The title refers to three types of "killing" which Galloway pins on Blair's shoulders. He will use the film to argue that Blair "killed" the Labour party; "hundreds of thousands" of civilians; and that since stepping down from office, the former leader has made a "financial killing".
UK 2016 Greg Ward Daniel Turi & Sanne Van den Bergh 90m
A philosophy teacher (Isabelle Huppert) soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her. A heartfelt portrait of middle age.
Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie's husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life. Key to the story is the wonderful central performance from Isabelle Huppert, a superb actress (who is also appearing in Valley of Love on Aug 28), Huppert dominates every scene in this film, her character the catalyst for every turn in the plot, and the person we share every emotion with. She commands her role from the off and dominates proceedings throughout. Another impressive work by an auteur who manages to transform everyday stories into a singular vision. (Subtitles)
France 2016 Mia Hansen-Lřve 100m
An enchanting musicall re-telling for all the family of Charles's Dickens's best known novel adapted by Gillian Montgomery.
Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his journey with the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet To Come this December!
Evenings at 19:30
Saturday Matinee at 14:30
Koudous Seihon and Alassane Sy star in this drama written and directed by Jonas Carpignano. The film follows African immigrants Ayiva (Seihon) and Abas (Sy) as they make the dangerous journey to Italy in the hope of finding a better life. However, as the pair attempt to settle into their new home in a makeshift settlement, they are greeted with hostility and resentment from locals as rising racial tensions in the community eventually leads to violence.. This is the first of two outstanding films that were never given a UK theatrical release. (Subtitles)
Italy 2015 Jonas Carpignano 106m
This delightful French comedy was the surprise hit of our Festival, becoming the runner up for the Audience Award for Best New Feature.
Belgian darling Annie Cordy steals the show in this endearing family affair in which she plays a newly widowed grandmother who finally takes her life into her own hands. Weaving themes of romance, remembrance and the passing of time, this enjoyable and often very funny film progresses smoothly towards a satisfying conclusion. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Jean-Paul Rouve 92m
Narrated by actor Martin Freeman, this first ever feature-length documentary about Tubby charts the life and times of perhaps Britain's greatest jazz exponent. Featuring exclusive interviews with people who knew, worked and gigged with Tubby, as well as his many and varied fans. Among those interviewed are Sir Peter Blake, jazz poet Michael Horovitz, legendary drummer Spike Wells and Tubby Hayes' biographer Simon Spillett. UK 2015 Lee Cogswell 60m
Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, 'Love & Friendship' focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon, who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica - and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia, but two particularly handsome suitors complicate her orchestrations.
Ireland/Netherlands/France/USA Whit Stillman 92m
In 1945, Major Prokhorov arrives at a small northern Russian island. There live eleven people: five young women, five young children, and Captain Nichiporuk.
The young mothers were exiled to the island from the territories occupied by fascists, and their children are the children of the German occupier. When the women are told about the German capitulation, their hopes for forgiveness and return home become a certainty. (Subtitles)
Russia 2009 Vera Glagoleva 85m
Adapted from Ronald Blythe's much-loved book, 'Akenfield' paints a compelling picture of a traditional way of life facing a period of great change, brought about by the industrialisation of the twentieth century. Filmed in Suffolk with all three generations - grandfather, father and son - performed by the same actor (local farmer Garrow Shand), the film explores the family ties that bind us and the desire to escape deeply entrenched ways of life. Directed by Sir Peter Hall with a score by Michael Tippett (Fantasia on a theme of Corelli), this is a key title in British cinematic history, whose influence can be felt in the work of directors such as Terence Davies, Mark Cousins and Raymond Depardon.
UK1978 Peter Hall 98m
The first of two productions (ROH and Bolshoi) of Tchaikovsky's marvellous ballet score taking the traditional Christmas slots.
The Royal Ballet's glorious production, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family living room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.
Tchaikovsky's glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs and The Royal Ballet's captivating dancing - including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince - make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience. 135m approx inc. interval.
Choreography - Peter Wright; After - Lev Ivanov; Music - Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Conductor - Boris Gruzin.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15; Children £10)
Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons from 'Whiplash'), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. Edge of your seat action with a great lead performance from Affleck.
USA 2016 Gavin O'Connor 128m
In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor discovers several nuns in advanced stages of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.
Warsaw: WWII is finally over and Mathilde (Lou de Laâge) is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters' fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother (Agata Kulesza, 'Ida'). Fearing the shame of exposure and the hostility of the new anti-Catholic Communist government, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their belief and traditions clash with harsh realities. 'The Innocents' is a powerful, brave film that will stay with you for days. (Subtitles)
France/Poland 2016 Anne Fontaine 115m
Sokurov delivers a passionate love poem to the Louvre and its nearly endless artistic riches by focusing on the collaboration between Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and the German officer Count Franz Wolff-Metternich, who during World War II worked together to ensure the Louvre's artworks wouldn't be sent to the Nazis in Germany. Special effects show us the history of the Louvre and we are given amazing drone-captured visuals of Paris from low altitudes. Archival footage is blended with dramatic re-creations, and we even see Napoleon Bonaparte strut the halls of the Louvre, exclaiming "C'est moi!" when he sees a painting of himself. Directed by Alexander Sokurov, who you may remember brought us the astounding one-take 'Russian Ark' in 2002. (Some subtitles)
France/Germany 2016 Aleksandr Sokurov 88m
Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this superb second feature from the fashion designer turned film director (Tom Ford - 'A Single Man' 2009) - a pitch-black thriller that combines melodrama with a kind of teasing sophistication. The outstanding cast includes Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough and Michael Sheen.
USA 2016 Tom Ford 115m
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham's Theatre, London.
One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner (Ian MacKellen & Patrick Stewart), meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don't miss this glorious revival of Pinter's comic classic.
150m approx including interval
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
Thu 15 Dec 19:00 Live
Sat 7 Jan (Encore - on sale soon)
They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighbouring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. Much like Asante's preceding picture 'Belle', there's an indelible charm and striking aesthetic that makes for such absorbing cinema.
UK 2016 Amma Asante 111m
Dr. Louise Banks (Adams) and her team must race against time for answers. Her attempts to 'translate' the language of her new extra-terrestrial friends creates gripping cinema that does what great sci-fi should: offers new perspectives on our own world. 'Arrival' boldly snubs the standard alien-invasion trends of contemporary movies to explore a mood and language of its own. Since 'Incendies', Villeneuve has grown exponentially as a filmmaker, and he seems to be interested in ordinary people in extraordinary situations, and never taking the audience's intelligence for granted. His films, in short, treat us like we know a thing or two, and these days that feels like a gift.
USA 2016 Denis Villeneuve 116m
1951: Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman) travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But once there, Marcus's growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college's imposing Dean (Tracy Letts), put his and his family's best laid plans to the ultimate test.
USA 2016 James Schamus 110m
Daniel Auteuil stars in this intense film inspired by a true story.
1982: fourteen years old Kalinka Bamberski is found dead in her mother's house in Germany. Kalinka would spend her vacation there ever since her mother had started a new life with the seductive and charismatic Doctor Krombach (Sebastian Koch, 'The Lives of Others'). Although the strange circumstances of her death point to Krombach, a conspiracy of silence seems to protect him. André Bamberski (Auteuil), Kalinka's father, sets out on a struggle for justice confronted alone against doctors, judges, and even against his ex-wife, who is deep in denial. The best thing about the film is the work of Auteuil, who from the very start connects with viewers, embodying a hardworking, optimistic, funny man, who just wants his family to be happy. (Subtitles)
France/Germany 2016 Vincent Garenq 87m
The The 2nd version of the classic Christmas Tchaikovsky ballet for the whole family, is also the first of the great trilogy of Tchaikovsky ballets, all being presented by the Bolshoi over the next 3 months.
On Christmas Eve, Marie's wooden nutcracker doll is transformed into a beautiful prince who takes her on a magical journey. Before they leave, they must confront the Mouse King, whose army is threatening Marie.
Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her nutcracker prince! Danced by the Bolshoi's principals, Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich's staging of E. T. A. Hoffmann's fairy tale will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich | Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich (after E. T. A. Hoffmann and Marius Petipa) | Cast: Denis Rodkin (the Nutcracker Prince), Anna Nikulina (Marie), Andrei Merkuriev (Drosselmeyer), Vitaly Biktimirov (the Mouse King) and the Bolshoi Corps De Ballet
Captured live on 21 Dec 2014.
Running time 2hrs 15 mins approx including interval
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15; Children £10)
Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. Like their previous entry 'A Cat in Paris', the film soars on wings of the directors' film noir fancy with a villain worthy of Fritz Lang.
France/Belgium 2016 Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol 84m
Four children dream of escaping the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on an island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone… The battle for ownership of a lonely island teaches them the skills of survival, the value of friendship and the importance of holding your nerve. In the novel 'Swallows and Amazons', Ransome based the character of Turner on himself as a novelist. The filmmakers behind this new adaptation have been inspired by Ransome's secret life as an agent for the British intelligence service MI6, and based Turner on Ransome the spy played by Andrew Scott. Set against the breath-taking backdrop of the Lake District, 'Swallows and Amazons' is a heart-warming adventure for all the family. Starring Rafe Spall, Andrew Scott, Kelly Macdonald and Harry Enfield.
UK 2016 Philippa Lowthorpe 100m
USA 2016 Robert Zemeckis
This bubbly film is divided into four family album chapters that emulate the four seasons leading up to the St. Louis World's Fair. It was one of the first films to integrate musical numbers into the plot, and explores, without condescension or simple-mindedness, the feelings that drive the Smith family members apart and then bring them back together again. You could see the entire film as a brilliant showcase for its sensational song: 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas', which Judy Garland sings in the presence of her sobbing sister, with her eyes upturned like a sorrowing saint. Other musical highlights include 'The Trolley song', 'Skip to My Lou' and 'The Boy Next Door'.
USA 1944 Vincente Minnelli 113m
Anna Kendrick stars as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, alongside her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Together, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they've ever known. Voice cast also includes John Cleese, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel and Russell Brand.
USA 2016 Mike Mitchell & Walt Dohrn 92m
The Dardenne brothers' new film sees a doctor attempt to uncover the identity of a patient who died after she refused her treatment.
One evening, after closing her practice for the day, young doctor Jenny (Adčle Haenel), hears the doorbell ring but doesn't answer it. The next day, the police inform her that an unidentified young woman (the unknown girl of the title) has been found dead close by. The film is made in the Dardenne brothers' characteristically austere naturalistic style with no interest in melodrama, only in showing the daily routine of a doctor who in her spare moments plays amateur detective. Jenny contacts people one by one who might have run into the girl on that fateful night - can they tell her who she was? Haenel ('Water Lilies', 'Les Combattants') is mesmerising! (Subtitles)
Belgium/France 2016 Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne 113m
Chronicling a week in the life of a bus driver and amateur poet whose home happens to be Paterson, New Jersey(home to Allen Ginsberg and Lou Costello among others), the film depicts, day by inevitably slightly different day, his banal but unexpectedly engrossing routine. Paterson's verse - written, apparently, by Oklahoma-born poet Ron Padgett - appears on screen in handwriting as Driver's voice hesitantly tests the sounds of the words; they fit the character like a favourite old suit. The dependably distinctive and rewarding Jim Jarmusch ('Dead Man', 'Broken Flowers') returns with a lovely, characteristically episodic fable about the fragile, fruitful and just occasionally fraught relationship between creativity and everyday life.
USA 2016 Jim Jarmusch 113m
The encounter, apparent betrayal and finally life-affirming friendship between an Amazonian shaman (the last survivor of his people) and two foreign scientists.
Karamakate (Nilbio Torres and Antonio Bolivar) is a Shaman who lives by himself in an ultra-remote corner of the Amazon, since his tribe has been wiped out by white rubber barons. One day a canoe approaches the young Karamakate carrying a German anthropologist, Theo (Jan Bijvoet), who is deathly ill, and his loyal traveling companion, a one-time Amazonian slave named Manduca (Yauenku Migue). Shot in stunningly effective black-and-white, which gives it an old-time documentary look, it captures the grandeur of the rain forest and the earthiness of Karamakate's world. Sprirtuality is central to that world, and he has all sorts of mind-bending herbs (and philosophies) at his disposal. This is gripping, challenging, engrossing, from beginning to end. A seriously good film!
Columbia 2015 Ciro Guerra 119m
The magic of 'Harry Potter' lives on in this spin-off penned by J.K. Rowling, and intended as the first chapter in a whole new fantasy film franchise.
UK 2016 David Yates 140m
In 1968, a hardworking man, who's been a staple in his quaint community for years, watches his seemingly perfect middle class life fall apart as his daughter's new radical political affiliation threatens to destroy their family. Seymour "Swede" Levov (McGregor) is a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father's business. Swede's seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. Also stars Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Connelly.
USA 2016 Ewan McGregor 126m
This is a major new collection of rare archive films charting the history of the UK's railways and bringing home the romance and heady freedoms offered by train travel as it expanded across the country in the early 20th century. Sourced from the national and regional archives and newly digitised, 'Britain on Film: Railways' is an immensely nostalgic and evocative collection of films which document not just the glories of the railway, but also the changing social, political and economic climates of the 20th century. The films cover the period from 1898 to 1970, and is a real treat.
UK 2016 Various Directors 83m
Celebrate the end of the year with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle at the festive 2016 New Year's Eve Gala Concert starring the young pianist Daniil Trifonov.
Before the champagne corks pop, you can experience first-class virtuosic piano playing from of one of the most technically formidable pianists of the younger generation in a sparkling programme that features classic works by Rachmaninov, Walton and Dvo?ák. Broadcast in HD with stunning 5.1 surround sound, this concert also includes exclusive interviews and programme insights.
"A marvel, a mixture of exuberance and fabulous subtlety" The Guardian on Daniil Trifonov
"He has everything and more" Martha Argerich on Daniil Trifonov
Opening Programme - Introduction - (approx. 30m)
Dmitri Kabalevsky - Overture to Colas Breugnon - (approx. 5m)
Sergei Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor - (approx. 39m)
William Walton - Pieces for Orchestra Façade - (approx. 20m)
Antonín Dvorják - Slavonic Dances [Selection] - (approx. 20m)
120m approx with 30m introduction and interviews. There is no interval.
Sat 31 Dec 16:00 LIVE from Berlin
Tickets £15 (Friends/Students £12.50)
Jack Farthing (the evil George in 'Poldark') plays Dan, who as we find out in flash-back - was the life and soul of the party. At his funeral, under-achieving actress Seph (Lady Edith in 'Downton Abbey') and advertising copywriter Alex (Chloe Pirrie of acclaimed indie 'Shell') are handed a computer file containing filmed testimony of his dying wish - to be scattered in four locations across the UK, all of special import to him. After initial scepticism, they dive into the journey, with Dan in the glove compartment, in tupperware, and decreasing in volume as the trip progresses. Look out for the stunning vistas viewed from misty Ben Lomond - a destination worthy of the trip.
UK 2015 Chanya Button 106m
This is the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt is perfectly cast), the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year. Stone turns a brilliant trick by visually showing how computer spying is conducted - we do not have to understand how it works to appreciate what it does, because Stone skilfully shows us. Also features some great British talent: Tom Wilkinson, Joely Richardson and Rhys Ifans.
USA 2016 Oliver Stone 134m
Olga Hepnarova would become infamous in her homeland as the last Czechoslovak woman to be executed.
"My verdict is: I, Olga Hepnarová, the victim of your bestiality, sentence you to the death penalty." Those were the famous words of the 22-year-old mass murderer, who in 1973 drove a truck into a group of innocent people in Prague. An exquisite monochrome palette and long lingering shots add to this intriguuing film. (Subtitles)
Czech Republic 2016 Petr Kazda & Tomás Weinreb 105m
Director Clint Eastwood transforms the events of Flight 1549, into a fierce, stark, haunted drama of horror narrowly avoided. The action of the film involves another shock: federal officials question Sully's judgment and subject him and First Office Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) to an investigation that could cost him his job and even his pension. Eastwood films the doomed flight with a terrifyingly intimate sense of danger, focussing on its existential centre, the little red button under the pilot's thumb. Sully describes himself as "just a man who was doing his job," and therein lies the story's central appeal.
USA 2016 Clint Eastwood 96m
In the tiny landlocked English county of Rutland, children's book author and stay-at-home dad Tom Ray (Tom Riley) is looking forward to the imminent birth of his second child with breadwinner wife Nicola (Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt). He initially attributes violent stomach pains to a couple of date-expired sausages, and even doctors are slow to diagnose a life-threatening blood disease. Only radical surgery has a hope of saving him, and a grim-faced Nicola signs the permissions to amputate all four limbs and most of his lower face. For the limb stumps, the real Tom Ray steps in as a body double, helped by seamless visual effects work.
UK 2016 Bill Clark 92m
A couple, on the verge of divorce, have to live together and learn to share their belongings until they can find new homes.
Bérénice Bejo ('The Artist') and Cédric Kahn are outstanfing in a film with echoes of Ingmar Bergman's 'Scenes from a Marriage', condensed into a shorter timeframe, although its depiction of a crumbling relationship is just as complex. Successfully premiered at Cannes 2016. (Subtitles)
France/Belgium 2016 Joachim Lafosse 100m
This docu-drama follows the journey of a group of Tibetans on a bowing pilgrimage across the world's highest plateau to Lasa, the holy capital of Tibet. Road movies are a staple of cinema but they are rarely as breath-taking, immersive and intense as this. The director 'cast' a group of Tibetan villagers who were planning the traditional Buddhist pilgrimage to Lhasa - a sort of once-in-a-lifetime act of devotion akin to the Islamic Hajj - and structured a lose narrative around their incredible 1,200-mile journey. This is a moving testament to a mutual devotion of spirituality, a fantastic and refreshingly benevolent look at a different culture. Blurring the confines between documentary and fiction, it takes the empathetic viewer on an incredible journey. (Subtitles)
China 2015 Zhang Yang 115m
Tomasz Wasilewski's Berlinale prize-winner centres on four women struggling with love and loneliness in newly post-Communist Poland.
Agata, Renata, Marzena and Iza, four apparently happy women of different ages and professions, decide it's time to change their lives, fight for their happiness and fulfil their deepest desires. Austere, melancholic and marked by dry minimalist humour, this is plainly the confident work of a fast-maturing young filmmaker with a strong voice and a sharp visual sense.
Poland 2016 Tomasz Wasilewski 106m
Star (Sasha Lane), an adolescent girl from a troubled home, runs away with a traveling sales crew who drive across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of youngsters, one of whom is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group's hard-partying lifestyle. For what could be considered a 21st century version of Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road', Arnold filmed hundreds of hours driving across the US with her mostly non-professional cast before distilling the result into nearly three hours of cinema. Kerouac's heroes were men; Arnold's is an 18-year-old girl! It's bold, captivating cinema, with a soundtrack that threatens to never leave your head.
USA 2016 Andrea Arnold 162m
Will Smith stars as an advertising executive who has suffered a horrible tragedy which causes him to question what he calls the three pillars of humanity, what connects each and every person on Earth: Love, Time, and Death. Pushing him to the very edge, his friends force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways. This thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and death interlock in a life fully lived. This definite Oscar contender also stars Edward Norton, Naomie Harris and Michael Peńa.
USA 2016 David Frankel 94m
Nat Turner (Nate Parker) is a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities -against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. It is a righteous, religious film that almost bludgeons audiences with its powerful message, and is the product of the one-man-band of Nate Parker, who wrote, directed and plays the lead. Winner of both the grand jury and audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival.
USA 2016 Nate Parker 120m
By endlessly viewing and memorising every Disney animated classic he could find, Owen defied that original diagnosis, and developed the ability to learn to speak. Then came reading and writing. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.
USA 2016 Roger Ross Williams 99m
This is such a beautifully shot film, which tells an amazing story. Narrated by Daisy Ridley ('Star Wars: The Force Awakens'), this breath-taking documentary that shows when we encourage our daughters, amazing things happen.
UK 2016 Otto Bell 87m
We are delighted to welcome Carl Davis, composer of the vast score for Napoleon, to our screening.
'Napoleon' is pure cinema, and cinema was designed for sharing. There's something about the way it was shot that makes it like no other. I can't tell you how many people, having seen our restoration, have said: "That was the greatest experience I have ever had in a motion picture theatre." - Kevin Brownlow
Powered along by Carl Davis's invigorating orchestral score, this is a biopic that pairs the grandeur of its subject's work and vision with its own cinematic innovations. You will have read about the triptychs that close the movie but perhaps you've also heard about the flash cuts, superimpositions, multiple exposures and the cameras mounted on horseback. The first act of the film in this Kevin Brownlow restoration contains much of its experimentation and bravado. It follows Napoleon as an alienated schoolboy, and his disastrous return as a young man to his native Corsica. The snowball fight that opens the film, in which Bonaparte and nine friends strategize their way to a crucial victory over 40 of their peers, is a beauty - staged as if were the culmination of a bloody war.
The effect on the viewer of the final act is truly mesmerizing. At the centre of it all, Albert Dieudonné's graven face, beneath that famous hat, surveys his own triumph. It's a monument to patriotism of course, but the work of Gance, of Brownlow and of Davis, will rekindle devotion not to a country but to the cinematic arts.
We present this true epic of cinema (five-hours-forty-minutes which appears to go by in a flash) in two parts, allowing for a lunch break at one of our many local restaurants.
France 1927 Abel Gance / Kevin Brownlow 235m (plus lunch intervals)
11:00 Act1 (113m) - 15m Interval - Act2 (63m)
14:11 Lunch Interval
16:15 Act3 (107m) - 15m Interval - Act4 (49m) - Ends 19:06
Tickets: Film Only - £12.50 (Friends/Students £10)
Film & Food - £22.50 (Friends/Students £20)
Napoleon Bonaparte's celebrated statement about food and warfare - "An army marches on its stomach" - was reportedly said before the Battle of Waterloo. Chicken Marengo was a dish hastily invented by Napoleon's cook from whatever ingredients he could get hold of, following the French leader's narrow victory at the battle of Marengo in 1800. Brasserie Blanc is delighted to offer a Special Lunch Deal of Chicken Marengo and a glass of wine for £10 during the main interval.
As the film starts, Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) find themselves in a traffic jam, where drivers start jumping out of their cars to joyously sing and dance. This wondrous (and technically accomplished) scene, which received a deserved round of applause at the Venice Premiere, tells us what kind of film to expect: a musical that's set in the exasperating present day, but which has its heart in the harmonious past. Mia is an aspiring actress who moved to Hollywood years ago, but the closest she has been to the movie business is working in a Warner Bros backlot canteen. Sebastian is just as far from where he wants to be. A jazz obsessive, he longs to open a nightclub where he can improvise on the piano while wearing tailored three-piece suits, but instead he has to plod through Christmas songs in a restaurant whose owner is so stern that he's played by JK Simmons. Chazelle's follow-up to the acclaimed 'Whiplash' is knowingly romantic and defiantly nostalgic. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
USA 2016 Damien Chazelle 126m
12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealing with his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster (with Liam Neeson's voiceover and performance-capture) guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth. The film brings some of the creepiness of the Spanish director's 2007 debut 'The Orphanage', and with Patrick Ness' screenplay, adapted from his own 2011 book, hits just the right emotional notes.
USA 2016 J.A. Bayona 108m
The continuation of the Bolshoi's captivating Tchaikovsky ballets On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince can awaken her.
In this resplendent and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take us on a dreamlike journey through the famous fairy tale, complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince. In the purest style of classical ballet, the Bolshoi's peerlessly sumptuous staging with luxurious sets and costumes brings Perrault's tale to life. A must-see!
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich | Libretto: Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa (after Charles Perrault) | Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps De Ballet. (Captured live)
Running time 2hrs 50 mins including interval
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15; Children £10)
This is one of the great operas of the Romantic period, a story of passion and blood, love and vengeance, disaster and murder.
New in the 2015/16 Season, this atmospheric and poetic staging by director David Bösch puts the story of passion against the backdrop of war. Fire and snow in the landscape echo the cruelty and love of the story: soldiers and gypsies clash, a mother reveals a terrible secret and two men are engaged in a deadly fight for one woman. The famous Anvil Chorus is just one of the highlights of Verdi's exceptionally fine music, which captures the shifting emotions of the drama through impassioned love duets, fiery solos and stirring choruses.
Count Di Luna - Dmitri Hvorostovsky; Azucena - Anita Rachvelishvili; Leonora - Lianna Haroutounian; Manrico - Gregory Kunde; Conductor - Richard Fames. (Sung in Italian with English subtitles)
195m approx including interval.
Tchaikovsky's final and greatest ballet concludes the Bolshoi trilogy.
By moonlight on the shore of a mysterious lake, Prince Siegfried meets the bewitched swan-woman Odette. Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his love to her. However, the Prince realises too late that Fate has another plan for him.
A ballet of ultimate beauty, and a score of unparalleled perfection, born at the Bolshoi in 1877. In the dual role of the white swan Odette and her rival black swan Odile, prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery, alongside Denis Rodkin as a powerful and emotional Siegfried. Including breathtaking scenes with the Bolshoi's corps de ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest.
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich | Cast: Svetlana Zakharova (Odette/Odile), Denis Rodkin (Prince Siegfried), Artemy Belyakov (the Evil Genius), Igor Tsvirko (the Fool). Captured live on 25 Jan 2015.
Running time 3hrs approx including intervals Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15; Children £10)
Shakespeare's comedy about a major act of betrayal, ill treatment, the development of magic arts and a plot of revenge, starring Simon Russell Beale.
On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will.
When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.
In a unique partnership with Intel, we will be using today's most advanced digital technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare's magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience. Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in a production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran. Running time 165m including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
In early 1960s London, barrister Melville Farr (Dirk Bogarde) is on the path to success. With his practice winning cases and a loving marriage to his wife (Sylvia Sims), Farr's career and personal life are nearly idyllic.
However, when blackmailers link Farr to a young gay man (Peter McEnery), everything Farr has worked for is threatened. As it turns out, Farr is a closeted homosexual -- which is problematic, due to Britain's anti-sodomy laws. But instead of giving in, Farr decides to fight.
UK 1961 Basil Dearden 90m + Intro/Q&A
To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act - and the 60th of the report itself - this screening of 'Victim' will be introduced by John Coldstream, Dirk Bogarde's official biographer. A Q&A with Peter McEnery, who played Boy Barrett in the film, will follow.
The pioneering literary work of Virginia Woolf is the inspiration for multi-award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor's brilliant triptych for The Royal Ballet.
McGregor has long been at the cutting edge of ballet, working with collaborators from across the artistic world, and in this critically acclaimed work he combines themes from three of Woolf's landmark novels - 'Mrs Dalloway', 'Orlando' and 'The Waves' - with elements of her letters, essays and diaries. Acclaimed British composer Max Richter ('Infra', 'Sum' and 'Recomposed' by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons) creates a specially commissioned score incorporating electronic and live music.
170m approx including two intervals.
Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc in Josie Rourke's production of Bernard Shaw's classic play.
Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman. Josie Rourke (Les Liaisons Dangereuses,) directs Gemma Arterton ('Gemma Bovery', 'Nell Gwynn', 'Made in Dagenham') as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production.
Bernard Shaw's classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.
Running time 210 mins approx incl intervlal
From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this fresh new look at arguably the world's favourite artist - through his own words.
Using letters and other private writings 'I, Claude Monet' reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Despite this, and perhaps because of it, Monet's life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. Then, as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his garden at Giverney, his humour, insight and love of life is revealed.
Shot on location in Paris, London, Normandy and Venice 'I, Claude Monet' is a cinematic immersion into some of the most loved scenes in Western Art.
UK 2017 Phil Grabsky 90m approx
Tickets £12.50 (Friend/Students £10)
Following on from the live Bolshoi production in January, we present the Royal Ballet production of this perennial delight and a much-loved classic.
The Royal Ballet's 'The Sleeping Beauty' combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. First choreographed to Tchaikovsky's great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, 'The Sleeping Beauty' has wonderful ensembles, solos including the 'Rose Adage' as Princess Aurora meets her suitors, and of course the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess. The Royal Ballet's landmark staging was revived for the Company's 75th anniversary celebrations in 2006. The designs by Oliver Messell, one of the greatest stage designers of the 20th century, were restored and updated for this production by Peter Farmer. The rich evocations of the baroque opulence of a royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colourful characters in this famous fairy-tale make this 'Sleeping Beauty' a spectacle like no other. Starring Marianela Nunez and Vadim Muntagirov. Conductor - Koen Kessels.
195m approx including 2 intervals.
An exciting and bold trilogy of the masters of contemporary choreography from the Bolshoi.
For one evening, the Bolshoi takes on a bold new challenge in Hans Van Manen's Frank Bridge's Variations, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot's Short Time Together and Alexei Ratmansky's Russian Seasons. This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and the masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis, raising Van Manen's formal beauty, León and Lightfoot's intensity, and Ratmansky's witty brilliance to a new level. Music: Benjamin Britten, Max Richter, Ludwig van Beethoven, Leonid Desyatnikov
Running time 2hr 40 mins including intervals
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
Following the smash hit 'Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse' from Season 3 of Exhibition on Screen comes a new film based on the hugely popular exhibition 'The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement' from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut, widely considered a home of American impressionism.
American impressionism took its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet but followed its own path that over a thirty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about a much-loved artistic movement.
The story of American impressionism is closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Travelling to studios, gardens and treasured locations throughout the Eastern United States, UK and France, this mesmerising film is a feast for the eyes.
UK 2017 Phil Grabsky 90m approx
Tickets £12.50 (Friend/Students £10)
Much loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's stunningly beautiful production. The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists' romanticized views of Japan. Puccini's music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria 'Un bel di' (One Fine Day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice. Starring Ermonela Jaho, Marcelo Puente, Scott Hendricks, Elizabeth DeShong.
180m approx including interval.
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity.
A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
Simon Godwin (NT Live: 'Man and Superman', NT Live: 'The Beaux Stratagem') directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig ('Episodes') as a transformed Malvolia. An ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby ('Flowers', 'Jericho'), Tamara Lawrence ('Undercover'), Doon Mackichan ('Smack the Pony') and Daniel Ezra ('The Missing', 'Undercover'). Running time 210m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
The final presentation in the Boshoi's cinema season is a brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov in a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi.
Pechorin, a young officer, embarks on a journey across the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, on a path set by his passions. Disillusioned and careless, he inflicts pain upon himself and the women around him…"Give me everything, it is still not enough." This story based on the larger-than-life hero Pechorin is adapted from Mikhail Lermontov's literary masterpiece, three separate tales recounting Pechorin's heartbreaking betrayals. Is he a real hero? Or is he just a man like any other?
This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi. Music: Ilya Demutsky | Choreography: Yuri Possokhov | Libretto: Kirill Serebrennikov | Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps De Ballet
Running time 2hrs 45 mins approx including intervals.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
George Balanchine's evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant 3 part ballet classic with music by Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of 'Emeralds', while the fire of 'Rubies' comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the peerless music of Tchaikovsky in 'Diamonds'. 'Jewels' is a masterclass in the many luminous facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself: the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company. Conductor - Pavel Sorokin.
165m approx including 2 intervals.
Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power.
The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith's 'Oppenheimer' (2014) and James Fenton's adaptation of 'Don Quixote' (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. 'Antony and Cleopatra' follows. Running time 180m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, with music by Felix Mendelssohn, César Franck and Franz Liszt.
'The Dream' is Ashton's adaptation of Shakespeare's riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion. 'Symphonic Variations' was Ashton's first work after World War II, and one of the Company's first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946. With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck's brooding 'Variations Symphoniques', this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. 'Marguerite and Armand' is Ashton's beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi's opera 'La Traviata'. Ashton famously created this poignant ballet on Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963. Conductor - Emmanuel Plasson.
Running time tba with 2 intervals.
This new film offers a full and fresh biography of Michelangelo, and goes to the heart of just who was this tempestuous, passionate giant of art history.
To coincide with a glorious new exhibition on Michelangelo at the National Gallery of London who, with Leonardo, is considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance - and perhaps of all time.
This film explores his relationship with his contemporaries and his immense artistic practice that included painting, sculpture and architecture. Among the works explored are the universally adored David in Florence, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Manchester Madonna (today at the National Gallery).
UK 2017 90 mins approx
Tickets £12.50 (Friend/Students £10)
Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare's tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.
Following Caesar's assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony's military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end.
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of 'Othello' (2015) and 'Much Ado About Nothing' (2012). 'Titus Andronicus' follows Aug/Sep (tbc). Running time 180m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)