Hunt for The Wilderpeople – 14th of September 2017

Hunt for the Wilderpeople Cert 12A

Audience Award, 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival

Director: Taika Waititi

Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison

New Zealand English 97 minutes

UK release date: Sep 2016

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

This bittersweet journey is a favourite with audiences.

“Every once in a while, a small, unheralded film comes along, so smart and funny, such a pleasure to experience, you can’t believe your luck. “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is such a film.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

“Laugh-out-loud funny one minute, achingly sad the next.” – Soren Anderson, Seattle Times.

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Julieta – 12th of October 2017

Julieta cert 15 

Best Actress for Emma Suarez, 2017 Goya Awards

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Michelle Jenner, Inma Cuesta

Spain Spanish subtitles 96 minutes

UK release date: Sep 2016

Told in flashback over 30 years of guilt and grief, this tender melodrama based on three Alice Munro short stories is Pedro Almodóvar’s best film in a decade. A woman faces the painful mystery of her long alienation from her daughter. But this is only the germ of a drama that grows steadily richer, more resonant and complex as the filmmaker elaborates it.

Having been swept along by Almodóvar’s vision, I felt that silence deserved to be broken by tumultuous applause.” – Mark Kermode, The Observer

Almodóvar’s 20th feature and his best, in my view, since Volver.” – Godfrey Cheshire,

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Things to Come – 09th of November 2017

Things to Come (L’Avenir) cert 12A 

Best Actress for Isabelle Huppert , 2017 National Society of Film Critics Awards

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Roman Kolinka

France French/German/English subtitles 102 minutes

UK release date: Sep 2016

A passionate middle-aged philosophy professor rethinks her already much-examined life after an unforeseen divorce.

Huppert’s warm, wry performance as an academic facing a crisis at home powers Mia Hansen-Løve’s intimate, intellectual film.” – Mark Kermode, The Guardian.

At once disarmingly simple in form and riddled with rivulets of complex feeling.” – Guy Lodge, Variety.

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Paterson – 14th of December 2017

Paterson cert 15

Audience Award for Best Film, 2017 FEST International Film Festival

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani

USA English 113 minutes

UK release date: Dec 2016

Seven days in the life of Paterson – a poet and bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey.
Encouraged by his girlfriend and aspiring country singer Laura to publish his heartfelt poems, Paterson quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life.

Adam Driver is beguiling in this miraculous tale of everyday goodness.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian.

“Paterson will be treasured for years.” – Tim Robey, Telegraph.

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The Salesman – 11th of January 2018

The Salesman (Forushande) cert 12A

Best Foreign Language Film, 2017 Oscars

Director : Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi
Iran Iranian subtitles 121 mins

UK release date: Mar 2017

The latest film from top director, Farhadi, who work includes “A Separation” and “The Past”.

While participating in a production of “Death of a Salesman,” a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home. This leaves the husband determined to find the perpetrator despite his wife’s traumatized objections.

“The Salesman is a dazzling, darkly funny, quietly devastating human drama from Iran. You are in the hands of a major film artist.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.

“With exquisite patience and attention to detail, Farhadi builds a solid and suspenseful plot out of ordinary incidents, and packs it with rich and resonant ideas.” – A O Scott, New York Times.

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The Red Turtle – 08th of February 2018

The Red Turtle cert PG

Un Certain Regards Special Jury Prize, 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Director: Michael Dudok De Wit

Cast: animation

France/Belgium no dialogue 81 minutes

UK release date: May 2017

Shipwrecked and stranded on a deserted tropical island, a man’s desperate attempts to escape are repeatedly thwarted by a mysterious, unseen creature.
Ten years in the making, The Red Turtle is a breathtakingly beautiful animation and a poignant, heartwarming parable about the relationship between human beings and nature.

“A work of art which transcends boundaries of language, culture, geography and age…simply magnificent.” – Mark Kermode, Observer.

“A dialogue-free love story, strange and sparingly supernatural.” –
Ed Potton, Times.

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The Eagle Huntress – 09th of March 2018

The Eagle Huntress cert U 

Nominated for Best Documentary, 2017 BAFTAs

Director: Otto Bell

Cast: Narrator: Daisy Ridley

Mongolia Mongolian/English subtitles 87 mins

UK release date: Dec 2016

Aisholpan is thirteen and wants to be an Eagle Huntress. The traditional role of Eagle Hunter is passed down from father to son, and some of the elders object to a girl taking on this male role. However her father believes she can be equal to any boy. This documentary takes a fascinating look at the life of a nomadic family on the Mongolian plains. One scene in particular, where Aisholpan is lowered down to an eagle’s nest to capture her eaglet, is spell binding.

N.B. There are brief scenes of animal butchery and the hunting down of a fox by the eagle.

“The savage drama of the remote Altai mountains in central and east Asia makes for an arresting backdrop to this life-affirming, stunningly-photographed documentary.” – Wendy Ide, The Observer.

“In doing so they’ve managed to make a documentary that belies its obviously modest budget both in its epic quality and in its rugged beauty.” – Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent.

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Certain Women – 12th of April 2018

Certain Women Cert 12A

Best Film, 2016 London Film Festival

Director: Kelly Reichardt

Cast: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Lily Gladstone

USA English 107 mins

UK release date: March 2017

The basis of this film is three loosely interrelated stories concerning four women. Set in small town Montana, the parallels between the women show the isolation and hurt they each feel. Exceptional actresses have been chosen to show the subtle characters of the “certain women” of this film. The film is character driven, and has a gentle intensity which will remain with you long after the film is over.

“Powerful, focused, nervy, lean. Certain Women is a work of art produced by a director in full control of her material. It leaves you reeling.” – Catherine Wheatley, Sight & Sound.

“Crafted with Reichardt’s customary calico-textured beauty, and expertly performed by such hand-picked ensemble players as Kristen Stewart.” – Guy Lodge, Variety.

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The Other Side of Hope – 10th of May 2018

The Other Side of Hope (Toivon Tuolla Puolen) Cert 12A 

Best Director, 2017 Berlin Film Festival

Director : Aki Kaurismäki
Cast: Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji, Janne Hyytiainen

Finland Finnish/Arabic/Swedish/English subtitled 98 mins

UK release date: May 2017

With hilarious sight gags, poker-faced one liners and a toe-tapping rockabilly soundtrack, Kaurismäki’s latest film balances his unparalleled wit with a pressing critique of the unforgiving bureaucracy that greets vulnerable asylum seekers in modern-day Europe. Humane and sincere, it’s proof of cinema’s power to tell stories that matter, with beauty and heart.

Devilishly funny, economically constructed.” – Ryan Gilby The Guardian.

Gorgeous, cuttingly poignant.” – Tim Robey, The Telegraph.

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A Fantastic Woman – 14th June 2018

June 14th

A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) cert TBA

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay, 2017 Berlin Film Festival

A Fantastic Woman won the 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Director: Sebastián Lelio

Cast: Daniela Vega, Luis Gnecco

Chile Spanish subtitled 104 mins

UK release date: Mar 2018

Marina, a young transgender waitress and aspiring singer, and Orlando, a business man twenty years her senior, are in love and planning a future together. After Orlando’s sudden death, Marina has to confront Orlando’s family and fight to show everyone what she is: a strong, honest and fantastic woman.

It may be a timely film, but it is its timelessness, as well as its depths of compassion, that qualify it as a great one.” – Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian.

Shocking and enraging, funny and surreal, rapturous and restorative, this is a film of startling intensity and sinuous mood shifts wrapped in a rock-solid coherence of vision.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter.

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