There’s a varied programme of films on offer this week starting with Land of Mine (Under Sandet) on Tuesday. It tells the story of a youthful German prisoner of war unit who, at the end of World War II, are promised their freedom if they can clear landmines from a dangerous stretch of beach off the coast of Denmark. Nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Academy Award, Land of Mine is compelling and ‘unmissable’. Uncompromising viewing it may be, but the ultimate impression is of the overwhelming power of love… Read more……………
Tuesday’s audience for The Big Sick was the first to see the results of the recent project work – see update below. I myself saw Dunkirk the following afternoon, and the improved picture only added to the total sense of immersion that the film produced. Patrons were enthusiastically praising the film well after the final credits. There is a further chance to see Dunkirk on Wednesday 18 at 19:30.Thursday saw two screenings of our first Black History Month title, Daughters of the Dust.
This week’s offerings start off on Tuesday with our regular Babes in Arms screening of the delightful cat documentary Kedi. This film has proved very popular, with a sold out performance last month, so there is also another chance to see it next Saturday. On Tuesday evening, we have our second Black History Month feature, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit, set during the race riots of 1967, and featuring standout performances for British actors John Boyega and Will Poulter. On Thursday we have two showings of Final Portrait, Stanley Tucci’s affectionate study of the last days of the great artist Alberto Giacometti, subject of a recent Tate Modern exhibition. Read more……….
In partnership with the BRIT School’s Film & Media Production department, the David Lean Cinema is delighted to be screening a series of short films by the school’s students. A different film will be shown at selected screenings each month. All classifications are from Croydon Council.
The films are:
London.wav (U), directed by Samuel Marino. The sights and sounds of London are given a musical beat.
Cycliste De Reve (U), directed by Caleb Pithers-Gregory. This story of a boy’s efforts to gain a new bicycle recently won the School’s Best Year 12 Short Film award.
In the Middle of Nowhere (12A), directed by Lauryn Jackman. In this poetic film, a young woman searches for her identity.
Storybook Ending (U), directed by Harry Holland. A little girl must find all her childhood friends before bedtime.
Turnips (U), directed by Clint Frift. A Borough Market stall holder discusses how the market has changed over the years.
From Thought to Foot (U), directed by Molly Hart and George O’Regan. An idiosyncratic view of the world of shoe production.
For King and Country (PG), directed by George O’Regan. An impression of life in the trenches of the Great War.
Silver Screening (12A), directed by Idris Ellis. A young man experiments with (virtual) reality.
India has one of the world’s richest and most prolific film industries in the world.
To mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, Apsara Arts are delighted to present their ‘Filam India’ programme to celebrate some rarely seen true classics of Indian cinema.
Tickets £7 (Concessions £6) + 50p online booking fees.
Bookings can be made at Apsaraarts.ticketsource.co.uk (Ticket sales close a day before the screening). Tickets can also be purchased on the day at the Clocktower Box office in the Arts Bar, adjacent to the cinema. This opens 30 minutes before every film. Cash only. Tickets are NOT available via the David Lean Cinema boxoffice.
Wed 11 October at 7pm
Gulabi Gang (12A)
2012, India, 96 minutes. Hindi with EST
Director: Nishtha Jain
A documentary about Sampat Pal Devi and the fiery women of her Gulabi (Pink) Gang, who empower themselves and take up the fight against gender violence, caste oppression and widespread corruption. They want to change the unchangeable with an organised social action and unification.
Fri 13 October at 7.30pm
Jalsaghar (The Music Room) (U)
1958, India, 95 mins. Bengali with EST
Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Padma Devi, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Gangapada Bose, Tulsi Lahari
Jalsaghar organically integrates song and dance into an arthouse film. The story centres on the decline of an aristocrat and patron of classical music who refuses to be trumped by his younger neighbour. The film features music composed by Ustad Vilayat Khan and sung by the legendary Begum Akhtar, with Roshan Kumari’s kathak dance.
Wed 25 October at 7.30pm
2014, India, 116 mins. English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi with partial EST
Director: Chaitanya Tamhane
Stars: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni
Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. Taking a pointed look at the contradictions of the Indian legal system, the story unfolds about Mumbai’s invisible underclass in which an aging folk singer emerges as an unlikely source of socio-political resistance. Court was met with universal critical acclaim on the film festival circuit and is one of the best films to emerge from the recent wave of independent Indian films.
Fri 27 October at 7.30pm
Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhava) (12A)
2016, India, 99min. Hindi with EST
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Stars: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni
Hotel Salvation is a warm tale of life and relationships, embedded in Indian culture and Hindu rituals. Faced with his father’s untimely & bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey. The simple pleasures of this timeless city are explored as father and son belatedly come to know each other in the enforced intimacy of their cramped hotel room and the teaming streets. This gentle and tender multi award-winning film will make you laugh and cry.
Sat 4 November at 5.30pm
1957, India, 146 minutes. Hindi with EST
Director: Guru Dutt
Stars: Guru Dutt, Mala Sinha, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman
The film will be introduced by award winning filmmaker Ahmed Jamal
An immortal classic, Guru Dutt’s soulful, romantic masterpiece Pyaasa is frequently listed as one of the greatest films of all time. Translating as ‘The Thirsty One’, Pyaasa, set in post-independence Kolkata, the film tells the story of Vijay, a struggling poet trying to make his works known in post-independence India, and Gulabo, a prostitute with a heart of gold who eventually helps him get his poems published. Dutt’s stark black and white cinematography powerfully evokes the antagonistic forces at work in this classic romantic melodrama.
Wed 8 November at 7.30pm
Mahanagar (The Big City) (PG)
1964, India, 131 minutes. Bengali with EST
Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Madhabi Mukherjee, Anil Chatterjee, Haradhan Bannerjee, Jaya Bhaduri
Mahanagar documents with brilliant sensitivity a changing Calcutta of the mid-1950s. The screenplay delves into the agony and ecstasy, the turbulence and excitement of shifting social mores seen through a lower middle class Bengali family when a housewife gets a job as a saleswoman. It is a profound sociological study into men and women’s relationship, a portrayal of the world of work from the point of view of women, and an analysis of the clash of modernism and traditions in a middle-class urban family.
Fri 17 November at 7pm
1975, India, 162 minutes. Hindi with EST
Director: Ramesh Sippy
Stars: Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan
Dubbed The Godfather of Bollywood films, Sholay was ranked first in the “Top 10 Indian Films” of all time by the British Film Institute 2002 poll. The film drew heavily from the conventions of Westerns, and is a defining example of the masala film, which mixes several genres in one work. A retired police chief enlists the help of two criminals, to bring down a notorious bandit who murdered his family and terrorised the region. Opening with one of the most memorable action sequences in film history, it’s clear to see why this breathless action-adventure has left an impact on Indian cinema like no other.
Sat 25 November at 6pm
Kapoor & Sons (12A)
2016, India, 140 minutes. Hindi with EST
Director: Shakun Batra
Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Ratna Pathak, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt
Two brothers visit their dysfunctional family and discover that their parent’s marriage is on the verge of collapse, the family is undergoing financial crunch, and much more, as the drama unfolds.
A mixed reaction to The Death of Louis XIV on Tuesday this week ranging from “amazing” and “extraordinary” to “morbid, too long and very slow…” But this was certainly a film to stay in the mind, mainly due to the incredible central performance of the great French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud as the exhausted, dying monarch. Touches of wry humour amidst the dark, claustrophobic intensity of the events in the king’s bedroom at Versailles added to this powerful and unique cinematic experience.
The Big Sick on Tuesday (the title refers to ‘sick leave’ for a UK audience!) is a treat! Even if some patrons may find the original American title somewhat less than appealing, don’t let that stop you from seeing this very entertaining romantic comedy, according to one film-goer “the best movie I’ve seen in a long time”. Original and very funny, with a first-rate cast, the story line also portrays love and cultural conflict with poignancy and compassion.
Tuesday’s audience will be the first to benefit from two improvement projects currently taking place. We’ve previously referred to the re-upholstering of seats in the front three rows, but exciting news of another project is included when clicking….. Read More.