgium | 2011 | 135 mins
Director Radu Mihaileanu
Starring Leila Bekhti, Hafsia Herzi and Biyouna

A comedy/drama set in a village and centred on a rattling and battling of the sexes, where women threaten to withhold sexual favours if their men refuse to fetch water from a remote well. Men are striking women because women are going on strike.

Here we see patriarchal religion challenged by sisters doing it for themselves. We see women standing up to an oppressive interpretation of faith which is used to justify the lazy lounging of men, and challenging it with their own liberating one. The struggle is framed by panoramic cinematography.

 

     
   

Tuesday 11th December

7.45pm
St Mary's Centre

 

 

Abel
Mexico | 2010 | 82 mins | plus short film
Director Diego Luna
Starring Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Karina Gidi, Jose Maria Yazpik

Nine year old Abel (Christopher Ruiz- Esparza) lives in a dysfunctional family whose father has left the family home. Not knowing who he really is and in order to maintain his equilibrium Abel has to blur the drama of reality with escapist fantasy when he takes over the running of his family by adopting the father figure role. However the sudden return of his father to the breakfast table after a two-year absence creates a conflict of choice.

“Diego Luna, star of Y Tu Mama Tambien makes his directorial debut withthis magical family drama.” Sight and Sound

 

     
   

Tuesday 15th January

7.45pm
Steam Mill

 

 

Animal Kingdom
Australia | 2010 | 112 mins
Director Davis Michod
Starring James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Luke Ford, Jackie Weaver

Despite being no saint herself Julia Cody has shielded her seventeen year old son Josh (James Frecheville) from her Melbourne based criminal relations whom they have not seen for years. When Julia dies suddenly Josh has no choice but to contact his maternal grandmother Janine (Jackie Weaver) for a place to live.

However there are conditions attached to his newly located life which he tries to navigate in order to survive amongst this explosive criminal family helped by the detective world weary Sergeant Leckie (Guy Pearce) who thinks he can save him.

Golden Globe Nominee 2011 - Best Actress Jackie Weaver

     
   

Tuesday 22nd January

7.45pm
Steam Mill

  No One Knows About Persian Cats
(Kasi az Gorbehaye Irani Khabar)

Iran | 2009 | 106 mins
Director Bahman Ghobadi
Starring Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad
Here is the Iran you don't see in the news bulletins: it's the Iran
that loves rock, heavy metal and rap. A group of twentysomething
Iranian rock musicians are desperate to get permission to play a gig in London. But with no money and no passports, it won't be easy. This is a freewheeling, semidocumentary comedy drama about the Tehran musical underground.

Winner of Cannes Special Jury Prize 2009

 

     
   

Tuesday 29th January

7.45pm
Steam Mill

 

 

Free Men
(Les Hommes Libres)

France | 2011 | 99 mins
Director Ismael Ferroukhi
Starring Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale, Mahmud Shalaby

In Paris during WWII, Younes (Tahar Rahim) an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a musician. The original nasty party, the Nazi party, monitors mosques and the resistance resists, whether street fighters in the mosque’s cellars or the iman seeking to outwit the SS. The danger is counter-pointed by poignant songs and desire so secret even the protagonists hide it from themselves to the final shot.

 

     
   

Tuesday 5th February

7.45pm
St Mary's Centre

 

Essential Killing
Poland /Hungary /Norway | 2010 | 84 mins | plus short film
Director Jerzy Skolimowski
Starring Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner, David L Price

Mohammad (Vincent Gallo) a Middle Eastern insurgent is captured by US forces and transported to a secret detention centre in Poland. When the vehicle he is riding in crashes, he escapes into a beautiful yet hostile snowy wilderness.

Forced into extreme survival mode and relentlessly pursued by an army that does not officially exist, he must confront the necessity to kill to survive, but sooner or later he must also find a way to disappear permanently.

Special Jury Award Venice 2011

Best Film Actor Award Venice - Vincent Gallo

'Vividly Cinematic.” Total Film

 

     
     

Tuesday 19th February
7.45pm
St Mary's Centre

 

The Skin I Live In
(La Piel que Habito)

Spain | 2011 | 117 mins
Director Pedro Almodovar
Starring Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Antonio Banderas

An obsessive plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) has a project to create a type of synthetic skin that can withstand any kind of damage. When he directs his obsession on the lovely, enigmatic Vera (Elena Anaya), the plot spirals and twists into darker psychological depths.

A daring and entirely unique masterpiece.

Winner of BAFTA Best Film Not in the English Language 2011


"Fantastically twisted… a truly macabre suspense thriller." The Guardian


“The work of a master.” The Daily Telegraph

 

     
   

Tuesday 5th March

7.45pm
St Mary's Centre

 

 

A Royal Affair
(En Kongelig Affaere)

Denmark | Sweden | Germany | 2012 | 128 mins
Director Nikolaj Arcel
Starring Mads Mikkelsen, David Dencik, Alicia Vikander

Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander) is sent from England to marry King Christian III. It soon becomes clear that he is psychologically unstable. The arrival of Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) with his wisdom and
Enlightenment thinking provides relief emotionally and a political solution to her problems.

     
   

Tuesday 12th March

7.45pm
St Mary's Centre


 

The Deep Blue Sea
UK | 2011 | 98 mins | plus short film
Director Terence Davies
Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Huddlesla, Simon Russell Beale

Rachel Weisz gives a performance of heart-rending vulnerability as Hesther Collyer, the wife of a High Court judge. Suffocating and unfulfilled in her marriage she embarks on a reckless love affair with a young RAF pilot (Tom Huddleston).

Terence Davies adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s stage play beautifully evokes the atmosphere of 1950’s London while focusing on the manners and moral dilemmas of the time.

“A beautiful swoon of a film – Terence Davies at his best.”
Alan Barnes, Esquire magazine

     
   

Tuesda 19th March

7.45pm
St Mary's Centre

 

 

Monsieur Lazhar
Canada | 94 mins
Director Philippe Falardeau
Starring Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron

Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) an Algerian immigrant seizes the opportunity to start teaching again in a local primary school. Seemingly somewhat rusty in teaching experience he adjusts to his new life in the school and the various culture clashes that his young students and fellow teachers present. This almost impossibly charming French Canadian drama treads with great care as it navigates the children’s full of life learning experience under the tutelage of an inspirational but imperfect teacher.

Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Awards 2012

Best Film I.C.O. Viewing Spring 2012

 

     
   

Tuesday 26th March

7.45pm
Little Theatre

 

 

Plan B
(B Terv)
Argentina | 2010 | 103 mins
Director Marco Berger
Starring Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro, Mercedes Quinteros

After girlfriend Laura (Mercedes Quinteros) dumps him for another man Bruno (Manuel Vignau) whose body language exhibits a calm indifference while he plans a cold sweet revenge by coming between the new lovers. He becomes Pablo's friend with the aim of eroding the couple's new relationship maybe, by introducing him to another woman. But along the way the possibility of a plan B arises.

“A quietly subversive masterpiece.” Sight and Sound

 

     
   

Tuesday 9th April

7.45pm
Little Theatre

 

Breathing
(Atmen)

Austria | 2012 | 94 mins | plus short film
Director Karl Markovics
Starring Thomas Schubert, Karin Lischka and Georg Friedrich

Karl Markovics’ debut is set in Vienna and is a sensitive Roman (Thomas Schubert), beautifully composed drama which focuses on the rehabilitation and growth into manhood of a 19-year-old offender. He has been incarcerated in an Austrian detention centre for an earlier, initially unspecified crime. An affecting, unsentimental film about a tough subject that’s ultimately uplifting.

“The film blazes with an extraordinary power.” Derek Malcolm

 

     
 

Tuesday 23rd April

7.45pm
Little Theatre

  Incendies
France /Canada | 2010 | 130 mins
Director Denis Villeneuve
Starring Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux- Poulin, Maxim Gaudette

The search begins at the reading of their mother's will in Quebec. Then what the twins Jeanne (Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) uncover in their incredible journey to their mother’s homeland in Lebanon is shocking: the incineration of history and memory. Villeneuve's film speaks of the transgressive obscenity of civil war, and how its survivors must come to terms with having been shaped by atrocity.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2011

 

     
     
 

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