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The Worst Person In The World

Showing: September 8, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Joachim Trier

Country : Norway

Release Date : 2021

Duration : 128 mins

Language : Norwegian

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : BEST ACTRESS (RENATE REINSVE) AT 2021 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Formally playful and humorously observant, Joachim Trier’s Oscar-nominated gem embraces with open arms the messiness of life at a crossroad. It chronicles four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is. The effervescent Renate Reinsve as Julie commands the screen – and our hearts – with her ravishing vivacity. A modern comedy drama about the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo. NB: Sexual content.

A wistful (and downright sad) romantic comedy that tracks a restless woman as she tips over into her 30s and tries to understand her restlessness.” (Richard Lawson – Vanity Fair)

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Sadko

Showing: September 22, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Aleksandr Ptushko

Country : Russia

Release Date : 1953

Duration : 85 mins

Language : Russian

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : SILVER LION AT 1953 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

A Soviet adventure fantasy film based on Rimsky-Korsakov’s eponymous opera and using much of his score. Based in the old Russian city of Novgorod, a young gusli (lute) player named Sadko brags that he can bring a sweet-voiced bird of happiness to their land. He is mocked for his bravado but Sadko sets off to travel to find the mythical bird. He is offered help by the daughter of the Ocean King – she is mesmerised by his singing and falls in love with him. Sadko visits many lands in his search of the bird, including India and Egypt but is unable to capture the bird of happiness, and returns empty handed. But on his return to Novgorod, Sadko realises that there is no better land than his homeland, and there was no need to go so far in search of happiness.

The film restoration is incredible, the colours are vibrant and not a single frame is missing from the original elements.”  (International Movie Database)

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Close

Showing: October 6, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Lukas Dhont

Country : Belgium

Release Date : 2022

Duration : 104 mins

Language : French and Dutch

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : GRAND PRIX AT 2022 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Léo and Rémi are two thirteen-year-old best friends, whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont’s second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing.

“Dambrine’s performance is by some distance one of the most extraordinary by a child his age I’ve ever seen: tempered, tightly wound, as truthful as a flower.” (Leslie Felperin – Financial Times)

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Buena Vista Social Club

Showing: October 20, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Wim Wenders

Country : Cuba

Release Date : 1999

Duration : 105 mins

Language : English and Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : BEST DOCUMENTARY AT 1999 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

The film documents how Ry Cooder, long-time friend of director Wim Wenders, brought together the ensemble of legendary Cuban musicians to record an album and to perform with a full line-up in April 1998 in Amsterdam and July 1998 at Carnegie Hall, New York. Although they are geographically close, travel between Cuba and the United States was restricted due to the political tension between the two countries, so many of the artists were travelling there for the first time. The film shows their reactions to this experience, as well as including footage of the resultant sell-out concert. It also includes interviews with each of the main performers.

Fantastic music, great stories. A charming film full of joy and love for music.” (Rotten Tomatoes website)

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My Old Lady

Showing: November 3, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Israel Horovitz

Country : UK

Release Date : 2014

Duration : 102 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

Performed by the arresting trio of Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas, each of them playing characters with demons to face up to, this film exudes Gallic charm, brocante and beaucoup du vin. Kline’s dishevelled Mathias, a failed playwright, arrives in Paris to claim an apartment left to him by his much-loathed late father. He is soon embroiled in archaic French law when he realises the opulent home he has inherited comes complete with an elderly woman, Mathilde (Smith) and her daughter (Scott Thomas), to whom he must pay a monthly fee while they remain there until the old woman dies.

“Having Maggie Smith on screen is like biting into a crisp, slightly sour apple. Even when she is playing a woman in her nineties, quilted with wrinkles, the interior is deliciously tart.” (Kate Muir – The Times)

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Jules et Jim

Showing: November 17, 2024 at 6pm

Director : François Truffaut

Country : France

Release Date : 1962

Duration : 106 mins

Language : French

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : BEST EUROPEAN FILM AT 1963 BODIL AWARDS

In pre-First World War Paris, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French), fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. When they meet again in Germany after the war, Catherine starts to love Jim – This is the story of three people in love, a love that doesn’t affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years. Starring Jeanne Moreau, Henri Serre and Oskar Werner.

More than 50 years old, François Truffaut’s whirling dervish remains an ageless beauty.” (Ed Gonzalez – Village Voice)

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Cairo Conspiracy

Showing: December 2, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Tarik Saleh

Country : Egypt

Release Date : 2022

Duration : 120 mins

Language : Arabic

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : BEST SCREENPLAY AT 2022 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

LONG-LISTED : BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM AT 2022 OSCARS

Adam, the son of a fisherman, is offered the ultimate privilege to study at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the epicentre of power of Sunni Islam. Shortly after his arrival in Cairo, the University’s highest-ranking religious leader, the Grand Imam, suddenly dies and Adam becomes a pawn in a ruthless power struggle between Egypt’s religious and political elite over who will replace him.

A great crime thriller that takes the audience into a world that they will seldom see.” (David Griffiths – Subculture Entertainment)

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All That Heaven Allows

Showing: December 15, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Douglas Sirk

Country : USA

Release Date : 1955

Duration : 89 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

The films follows the blossoming love between a well-off widow (Jane Wyman) and her handsome younger gardener (Rock Hudson). When their romance prompts the scorn of her children and country club friends, she must decide whether to pursue her own happiness or carry on a lonely, hemmed-in existence for the sake of the approval of others. With the help of ace cinematographer Russell Metty, Sirk imbues nearly every shot with a vivid and distinct emotional tenor. A profoundly felt film about class and conformity in small-town America, All That Heaven Allows is a pinnacle of expressionistic Hollywood melodrama.

A masterpiece by one of the most inventive and recondite directors ever to work in Hollywood.” (Dave Kehr – Chicago Reader)