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Wednesday 9 January – The Bookshop
Dir: Isabel Coixet, 2017, UK, 113 mins, Cert: PG
Starring: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne
Florence Green, a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop -- the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. But this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies: she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers and also crosses Mrs. Gamart, Harborough's vengeful, embittered alpha female who is a wannabe doyenne of the local arts scene.
Wednesday 23 January – The Guilty
Dir: Gustav Möller, 2018, Denmark, 85 mins, Cert: Club
Starring: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Johan Olsen
Winner - World Cinema Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival 2018
Winner – Audience Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
Winner – Youth Jury Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
Wednesday 6 February – 1945
Dir: Ferenc Török, 2017, Hungary, 91 mins, Cert: Club
Starring: Péter Rudolf, Bence Tasnádi, Tamás Szabó Kimmel, Dóra Sztarenki
This difficult, transitional time in Hungary is a period rarely dealt with in cinema, and certainly not with as much clarity, economy and nuance as Ferenc Török displays here. A rare subject too, the grave and sobering issue of how the Gentile population of Nazi-occupied countries behaved towards Jewish neighbours, and how they have, or haven’t, variously, come to terms with a life based on guilt and betrayal. With its monochrome splendour and striking soundtrack, morally compromised townspeople and its tick-tock narrative towards an unknown conclusion, we’re reminded of Fred Zinnemann’s taut and masterful High Noon.
“A fresh, intelligent cinematic approach to a difficult topic that takes on a transitional time in Hungarian history with subtlety and nuance.” – Alissa Simon, Variety
Wednesday 20 February – The Children Act
Dir: Richard Eyre, 2017, UK/USA, 105 mins, Cert: 12a
Starring: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead
Based on the much-loved novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to the big screen by director Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris), THE CHILDREN ACT is a compelling and powerful drama telling the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases. As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) to reach tipping point, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds. With her private life in turmoil, Fiona finds herself drawn into the case, taking the unorthodox step of halting proceedings in order to visit Adam in hospital. As the two form a profound connection and powerful emotions come to light, Fiona’s judgement is put to the test with momentous consequences as she must ultimately decide whether Adam lives or dies.
Wednesday 6 March – C'est La Vie!
Le Sens de la fête
Dir: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano, 2017, France, 117 mins, Cert: Club
Starring: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Eye Haidara
The latest film from Untouchable directors Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano is a gloriously manic French comedy. It hits the ground running and barely takes a breath as wedding disaster after disaster unfolds. With larger-than-life characters and laugh-out-loud set pieces, C’est La Vie! is a delight.
Wednesday 20 March – The Wife
Dir: Björn Runge, 2017, UK, Sweden, 100 mins, Cert: 15a
Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd
The Castlemans are on the plane to Sweden, ready for Joe to get the Nobel prize. Yet they are being pestered on the flight by a certain Nathaniel Bone, part stalker-fan, part parasitic hack who wants Joe to cooperate with a warts-and-all biography he is planning to write. Joe gives him the contemptuous brush-off but Joan cautiously advises a more diplomatic treatment. It is a key moment in this hugely enjoyable drama when things begin to fall apart.