2020/21 Programme, with post-screening ratings from our audience 
            Our 48th season features 24 films from 11 different countries!

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  September 2020 Rating

WILD ROSE (UK 2018) DIR. TOM HARPER.  Fresh out of prison, Scottish singer, Rose-Lynn Harlen juggles her job and two children while pursuing her dream of becoming a country music star. She soon gets her chance when she travels to Nashville, Tennessee, on a life-changing journey to discover her true voice. Best Feature Winner at BAFTA Scotland. Jessie Buckley: Best Actress in her role as Rose-Lynn.

17th       SORRY WE MISSED YOU (UK 2019) DIR. KEN LOACH.  Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family, end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation. Nominated for: Palme d'Or 2019 Ken Loach; Cannes Jury Prize 2019 Ken Loach; BAFTA Award for Best British film 2019; Cannes Grand prix 2019.
      A FAITHFUL MAN (France 2018) DIR. LOUIS GARREL).  Marianne leaves Abel for Paul, his best friend and the father of her unborn child. Eight years later, Paul dies and Marianne returns to Abel. However things have changed for both of them and feelings of jealousy surround their new relationship. Nominated for the Cesar Award for Most Promising Actress; TIFF Awards; Transilvania Trophy  
  October 2020
  1st       IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (USA 2018) DIR. BARRY JENKINS.  In early 1970's Harlem, wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé, Alonzo Hunt. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Alonzo is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Awards: Academy Award for Best Actress in a supporting role.
  8th       HAPPY AS LAZZARO (ITALY 2018) DIR. ALICE ROH.  Lazzaro, a good-hearted young peasant, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination, form a life-altering bond when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. Awards: Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay 2018; European University Film Award. Nominated for Cannes Best Actress Award.
 15th       THE MYSTERY OF HENRI PICK (FRANCE 2019) DIR. RÉMI BEZANÇON.   An editor discovers a novel that she considers to be a masterpiece, in a library whose particularity is to collect the manuscript refused by the publishers. the text is signed Henri Pick, a Breton pizza maker who died two years earlier. Nominations: Globes de Cristal Awards, France 2020; Best actress - Comedy, Camille Cotlin, and best actor - Comedy, Fabrice Luchini.
 22nd       THE FAREWELL (USA 2019) DIR. LULU WANG.  Bill's family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch - the only person that doesn't know she only has a few weeks to live. Awards: Golden Globes, USA (2020). Winner, Best performance by an actress in a Motion Picture - or Comedy. BAFTA Awards (2020) Best Film Not in English Language (Nominee).
 29th       BORDER (SWEDEN 2018) DIR. ALI ABBASI.  Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It's almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when Vore, a suspicious-looking man, walks past her, her abilities are challenged for the first time ever. Even worse, she feels a strange attraction to him.  Awards: Guldbagge Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.  
  November 2020  
  5th       FÉLICITÉ (FRANCE/BELGIUM/GERMANY/LEBANON/SENEGAL 2017) DIR. ALAIN GOMIS. Félicité, a vivacious independant woman, sings in bars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When her son is injured in a motorcycle accident, she begins to frantically look for money for her son's operation. She wanders the electric city of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams… until love unexpectedly brings her back to life. Winner of the Golden Stallion at the FESPACO film festival in Burkina Faso and the Silver Bear at Berlinale. Screened as part of the Africa in Motion Film Festival 2020.
(USA 1956) DIR. VINCENTE MINNELLI.  The troubled life of famous painter, Vincent Van Gogh, based on Irving Stone's fictionalised biography. Kirk Douglas stars as the Dutch painter, who endured a life of squalor and hardship for the sake of his art, which went virtually unnoticed in his own time. Kirk Douglas won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, and Anthony Quinn won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. 
 19th       PARASITE (SOUTH KOREA 2019) DIR. BONG JOON-HO.  Seoul, South Korea. The Kim family are living in poverty, and collectively cannot hold a job down. When a teaching role in the household of a much wealthier family arises, the Kims scheme their way into employment by posing as highly skilled workers. But not everything goes to plan. Parasite won a leading four awards at the 92nd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film.  

December 2020

  EDMOND (FRANCE 2018) DIR. ALEXIS MICHALIK.  December 1897, Paris. Writer, Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already has two children and a lot of anxieties. He has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comdedy, in verse, for the holidays. Only concern, it is not written yet. For now he only has the title: "Cyrano de Bergerac." With thanks to Alliance Francaise, Glasgow.  
January 2021
  7th       PAIN AND GLORY (SPAIN 2019) DIR. PEDRO ALMODOVAT.  Pain and glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60's, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity. Nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor 2020 Antonio Banderas; Palme d@or 2019, Pedro Almodovar.  
 21st       GREEN BOOK (USA 2018) DIR. PETER FARRELLY.  Amidst rampant racism in the 1960's southern USA, an African American pianist hires an Italian American bouncer to drive him to his venues. They grow closer in the course of their sometimes breath-taking journey. Nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor 2019, Viggo Mortensen; Academy Award for Best Director 2019, Peter Farrelly.  
 28th       THE LIGHTHOUSE (USA/CANADA 2019) DIR. ROBERT EGGERS.  This surreal black and white movie tells the story of two lighthouse keepers, Wake (Willem Dafoe) and Winslow (Robert Pattinson) who are marooned on a mysterious and barren New England island and slowly descend into madness. Masculinity and man are two of the themes touched upon in this psychological horror tale. Awards: The Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting male, Willem Dafoe.  
   February 2021  
 4th       BALLOON (GERMANY 2018) DIR. MICHAEL HERBIG.  This film follows the crossing of the inner German border by the families Streizyk and Wetzel from the German Democratic Repulic to West Germany in the summer of 1979. Desperate to leave the GDR, they flee in a home made hot-air-balloon. But do they make it ...? Nominations: Deutscher Filmpreis for Best Sound Design, Roland Winke, and for Best Score, Ralf Wengenmayr.  
 11th       THE FAVOURITE (UK/USA/IRELAND 2018) DIR. YORGOS LANTHINOS.  In early 18th century England, the relationship between Queen Anne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, is threatened by a new servant who schemes to return to her aristocratic roots. The Favourite won seven BAFTA Awards including Best British Film and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Rachel Weisz. Olivia Colman won Best Actress at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.  
 18th       AFTER THE STORM (JAPAN 2016) DIR. HIROKAZU KOREEDA.  Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his ageing mother and ex-wife move on with their lives. Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of young son. Nominated at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Award for Hirokazu Koreeda.  
 25th       EVERYBODY KNOWS (SPAIN/FRANCE/ITALY 2018) DIR. ASGHAR FARHADI).  Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her home town outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open. Nominations and Awards: Goya Award for Best Actor, 2018, Javier Bardem; Goya Award for Best Actress, 2019, Penelope Cruz.  
  March 2021  
 4th       BOOKSMART (USA 2019) DIR. OLIVIA WILDE.  Academic overachievers, Amy and Molly, thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up on their high school peers. But on the eve of graduation, the best friends suddenly realise that they may have missed out on the special moments of their teenage years. Determined to make up for lost time, they decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night - a chaotic adventure that no amount of book smarts could prepare them for. Nominations: BAFTA and the Golden Globe Awards.  
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