Stars: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
Gummi and Kiddi are brothers, neighbours and rivals, farming sheep in a remote Icelandic valley. They haven’t spoken in 40 years, communicating only through a sheepdog messenger, but must cope with radically changed times when scrapie is found in Gummi’s flock. With its “intensity and deadpan humour”, this tragicomedy, set on the very edge of human civilisation, is a “wonderfully idiosyncratic and moving Cain and Abel-style saga”” (The Independent).
Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
Motivational speaker Michael (voiced by Thewlis) struggles so much to connect with other people that they’ve all started to sound the same (Noonan), until he meets Lisa (Leigh) and forges a connection. Can these two insecure souls form a lasting relationship? And how do you tell a story like this through the medium of stop-motion animation?
Expertly, it seems, as this is another innovative gem from Kaufman, writer of Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine…,
“Anomalisa has more heart, soul and pathos than 99.9 per cent of live-action movies” (Empire Magazine).
Stars: Alec Guinness, Robert Newton, Kay Walsh, John Howard Davies
Presented on 35mm.
Marking 25 years since David Lean’s death, his biographer Kevin Brownlow joins us to introduce a favourite Lean film. This adaptation expertly retells Dickens’ enormous novel in little under two hours, and gave Lean another box office hit after the huge success of Great Expectations. In Lean’s hands, the tale of a young boy’s progress from the workhouse to London’s criminal underworld is, “A superb piece of motion picture art… One of the finest screen translations of a literary classic ever made” (New York Times).
Strange to say, internet links to contemporary reviews of a film which premiered 68 years ago are hard to come by…..