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Showing: October 1, 2023 at 6pm

Director : Spiros Stathoulopoulos

Country : Greece

Release Date : 2012

Duration : 82 mins

Language : Greek

Subtitles : Yes

In the plains of central Greece, Byzantine monasteries are perched atop sandstone pillars, suspended between heaven and earth. A young Greek monk and a Russian nun have devoted their lives to the strict rituals and practices of their community, but a growing affection for one another puts their monastic life under question. Torn between spiritual devotion and their carnal human desire, they must decide which path to follow. The film takes its title from the Byzantine monastery complex Meteora, in Thessaly, a series of structures built on natural sandstone pillars whose tops often disappear into the clouds.

The dénouement of ‘Meteora’ is ambiguous as all great films should be.”  (Paula Marvelly – The Culturium)

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Richard III

Showing: October 15, 2023 at 6pm

Director : Richard Loncraine

Country : UK

Release Date : 1995

Duration : 104 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

This re-imagining of Shakespeare’s ‘Crookback King’ relocates the story to the 1930s and features an indelible star turn for Ian McKellen as the monstrous and magnetic King Richard III. A murderous lust for the British throne sees Richard descend into madness. He aspires to a fascist dictatorship, but must first remove the obstacles to his ascension – among them his brother (Nigel Hawthorne), his nephews and his brother’s wife (Annette Bening). When the Duke of Buckingham (Jim Broadbent) deserts him, Richard’s plans are compromised. Also starring Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominic West and Robert Downey Jr. Hugely entertaining.

With a screenplay (co-written by McKellen) that crackles and spits like a roasting pig, it was clearly as much of a blast to make as it is to watch.”  (Ali Catterall – Total Film)

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Showing: October 29, 2023 at 6pm

Director : Victor Kossakovsky

Country : Norway

Release Date : 2020

Duration : 93 mins

Language : No dialogue

Subtitles : No

Shot in black-and-white and without dialogue, Gunda chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, some chickens and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using transcendent cinematography and the farm’s ambient soundtrack, director Kossakovsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, taking in their world with a magical patience and an other worldly perspective. What is not shown, what is not said, is as much a part of this film as any character. The human presence is so prevalent, in terms of how the sequences were filmed, but more importantly in the lives of the animals who live on farms and who have been specifically bred and raised by and for humans. Gunda asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness, and reckon with the role humanity plays in it.

There is plenty of time to ponder the morality of our dominion over the beasts. A highly original, singularly beautiful film.”  (Donald Clarke – Irish Times)

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Parallel Mothers

Showing: November 12, 2023 at 6pm

Director : Pedro Almovódar

Country : Spain

Release Date : 2021

Duration : 123 mins

Language : Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

Two women, Janis and Ana, meet in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and have become pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatised. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops, complicates and changes their lives in a decisive way.

If you’re already a fan of Almodóvar’s work this is essential viewing; if you haven’t been introduced to his very special world before, ‘Parallel Mothers’ will be a great place to start.”  (David Stratton – The Australian)

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Woman At War

Showing: November 26, 2023 at 6pm

Director : Benedikt Erlingsson

Country : Iceland

Release Date : 2018

Duration : 101 mins

Language : Icelandic, Spanish and Ukrainian

Subtitles : Yes

Halla, a choir conductor and eco-activist, plans to disrupt the operations of a Rio Tinto aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands, purposely damaging electricity pylons and wires to cut their power supply. One day, a long-forgotten application to adopt an orphan child from Ukraine is approved. At the same time, the government ramps up police and propaganda efforts in order to catch and discredit her. The film revolves around her attempts to reconcile her dangerous and illegal activism with the upcoming adoption. All the while, the film’s soundtrack players, consisting of a three-man band and Ukrainian traditional singers, interact with the plot and characters.

A well-turned, well-tuned oddity … confidently and rather stylishly made.”  (Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian)

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Showing: December 10, 2023 at 6pm

Director : Jūzō Itami

Country : Japan

Release Date : 1985

Duration : 114 mins

Language : Japanese

Subtitles : Yes

An entertaining, genre-bending adventure of a band of misfits who help a noodle-shop owner in her quest for the perfect recipe to make ramen (noodles). Many elements of the film closely and knowingly parallel a classic Western – a ‘spaghetti Eastern’ no less with nods to Charlie Chaplin and Luchino Visconti along the way. A mysterious stranger rides into town and saves the pretty widow from being harassed by bad men. Interspersed with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster, a crazy lady who squeezes all the fruit in a shop and the glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy and surreal Tampopo (Dandelion) is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.

A thriving, celebratory and delightful classic that will leave you ravished by the end, for ramen, Asian cuisine or really, any form of sustenance.”  (Tina Hassannia – National Post)