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!
|Monday 8th April||Two for the Road (PG)||With the recent deaths of Stanley Donen and Albert Finney the world of film lost two outstanding figures. Donen will be best remembered for directing Singing In The Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Charade. Finney’s performances in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Tom Jones will guarantee the affection of British audiences. In Two For the Road Finney stars opposite Audrey Hepburn (with a score by Henry Mancini). Donen directs this love story (a love that doesn’t always run smoothly) with wit and intelligence. Beautifully filmed on travels through France this is a fitting way to remember great filmmakers.|
|Monday 15th April||The Guilty (15)||We have become familiar with Danish drama on the small screen through programmes such as Borgen and The Killing. Feature films from Denmark have crept under the radar rather. The Guilty is a claustrophobic drama set in an emergency call centre. A serving police officer is awaiting trial for an alleged offence. Meanwhile he is away from active duty and is taking calls from the public. Some are trivial, others may be serious. For a streetwise officer like Asger Holm this should be a straightforward assignment - and it is, until a call comes in from a woman who is clearly distressed and frightened.|
|Tuesday 23rd April||Chimes at Midnight (U)||Shakespeare’s birth and death are reckoned to have been both on 23 April. Hundreds of film adaptations of his work and life exist but Chimes at Midnight is one of the very best. Directed by Orson Welles, with a stellar cast including John Gielgud, Margaret Rutherford, Jeanne Moreau, Fernando Rey and Welles himself, the film tells of the relationships between Sir John Falstaff, Prince Hal and King Henry IV. The script draws on five of Shakespeare’s plays. Apart from the psychological drama in which Hal is shown to be torn between loyalty to his father, the King, and friendship with Falstaff, there is also a tremendous Battle of Shrewsbury. Welles thought this among his best work and it’s a film to be relished.|
|Monday 29th April||An Impossible Love (15)||This is a faithful adaptation of Christine Angot’s autobiographical novel published in France in 2015. Set between 1960-2000 it tells of Rachel (a fictional version of Angot’s mother) who grew up in a small town. She is a little naive and is overwhelmed by the more sophisticated Parisian Phillipe. Their romance is long-standing but inconsistent. It could be destructive for Rachel alone but their daughter Chantal has to cope with her parents volatility too. Wendy Ide, in The Observer, said of Catherine Corsini’s film: “an intimate and sensitively observed study of a mother-daughter relationship.”|
|Monday 13th May||3 Faces (15)||Iranian Jafar Panahi was banned by his government from making films. This is his fourth film since the ban was announced! By definition each film is a subversive act of defiance ,scrutinising some aspect of Iranian life and culture. The starting point for 3 Faces is a short bit of video that appears to show the death of a young woman. Panahi stars alongside Behnaz Jafari, a popular Iranian actress, as they set out to unravel the truth behind the images on the mobile phone.
|Monday 20th May||The Sisters Brothers (15)||This is the first English language film by French director Jacques Audiard and is based on the acclaimed novel by Patrick deWitt. Set in 1850s Oregon, Eli Sisters (John C Reilly) and his brother Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) are hitmen and have been employed to track down and kill gold prospector Hermann Warm. The trail is long and the Brothers develop doubts in this “mournfully comic western.”|
|Monday 3rd June||Ash is the Purest White (15)||This Chinese film provides some revealing insights into how the collapse of the Communist Party has left something of a vacuum in towns and cities that has been filled by mobsters and criminals. The film follows the life of Qiao - a smart and resourceful young woman - who is initially involved with violent gang leader Bin. Over time Bin’s grip over Qiao loosens but it is a slow and painful process. Evidently for some Chinese the worst aspects of capitalist life are intoxicating.|
|Thursday 13th June||Eaten By Lions||People often ask for more comedies to lighten the mood, so here is a good-natured film that everyone can enjoy. Omar and Pete are half-brothers. Omar wants to meet his birth father. Pete joins him on a search that takes them from Bradford to Blackpool. With a well-written script, that delivers its affectionate message about the complexities of British family life deftly, and some strong performances there is plenty to enjoy.|
|Monday 17th June||Woman at War||This Icelandic film is the most warm-hearted, enjoyable thing that we have seen all year
- and we are delighted that it ends this season. Please do come and see Halla, a middle-aged choir leader and eco-warrior. She loves Iceland, she loves people, she knows what is right and what is wrong. And one thing that is clearly wrong is the blight of the landscape caused by the electricity industry. Halla sets about putting this wrong right. She is a heroine for the 21st Century and we love her dearly!