FUNNY COW

If you think that modern comedy is still lacking in gender equality, then this tough, streetwise British film shows that it’s also made giant strides since the in-your-face chauvinism of working men’s clubs in decades past. And yet, ill-treatment by men is something our eponymous heroine is grimly used to, from childhood beatings to an abusive husband.
More a film about the power of laughter and how to transform pain into humour than a straight-up comedy, “Funny Cow” is a fitting showcase for Maxine Peake. So often dazzling on stage and television, she’s hilarious and heart-breaking here. There’s fine support too from cast-against-type Paddy Considine as her middle-class paramour and a swooning, melancholic soundtrack by Richard Hawley. Full details.

LEAN ON PETE

Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) is a 15-year-old who has no stability in his life. He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of a year. But as the son of a single father (Travis Fimmel), working in warehouses finding some stability is hard.
Hoping for a new start they move to Portland where Charley earns cash helping out likable old racing hand Del (Steve Buscemi), who races horses in scrappy local competitions, sometimes with the help of past-it jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny). Charley quickly becomes best friends with a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete. Full details.

THE HAPPY PRINCE

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor. The film is a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage. Full details. English/French/Italian with English subtitles.

THE HAPPY PRINCE (Subtitled)

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor. The film is a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage. Subtitled for those with a hearing loss. Full details.

ARCADIA

From the earliest days of movie-making to the present day, through rare and unseen footage, we see the changing relationship the British have with their land. From images of local celebrations and festivals to agricultural practices through the seasons, village life and lost crafts. Full details.

MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (MEARI TO MAJO NO HANA)

Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces ‘Spirited Away’, ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’, and ‘Ponyo’, and director of ‘When Marnie Was There’ and ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ has created this dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.
In Japanese with English subtitles. Full details.

MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (English language version)

Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces ‘Spirited Away’, ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’, and ‘Ponyo’, and director of ‘When Marnie Was There’ and ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ has created this dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.
English language dubbed version featuring the voices of Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent and Ruby Barnhill (as Mary). Full details.

L’AMANT DOUBLE

François Ozon’s latest psychological thriller is the story of a fragile young woman who falls in love with her psychoanalyst. After moving in with him, she discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity. In French with English subtitles. Full details.

EDIE

Having lived under the domineering restraints of her husband in the early years of their marriage, Edie (Sheila Hancock) then devotes thirty years of care after a blood clot left him immobile and totally dependent. His final passing gives Edie a freedom she has long desired, even though her daughter (Wendy Morgan) would rather have peace of mind by slinging her into a local care home. Full details.

EDIE (Subtitled)

Having lived under the domineering restraints of her husband in the early years of their marriage, Edie (Sheila Hancock) then devotes thirty years of care after a blood clot left him immobile and totally dependent. His final passing gives Edie a freedom she has long desired, even though her daughter (Wendy Morgan) would rather have peace of mind by slinging her into a local care home. Subtitled for those with a hearing loss. Full details.