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Previous Films

Season:  2021

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Director : Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Country : Turkey

Release Date : 2015

Duration : 97 mins

Language : Turkish

Subtitles : Yes

Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbour reports what she considers to be illicit behaviour to the girls’ family. The family over-reacts, removing all “instruments of corruption” like mobile phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in cookery and housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.

Incendiary and intimate, enraging and sweet.”  (Kevin Maher – The Times)

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Director : Carlos Saura

Country : Spain

Release Date : 1983

Duration : 98 mins

Language : Spanish

Subtitles : Yes


Art imitates art in this BAFTA-winning film, which stars Antonio Gades as Antonio, a choreographer looking for someone to play the lead in his new flamenco dance work, based on Bizet’s opera of Mérimée’s story. He spots a young dancer named Carmen whose skills are unrefined but her wildcard spirit is just right for the gypsy heroine who inspires lust and jealousy in a soldier. As Carmen is put through the paces of rehearsal, Antonio falls in love with her. But their affair begins to crack as Carmen’s true character is showly discovered and Antonio questions her loyalty.

Visually exhilarating … mingling dance rehearsals with sexual encounters, ‘Carmen’ is both a new kind of musical and marvellous cinema.” (Nick Roddick – Time Out)

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Director : Nadine Labaki

Country : Lebanon

Release Date : 2018

Duration : 126 mins

Language : Arabic and Amharic

Subtitles : Yes



Capernaum (meaning ‘chaos’ in Arabic) tells the story of Zain, a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the ‘crime’ of giving him life. The film follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old ‘adult’ fleeing his negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, where he meets Ethiopian migrant-worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and food, as Zain takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. Zain later gets jailed for committing a violent crime, and finally seeks justice in a courtroom.

“Naturalism meets melodrama in this harrowing, hectic tale of a lost boy’s adventures in the slums and shantytowns of Beirut … Labaki refuses to lose sight of the exuberance, grit and humour that people hold onto even in moments of the greatest desperation.”  (A.O. Scott – The New York Times)

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Kind Hearts and Coronets

Director : Robert Hamer

Country : UK

Release Date : 1949

Duration : 106 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

Hailing from the Golden-Age of Ealing comedies, Kind Hearts and Coronets stars Dennis Price as the debonair yet impoverished Louis Mazzini, the would-be Duke of Chalfont whose mother was disinherited by her noble family, the D’Ascoynes, for marrying beneath her. When her dying wish to be buried in the family crypt is refused, Louis vows to avenge his mother and work his way up the family tree, by engaging in the gentle art of murder. One by one he attempts to kill off the eight successors that stand in the way of his becoming Duke – all played by Alec Guinness in an unforgettable tour-de-force performance. Also starring Joan Greenwood as the husky-voiced siren Sibella and Valerie Hobson as the refined and virtuous Edith D’Ascoyne, both of whom threaten to distract Louis from his murderous quest. A wonderfully entertaining combination of biting class satire, hilarious farce and pitch-black comedy, this story of a suave and elegant serial murderer is as sharp and funny today as ever. We show this in the 70th anniversary razor-sharp 4K restoration.

The Ealing genre reached utter perfection with this superb black comedy of manners.”  (Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian)

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Director : Julie Taymor

Country : USA

Release Date : 2002

Duration : 123 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No


The true story of Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek) and her husband Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), the larger-than-life painters who became the most acclaimed artists in Mexican history, and whose tempestuous love affair, landmark journeys to America, and outrageous personalities made them legendary. Also featuring Antonio Banderas as David Siqueiros, Edward Norton as Nelson Rockefeller and Geoffrey Rush as Leon Trotsky. Directed by Julie Taymor who has also made remarkable film versions of Titus Andronicus, The Tempest and the original stage version of The Lion King.

“Smart, willful and perverse, this Frida is nobody’s servant, and the tiny Hayek plays her with head held high. You may want to laugh now and then, but you won’t look away.”  (David Denby – New Yorker)

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The Heiresses

Director : Marcelo Martinessi

Country : Paraguay

Release Date : 2018

Duration : 95 mins

Language : Spanish

Subtitles : Yes


Chela and Chiquita, brought up in wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have lived together for over 30 years. Their financial situation has now worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. When their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned for fraud, Chela is forced to face a new reality. Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.

One of the best films of any sort you’ll see, a haunting story with a rich sense of character and place.”  (Ed Potton – The Times)

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Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter … and Spring

Director : Kim Ki-duk

Country : South Korea

Release Date : 2003

Duration : 103 mins

Language : Korean

Subtitles : Yes

In the midst of the Korean wilderness, a Buddhist master patiently raises a young boy to grow in wisdom and compassion, through experience and endless repetitive exercises. Comprised of five segments (in keeping with its title), the film is set entirely on a tiny monastery floating in a lake surrounded by mountains and trees. As he grows up the young boy becomes a Buddhist monk himself and reconciles himself with his karma – although at a high price of physical catharsis.

A work of transporting beauty.”  (Wendy Ide – The Times)

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Director : Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska

Country : Macedonia

Release Date : 2019

Duration : 95 mins

Language : Balkan Turkish

Subtitles : Yes

Portraying the life of Hatidze Muratova, a loner beekeeper of wild bees who lives in the remote mountain village of Bekirlija, and follows her lifestyle before and after neighbours move in next door. Climate change, bio-diversity loss and exploitation of natural resources are all explored and the film literally swarms with truths about greed, respect and animal husbandry. It also also portrays Hatidze’s relationship with her bedridden mother and was the first documentary to receive a nomination in both categories in the history of the Oscars.

Hatidze’s story is heartbreakingly moving, and needs no heavy editorialising. Her strength, dignity, resilience and humanity carry the film’s truth and weight.”  (Paul Byrnes – Sydney Morning Herald)

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Sand Storm

Director : Elite Zexer

Country : Israel

Release Date : 2016

Duration : 87 mins

Language : Arabic

Subtitles : Yes


On-line discussion. A Bedouin village in Southern Israel where Jalila is hosting an awkward celebration – the marriage of her husband to a second, much younger wife – while trying to conceal the insult that boils inside her. Her daughter Layla is preoccupied with a different matter: her secret, strictly forbidden, love affair with Anwar. As the story unfolds, the whole family falls apart and everything they believe in shatters. Now, the two women are forced to understand that, if they wish to survive, they will have to start seeing the world through each other’s eyes.

It’s set in the heart of the desert, but the disturbances of the quietly impressive ‘Sand Storm’ rage not in the natural world but in the intimate corners of the human heart.”  (Kenneth Turan – Los Angeles Times)

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The White Tiger

Director : Ramin Bahrani

Country : India

Release Date : 2021

Duration : 126 mins

Language : Hindi and English

Subtitles : Yes

On-line discussion. Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) narrates his epic and darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Cunning and ambitious, our young hero jockeys his way into becoming a driver for Ashok and his wife, Pinky, who have just returned from America. Society has trained Balram to be one thing – a servant – so he makes himself indispensable to his rich masters. But after a night of betrayal, he realises the corrupt lengths they will go to trap him and save themselves. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master. Based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

A film about a culture of servitude and inequality in modern India … really remarkable and very worth watching.”  (Mark Kermode)