Feb-Mar 2018 diary

Monday 5 Feb 7.30pmIn Between (15)Set in contemporary Tel Aviv this is the story of three young Palestinian women trying to get on with their lives – at work and in relationships. Inevitably there are points of tension and conflict: they are Arabs with a faith heritage – which they have pretty much abandoned - living in society dominated by secular Jewish values. An outstanding drama. (Subtitles).
Monday 12 Feb 7.30pmGod's Own Country (15)This compassionate debut by Francis Lee was one of the outstanding British independent films of the year. Johnny Saxby is a hill-farmer in Yorkshire. His ailing father is something of a traditionalist when it comes to farming and they have disagreements. Johnny’s live is changed when he falls in love with Gheorghe, a Romanian employed to help during lambing. A great story, brilliantly filmed and told.
Monday 19 Feb 7.30pmAlois Nebel (15)This Czech animation didn’t get the exposure it deserved and we are glad to show a rare screening. It is based on a series of graphic novels and is set in a small village on the Czech/Polish border. It is 1989 and the eve of the Velvet Revolution. Alois Nebel slowly learns of the troubled history of the area in the years after the Second World War. Visually absorbing and with a terrific soundtrack. (Subtitles).
Monday 26 Feb 7.30pmThe Party (15)Sally Potter’s black-and-white film of a dinner-party, thrown by a successful politician to celebrate promotion, is a dark comedy, satirising fashionable middle-class, white Western lifestyles. With a top-notch cast (Kirstin Scott-Thomas, Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz and Cherry Jones) this is fiercely intelligent entertainment.
Monday 5 Mar 7.30pmBladerunner 2049 (15)Just 35 years after Blade Runner comes the acclaimed sequel! Visually stunning the film has been short listed for a clutch of awards and demands to be seen on the big screen. Based on Philip K Dick’s characters this dystopian vision of the near future raises social, political, scientific and technological questions as well as offering dazzling and occasionally violent entertainment.
Monday 12 Mar 7.30pmA Woman's Life (12)Guy de Maupassant’s novel Une Vie is the source for this French adaptation filmed in Normandy. Despite the impact of the revolution, 19th Century France remained a grim social world for women - even those members of wealthy aristocratic families. Jeanne’s life story is both personal and a critical view of the society she grew up in. A prize winner at the Venice Film Festival.
Monday 19 Mar 7.30pmBreathe (12A)Based on a true story this star-studded film is a moving account of how Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana (Claire Foy) try to cope with his diagnosis of a terminal illness contracted when in Kenya in 1958 aged just 28. With Tom Hollander, Diana Rigg and Hugh Bonneville among the supporting cast and musical score by Nitin Sawhney this is cinematic story telling not to be missed.
Monday 26 Mar 7.30pmI Am Not A Witch (12)Written and directed by Rungano Nyoni this British-made independent film deserved more attention than it got when released last year. Set in Zambia a young girl - Shula - is accused of witchcraft. Mark Kermode - in an enthusiastic review - praised Nyoni’s “bewilderingly strange yet terrifically sure-footed feature debut... (blending) cruel humour, pointed satire and empathetic anger.”