September to December 2016
Tuesday 20th September
Marguerite, 2015, Fra, Xavier Giannoli
Set in Paris in the 1920s Marguerite tells the tale of an aging socialite who fervently pursues an opera singing career despite an utter lack of talent. Delightfully recreating the period, Marguerite is an amusing and tragic portrait of fortune, infamy and delusion, honouring its real-life inspiration with a well-acted look at the nature of art and the value of a dream.
Tuesday 4th October
Blue Ruin, 2013, US, Jeremy Saulnier
Blue Ruin is an award-winning revenge thriller from Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) about a man, Dwight Evans (Macon Blair) who appears to be a friendless drop-out living in his car. But all isn't as it seems. A turn of events shakes him from his torpor and sends him back to his childhood home in search of vengeance. What follows is a powerful, stripped-down tale of revenge with bloodied hands and blackened heart. Blue Ruin takes a new stab at an old genre with refreshingly results. A lean, tough, thoughtful thriller with serious depth.
Tuesday 18th October
Mustang, 2015, Tur/Fra, Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Set in a small rural community in northern Turkey Mustang depicts the lives of five sisters and the challenges they face growing up in a conservative society. Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Mustang is an amazing debut feature, masterfully balancing personal and political concerns. With atmospheric cinematography, a moving score by violinist Warren Ellis and natural, unforced performances, Mustang is a sweet, sad delight, an ethereal fairytale, and a feminist take on the oppression of women everywhere.
Tuesday November 1st
The Stanford Prison Experiment, 2015, US, Kyle Patrick Alvarez
The Stanford Prison Experiment is a dramatisation of the famous experiment conducted at Stanford University in 1971 by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo in which students played the roles of prisoners and prison guards. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez cranks up a pressure cooker script to chilling effect, creating an absorbing film that packs a timelessly relevant punch. A richly challenging film that will provide much to discuss and argue about.
Tuesday November 15th
Son of Saul, 2015, Hungary, László Nemes
Set in the Auschwitz concentration camp, Son of Saul follows a day in the life of Saul Ausländer (Géza Röhrig), a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, work units forced on threat of death to help dispose of gas chamber victims. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Son of Saul is grimly intense yet thoroughly unforgettable, a brilliantly directed film that creates a deep-focused fictional story within the Holocaust setting, finding actual drama, and not just despair, in the living hell of a concentration camp.
Tuesday December 6th
A Bigger Splash, 2015, Ita/Fra, Luca Guadagnino
A Bigger Splash stars Tilda Swinton as Marianne Lane, a famous rock star, resting an injured throat while holidaying on the remote Italian island of Pantelleria with her photographer boyfriend, Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts). Their lover's idyll is disrupted by the unexpected visit of Marianne's old producer, Harry (Ralph Fiennes), and his daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson). What follows is a sly, absorbing, sun-kissed delight, a shifting game of sex and jealousy that offers sumptuously soapy delights for fans of psychological adult drama.