Tue 2nd, 7.30 – GET OUT (15): In this acclaimed comedy horror film, things go badly for a young black man when he visits his white girlfriend’s parents.
Wed 3rd, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30 – VICEROY’S HOUSE (12A) – Extra screenings
Thu 4th, 2.30 & 7.30 – THE SALESMAN (12A): Iranian drama from Asghar Farhadi (A Separation), winner of this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar.
Tue 9th, 11 – Babes in Arms screening – MOONLIGHT (15)
Tue 9th, 7.30 & Thu 11th, 2.30 – THE OLIVE TREE (15): Written by her partner Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake), Icíar Bollaín’s film follows Alma on her quest from Spain to Germany to track down the olive tree once owned by her grandfather.
Thu 11th, 7.30 – THE HANDMAIDEN (18): Psychological thriller from Park Chan-wook (Oldboy), which moves the plot of Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith to Japanese controlled Korea.
Sat 13th, 2.30 & Tue 16th, 7.30 – A SILENT VOICE (12A): In this emotionally rich Japanese anime, a boy seeks redemption after bullying his deaf classmate.
Thu 18th, 2.30 & 7.30 – A QUIET PASSION (12A): Film biography of Emily Dickinson directed by Terence Davies, starring Cynthia Nixon as the US poet.
Tue 23rd, 7.30 – THE LOST CITY OF Z (15): The story of explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared looking for a lost city on the Amazon in the 1920s.
Thu 25th, 11 & 7 – TWELFTH NIGHT (U): Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry in the Globe Theatre production of the Bard’s comedy. Tickets £15 (no concessions).
Sat 27th, 2.30 & Tue 30th, 2.30 – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (PG): Live-action version of the much-loved Disney cartoon, starring Emma Watson as Belle.
Tue 30th, 7.30 – FREE FIRE (15): In Ben Wheatley’s comedy crime thriller, an IRA gang go Stateside to buy guns from a dodgy fixer, but it soon goes wrong!!
April – DLC Programmer Philip Howard writes: Following our March programme, which has broken the David Lean’s pre-sales record, we’re delighted to bring you further Academy Awards contenders in April. (I’m writing this before the results are known!)
Joining our season opener Moonlight and rerun Lion among the Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay nominees are Fences and Hidden Figures, two contrasting tales of twentieth-century African-American life, also both nominated for acting awards (Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Denzil Washington). If you enjoy gently-paced character-based dramas such as last year’s Our Little Sister, then Best Original Screenplay nominee 20th Century Women will be an absolute treat. And, finally among the nominees, Elle is a rarity in being a foreign language film with a Best Actress nomination, for Isabelle Huppert.
Of course, Oscar’s decisions are often questioned. Elle (France) joins several excellent titles including Julieta (Spain) and Under the Shadow (UK) in not even making the nine-film Best Foreign Language longlist. The Academy also failed to recognise arguably American cinema’s breakthrough female performance of the year, Lily Gladstone’s charming and quietly heartbreaking turn as a lovestruck rancher in Certain Women – but I look forward to seeing her for a second time.
Elsewhere in the programme, fans of British cinema will be pleased to see Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson in the Indian Partition drama Viceroy’s House, and there’s another opportunity to watch the popular Denial. Our many ballet lovers will be fascinated by Dancer, the biopic of former Royal Ballet star Sergei Polunin, while my niece and nephew report that Spanish adventure Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang is a treat for Saturday family audiences!
Tue 4th, 2.30 & 7.30 – MOONLIGHT (15): Award-winning story of a young, black man growing up amidst the drugs and crime of downtown Miami – tickets already on sale.
Extra screenings: Wed 5th, 2.30 – LION (PG); 7.30 – DENIAL (12A)
Thu 6th, 2.30 & 7.30 – 20TH CENTURY WOMEN (15): California, 1979. Annette Benning plays a single mother who enlists two younger friends (played by Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning) to help with her teenage son’s upbringing.
Tue 11th, 11 – Babes in Arms screening – LION (PG)
Tue 11th, 7.30 – CERTAIN WOMEN (12A): Kelly Reichardt’s drama tells the story of three independent women in small-town Montana, starring Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and newcomer Lily Gladstone.
Thu 13th, 2.30 & 7.30 – FENCES (12A): Denzil Washington directs himself and Oscar-tipped Viola Davis in August Wilson’s play about an African-American working-class family in the 1950s.
Sat 15th, 2.30 – ZIP & ZAP AND THE MARBLE GANG (U): In this Spanish children’s film, twin brothers Zip and Zap, with the help of other students, discover a secret hidden in the summer school they have been sent to.
Tue 18th, 7.30 – ELLE (18): Isabelle Huppert stars in Paul Verhoeven’s critically acclaimed revenge thriller, playing a successful businesswoman who is raped in her home.
Thu 20th, 11 & 7.30 – HIDDEN FIGURES (PG): The true story of the African-American women “human computers” who played a vital role in getting John Glenn into space while fighting gender, race and professional discrimination.
Tue 25th, 7.30 – DANCER (12A): Documentary about Sergei Polunin, the Ukrainian who became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer, before becoming disillusioned with fame and the ballet world.
Thu 27th, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30 – VICEROY’S HOUSE (12A): Gurinder Chadha’s film tells the “upstairs downstairs” story of Lord and Lady Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson), as the empire prepares to hand India back to its people.
The film with the most nominations – a record-equalling 14 – is of course La La Land, for which additional screenings are now on sale. Another leading contender, Manchester by the Sea, also has an additional screening by popular demand. Two other Best Picture nominees will arrive at the DLC in March, each also boasting British acting nominees: Lion and Hacksaw Ridge. The fifth Best Picture nominee of the current programme – although actually our first April screening – is another of the favourites, Moonlight. Of the other four Best Picture nominees, Arrival and Hell or High Water have been highlights of the last few months, and we look forward to announcing April screenings of Fences and Hidden Figures in due course.
Our two other Oscar nominees are the Civil Rights-era romantic drama Loving, for which Ireland’s Ruth Negga is a Best Actress contender, and the uproarious father-daughter comedy Toni Erdmann is up for the Foreign Language title. The British Academy has excellent taste too – the wonderful Eagle Huntress has a Bafta nomination, and by popular demand we’re giving it a Saturday rerun. Another Bafta-nominated film is Denial, the story of the David Irving libel trial, with terrific performances from Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall. A couple of other fine British features round off our varied programme: The BBC’s film critic Mark Kermode selected the Tehran-set supernatural thriller Under the Shadow as his best movie of 2016, and – as you may have noticed from this weekend’s media coverage – Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor and friends are back in the long-awaited T2: Trainspotting.
Extra screenings: Sat 4th, 2.30 & Tue 7th, 2.30 – LA LA LAND (12A); Wed 8th, 7.30 – MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (15); Sat 18th, 2.30 – THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (U)
Tue 7th, 7.30pm – UNDER THE SHADOW (15): In war-torn 1980s Tehran, a mother and daughter are trapped in their home, which is haunted by a mysterious evil.
Thu 9th, 2.30 & 7.30 – JACKIE (15): Oscar-tipped Natalie Portman stars in this drama about how JFK’s widow dealt with the aftermath of his assassination.
Tue 14th, 11 – Babes in Arms screening – LA LA LAND (12A)
Tue 14th, 7.30 – HACKSAW RIDGE (15): Mel Gibson’s film about Army Medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), the pacifist who was decorated in WWII, but who never fired a shot.
Thu 16th, 11 & 7.30 – DENIAL (12A): David Hare scripts this story of how Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) sued fellow historian Deborah E. Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) for libel.
Tue 21st, 7.30 – T2: TRAINSPOTTING (18): Danny Boyle and the cast of the original return to Edinburgh to continue the adventures of Renton and co.
Thu 23rd, 2.30 (HOH) & 7.30 – LOVING (12A): The moving story of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, who challenged the anti-miscegenation laws in Virginia in the 1960s.
Tue 28th, 7 – TONI ERDMANN (15): A critically acclaimed German black comedy about a practical joker father’s strained relationship with his daughter.
Thu 30th, 2.30 & 7.30 – LION (PG): A young Indian boy becomes lost in a strange city. Years later, adopted in Australia, he tries to rediscover his childhood home. Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman star in this fascinating drama.
Tue 4th April, 2.30 & 7.30 – MOONLIGHT (15): Award-winning story of a young, black man growing up amidst the drugs and crime of downtown Miami.