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The Olive Tree

Showing: March 3, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Icíar Bollaín

Country : Spain

Release Date : 2016

Duration : 100 mins

Language : Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : BEST NEW ACTRESS (ANNA CASTILLO) AT 2017 GOYA FILM AWARDS

Alma is a 20-year-old girl and adores her grandfather, a man who has not spoken for years. When the elderly man also refuses to eat, the girl decides to recover the thousand-year-old olive tree that the family has sold against his will. In order to succeed, she needs to count on her uncle, her friend Rafa and the whole town to help her. The problem though is to find out where in Europe the olive tree has gone …

This is a small, soulful film that has two stars: the feisty Spanish actress Anna Castillo and a vast, gnarled, thousand-year-old olive tree.” (Kate Muir – The Times)

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Rojo

Showing: March 24, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Benjamin Naishtat

Country : Argentina

Release Date : 2019

Duration : 109 mins

Language : Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

SILVER SHELL : BEST DIRECTOR 2018 SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Set in Argentina a year before the military coup of 1976 that turned the country upside down, this is a searing portrait of the middle-class complacency that the Junta later relied upon. A successful lawyer in Argentina has his life unravel when a private detective arrives in town and starts asking tough questions about the secrets of the past which now threaten his present.

A pitch-black thriller with uncommon wit and sophistication, ‘Rojo’ tells a story as rich and evocative as the deepest shade of its title colour.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

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An Actor’s Revenge

Showing: April 14, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Kon Ichikawa

Country : Japan

Release Date : 1963

Duration : 108 mins

Language : Japanese

Subtitles : Yes

A wildly melodramatic tale of a kabuki onnagata (a male actor who plays female roles), who exacts a long-delayed retribution on the men who drove his parents to suicide. When he discovers that the mastermind behind those crimes has come to see him act onstage, he begins in earnest to plot his revenge. With the help of a renowned thief named Yamitaro, he makes out his first target: the daughter of the man who orchestrated his parents’ demise. Kazuo Hasegawa plays the dual role of the actor and the thief in a film which celebrated his 300th screen appearance. A heady mixture of swooning romanticism and stylised action, with a soundtrack that ranges from traditional Japanese music to lush Hollywood strings and cocktail jazz: An Actor’s Revenge is a cinematic tour de force.

A film of phenomenal all-round accomplishment, with daringly stylised visuals.” (Time Out)

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Clara Sola

Showing: May 5, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Nathalie Álvarez Mesén

Country : Costa Rica

Release Date : 2021

Duration : 106 mins

Language : Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR AND BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AT 2022 GULBAGGEN FILM AWARDS (SWEDISH OSCARS)

In a remote Costa Rican village, Clara, a woman believed to possess divine healing powers, lives under the repressive care of her pious elderly mother. Clara seeks solace in the natural world until the delicate order of her life is unexpectedly disrupted by a powerful sexual awakening, stirred by the arrival of her young niece’s handsome boyfriend. Desire ignites an unstoppable force, leading Clara on a tumultuous path to self-discovery and emancipation. This debut from Costa Rican director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén combines mud, moss and mysticism to arresting effect in this mystical, intimate and richly atmospheric film which also featuring stunning cinematography and an extraordinary lead performance by Wendy Chinchilla Araya.

“One of the most breathtaking debut features in recent memory.” (Roger Ebert)

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The Piano

Showing: May 19, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Jane Campion

Country : Australia

Release Date : 1993

Duration : 117 mins

Language : English, Māori and British Sign Language

Subtitles : Yes

WINNER : PALME D’OR AT 1993 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER : BEST ACTRESS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS & BEST SCREENPLAY AT 1994 OSCARS

In the mid-19th century, a mute woman (Holly Hunter) is sent to New Zealand along with her young daughter (Anna Paquin) and a prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner (Sam Neill), but is soon lusted after by a local plantation worker (Harvey Keitel). In 1993, the film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, making Jane Campion the first female director to ever receive this award. It won three Academy Awards in March 1994: Best Actress for Holly Hunter, Best Supporting Actress for Anna Paquin and Best Original Screenplay for Jane Campion.

The film is a masterclass in dramatic structure … through Campion’s meticulous screenplay. Almost the perfect film.”  (Kevin Maher – The Times)