Disney/Pixar's 'Finding Dory' reunites everyone's favourite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Directed by Andrew Stanton ('Finding Nemo', 'WALL-E') the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton. 'Finding Dory' swims into Priory Park for one special engagement only. Sold out at the Priory Park Open Air Screening which launched this year's Chichester International Film Festival.
USA 2016 Andrew Stanton 103m
Every day Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) takes the train in to work in London, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband (Justin Theroux), who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down - Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott Hipwell (Luke Evans). She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing. A gripping film!
USA 2016 Tate Taylor approx 105m
The final production of this season's Kenneth Branagh Theatre with Kenneth Branagh starring in John Osborne's modern classic set against the dying days of the music hall.
Now Branagh's first season concludes with John Osborne's follow-up to his ground-breaking Look Back in Anger. This has at its centre the memorably sad, middle-aged figure of fading music-hall star Archie Rice, whose failing career is set against the backdrop of post-Colonial decline and personal tragedy.
Archie was famously played by Laurence Olivier in the original production at the Royal Court Theatre in 1957 (and on film). Branagh himself has frequently been compared to Olivier, so anticipation will be at fever pitch when he takes on this iconic role in his artistic associate Rob Ashford's production. 180m approx inc. interval
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
The Education Section of Chichester Cinema present a 90 minute illustrated talk led by trustee Michael Cox and projectionist Paul Stanley. The presentation will cover the output of the major studios from Disney to Pixar (from Pencil to Pixel) and some very interesting independents.
A host of familiar figures from Shorts and Features will make an appearance. Background information on their creators and any technical influences will be highlighted. From Mickey Mouse to Roger Rabbit to Wallace & Gromit.
That's all Folks!
Humanity has been all but destroyed by a disease that eradicates free will and turns victims into flesh-eaters - only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied by cruel biologist Dr. Caldwell (Glenn Close). The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks (Paddy Considine). But one little girl, Melanie (Sennia Nanua), stands out from the rest. When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with her favourite teacher Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton), Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. A smartly compelling, emotionally engaging and stylishly executed film.
UK/USA 2016 Colm McCarthy 111m
Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller.
Mathieu Amalric ('The Diving Bell and the Butterfly', 'Grand Budapest Hotel') directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled in a steamy love affair with a married woman (Stéphanie Cléau) who makes a startling suggestion. Suddenly Julien is caught up in a police investigation-but just what exactly happened? Based on a novel by celebrated crime writer Georges Simenon, this beguiling cinematic puzzle unfolds in an elliptical style that keeps the audience guessing every step of the way. A dazzling deconstruction of the mystery genre that turns its conventions on their heads. (Subtitles)
France 2014 Mathieu Amalric 76m
With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collusion of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano) as well as a host of contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, the movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art. There are many deliciously revealing moments, including discussions about who will sit where at the gala - there has to be a celebrity at every table - and whether Vogue can afford to pay Rihanna twice the usual fee to entertain the guests.
USA 2016 Andrew Rossi 90m
With a lifetime of experience dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behaviour, the unassuming Theroux won't take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology headquarters is turned down. Inspired by the Church's alleged techniques, and aided by former Scientology members-turned-whistleblowers, Theroux uses actors to recreate incidents people claim to have experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. However, in a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that Louis is not the only one making a documentary… Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is as outlandish as it is revealing.
UK/USA 2015 John Dower 99m
Mary (Emma Greenwell) is a young Irish woman with a passion for nature and gardens, and is looking to break into the world of garden design. She gets her first opportunity with 'celebrity garden designer' Charlotte Heavey (Christine Marzano), which eventually turns sour when she finds herself robbed of original work and out of a job. Not to be defeated, she bounces back with a determination to take home the winning prize at the esteemed Chelsea Flower Show, despite all obstacles. On her way she meets and falls for heart-throb botanist Christy (Tom Hughes), eventually following him on a trip to Ethiopia, to win his heart as well as the aid of his botany skills. A visual feast!
Ireland 2015 Vivienne De Courcy 100m
Kenneth MacMillan's full-length ballet is a compelling exploration of identity in the turbulent wake of the Russian revolution.
An identity in crisis; a country in revolution. 'Anastasia' is a ballet about one of the great historical mysteries of the 20th century, only recently solved. At the height of the Russian Revolution the royal family were executed, but afterwards a young woman appeared - apparently a surviving royal princess, the Grand Duchess Anastasia.
Known as 'Anna Anderson', she couldn't remember her past and she was presumed to be an imposter. Many wanted to forget the massacre and the Revolution; many believed, or hoped, that a princess could have survived, a remnant of the old world.
One of Kenneth MacMillan's first creations on becoming Director of The Royal Ballet in 1970, 'Anastasia' is a dramatic and haunting exploration of Anna's nightmare of memory and identity. To music by Tchaikovsky and Martinu, we follow the events leading to the murder of a family, and Anna's confused dreams - or memories. A powerful, psychological challenge for the principal ballerina, this is a rare opportunity to see a landmark ballet by a major choreographer.
Choreography - Kenneth Macmillan; Music - Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky and Bohuslav Martinu; Electronic Music - Fritz Winckel and Rüdiger Rüfer; Conductor - Simon Hewett.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
As befits this Shakespearian quotation and remembering that we are still in the year of SHAKESPEARE 400, the first three sessions look at our journey through life in three Shakespeare plays and their film versions.
We then move on to look in detail at the latter time in the lives of men and women in a new course, THE AUTUMN OF OUR YEARS. In this 3 week course we will look at classic films about aging that you will not have seen recently and their linked novels.
Our finale on December 2nd will run for three hours and brings together Shakespeare’s masterclass on aging in two versions of KING LEAR. We will also dip into the film and award winning novel by Jane Smiley, A THOUSAND ACRES, which moves the story of Lear to the grain belt of America and the Cook family whose father decides to divide his farm among this daughters with tragic consequences.
It may be helpful, but not essential, to have read or dipped into the plays and novels before you come.
Rosemary Coxon is the Education Officer at Chichester Cinema at New Park.
Tickets £6/Session Or £30 for the whole course (7 Sessions - Save £12)
59-year-old Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle, but now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie (Hayley Squires) and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie's only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn't know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man's land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of 'striver and skiver' in modern day Britain. Loach tells his tale straight and with the confidence of someone who knows that they have a story to tell, with no need for bells and whistles. It's a spare film, muted in colour and unflashy - and it's all the more powerful and urgent for it. The quiet beauty of "I, Daniel Blake" - the reason it's the rare political drama that touches the soul - is that we believe, completely, in these people standing in front of us, as Ken Loach and the actors have imagined them. And when the movie ends, we feel like we won't forget them.
UK/France 2016 Ken Loach 100m
A vast prairie, a country & western gathering somewhere in the east of France. Alain (François Damiens) is a central figure in this community. He's dancing with his daughter Kelly (Iliana Zabeth), 16, as his wife and their young son Kid (Finnegan Oldfield) watch from the side-lines. But on this day, Kelly disappears, and the family falls apart. Alain embarks on a relentless search for his daughter, even though it costs him everything and takes him to some far-off places. Dark, unsettling places, where his sole support is Kid, who sacrifices his youth to accompany his father on this seemingly endless quest. Director Bidegain skilfully entwines what is essentially a 1950's Western, with a very modern premise. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Thomas Bidegain 104m
In director Ron Howard and screenwriter David Koepp's adaptation of author Dan Brown's bestselling novel, Langdon uses Dante's The Divine Comedy as a tool in the race to prevent a devastating global pandemic. However, there is a problem, Langdon finds himself in Florence, but has no memory or idea of how he got there.
USA 2016 Ron Howard 121m
Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.
King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known.
Misjudging his children's loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power he had taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point. Following his performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's great 20th century American tragedy Death of a Salesman, Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare. The production is directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran. Approx 200m with intervals.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
Alexei Ratmansky invokes the genius of Shostakovich's score, creating a laugh-out-loud masterpiece with slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities.
During harvest festival on a collective farm, a visiting dance troupe reunites a ballerina with her childhood friend, Zina. In order to teach her unfaithful husband a lesson, Zina, the ballerina and the ballerina's husband decide to swap roles for the evening.
Alexei Ratmansky invokes the genius of Shostakovich's score, creating a laugh-out-loud masterpiece with slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities (including Principal Dancer Ruslan Skvortsov dressed as a sylph) and many colourful characters! The Bolshoi bursts with vivid life and bright spirits in Ratmansky's brilliantly choreographed smash. Captured live on 29 Apr 2012. 150m approx including interval.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
The first of a new series of Exhibition on Screen from the Netherlands.
Based on the critically acclaimed, once-only exhibition which brought together practically all his major paintings and drawings from around the world to his home town of Den Bosch, Netherlands; a powerful exhibition that saw almost half a million visitors marvelling at Bosch's quirky creations.
This film asks just who is Hieronymus Bosch? Why are his strange and fantastical paintings so popular? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds? Where did his unconventional and timeless visions come from? UK 2016 90m approx
Voyage à Travers le Cinéma Français
Bertrand Tavernier presents a treasure trove of a documentary and a masterful exploration of some of the directors, actors and composers who graced French cinema.
Tavernier is a life-long fan of cinema. Through his own experience as a filmmaker and his personal connections, he takes us on a voyage through his country's film history, focusing on both major and unheralded auteurs from the 1930s through to the 1970s, showcasing their artistry with a selection of wonderful clips. Tavernier talks directly to the camera with infectious enthusiasm about the films, actors, directors, composers, writers and cinematographers who have meant so much to him, and who played such a significant role in French film history. From Renoir, Chabrol and Godard, through to Melville and Becker, every frame of this marvellous documentary exudes passion. This is a very special documentary displaying Tavernier's generous spirit, and provides a sweeping survey of the history of French film and is a must for film lovers. (Subtitles)
France 2016 Bertrand Tavernier 195m + Q&A (plus interval)
We welcome Professor Hugo Frey, Head of History and Politics, University of Chichester - Author of 'Nationalism and the Cinema in France' (2015) for an Intro/Q&A to accompany the film.
Set in the 1930s, we follow Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Centring on events in the lives of Bobby's colourful Bronx family, the film is a glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age. With a great jazzy soundtrack (what else could we expect from a Woody Allen film?), this is a beautifully-shot film by Allen regular Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. A blend of comedy and drama that ends in a transcendently wistful final montage.
USA 2016 Woody Allen 96m
The duo he formed with George Footit (James Thierrée) - a British clown and acrobat, who discovered Monsieur Chocolat in a small circus in the North of France - met with huge and popular success in Belle Époque Paris, before fame, easy money, gambling, and discrimination wore out their friendship and Monsieur Chocolat's career. The film retraces the story of this remarkable artist. Sy does a fantastic job channelling the spirit of a man caught between his desire to be rich and free and the gradual recognition that he is still only someone else's whipping boy. Also stars Clotilde Hesme, Olivier Gourmet and Frédéric Pierrot. (Subtitles)
France 2016 Roschdy Zem 110m
Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn play Briggs' parents in this animated adaptation of one of 'The Snowman' author's best-selling books. The duo take on the title roles in 'Ethel And Ernest' which tells the story of the couple's life through four decades of marriage, taking in the Great Depression, the Second World War and the swinging 60s. Luke Treadaway, who won plaudits for his performance in the stage version of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time', plays Briggs and the cast also includes 'Born Free' star Virginia McKenna, and EastEnders veteran June Brown who has played Dot Cotton in the soap since its early days.
UK 2016 Roger Mainwood 94m
The legendary Miss Saigon, in cinemas for one night only. including Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga.
This spectacular, sell-out 25th Anniversary Gala Performance of the global stage sensation also features appearances by the original cast including Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga. This acclaimed new production was described as "the most thrilling, soaring and emotionally stirring musical with magnificent performances" by the Daily Telegraph. This epic love story tells the tragic tale of the young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.
180m approx inc. interval
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
A portrait of a woman forever on the verge of either a breakdown or an orgasm in this quirky and memorable drama comedy.
Despite the title 'In Bed With Victoria' is really about the opposite: How a flustered single mom and criminal lawyer - delectably played by Belgian actress Virginie Efira - is going through a midlife crisis where she can't get anyone in bed with her at all (or, if she does get someone in bed, can't really seal the deal). Low sexual libido is just one of many issues (along with an ex-husband's inflammatory blog, an ex-drug dealer/potential love interest, and what could be the strangest assault trial in legal history) plaguing the titular heroine of this lively Gallic dramedy, which opened up last year's Critics' Week sidebar in Cannes. Justine Triet presents a truly original film that bears all the hallmarks of classic American comedy and demonstrates a subtle mastery of the narrative potential offered by borderline and chaotic situations. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Justine Triet 90m
Les Chevaliers Blancs
In an unnamed African country, the Move For Kids organisation (based on the real-life Zoe's Ark) is officially established to rescue orphans and provide them with a new life in France.
Led by Jacques (Vincent Lindon), it soon becomes apparent that the organisation's motives behind saving the orphans are not always altruistic. With the line between humanitarian assistance and human trafficking becoming blurred, the stakes and risks get higher. But who is right and who is wrong? Shot with shocking immediacy, it vividly evokes the on-the-ground ethical quagmire with a brilliant cast and a gripping script, written by director Joachim Lafosse ('Our Children'). With a standout performance by Louise Bourgoin, the film offers no easy answers, but rather leaves it to audiences to decide what to think. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Joachim Lafosse 112m
With a baseball cap forever pinned down over his forehead, the 20-year-old Far'Hook (Sadek) is not really as tough as his lyrics and streetwise look make him out to be. He's actually a smart and sensitive young artist - as capable of nailing a freestyle verse as he is of singing along to the cheesy Serge Lama ballad, 'Je suis Malade'. When he's run out of Paris by a rival rapper, Far'Hook takes to the road with his producer's father, Serge (Depardieu), a cantankerous Sunday painter who's decided to follow in the footsteps of 18th century landscape artist Claude-Joseph Vernet, traveling around to various seaports in the West and South to reproduce the master's work over two centuries later. (Subtitles)
France 2016 Rachid Djaïdani 95m
This darkly atmospheric thriller takes you on a white-knuckle ride inside a cell of home-grown extremists dedicated to bringing jihad to the streets of Paris. Sam is a Franco-Algerian journalist hoping to write a tell-all exposing the threat of domestic terrorism, and using his knowledge of Islam, he infiltrates a small cadre of extremists. From the outside, it all appears frighteningly ordinary, except for Sam, who is now in the precarious position of a normal guy trying to look like an extremist trying to look normal. The film is finally being released after two delays caused by terrorist attacks in Paris (Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan Theatre). (Subtitles)
France 2015 Nicolas Boukrief 89m + Q&A
We are delighted to welcome Director NICOLAS BOUKRIEF for a Q&A after his film. (TBC)
En Mai Fait ce que te Plait
May 1940. To escape the German invasion, the inhabitants of a small village in the north of France take to the road, like millions of other French people.
On this exodus, the villagers take with them a German child, whose father opposed the Nazi regime and who has been jailed in Arras for lying about his nationality. During the chaos, the father is freed and sets out to find his son, accompanied by a Scottish soldier who is trying to get back to England. A beautiful, poignant and illuminating French film that manages to make a familiar history lesson seem freshly observed. With Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner, Alice Isaac and August Diehl, plus a film score by the legendary Ennio Morricone. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Christian Carion 114m
The event will include a screening of ALAN BENNETT'S DIARIES, a new film about the writer, followed by an exclusive Q&A with Alan with from his local library in Primrose Hill.
Inspired by his acerbic and often hilarious diaries, the film shows Bennett as he's never been seen before - following him to New York, the scene of his early triumph in Beyond the Fringe, to accept an award from the city's Public Library; to Shepherd's Bush to record an episode of Private Passions for Radio 3 and open up about the importance of music in his life; to his local community-run library in Primrose Hill which, he despairs, some would rather see turned into a Pizza Hut; to the East Coast railway line, which he'd like to see renationalised, and the village in Yorkshire he calls home.
Intimate encounters, filmed over the course of a year, reveal a writer who is bemused by his own popularity and is still as angry and irreverent in his 80s as he was in his 20s.
Running time 2hrs 15mins approx.
Tickets £15.00 (Friends/Students £12.50)
La Grande Vadrouille
During World War II, two French civilians and a downed British Bomber Crew (including Terry Thomas) set out from Paris to cross the demarcation line between Nazi-occupied Northern France and the South.
Literally "The Great Stroll" deals with two ordinary Frenchmen helping the crew of a Royal Air Force bomber shot down over Paris, and make their way through German-occupied France to escape arrest. Prior to the arrival of 'Titanic' in 1997, 'La Grande Vadrouille' was France's all-time box-office champion for three decades. In terms of French-language movies, it maintained the number one spot for even longer, finally being displaced by Dany Boon's 'Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis' in 2008. Cast includes Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Claudio Brook and Mike Marshall. (Subtitles)
France 1966 Gérard Oury 122m
Tom (Michael Fassbender), a dignified war veteran, applies for a job as a lighthouse keeper on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia. Isabel (Alicia Vikander) is the young woman he meets briefly on the mainland just before his first stint on the island. She is impulsive and a little reckless, persuading Tom to marry her so she can share his life on the island, where they live entirely alone. Everything begins to change on the night of a mighty storm. Tom's chance encounter with a grief-stricken widow (Rachel Weisz), whose German husband disappeared at sea along with her tiny daughter, threatens to bring their world crashing down. Fassbender has relatively few lines but his face is a landscape of seething moral anguish and guilt. Vikander brings a mercurial intensity to her role as the young woman prepared to take reckless decisions in her desire to become a mother. The film takes its tone from Alexandre Desplat's swirling musical score.
UK/New Zealand/USA 2016 Derek Cianfrance 132m
Avril et le Monde Truqué
A beautiful, inventive and uncannily satisfying new example of animated sci-fi adapted from a graphic novel by the revered artist Jacques Tardi.
April has an alternate-history peg that's irrepressibly Gallic. In the late 19th century, a scheme hatched by Napoleon III to engineer supersoldiers scientifically goes horribly awry. The result is an early 20th century of stunted technology. Instead of wars over oil, there are wars over charcoal. And every scientist who shows promise - Einstein, Fermi, you name 'em - disappears from public view in short order. The film's designs and contraptions also evoke Jules Verne, the Czech animator Karel Zeman, Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis' and more. With delightful detail and an exuberant sense of play, this feels entirely fresh! Voice cast includes Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort, Olivier Gourmet, Marc-André Grondin, Bouli Lanners and Anne Coesens. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Franck Ekinci & Christian Desmares 103m
Bursting with sumptuous cinematography of the vineyards of Burgundy, an assured cast and a feel-good script, this is vintage French film-making about the art of making wine.
The story concerns Charlie (Jalil Lespert), the son of a wine grower (G érard Lanvin) who left his vineyard home to become a renowned Parisian wine critic and the author of a hugely successful wine guide. Since leaving, however, his indifferent and grief-stricken father has all but driven the family business to bankruptcy. Initially reluctant, Charlie returns to Burgundy to help to revive the ailing vineyard. Thrown into the deep end with no experience while under his father's skeptical gaze, Charlie must now prove that he is worthy of the land that has been passed down through his family for generations. Can the wine critic become a wine producer? (Subtitles) France 2015 Jérôme Le Maire 97m
Vittorio Grigolo and Leonardo Capalbo share the title role and lead an excellent cast including Thomas Hampson, Sonya Yoncheva, Christine Rice and Sofia Fomina in Offenbach's fantastical operatic drama.
The Royal Opera's lavish production of 'Les Contes D'hoffmann', Offenbach's masterpiece, is a favourite with audiences. Created by Academy Award-winning film director John Schlesinger, this production brings alive a 19th-century world of romance, comedy, mystery and menace.
At the centre of these extraordinary tales of clockwork dolls, magical glasses, ghostly voices and sensual courtesans is the vivid imagination of the drunken Romantic poet Hoffmann. Charismatic young tenor Vittorio Grigolo is Hoffmann - compelled to tell the story of his lovers who, he believes, have all been stolen by a succession of arch villains.
Superb baritone Thomas Hampson performs all four villains. The music includes the famous 'Barcarolle' and the stunning showpiece numbers are perfect vehicles for the vocal virtuosity of Sofia Fomina as the clockwork doll Olympia, Christine Rice as the courtesan Giulietta, and Sonya Yoncheva as Hoffmann's last love Antonia. Sung in French with English subtitles.
210m approx inc. two intervals. Hoffmann - Vittorio Grigolo; Villains - Thomas Hampson; Olympia - Sofia Fomina; Giulietta - Christine Rice; Antonia - Sonya Yoncheva. Music - Jacques Offenbach; Conductor - Evelino Pidò; Director - John Schlesinger.
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)
L'Odeur de la Mandarine
During World War I, a home care nurse treats a man who lost one leg on the front lines. A strong bond arises between them and evolves into a passionate love affair.
In the final months of the Great War, cavalry officer Charles (Olivier Gourmet) contemplates his future after losing his leg in battle. Angèle (Georgia Scalliet) is his home-care nurse, recently widowed by the continuing conflict. After Angèle accepts Charles' proposal of marriage without passion, their own battle begins as they come to terms with their fate. A frank empathy comes across throughout, from the earthily shot sequences of Charles re-learning to ride his beloved horses to the evocative physicality of Angèle and Charles' intimate love scenes. Scalliet is remarkable, drawing out the strong feminist elements that pervade the film, and playing against familiar face Gourmet with spark and intelligence. With a military inflected score by regular Legrand collaborator Armand Amar, this is a striking reflection on the Great War. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Gille Legrand 110m
Le Voyage de Fanny
Fanny and her sisters attempt to escape Nazi-occupied France but many dangers lie ahead of them.
It's 1943 and war is raging throughout Europe. In Nazi-occupied France, Jewish people's lives are in danger. 12-year-old Fanny's family send her, with her younger sisters, to a remote boarding school hoping they will be safe. It soon becomes clear that nowhere can offer them refuge, so they embark on a journey to escape the enemy, all the time having to remain strong and constantly inventing new identities for themselves, should they be questioned by the authorities. This powerful film recalls the horrors both children and adults had to face during one of the darkest periods of the 20th century. The past is impressively recreated and a spirited Fantine Harduin holds the drama together with an affecting performance. By keeping the worst events off screen, 'Fanny's Journey' is accessible for a family audience and is an absorbing, inspiring tale of bravery and determination. With Léonie Souchaud, Cécile de France and Stéphane De Groodt. (Subtitles)
France-Belgium 2016 Lola Doillon 94m
Thirty-something Vincent Machot (indelibly played by Kyan Khojandi) is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs, and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum (the fabulous Noémie Lvovsky). Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins following her… With its themes of fraternity, love and the need for human connection, 'Rosalie Blum' delivers a timely reminder of the best that French culture has to offer. It's a joy to watch. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Julien Rappeneau 96m
Cezanne and I
This 19th-century period drama stars Guillaume Gallienne as post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne and Guillaume Canet as Emile Zola.
This beautiful film which features Provence as one of the main characters, charts the decade-long friendship and eventual fallout between Cezanne, who was born into a wealthy family but struggled to make a living as a painter, and Zola, who came from a family of more straitened circumstances but achieved fame and prosperity as a politically-engaged novelist. Directed by Daniele Thompson ('Avenue Montaigne') and co-starring Alice Pol, Déborah François, Sabine Azéma and Gérard Melan. (Subtitles)
France 2016 Danièle Thompson 120m
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)