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Previous Films

Season:  2022

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Babette’s Feast

Director : Gabriel Axel

Country : Denmark

Release Date : 1987

Duration : 108 mins

Language : Danish, Swedish and French

Subtitles : Yes



When Babette, a beautiful and mysterious French refugee (Stéphane Audran), arrives in a remote Danish town, the tight-knit, puritanical community begrudgingly lets her in, providing her with shelter and work. But, after the town patriarch passes away and Babette insists on preparing a feast in his honour, a magical world of sensory revelations is thrown open to the villagers, changing their lives forever. This tale of everyday passion – of the human capacity to create and to love – is a mouthwatering ode to the glory of life from one of cinema’s true originals.

This highly original and deeply poignant tale, leavened with well-judged humour, is that rare thing – a perfect work.”  (Radio Times)

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Sweet Bean

Director : Naomi Kawase

Country : Japan

Release Date : 2015

Duration : 113 mins

Language : Japanese

Subtitles : Yes

A small-town drama of culinary redemption, which opened the prestigious Un Certain Regard section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Struggling street food vendor Sentaro finds himself confronted with Tokue, an odd but sympathetic elderly lady looking for work. When he reluctantly accepts, it’s not long before Tokue proves to have an extraordinary gift when it comes to making “an” – the sweet red bean paste filling used in his dorayaki pancakes – which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food. Director Naomi Kawase focuses on people at the periphery of Japanese society and investigates their place in the flow of life itself.

Naomi Kawase deftly handles her themes of loneliness, social stigma and the joy of finding a purpose in life, and her story’s resolution is bittersweet but uplifting.”  (Jason Best – What’s On TV)

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Oh! What A Lovely War

Director : Richard Attenborough

Country : UK

Release Date : 1969

Duration : 138 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No


A star-studded extravaganza (Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, John Mills, Dirk Bogarde etc etc) about World War I based on the stage musical of the same name, portraying the “Game of War”, and focusing mainly on the members of the Smith family who enlist to fight at the front. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-man’s-land. Prescient, timeless and still relevant today.

It is an elaborately staged tableau, a dazzling use of the camera to achieve essentially theatrical effects. And judged on that basis, Richard Attenborough has given us a breath-taking evening. (Roger Ebert – Chicago Sun-Times)

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Talking About Trees

Director : Suhaib Gasmelbari

Country : Sudan

Release Date : 2019

Duration : 93 mins

Language : Sudanese Arabic

Subtitles : Yes

Ibrahim, Manar, Suleiman and Altayeb, four veteran members of the Sudanese Film Club, embark on a journey in which they aim to revive an old cinema in the city of Omdurman to bring cinema-going culture back to their country. In the crisis-ridden country, the four friends encounter insurmountable resistance in the face of decades of Islamist censorship and inefficient bureaucracy. Following its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, Talking about Trees received numerous awards at film festivals worldwide including the Variety MENA Talent Award at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt. On ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ (the review-aggregation website) the film has an approval rating of 100%.

” ‘Talking About Trees’ is the rare Middle Eastern crowd-pleaser: a film with a big heart and defiant politics that establishes Gasmelbari as one of the hottest new talents in the region.”  (Joseph Fahim – Middle East Eye)

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It Happened One Night

Director : Frank Capra

Country : USA

Release Date : 1934

Duration : 105 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No


In Frank Capra’s acclaimed romantic comedy, spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) impetuously marries the scheming King Westley, leading her tycoon father (Walter Connolly) to spirit her away on his yacht. After jumping ship, Ellie falls in with cynical newspaper reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who offers to help her reunite with her new husband in exchange for an exclusive story. But during their travels, the reporter finds himself falling for the feisty young heiress. Capturing its stars and director at their finest, It Happened One Night remains unsurpassed by the countless romantic comedies it has inspired.

“It is my broad opinion as a motion picture fan that ‘It Happened One Night’ is one of the most entertaining films that has ever been offered to the public.”  (C.A. Lejeune – The Observer)

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The Chambermaid

Director : Lila Avilés

Country : Mexico

Release Date : 2018

Duration : 101 mins

Language : Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

Eve, a young chambermaid working long, laborious shifts in one of the most luxurious hotels in Mexico City enrolls in the hotel’s adult education program to help improve her life. When things don’t result as planned, Eve transforms her lonely existence and newfound courage into the necessary strength to face a life outside the shimmering hotel. Avilés’ impressive debut profits from a spare script and nuanced direction, while Gabriela Cartol’s breakout performance brings charisma and warmth to Eve. With its dry humour and sly observations about class, privilege and exploitation, The Chambermaid is a confident, compelling and deeply resonant piece of film-making.

“A terrifically assured feature debut … an eerily atmospheric, poignant, disquieting movie about 21st-century luxury and the invisible servant class required to maintain it.” (Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian)

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Être et Avoir

Director : Nicolas Philibert

Country : France

Release Date : 2002

Duration : 100 mins

Language : French

Subtitles : Yes

A charming and intimate portrait of a single-class primary school in rural France and its inspirational teacher. Ranging in age from four to ten, the small handful of pupils are taught by the remarkable and wise Georges Lopez, whose patient and enlightened methods highlight a genuine affection for his young charges. Offering a touching and absorbing look at the heart of a village community, director Nicolas Philibert’s film was a surprise cinema hit which was warmly received by critics and won numerous awards including a BAFTA and a European Film Award.

“Thoroughly delightful … has a miraculous simplicity and clarity.”  (Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian)

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The World’s Fastest Indian

Director : Roger Donaldson

Country : New Zealand

Release Date : 2005

Duration : 127 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

A biographical sports drama film based on the Invercargill, New Zealand, speed bike racer Burt Munro and his highly modified 1920 Indian Scout motorcycle. Munro set numerous land speed records for motorcycles with engines less than 1,000 cc at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the late 1950s and into the 1960s. The film stars Anthony Hopkins who has said in interviews that Burt Munro was one of the easiest roles that he has ever played in his career; simply because Munro’s view on life was very similar to his own. A warm and endearing portrayal of an age-defying thrill seeker.

“It features the finest, and most unique, performance by Anthony Hopkins in years and will leave you smiling long after you leave the theatre.”  (Richard Propes – The Independent

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Director : Alfred Hitchcock

Country : USA

Release Date : 1958

Duration : 128 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

Set in San Francisco, James Stewart plays an acrophobic detective hired to trail a friend’s suicidal wife (Kim Novak). After he successfully rescues her from a leap into the Bay, he finds himself becoming enthralled with the beautiful troubled woman who is not what she seems.  One of cinemas’s most chilling romantic endeavours with a fascinating myriad of haunting camera angles shot among some of San Francisco’s renowned landmarks. A brilliant but cynical view of human obsession.

A genuinely great motion picture that demands multiple viewings.”  (Leonard Maltin – Variety)

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Director : Grímur Hákonarson

Country : Iceland

Release Date : 2015

Duration : 93 mins

Language : Icelandic

Subtitles : Yes


In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers – a hard-drinking Icelandic farmer (Theodór Júlíusson) and his estranged brother (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) – who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep. Blackly comic and very rewarding.

Strangely involving; it’s a movie that sneaks up on you, right up to the bursting-dam emotion of its extraordinary closing scenes.”  (Jason Bailey – Flavorwire)