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Previous Films

Season:  2013

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Life is a Miracle

Director : Emir Kusturica

Country : Serbia

Release Date : 2004

Duration : 149 mins

Language : Serbo-Croatian

Subtitles : Yes

A riotous comedy romance from Serbian maverick Emir Kusturica (Black Cat, White Cat).  When the Bosnian War breaks out, mild-mannered Serbian station-master Luka gets caught up in smuggling, his wife runs off with a musician and his son is captured and falls in love with a Muslim.  With marauding bears, flying beds and the world’s strangest football match, it’s a life-affirming satire of Balkan mayhem, bursting with invention, music and anarchic energy.

“A celluloid carnival that’s full to the brim with merriment, magic and mischievous animals.”  (The Times)

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Arabian Nights

Director : Pier Paolo Pasolini

Country : Italy

Release Date : 1974

Duration : 130 mins

Language : Italian

Subtitles : Yes


A lyrical and sensuous cinematic treatment from one of the world’s greatest film-makers, of stories from The Thousand and One Nights, filmed in Yemen, Ethiopia, Iran and Nepal.  Pasolini focuses on the book’s more erotic tales, framed by the story of a young man’s quest to reconnect with his beloved slave girl.  Full of lustrous sets, costumes and stunning location photography, Arabian Nights is a fierce and joyous exploration of human sexuality.  Engrossing, mysterious, profound and liberating. NB: Sexual content!

“Mildly erotic, slightly deranged, and beautifully entertaining, this is one of the Italian director’s finest works.”  (Film4)

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Grave of the Fireflies

Director : Isao Takahata

Country : Japan

Release Date : 1988

Duration : 89 mins

Language : Japanese

Subtitles : Yes

Exquisitely drawn and profoundly moving animated film from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli, concerning a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan at the end of World War II.  Parentless and homeless, they are forced to wander the countryside, beset by hunger, American bombings and the self-serving indifference of adults.  One of the great anti-war films.

“There are magical moments of natural beauty and childish delight, too – which only make the tragedy even more harrowing.”  (Steve Rose – The Guardian)

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Director : Andrei Zvyagintsev

Country : Russia

Release Date : 2011

Duration : 109 mins

Language : Russian

Subtitles : Yes

Gripping drama from modern Russia.  When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan.  A sharp, bitterly comic story of crystalline clarity about the moral and spiritual coruption of present-day Russia.

“A deeply satisfying film.”  (Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian)

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Director : Pablo Berger

Country : Spain

Release Date : 2012

Duration : 104 mins

Language : No dialogue

Subtitles : No


Modern black and white silent film (think The Artist).  Set in southern Spain in the 1920s, the multi-award winning Blancanieves is a tribute to silent films.  The story of Snow White set in the world of bullfighting in this wonderfully eerie and erotic silent film treat.

“The film is exquisitely shot and Macarena Garcia is achingly gorgeous as the fawn-eyed Carmen/Snow White.”  (Kate Muir – The Times)

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The Imposter

Director : Bart Layton

Country : UK

Release Date : 2011

Duration : 99 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

In 1994 the disappearance of 13-year old Nicholas Barclay rocked his Texan town to the core.  Without any clue to his whereabouts, the ensuing search looked like a lost cause.  However three years later he was found living on the streets in Spain, leading to the most unlikely and emotional of reunions.  But all was not as it seemed.  He looked and sounded decidedly different and, stranger still, his family seemed not to notice these glaring inconsistencies.  Only when an investigator started asking questions does this astounding true story take an even more extraordinary turn.

” ‘The Imposter’ has many lessons; for the rest of us, it reinforces the golden rule: never assume anything about anyone.”  (Urban Cinefile)

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Der Wand (The Wall)

Director : Julian Pölsler

Country : Austria

Release Date : 2012

Duration : 109 mins

Language : German

Subtitles : Yes

A modern version of the Robinson Crusoe story – a highly original exploration of the experience of solitude and survival.  A woman inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside.  Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature.  Based on the hugely popular allegorical German novel, the film stars Martina Gedeck in a performance of rare and vivid intensity.

“This mesmerising, austere and contemplative film provides a rarefied yet utterly immersive viewing experience.”  (Trevor Johnston – Time Out)

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Director : Mateo Gil

Country : Spain/USA

Release Date : 2011

Duration : 104 mins

Language : English and Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

Visually superb widescreen Western.  Living in Bolivia, Butch Cassidy has changed his name to James Blackthorn and ekes out his days as a rancher.  But when he is bushwhacked by a young thief, he is forced to return to his former life.  Re-imagining the last days of the Western outlaw’s life, Mateo Gil’s engrossing drama is bolstered by Sam Shepard’s fantastic performance.

“It feels as unique as the way the ageing Shepard’s eyes appear weirdly independent of the rest of him. He’s a bird of prey gazing through the holes in a crumbling wall.”  (Antonia Quirke – Financial Times)

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The Hunt

Director : Thomas Vinterberg

Country : Denmark

Release Date : 2012

Duration : 115 mins

Language : Danish

Subtitles : Yes

Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job.  Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark about sexual abuse throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced into a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

“Anchored by Mads Mikkelsen’s sympathetic performance, ‘The Hunt’ asks difficult questions with the courage to pursue answers head on.”  (Rotten Tomatoes website)

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Les Amants du Pont-Neuf

Director : Leos Carax

Country : France

Release Date : 1991

Duration : 126 mins

Language : French

Subtitles : Yes

Set around the Pont-Neuf in Paris, the film depicts a love story between two young vagrants Alex (Denis Lavant) and Michèle (Juliette Binoche). Alex is a drug-addicted street performer and Michèle a painter driven to a life on the streets because of a failed relationship and a disease which is slowly destroying her sight. The film portrays their harsh existence living on the bridge while Michèle, with her vision deteriorating, becoming increasingly dependent on Alex. When a possible treatment becomes available, Michèle’s family use street posters and radio appeals to trace her. Fearing that she will leave him if she receives the treatment, Alex tries to keep Michèle from becoming aware of her family’s attempts to find her. The streets, skies and waterways of Paris are used as a backdrop for the story in a series of set-pieces set during the French Bicentennial celebrations in 1989.

Filled with ecstatic imagery which … constitutes a heady anthem to abstracted, mad passions: at once a modern fairy tale and a cinephile’s ‘folie de grandeur’.”  (Geoff Andrew – Time Out)