Buxton Opera House are kindly including our programme in their Cinema leaftlet so we have stopped printing our own.
Here is our diary – we update it as soon as new films are confirmed. You won’t find a more varied and interesting programme anywhere!
|POSTPONED||Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache (PG)||Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968) was the first woman film director and for a long time was the only woman filmmaker at work. That makes her a significant figure in cinema history. Born in Paris she started working for the Gaumont company in 1894 and made her first film two years later. She made many films about dance and travel.
She moved to the US with her husband Herbert where they set up The Solax Company - an innovative film studio that enjoyed about 10 years of great success. This intriguing documentary is part of a process to restore Alice Guy-Blaché to her rightful place.
|POSTPONED||And Then We Danced (15)||Merab, a young dancer with the National Georgian Ensemble strives to achieve perfection and recognition from the strict dance teacher who seems to be looking for reasons to put him down. When a new dancer, Irakli, appears on the scene he experiences competition as well as the stirrings of forbidden desire. This is a compelling love story, but much more than that, it’s an insight into many aspects of Georgian society. The breath-taking choreography and physical ability of the actors weaving through the strong narrative will keep you hooked in for every minute of this stunning film.|
|Monday 6th April||Portrait of A Lady on Fire||Céline Sciamma’s film is one of the best that you will see all year. A period costume drama, a love story - yes, but so much more.
Late in the 18th century, on an island in Britanny, Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) is living with her mother and maid. She is engaged to be married to a Milanese nobleman. There is an expectation that her portrait will be painted and sent to her fiancé. She resists the idea and her mother employs Marianne (Noémie Merlant) as a companion who will secretly make the portrait too.
Gorgeously filmed, intelligent and with a powerful emotional hit this is a film not to miss.
|Monday 13th April||Harriet (12A)||Harriet Tubman was born a slave in Maryland in 1822. In her 20s she escaped but then sought to rescue family members through the ‘Underground Railroad’. In time she helped guide dozens of slaves to safety. She lived to be 90 and later in life she campaigned for women’s suffrage.
Cynthia Erivo stars as Harriet in a film which focuses on her work in helping slaves find freedom. Acclaimed by audiences world wide this reminder of the barbaric treatment routinely dealt to Black Americans remains relevant in a world in which slavery yet exists - albeit in more hidden forms.
|Monday 20th April||System Crasher (15)||Benni is 9. She is bright, energetic, articulate, foul-mouthed and given to outbursts of violence. Her mother and siblings can’t cope with Benni but, as it turns out, neither can social services. A ‘system crasher’ is the term used to describe a child who can’t be placed with a foster family. Drugs could be a solution for calming Benni (Helena Zengel is tremendous here) but her caseworker hopes to find other, less invasive, answers. A bold and visceral film from Germany and an impressive debut by director Nora Fingscheidt.|
|Monday 27th April||The Perfect Candidate (12A)||Haifaa Al Mansour is the first female film director to emerge from Saudi Arabia. Her debut, Wadjda, won her many admirers for its positive, upbeat take on life for young women in a conservative Islamist world. In her fourth feature Al Mansour is back in Saudi Arabia and Maryam is at the heart of the story. She is a doctor who is frustrated by the embedded sexism in her patriarchal society. Determined not to be put off she puts herself forward as a candidate in local elections. It takes a lot for her campaign to break through. A gentle critique of Saudi society with a lovely background of traditional Arabic music.|
|Monday 4th May||The Truth (PG)||The Truth is certainly a film to look forward to. With a stellar cast - Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke - and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters was one of the best films of 2018) it has all the ingredients. Happily it delivers.
Fabienne (Deneuve) is an actress looking back on her life and career. She also has to deal with the fact that she wasn’t a great mother. Her daughter, Lumir (Binoche) and alcoholic son-in-law (Hawke) are on hand to correct Fabienne’s rose-tinted memories.