PAST PRODUCTIONS 2018/19
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Director: Hannes Holm
Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg
Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door who has given up on life. He is an isolated retired widower with strict principles and a short fuse who spends his days enforcing neighbourhood rules that only he cares about and visiting his wife’s grave.
A boisterous family moves in next door and, against all the odds, an unlikely friendship slowly develops, and we get to understand something of Ove’s past life and heartbreaks.
It is based on an international best-selling Swedish novel.
“A moving and funny tale” (Simran Hans - Observer)
Director: Katell Quillévéré
Cast: Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval
This deeply moving film follows three seemingly unrelated stories that are carefully woven together. A French teenager’s surfing road trip ends in tragedy; a woman in another town learns that her already weak heart will soon fail; two teams of surgeons struggle through their day attempting to save lives.
It follows a human heart from donor to recipient and is an impassioned story of personal connections that philosophically, spiritually and literally plumb the depth of the human heart.
“This truly is cinema to make the heart beat faster” (Wendy Ide – Guardian)
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins
Best described as a romantic fantasy this film won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2017 and awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design and Best Score at this year's Oscars. It is set against the backdrop of Cold War America and tells the story of a mute and lonely cleaner (Sally Hawkins) who works in a high security government laboratory. Her life is changed forever when she discovers a secret experiment and becomes smitten with a scaly underwater beast.
The film is a romantic comedy, a spy thriller and a monster movie all rolled into one.
“One of the most delightful films of the Year” (BBC.com)
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
This beautiful and intriguing film is set in post-war London in the insular world of haut couture. Fastidious and cantankerous dress designer Reynolds Wookcock and his sister Cyril are at the centre of British fashion, dressing royalty, film stars and heiresses with their distinctive glamourous style.
Women come and go through Woodcock’s life until he comes across Alma, a strong-willed young woman who becomes a fixture in his life as muse and lover and his carefully tailored life becomes disrupted by love.
“There is pure delicious pleasure in this film” (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)
Director: Joe Wright
Cast: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas
The film tells the dramatic and inspiring story of 4 weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage changed the course of history.
During the early days of WWII with the fall of France imminent Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance and with the allied army cornered on the Dunkirk beaches the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly appointed British prime minister.
Gary Oldham’s electrifying performance as Churchill won best performance at this year’s Oscars.
“Exciting and beguiling” (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco
In a Santiago nightclub, Orlando, the kindly and well-off owner of a textile company, locks eyes with Marina, a hopeful singer, half-his-age and the love of his life. Following Marina's birthday celebration, Orlando falls gravely ill and dies. In the wake of her companion's untimely death, Marina soon realises that, from now on, everything is brought into question: her involvement in Orlando's death, their unconventional relationship; and above all, her right to mourn her beloved.
Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film 2017
“This is a brilliant film, moving and humane” (Peter Bradshaw - Guardian)
Director: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor
The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious and wickedly irreverent satire.
When the tyrant Joseph Stalin drops dead in Moscow in 1953 his parasitic cronies engage in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader as they bumble, brawl and backstab their way to the top.
Combining palace intrigue with rapid fire farce this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.
“Superbly cast and acted with icy ruthless force” (Peter Bradshaw – Guardian)
Director: EXHIBITION ON SCREEN
Cast: EXHIBITION ON SCREEN
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN journeys from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells a fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters.
Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eye sight but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but, now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this film reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th-century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’ artistic mind.