When Manon eavesdrops on hunters and learns the truth about the Soubeyrans and their plot against her father, she blocks the water supply to the village at its source in a cave only she knows about. Pandemonium ensues as Manon's scheme exacts revenge. Though deeply tragic, the story unfolds with charm, wit, and high spirits. Montand and Auteuil are superb in their roles as conniving villains who pay a terrible price, and Béart is magnificent as Manon.
Cast Emmanuelle Béart, Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, Hippolyte Girardot, Élisabeth Depardieu, Ticky Holgado. "Daniel Auteuil deserved his César for Best Actor: his moral dignity provides the emotional core of a film that looks superb" - Empire.
France 1986 Claude Berri 113m
What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told.
From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, "Murder on the Orient Express" tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.
Malta/USA 2017 Kenneth Branagh 115m
Alain Gomis’ latest film orbits around its heroine of the same name (Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu), a single mother who makes a living as a nightclub singer in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Félicité’s life takes a complicated turn when her son Samo (Gaetan Claudia) is critically injured in a motorcycle accident. She is forced to swallow her pride and go hat-in-hand to any possible source of financing for the costly surgery, medication and follow-up medical care. Concurrent with this crisis, Félicité is fixed in the romantic crosshairs of Tabu (Papi Mpaka), a charming bar patron and handyman with demons of his own. Music forms the spine of ‘Félicité’; not just due to the livelihood of its heroine, but also from the presence of a tone-setting chorus. Cast Véro Tshanda Beya, Papi Mpaka, Gaetan Claudia. “A wild and adventurous fourth feature from French-African director Alain Gomis” - The Film Stage.
France/Belgium/Senegal 2015 Alain Gomis 120m
Made in 1945, the film is based on events which took place in Rome just one year before, during the Nazi occupation and the resistance. It made a huge impact on its release, launched the international reputation of its director, Roberto Rossellini, and came to be seen as the founding work of Italian neo-realism.
Italy 1945 Roberto Rosselini 103m
Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide.
Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness. Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity. Presented by Tim Marlow.
UK 2017 Phil Grabsky 85m
Tickets £12.50 (Friends/Students £10)
Francois Ozon's erotic thriller, about a woman Chloé (Marion Vacth from ‘Young and Beautiful’) who falls in love with Paul, her psychoanalyst (Jérémie Renier) but discovers there's more to him than meets the eye, sees the director back to his old tricks after the restrained Second World War saga ‘Franz’.
His latest foray has style, sex appeal and a delicious streak of craziness. When Chloé and Paul move into their new apartment she discovers a box containing Paul’s past, including a passport bearing a different surname. A web of secrets are about to be unleashed… Loosely based on the Joyce Carol Oates novel ‘Lives of the Twins’ (written under the pseudonym Rosamond Smith) and with distinct shades of Brian de Palma and Hitchcock on the side. Watch out for Jacqueline Bisset in a neat cameo part. Cast: Marine Vacth, Jeremie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer, Dominique Reymond. “Made with serious craftsmanship but never takes itself seriously” - The Hollywood Reporter.
France 2017 François Ozon 107m
Bolshoi Ballet (Recorded Live)
Shostakovich – Maillot: Principals Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov clash, challenge and eventually give themselves to one another in a wonderfully entertaining production that can only be seen at the Bolshoi!
Baptista struggles to marry off his tempestuous daughter Katharina, a shrew who denies that any man could possibly be her match. However when she meets Petruchio, who is as ill-tempered as she, the two forces of nature ignite an unexpected and explosive encounter. Acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot brings out the wit, fast-paced athleticism and vibrancy from the Bolshoi Ballet dancers in Shakespeare’s rowdy comedy with music by Shostakovich. Captured live on 24th January, 2016. 125m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
Gauguin – Voyage de Tahiti
In 1891 Gauguin has exiled himself to Tahiti. He wants to rediscover his painting, as a free, wild man, far from the moral, political, and aesthetic codes of civilised Europe.
He goes ever deeper into the jungle, coping with solitude, poverty, and sickness. He meets Tehura, who becomes his wife, and the subject of his greatest paintings. This second feature from Édouard Deluc, the director of Return to Mendoza. Deluc was inspired by Noa Noa, a book of journeys by Gauguin as well as The Moon and Sixpence by Somerset Maugham based on the artist’s life. Cast Vincent Cassel, Malik Zidi, Tuheï Adams, Pua-Taï Hikutini. “Vincent Cassel incarnates Paul Gauguin with such determination and enthusiasm it is a joy to behold” - Télérama
France 2016 Édouard Deluc 102m
Laurent Cantet (Cannes Palme d’Or winner for ‘The Class’) here returns to top form by mixing social relevance and tension as his characters, all high school students off for the summer, attend a workshop for fictional writing headed by well-known French novelist Olivia (Marina Foïs).
The multiculturalism is, like most of France, represented in the group with Arabic, African, and Spanish among the dozen or so students attending the workshop. The main character, Antoine (Matthieu Lucci), is a white-nationalist-minded teenager who, in his free time, watches right-wing videos about guns and reflects on France’s lost cultural identity. Olivia soon finds herself fascinated by the angry-eyed Antoine, because, for all of his troubling views, he happens to be an astute literary critic. Cast Marina Foïs, Matthieu Lucci, Warda Rammach, Issam Talbi, Florian Beaujean, Mamadou Doumbia, Julien Souve, Mélissa Guilbert, Olivier Thouret, Lény Sellam. “A stunningly authentic portrait of French youth today; their class, racial and occupational concerns” - Variety.
France 2016 Laurent Cantet 113m
LIVE: Oscar Wilde Season
The first of five plays from the Classic Spring Theatre Company’s Oscar Wilde Season. Live from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End.
Olivier award-winner Eve Best and BAFTA-nominated Anne Reid star in this new classically staged production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy directed by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques. Nearby a woman lives, cradling a long-buried secret. First performed in 1893, Oscar Wilde’s marriage of glittering wit and ‘Ibsenite’ drama satirised the socially conservative world of the Victorian upper-class, creating a vivid new theatrical voice which still resonates today. ‘One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.’ Oscar Wilde. 150m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
A loving tribute to the icon of French song with a brilliant performance by Jeanne Balibar who has an uncanny physical resemblance to the late “Dame en noir” as the legend used to be called by her admirers.
Mathieu Amalric (who won best director at Cannes for ‘On Tour’) directs Balibar, his ex-wife, in a film within a film. Balibar plays an actress called Brigitte who is cast to star in a film about Barbara with Amalric playing a director called Yves. At times it is deliberately difficult to know what is real and what is recreation as Amalric edits in material from documentaries but there’s no doubt about the power of Balibar’s performance. Cast Mathieu Amalric, Jeanne Balibar, Erwan Ribard. “Jeanne Balibar is cast in the double role of the celebrated singer and an actor playing her in a haunting performance” - The Guardian.
France 2017 Mathieu Amalric 97m
The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius takes on the French New Wave and runs with it in style in ‘Redoubtable’.
Charting the brief relationship of the iconic Jean-Luc Godard and Anne Wiazemsky (following the filming of ‘La Chinoise’, their marriage, and the May 1968 riots in Paris) Hazanavicius gives his subject a thorough going over, liberally sprinkled with irony, humour and affection. As Godard becomes more interested in politics he alienates his wife and his friends not to mention the public who preferred his zestful early films such as ‘Breathless’. He seems eager to reject his own oeuvres (eventually denouncing all of his cinema as “merde,” while espousing such ‘anarchic’ comics as Jerry Lewis and the Marx Brothers). With an almost unrecognisable Louis Garrel displaying a deft talent for comedy as JLG and Stacy Martin (from Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’) looking the part of his Sixties muse who gamely spends much of the time naked, Hazanavicius focusses on the inner turmoil of creative spirits. Cast Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo, Gregory Gadebois, Micha Lescot, Olivia Forest, Félix Kysyl. “Le Redoutable is a marvelous comedy very reminiscent of Woody Allen’s classics” - Vanity Fair.
France 2016 Michel Hazanavicius 102m
At the age of 40 Auguste Rodin (Vincent Lindon) at last receives his first state commission in 1880: The Gates of Hell, a sculptural group work composed of many figures, some of which would be the basis of free-standing sculptures that would later bring him fame, such as The Kiss and The Thinker.
His pupil, assistant and, soon, his mistress is Camille Claudel (Izïa Higelin), an artist of no mean talent herself has to work in the shadow of the increasingly famous Rodin. Ten years of passion ensue, but also of mutual admiration and complicity. After their break-up, Rodin relentlessly pursues his work, coping with the rejection and the enthusiasm provoked by the sensuality of his sculptures. Veteran writer-director Jacques Doillon provides fresh insights in to the artist’s life and work in the year of the centenary of his birth. Cast Vincent Lindon, Izia Higelin, Séverine Caneele, Bernard Verley, Anders Danielsen Lie, Olivier Cadiot, Arthur Nauzyciel, Laurent Poitrenaux, Guylène Péan, Magdalena Malina, Léa Jackson, Clép Ayasse-Sénia. “Doillon’s fastidiously executed labour of love focuses on the tangled relationship between Rodin and Camille Claudel” - Screen Daily.
France 2016 Jacques Doillon 119m
Polish actress Karolina Gruszka stars in this sweeping biography of the legendary, Nobel Prize–winning physicist and chemist.
Curie courted controversy with both her challenging of France’s male-dominated academic establishment and her unconventional romantic life. Physicist, chemist, and pioneer in the study of radioactivity, Curie spent her life setting precedents. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and the first person to win it twice. Director Marie Noëlle conjures turn-of-the-century Europe with camerawork whose restless precision is an analogue of the brilliant scientist's mind. Cast Karolina Gruszka, Charles Berling, André Wilms, Arieh Worthalter, Samuel Finzi, Daniel Olbrychski, Sabin Tambrea. “Karolina Gruszka is very good as Curie, conveying a mix of intelligence and romantic impulse” - Chicago Reader.
France/Poland/Germany/UK 2016 Marie Noëlle 95m
Three women defend their home against a group of armed men who want to take it forcibly from them, in the film announced as Britain’s submission for best foreign-language film at the Oscars.
Inspired by the true story of a family of women defending their rural home from a half-brother with a claim to their land, and carloads of men with guns (“What will they do?” one invader sneers. “Hit me with their slippers?”), the film shapes up to be a bloodbath by numbers. But Anglo-Pakistani director, Sarmad Masud, takes it in a far more humane and moving direction, using flashbacks to flesh out the sisters’ relationship with their father and brother. Shot in Pakistan with an Urdu script, this is a lyrical, heart-poundingly tense and strikingly feminist film. (Subtitles)
UK 2017 Sarmad Masud 92m
A man who plays God for a living meets a boy who chooses to play Devil in Yorgos Lanthimos’ chilling and breath-taking new film.
Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. Once again, as he did with ‘The Lobster’, Lanthimos is working in a deeply metaphorical register, using an impossible situation to illuminate relatable human fears. With uniformly great performances throughout the cast and Lanthimos’ stunning eye for detail and composition, this is one of the most unforgettable films of the year.
UK/Ireland 2017 Yorgos Lanthimos 121m
To complement the Gloria Grahame story ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ (screening from Dec 8), we bring you two of her films: this Nicholas Ray film, alongside Humphrey Bogart, and Fritz Lang’s ‘The Big Heart’ alongside Glenn Ford.
Screenwriter Dixon Steele (Bogart), faced with the odious task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hatcheck girl Mildred Atkinson tell him the story in her own words. Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect. His record of belligerence when angry and his macabre sense of humour tell against him. Fortunately, lovely neighbour Laurel Gray (Grahame) gives him an alibi. Laurel proves to be just what Steele needs, and their friendship ripens into love. Will suspicion, doubt and Steele's inner demons come between them? A film as compelling today as the day it was released.
USA 1950 Nicholas Ray 94m
Exhibition on Screen
No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. This film offers an immersive journey into his remarkable life and art.
Based on the extraordinary group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, this film conveys unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences - Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle - to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain. Embark on your very own 21st century grand tour and visit the sites immortalised by Canaletto’s views - from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church Of Santi Giovanni e Paolo 90m
Tickets £12.50 (Friends/Students £10)
During the Nazi occupation of France, a young Catholic boarding-school student witnesses the courage of his teachers as they defy the anti-Semitic policies of the German forces, and quietly enrol Jewish children in their school using assumed names. Malle creates an authentic mood of unspoken suspicions and everyday secrecy, drawing upon performances, decor, even nature itself to paint a wintry portrait of childhood on the brink of horrific discovery. The film's quiet integrity finally depends on his avoidance of heroic cliché and stylistic bombast, and on the un-indulgent generosity extended towards his characters. The great Louis Malle based this movie on his rueful recollection of an event that happened at his own childhood boarding school during WWII.
France 1987 Louis Malle 104m
NT Live from the Bridge Theatre
Rory Kinnear is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’. 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the 32-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night than Karl Heinrich Marx. 220 mins including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
A romance sparks between Hollywood leading lady Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and struggling young actor Pete Turner (Jamie Bell).
In the late 70s, Turner met and fell in love with Oscar-winner Gloria Grahame who, incredibly, was living in the same north London boarding house, whilst optimistically looking for stage work in Britain. Then, some time after their affair ended, Grahame collapsed in her dressing room while on tour in the UK, and had asked to come and stay with Peter and his family in Liverpool, poignantly convinced that she could recover there. Adapted from Turner’s memoir, the film also stars Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen Graham, Julie Walters and a cameo from the real Peter Turner as Jack. To complement this film we present two Gloria Grahame films (‘In a Lonely Place’ & ‘The Big Heat’) on the big screen.
UK 2017 Paul McGuigan 105m
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Judi Dench) remarkable rule.
When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. It was on a 2003 family trip to the Isle of Wight’s Osborne House that Indian journalist Shrabani Basu wandered through the house’s Indian wing, and noticed several portraits and a bust of an Indian servant called Abdul Karim, and noted that “he did not look like a servant”. In a project that spanned around five years and three countries, Basu slowly uncovered the story of Victoria and Abdul - a 24-year old former Indian Muslim clerk who had been granted as a ‘Golden Jubilee gift’ to the Queen, and ended up becoming her closest confidante until she died. From the director of ‘Philomena’ and ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’.
UK 2017 Stephen Frears 106m
As part of Chichester Cinema’s Education Programme, we will be presenting a two hour journey through the development of the systems and equipment that bring the art form to the silver screen.
The presentation by Michael Cox, covers the period 1895 to the present. From the pioneers of motion pictures and on through the development of cameras, studios, projectors and cinemas. It will feature along the way the enhancements to sound, colour , depth and screen shapes.
The mysteries of VistaVision, Cinerama, CinemaScope, 3D, 70mm, Imax, Dolby Sound and the Switch to Digital Pictures will all be revealed!
Fri 8 Dec 18:30-20:30 (Studio)
The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.
The Magic Castle is a ratty motel on the outskirts of Orlando’s Disney World. The little kids who gleefully run around these hallways and swampy backfields don’t seem to notice the disparity between their pastel-coloured surroundings and the hard-luck life they’re living. Nor do they appreciate the dangerous choices that their single mothers (including a revelatory Bria Vinaite) stare down on a daily basis, simply to make the rent. Indie wunderkind Sean Baker presents us an unforgettable original piece of work that vibrates with compassion and energy. This is one that according to all the respected critics – is not to be missed!
USA 2017 Sean Baker 115m
Comédie Française presents Moliere’s
The Comédie-Française is offering audiences the chance to enjoy emblematic repertoire plays at the cinema, in the original French with English subtitles. As a trial run we present a recorded live performance of Moliere’s greatest classic comedy ‘The Misanthrope’.
Alcest loves Célimène, a flirtatious woman from the Parisian high society. He loathes this world for its hypocritical etiquette but, shaken by a public trial he is called to by this social circle, he must visit Célimène to ask for her help. ‘Le Misanthrope’ looks at a society freed from the authority of family and religion, where people show their true nature as lust and desire take over.The main character’s questionable morals, giving up on high society etiquette and demands, force his peers to shed light on their own contradictions and shortcomings. Recorded live. In French with English subtitles. 185m including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
In the second of our Gloria Grahame films, tough cop Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.
Bannion is tipped off after a colleague's suicide and his fellow officers' suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters' payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster's spurned girlfriend Debbie (Grahame). As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland's insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth. This is a taut and gripping, vintage police thriller.
USA 1953 Fritz Lang 90m
Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of ‘The Nutcracker’.
The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?
With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognisable of all ballet scores. Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs.
Peter Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasising the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love. The Bolshoi’s production follows next Sunday. 135m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15; Children £10)
Ingmar Bergman meets Stephen King in Joachim Trier’s beguiling thriller about a woman who begins to fall in love, only to discover that she has fantastic powers.
This is the story of a simple young girl, Thelma (Eili Harboe), from a remote town on the coast of Norway who acts against her devoutly religious parents’ wishes and enrolls at a university in Oslo. She’s an isolated misfit, unequipped with the social skills that seem to come so easily everyone else’s. Only moments after sparking a conversation with a beautiful fellow student named Anja (musician Kaya Wilkins), the electricity proves to be too much, and Thelma starts to violently convulse on the floor. This will not be the last of her seizures. She has a unique ability to shape and affect her environment, but when Thelma is upset or agitated, strange things seem to happen.
Norway 2017 Joachim Trier 116m
Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp.
The people of Shula’s (Margaret Mulubwa) village don’t waste time crying over spilt well-water – they look for someone to blame. And Shula, new to town, with no family, is the obvious choice. She is denounced as a witch, and removed from the community. From there, she is taken to a government-run travelling witch camp in this arresting first feature from Zambia-born, Wales-raised Rungano Nyoni. The film crafts a framework of superstition and ritual, and blends deadpan humor with light surrealism, vivid visuals and left-field musical choices.
UK 2017 Rungano Nyoni 93m
De Plus Belle
A female-centric post-cancer drama set in and around Lyon, and directed by Anne-Gaëlle Daval – another of the many French female writer/directors.
Lucie (Florence Foresti) is in remission and her illness is almost a distant memory. Her family pushes her to live life to the fullest, and in doing so Lucie meets the charming and arrogant Clovis (Mathieu Kassovitz), who is immediately beguiled by her wit and humor. It is Dalila (Nicole Garcia), however, an eccentric and delightful dance teacher, who inspires Lucie to rebuild her life and to grow into the woman she always wanted to be. For her mother, for her daughter, for Clovis. The subject matter is treated with humour and an obvious commitment to showing people of all ages, races and shapes, without catering to standard canons of “beauty,” (Subtitles)
France 2017 Anne-Gaëlle Daval 95m
Based on the New York Times bestseller, ‘Wonder’ tells the incredibly inspiring and heart-warming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters a mainstream school for the first time.
Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey unites them all and proves you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play the parents, but it is the standout performance by young Canadian actor Jake Tremblay – we all remember his astounding breakout turn in ‘Room’ (2015) – that you will remember once you leave the cinema.
USA 2017 Stephen Chbosky 113m
La Mort de Louis XIV
Back by popular demand after its Chichester Film Festival screening, the legendary Jean-Pierre Léaud brings ineffable presence to the title role.
Catalan director Albert Serra continues his contemplative series of studies of legendary figures, with this elegant, mesmerising evocation of the last days of the Sun King, surrounded by doctors and courtiers as he yields slowly to a fatal infection. Magnificently shot by Jonathan Ricquebourg, his candlelit cinematography echoing the chiaroscuro of 17th-century painter Georges de La Tour, the film portrays the arcane system of court protocol while powerfully evoking the distance between the physical body of a decrepit mortal and the mythical being of the monarch as God. Playing the king is a legend of French cinema - Jean-Pierre Léaud, once the golden youth of the Nouvelle Vague, now enacting his own mortality in a performance that is as revealing and poignant as it is minimalist. A film of stately beauty and philosophical depth. (Subtitles)
France/Portugal/Spain 2016 Albert Serra 115m
‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol.
Directed by Bharat Nalluri (‘Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day’), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.
Ireland/Canada 2017 Bharat Nalluri 95m
+ Carols Info
Join us for some Christmas Carols on Sunday 17 December at 11:00, before our screening of ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’. Front of House Manager Henry Beltran will once again lead us through some of your favourite carols, backed by an all-star band of musicians… well, musicians you may have sat next to whilst watching a film at New Park anyway. Those who have previously joined us for our seasonal vocal gymnastics will remember how much fun this event is, and if we are lucky, there may even be some Mulled Wine and Mince Pies magically provided.
Tickets £10 (Concessions £9, Children £5)
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.
Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors). Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.225m inc interval
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
Tchaikovsky – Grigorovich: A holiday tradition for the whole family, ‘The Nutcracker’ sweeps the Bolshoi stage for two hours of enchantment and magic.
As the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and transforms into a prince! Soon joined by her other toys that have also come to life, Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy unforgettable adventure.Grigorovitch’s choreography for the Bolshoi makes for a fascinating comparison with the Royal Opera House production with choreography by Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov. Cast: Denis Rodkin (the Nutcracker Prince), Anna Nikulina (Marie), Andrei Merkuriev (Drosselmeyer), Vitaly Biktimirov (the Mouse King), and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet. 135m including interval (Recorded live).
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15; Children £10)
Treasures from the Archives: France
Le Salaire de la Peur
This extraordinarily gripping thriller from Henri-Georges Clouzot, sees four men hired to transport an urgent nitro-glycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.
The Southern Oil Company sends out a call for long-distance truck drivers and will pay $2,000 dollars per man, literally, to die for. Through expository dialogue, tense interactions and flashbacks, we become intimately acquainted with the four drivers who sign up for this death-defying mission: Corsican Yves Montand, Italian Folco Lulli, German Peter Van Eyck, and Frenchman Charles Vanel. The first half of the film methodically introduces the characters and their motivations. The second half - the drive itself - is a relentless, goosebump-inducing assault on the audience's senses. The winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival. Together with ‘Diabolique’, ‘The Wages of Fear’ earned Clouzot the reputation as a "French Hitchcock." (Subtitles)
France 1953 Henri-Georges Clouzot 131m
Ingmar Bergman directs this newly restored and re-issued version of his tribute to Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflaute’.
This dazzling piece of entertainment, about the triumph of the perfect love of Tamino and Pamina, is full of beauty, intelligence, wit, and fun. What Bergman does is to convey the actual magic of theatre at its best. He conveys the sense of being transported into the world of the story being presented - a world in which the theatrical artifice melts away. While the film is certainly more light-hearted than most of the filmmaker’s work - even its darker aspects are only playing at being dark (spooky would be a better word) - it’s very much a Bergman film in its look. (Sung in Swedish with English Subtitles).
Sweden 1975 Ingmar Bergman 135m
A psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between a middle-aged man and his mother.
Toby Jones is at his very best in this complex and dark psychological thriller. Middle-aged Carl (Jones), recently released from prison, is trying to adjust to life on the outside. His bleak life is challenged by the arrival of his controlling mother (the ever excellent Anne Reid) just as he embarks on his first date in 15 years. At the heart of this modern day 'Psycho' are some unsettling questions: Can we ever escape the role in which we are cast by our early circumstances? Must a perpetrator first be a victim? Written and directed by Toby’s brother, Rupert Jones, the film is a twisted and tangled delve into one man’s psyche, as influences of past and present collide in his tortured mind.
UK 2017 Rupert Jones 100m
Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.
While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. Ben Whishaw lends his voice to our hero, and he is once again joined by an unbelievable cast of UK talent, including Brendan Gleeson, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters… the list goes on… really… Peter Capaldi, Hugh Bonneville, Imelda Staunton, Noah Taylor, Ben Miller…
UK 2017 Paul King 95m
Revisit with the remaining original members of the Buena Vista Social Club and explore their contribution to the unknown history of Cuba.
Twenty years after Wim Wenders’ original documentary, many of the breakout Buena Vista stars have passed on to that great descarga in the sky, and this documentary reflects on the group’s legacy against the backdrop of the changing political climate in Cuba - and the USA. ‘Adios’ begins with scenes of Havana in 2016, as the death of Fidel Castro is announced over the radio, before jumping back to the Buena Vistans’ landmark concert at Carnegie Hall in 1998. British filmmaker Lucy Walker draws on more than 50 hours of outtakes shot by Wenders, as well as archival clips that chronicle the sagas of the individual Buena Vistans. We challenge you to sit still while watching this film. (Some Subtitles)
Cuba/USA 2017 Lucy Walker 110m
Teströl és lélekröl
Golden Bear Winner at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, this is an unusual love story set in the everyday world, based around the duality of sleeping and waking, mind and matter.
Two introverted people find out by pure chance that they share the same dream every night. They are puzzled, incredulous, a bit frightened. As they hesitantly accept this strange coincidence, they try to recreate in broad daylight what happens in their dream. This is a quiet and beautifully composed story about human connection, or more specifically, the difficulty in finding it. ‘On Body and Soul’ dominated this year’s Berlin Film Festival, where it won four prizes (including Best Film), and is, at its heart, a startlingly original romance with bursts of despair. (Subtitles)
Hungary 2017 Ildikó Enyedi 116m
Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Kristin Scott Thomas get more than their just deserts in this dark comedy wrapped around a tragedy.
The single setting is a well-appointed London home on an auspicious night for hostess Janet (Scott Thomas), a career politician celebrating her promotion to shadow health minister. Ominously, her academic husband (Spall) appears to be in shock at the news, numbing himself with booze to a soundtrack of jazz and blues on crackly old-school vinyl. Among the guests at the party is April (Clarkson), a former idealist turned wisecracking cynic, accompanied by an unlikely partner in the shape of ageing New Age hippie Gottfried (Bruno Ganz).
Attractively shot in timeless monochrome, ‘The Party’ is indebted to a long tradition of dinner-party-from-hell classics including Mike Nichols’ ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’, Luis Bunuel’s ‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie’ and Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Festen’. British director Sally Potter's chamber farce was filmed in just two weeks, which may help explain its adrenalized energy and lean running time.
UK 2017 Sally Potter 71m
Teatro Alla Scala Milan
Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Andréa Chenier is loosely based on the turbulent real life events of the poet of the same name.
Along with the servant Carlo Gérard, Chénier falls in love with young aristocrat Maddalena, and will do anything to win over her heart. First performed at the Teatro Alla Scala in 1896, Umberto Giordano’s opera is brought to life by Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and her husband Yusif Eyvazov, under the brilliant conductor Riccardo Chailly under stage director Mario Martone. An opera by Umberto Giordano in four Acts sung in Italian with English subtitles. 165m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
The true story of the 1973 tennis match between the world number one ladies player, and a chauvinistic male serial hustler.
Self-styled “chauvinist pig” Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) and number one tennis star Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) are both struggling in very different ways. One was a player at the height of her powers, yet she was a victim of institutionalised misogyny and was struggling with her sexuality. The other was an over-the-hill hustler more concerned with publicity stunts than hard training, but he was going through the breakdown of his marriage and attempting to reconnect with his adult son. This is a tennis movie that really works, about a clash of personalities, only this one is defined by thrills, heartache, politics and passion - most of which, remarkably, occurs beyond the court.
USA 2017 Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris 121m
The inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
The day Jeff shows up to watch his ex-girlfriend cross the finish line (played with steel-spined grace by Tatiana Maslany) becomes the day that forever changes his notion of what it means to step up to the plate, for himself or for anyone else. The film has a tense, nervy energy, most of which seems to glow from Gyllenhaal's very core, his agile, unnerving performance as the spectator who lost both legs will not be forgotten soon. There's both wildness and weakness in him, an unruly combination that we usually call courage, only because we don't have a better word for it.
USA 2017 David Gordon Green 119m
George Clooney directs this Coen Brothers written film, where a home invasion rattles a quiet family town.
The story takes place during the late 1950s and focuses on the Lodge family and their secrets. Gardner (Matt Damon) is introduced as a father working hard to support his family. As time goes on, we learn more about his plans and what is really going on between him and his wife’s sister Margaret (Julianne Moore). The Meyers (Karimah Westbrook, Leith M. Burke and Tony Espinosa) move into the neighbourhood - they are the first black residents of Suburbicon and are immediately looked upon as a threat because of their skin colour. This is a great film for fans of dark comedies.
USA/UK 2017 George Clooney 104m
British animator Hugh Welchman and his wife, artist Dorota Kobiela have brought together 65,000 oil painted frames - produced by 115 professional artists - to form this stunning cinematic achievement. Received a standing ovation at its premiere in the Amency Animation Festival.
Vincent Van Gogh, bullet in his belly, stumbles along the drowsy high street of Auvers at twilight. Traditionally, the famously troubled artist’s death is viewed as suicide, but ‘Loving Vincent’ delves into the ambiguities of his life and last days to reconsider this narrative via the stories of his paintings and the people who inhabit them. Thick daubs of flickering colours play over each character’s face, revealing the depth and ambiguity of their emotions in a truly innovative way and enhancing our understanding of this canonical artist.
UK/Poland 2017 Hugh Welchman/ Dorota Kobiela 95m
Look out for the Special UK Premiere with Live Satellite Q&A from the National Gallery on the 9th October.
Within minutes of the start, shady strangers in a hotel lobby mistake Thornhill (Grant) for a ‘George Caplin’, and from there we sprint from country house to the UN, from Grand Central Station to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Grant, alongside Eva Marie Saint and James Mason beautifully handle the claustrophobia and intrigue on one hand and romance and comedy on the other.
USA 1959 Alfred Hitchcock 136m
When a pandemic strikes the world, Victor and his family get stuck within a hippie community.
Jeanne and Victor are two young Parisians returning home from holiday. On the way, they stop to visit their friend Jean-Paul who lives in a meadow with his community. The group are fighting the construction of a water park on the last wetland in the region, and more broadly, battling against modern society. Jeanne and Victor are seduced by the community's way of life and decide to stay a few days. When during their stay a pandemic strikes the world, the group realise they are the last survivors and Victor and his family get stuck with the hippie community indefinitely. This is a hilarious story about a community promoting another way of life against the backdrop of our changing global environment. (Subtitles)
France 2017 Eric Judor 85m
The New Year’s Eve Concert
Celebrate the end of 2017 with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s glittering New Year’s Eve Gala Concert broadcast live from Berlin and conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, with star guest Joyce Di Donato.
The internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano will perform Richard Strauss’s lavishly beautiful orchestral songs with the concert programme also including works by Dvořák, Stravinsky, Bernstein and Shostakovich. The cinema broadcast features exclusive interviews and programme insights.
“A mezzo-soprano with light, luminous high notes, miraculous agility and strong articulation”- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Joyce Di Donato
“An effortless combination of glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace and remarkable talent”- The New York Times on Joyce Di Donato.
120m approx including introductions. No interval.
Tickets £15 (Friends/Students £12.50)
The story of Jane Goodall's early explorations, focusing on her ground-breaking field work, her relationship with cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that she studied.
Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall - a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world's most admired conservationists. This is a wondrous and moving account of a remarkable life that puts us right there with Goodall to share directly in her discoveries.
USA 2017 Brett Morgen 90m
‘Death of Stalin’ is directed by Armando Iannucci (‘The Thick of It’) and chronicles the events that transpired after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953.
This film has has everything: comedy, tragedy, truth, lies, life, death, bravery and cowardice. All under the shadow of Stalin's Terror… and with an amazingly multifaceted cast who can give us all these things and more.
Cast includes Jason Isaacs as Georgy Zhukov, Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev, Michael Palin as Soviet Foreign Secretary Vyacheslav Molotov, Simon Russell Beale as chief torturer Lavrentiy Beria, and Paddy Considine as the Head of Radio Moscow. This Soviet-era satire was filmed in England and Ukraine in summer last year.
France/UK 2017 Armando Iannucci 107m
After a heist goes awry, a bank robber tries to free his brother from Rikers Island, all in one night.
After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, ‘Connie’ Nikas (a new, gritty Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld in an increasingly desperate-and dangerous-attempt to get his brother out of jail. Despite the slick thriller polish of Connie’s quest, ‘Good Time’ always leaves just enough room between the dramatics for the characters to reveal their humanity. They can’t help who they are; we can’t help watching as that drives them to their doom. This tense, immersive film is directed by brothers Benny and Josh Safdie.
USA 2017 Benny & Josh Safdie 101m
Two sets of wealthy parents meet for dinner to decide what to do about a crime their sons have committed.
When Stan Lohman (Richard Gere), a popular congressman running for governor, invites his troubled younger brother Paul (Steve Coogan) and his wife Claire (Laura Linney) to join him and his wife Katelyn (Rebecca Hall) for dinner, the stage is set for a tense night. While Stan and Paul have been estranged since childhood, their 16-year- old sons are friends, and the two of them have committed a horrible crime. While their sons' identities have not yet been discovered and may never be, their parents must now decide what action to take. A film raised by a quartet of truly stunning performances.
USA 2017 Oren Moverman 120m
Director and artist Ai Weiwei's sprawling dispatch from the frontlines of the worldwide refugee catastrophe is an ambitious call to action.
With this movie, multidisciplinary artist and occasional political enfant terrible Ai Weiwei has made a crucially important visual and philosophical document of the modern refugee crisis. We might be watching it 20 years from now to understand either how bad things used to be or where it all started to go horribly wrong. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe, and it is possibly the most visually resplendent piece of non-fiction cinema you will see this year.
Germany 2017 Ai Weiwei 140m
In every generation, a torch passes from father to son. And that timeless dynamic is this film’s beating heart - an intimate, powerfully moving tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf.
Set against the early days of the sport and stunning landscape of Scotland, we follow the challenging relationship between "Old" Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) and "Young" Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden), the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf. At first matching his father's success, Tommy's talent and fame grew to outshine his father's accomplishments as founder of the Open Championship in 1860. In contrast to his public persona, Tommy's inner turmoil ultimately led him to rebel against the aristocracy who gave him opportunity, led by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews chief Alexander Boothby (Sam Neill), and the parents who shunned his passionate relationship with his girlfriend-then-wife Meg Drinnen (Ophelia Lovibond).
UK/USA 2017 Jason Connery 112m
An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's ‘Psycho’ (1960), that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.
The screeching strings, the plunging knife, the slow zoom out from a lifeless eyeball: in 1960, Hitchcock's ‘Psycho’ changed film history forever with its taboo-shattering shower scene. With 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of 3 minutes, ‘Psycho’ redefined screen violence, set the stage for decades of slasher films to come, and introduced a new element of danger to the movie-going experience. Aided by a roster of filmmakers, critics, and fans - including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich - director Alexandre O. Philippe pulls back the curtain on the making and influence of this cinematic game changer, breaking it down frame by frame and unpacking Hitchcock's dense web of allusions and double meanings. The result is an enthralling piece of cinematic detective work that's nirvana for film buffs.
USA 2017 Alexandre O. Philippe 91m
To complement the new documentary ‘78/52’, we present on the big screen, one of the most significant films ever made.
From its first scene, in which an unmarried couple balances pleasure and guilt in a lunchtime liaison in a cheap hotel (hardly a common moment in a major studio film in 1960), ‘Psycho’ announced that it was taking the audience to places it had never been before, and on that score what followed would hardly disappoint. One afternoon, Marion (Janet Leigh) is given $40,000 in cash by her boss to be deposited in the bank. Minutes later, impulse has taken over and Marion takes off with the cash, hoping to leave Phoenix for good and start a new life. 36 hours later, paranoia and exhaustion have started to set in, and Marion decides to stop for the night at the Bates Motel, where nervous but personable innkeeper Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) cheerfully mentions that she's the first guest in weeks, before he regales her with curious stories about his mother. There's hardly a film fan alive who doesn't know what happens next, but while the shower scene is justifiably the film's most famous sequence, there are dozens of memorable bits throughout this film.
USA 1960 Alfred Hitchcock 109m
Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, this is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
Although Phineas Taylor Barnum ventured into politics, newspapers, and the lottery business, among many other more or less salubrious professions, during the course of his highly coloured career, he unabashedly declared himself “a showman by profession”, adding that “all the gilding shall make nothing else of me.” For director Michael Gracey, the force behind the giant-hearted vision of The Greatest Showman, “Barnum was the Steve Jobs or the Jay Z of his time, the original impresario, the original showman.” So, who better to portray this force of nature than the absurdly charismatic Hugh Jackman? Also stars Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zac Effron.
USA 2017 Michael Gracey
In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940's.
While Marston's feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her 'sexual perversity', he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston's (Luke Evans) muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston (Rebecca Hall) and their lover Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behaviour research -- while building a hidden life with him that rivalled the greatest of superhero disguises. Stands head, shoulders, tiara and lasso above many independent films of the moment.
USA 2017 Angela Robinson 108m
A unique US indie that recalls both Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Dogtooth’ (2009) and Lenny Abrahamson ‘Room’ (2015), but with a lot more humour thrown in.
James (Kyle Mooney) has been kept in an underground shelter completely isolated from the rest of the world. He has never known anything else, so is reasonably happy - particularly because he received weekly instalments of TV show ‘Brigsby Bear’. When police rescue him, he discovers that his ‘parents’ (Mark Hamill and Jane Adams) had actually been his captors, and that ‘Brigsby Bear’ was a fake TV show created by his faux father. With James' life changed forever, he sets out to finish the story himself and must learn to cope with the realities of a new world that he knows nothing about. A charming tribute to nostalgia, individuality and the power of imagination.
USA 2017 Dave McCary 97m
Shot by the world's best adventure cinematographers and written by best-selling author Robert Macfarlane, this feature documentary will explore the troubled and triumphant history of our timeless fascination with mountains.
Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives? ‘Mountain’ is a cinematic and musical collaboration between acclaimed director Jennifer Peedom (‘Sherpa’) and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, one of the greatest chamber orchestras in the world. Narrated by Willem Dafoe.
Australia 2017 Jennifer Peedom 74m
The late nineteen fifties were known as golden years in the world of motor racing, champions were made and lost on a Sunday, and no losses were greater than those of Enzo Ferrari’s Scuderia.
A towering figure in motor racing, Ferrari’s reputation went before him, yet when he spoke of himself he simply said “I am an agitator of men”. British racing heroes, Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins were fearless young drivers who eagerly joined the other glamorous playboy drivers who pushed themselves to the limit to satisfy Ferrari’s appetite for glory. Peter and Mike were highly competitive on the track but their bond was so unshakable they often felt compelled to let the other win. This is the story of the loves and losses, triumphs and tragedy of a turbulent era that shook the motor racing world.
UK 2017 Daryl Goodrich 91m
Michael Haneke returns with a drama about a well-off French family living in a bourgeois bubble in northern France, oblivious to the human misery unfolding in migrant camps around the port town of Calais, a few miles from their home.
As the tough-minded head of the family business, Isabelle Huppert reprises the brisk bourgeoise she does so well; Jean-Louis Trintignant is the octogenarian patriarch; Mathieu Kassovitz excels as a quietly nasty brother and the compelling young Fantine Harduin plays his opaque 12-year-old daughter, who is a disarming mystery at the core of the piece. Haneke (Palme D’Or winner with ‘White Ribbon’ and ‘Amour’) delivers an exceedingly clever, thought-provoking and darkly witty reflection on life, death and family relations. (Subtitles)
France/Austria/Germany 2017 Michael Haneke 107m
Live from the Royal Opera House
The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.
Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’; Gilda’s exquisite duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together. Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Opera in 3 Acts sung in Italian with English subtitles. 165m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
During the early days of WWII, the fate of Western Europe hangs Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
With the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman). While manoeuvring his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright (‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Atonement’), and highlighted by a tremendous lead performance by Gary Oldman.
UK 2017 Joe Wright 125m
A Zen Buddhist community have given up all their possessions and signed up to a life of chastity to practice the art of mindfulness with the world-famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.
Filmed over three years, in their monastery in rural France and on the road in the USA, this visceral film is a meditation on a community grappling with existential questions and the everyday routine of monastic life. As the seasons come and go, the monastics' pursuit for a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh's early journals. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, whose voice is another ingredient to the stillness of the project, delivering the endless poetry with his baritone voice, extremely mindful of delicacy and warmth. A unique documentary spectacle that explores the power of silence and clarity. (Some subtitles)
UK 2017 Marc J. Francis, Max Pugh 88m
Live from the Bolshoi
Prokofiev’s sweeping romantic score is one of the most popular in the repertoire and the Bolshoi’s magnificent production is always a special event not to be missed.
In Verona, Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love while their respective families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are caught in a bitter rivalry ending in heart-wrenching tragedy. Alexei Ratmansky, former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, stages the company’s premiere of his production with dramatic urgency and a fresh re-telling of Shakespeare’s beloved classic. His brilliant and detailed adaptation set to Prokofiev’s romantic and cinematic score, reignites the story of literature’s most celebrated star-crossed lovers like no other classical ballet choreographer today. 150m including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15; Children £10)
Exhibition on Screen
Exhibition on Screen is thrilled to present one of the most talked about exhibitions of the year. Dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cézanne, the exhibition opens in Paris before travelling to London and Washington.
One can’t appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now. From the National Portrait Gallery London, Musée d’Orsay Paris & National Gallery of Art Washington DC.
UK 2018 Phil Grabsky 85m
Tickets £12.50 (Friends/Students £10)