Kingsbridge Kino

Previous Films

Season:  2016

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Waste Land

Director : Lucy Walker

Country : UK / Brazil

Release Date : 2010

Duration : 100 mins

Language : Portuguese

Subtitles : Yes

Award-winning documentary following internationally-successful Brazilian artist Vik Muniz as he leaves his New York studio and travels to Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill site, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he meets the ‘catadores’ (‘pickers’) who make their living by collecting and selling recyclable materials such as bottles, plastic and metal from the landfill. In a bid to raise funds for the site workers’ association, Muniz selects a group of six catadores to pose as subjects for a new series of artworks made from ‘garbage’ and puts them up for sale in one of Rio’s most upmarket galleries.

An uplifting portrait of the power of art and the dignity of the human spirit.”  (Rotten Tomatoes website)

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Hævnen (In a Better World)

Director : Susanne Bier

Country : Denmark

Release Date : 2010

Duration : 118 mins

Language : Danish

Subtitles : Yes


A gripping, heart-rending drama about revenge and the power of forgiveness from internationally-acclaimed director Susanne Bier (The Night Manager). From the confines of a refugee camp in Africa, to the deceptively idyllic suburban life of two families in Denmark, two fragile worlds are inextricably linked by conflict, violence and the hard choices struggling to be made for life in a better world.

Bier has a potent gift for turning abstract, moral questions like these into edge-of-your-seat compelling dramas that examine, with devastating effect, the complex web of feelings that make us who we are.”  (Kenneth Turan – Los Angeles Times)

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Embrace of the Serpent

Director : Ciro Guerra

Country : Colombia

Release Date : 2015

Duration : 125 mins

Language : Cubeo, Huitoto, Ticuna, Wanano, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Catalan

Subtitles : Yes


At once startling and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, it centres on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him in their search for an Amazonian sacred healing plant.

As rich visually as it is thematically, ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ offers a feast of the senses for film fans seeking a dose of bracing originality.”  (Rotten Tomatoes website)

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Director : Akira Kurosawa

Country : Japan

Release Date : 1985

Duration : 162 mins

Language : Japanese

Subtitles : Yes


Kurosawa’s masterly reimagining of King Lear set in feudal Japan which tells the story of Hidetora, an aging warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his Kingdom amongst his three sons Taro, Jiro and Saburo.When Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father’s plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable, Hidetora mistakes these comments for a threat and banishes him. This allows Taro and Jiro to take charge, unopposed, leading to a brutal and bloody struggle for the absolute power of the warlord.

A landmark of world cinema, this is a rousing, staggering epic and a haunting drama of timeless significance.”  (Jamie Russell – Film4)

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Director : Jan Švankmajer

Country : Czech Republic

Release Date : 1994

Duration : 97 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

Merging live-action footage with stop-motion animation, imaginative puppetry and claymation, this dark, bizarre and surreal version takes liberties with the Faustus legend by borrowing and blending elements from the story as told by Goethe and Christopher Marlowe with traditional folk renditions. It has a distinctly Modernist, Absurdist, Kafkaesque feel, especially with the setting in Prague.  The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and will particularly appeal to fans of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam and the Brothers Quay.

Marvellous grown-up animation with a grubby surrealist sensibility. The best screen treatment of this material to date.”  (Jake Euker – F5)

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Director : John Michael McDonagh

Country : Ireland

Release Date : 2014

Duration : 101 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

Darkly comic Irish thriller starring Brendan Gleeson who plays Father James, the local clergyman of a rural Irish parish. During confession one Sunday, an unseen local informs Father James of his plan of killing him as a way of gaining retribution for abuse he suffered as a young boy at the hands of another Catholic priest. Left with only seven days to make his peace, James visits those within his community while trying to track down his potential killer. Through his exchanges with the locals, which include a cuckolded butcher, a wealthy businessman and an atheistic doctor, James realises that the institution to which he has dedicated his life is becoming obsolete, causing him to doubt the validity of his faith …

A rich character drama that’s equally eloquent and despairing, ‘Calvary’ carries a weary resignation that feels lived-in and deeply considered.”  (Tim Grierson – Screen International)

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Life is Beautiful

Director : Roberto Benigni

Country : Italy

Release Date : 1997

Duration : 116 mins

Language : Italian and German

Subtitles : Yes



Italian comedian Roberto Benigni accomplishes the impossible in his World War II comedy: he shapes a simultaneously hilarious and haunting comedy out of the tragedy of the Holocaust. An international sensation and the most successful foreign language film in US history, the picture also earned director/star Benigni Oscars for Foreign-language Film and Best Actor.

Dares to laugh in the face of the unthinkable. And because Benigni can be heart-rending without a trace of the maudlin, it works.”  (Janet Maslin – New York Times)

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Paris, Texas

Director : Wim Wenders

Country : Germany

Release Date : 1984

Duration : 147 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No


A drifter (Harry Dean Stanton) wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him and together they return to Los Angeles to reunite him with his young son. Soon after, they set out to locate his long-missing wife (Nastassja Kinski), who left shortly after he disappeared.  Featuring an evocative and distinctive slide-guitar soundtrack by Ry Cooder.

One of the few films that has captured the beauty of the American southwest in all its rolling desert glory.”  (Christopher Long – Movie Metropolis)

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Black Coal, Thin Ice

Director : Diao Yinan

Country : China

Release Date : 2014

Duration : 106 mins

Language : Mandarin

Subtitles : Yes


A Chinese thriller.  Two former cops decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers, when identical murders begin again.  The common thread is a female clerk in a dry cleaners.  Winner of 2014 Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear.

Moments of thrilling visual beauty are studded through this Chinese thriller like diamonds through a seam of coal.”  (Tom Huddleston – Time Out)

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Director : Marc Evans

Country : Argentina / UK

Release Date : 2010

Duration : 119 mins

Language : Welsh, Spanish and English

Subtitles : Yes

In 1865 Welsh emigrants move to Patagonia.  Now, in the present day, two stories unfold simultaneously; one of a Welsh couple travelling through Patagonia and the other of an elderly grandmother and her teenage nephew travelling in Wales in search of her mother’s farm. Each story is utterly convincingly told, amid breathtaking textures of Argentinan and Welsh landscapes and, although there is no connection at all between them, the two stories balance each other perfectly in the way the relationships develop.

Two road movies for the price of one, running the parallel stories of pilgrims on a search for identity … (which) … displays a lyrical sensitivity both to the desert landscapes of Patagonia and to the remote, rain-glazed hills of Wales and the unlikeliness of their ancient connection.”  (Anthony Quinn – The Independent)