Screening Diary

Buxton Opera House are kindly including our programme in their Cinema leaftlet so we have stopped printing our own. You can download (and print if you wish) the current list of full details here: Buxton Film August-Sept 2018

Monday 11th MarchThe Umbrellas of Cherbourg (U)Released in 1964, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, was the film that brought Catherine Deneuve to a wider audience. More than that, this musical romance has a score by the late Michel Legrand in whose memory we screen this. A film saturated in colour, a story that is timeless, Parapluies is operatic in form - the dialogue is sung as recitative - and tells of the beautiful, young Geneviève (Deneuve) and her love affair with Guy (Nino Castelnuovo) which is interrupted when he is drafted to serve in Algeria (1957). Critic Anne Billson wrote: “one of the most romantic films ever made, but the psychological details are firmly rooted in reality... it’s lifted into another magical dimension by dazzling, colour coded production design... Legrand’s music, with its plaintive love theme, is exquisite.” A tonic, not to be missed.
(In French with subtitles)
Monday 18th MarchVice (15)In a remarkable physical transformation, Christian Bale plays Dick Cheney in this satirical biopic. The official version of the vice president’s role in promoting everything from torture to extraordinary rendition post 9/11 contrasts with director Adam McKay’s take. The film portrays him as a ‘Godfather’ character – a loving and caring father but ruthless self-interested manipulator who controlled a weak and buffoonish George W Bush. By the time you read this, the film may well have won an Oscar or two.
Monday 25th MarchWidows (15)Steve McQueen won the Turner prize in 1999 before turning his talents to film-making. He won a Best Picture Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe for 12 Years A Slave in 2014. Widows is a brutal heist thriller based on the 80’s TV series and not his usual genre. The action is moved from London to Chicago where four armed robbers are killed in a failed heist attempt, only to have their widows step up to finish the job. The gang’s leader Harry (Liam Neeson) was meticulous in keeping records of contacts, bribes and plans for future jobs. Viola Davis plays Veronica Rawlins, Harry’s widow who finds his notebook and decides to continue his work.
Monday 1st AprilCapernaum (12A)A stunning film from Lebanese director Nadine Lebaki which has already won many awards and is nominated for an Oscar (Best Foreign Film category) this year. The film opens in a courtroom with the judge asking 12 year-old Zain why he is suing his parents. “Because they gave me life” he replies. Set in the slums of Beirut and with an astonishing performance by Zain al Rafeea, we watch his angry journey rebelling against the card he was dealt to find some compassion in his chaotic world of a dog-eat-dog, corruption and criminality. Unmissable.
(In Arabic with subtitles)
Monday 8th AprilTwo 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 AprilThe 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 AprilChimes 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 AprilAn 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.”