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.

A CIAMBRA

Winner of the Europa Cinemas Label prize at Cannes 2017.
In A Ciambra, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the region’s factions – the local Italians, the African refugees and his fellow Romani. In Italian with English subtitles. Full details. Lower price ticket offer aged 25 and under.

THE BREADWINNER

A nominee for Best Animation Oscar in 2018.
Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom-and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Full details.

THE BREADWINNER

A nominee for Best Animation Oscar in 2018.
Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom-and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Full details.

TULLY

Marlo (Charlize Theron) is days away from giving birth to her third child – “Such a blessing” she mutters. In truth, her husband (Ron Livingston) plays video games every night, her son may get kicked out of his private school kindergarten, and Marlo’s brother Craig (Mark Duplass) correctly fears she’s speeding toward another breakdown.
This is a movie about the lies we tell ourselves to stay sane – and the reasons why we might need to tell the truth. Full details.

FUNNY COW (Babes In Arms Screening)

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. BabesInArms Screening. Full details.

JEUNE FEMME

This 2017 Cannes hit by debutante Léonor Serraille, stars the brilliantly vibrant Laetitia Dosch as an aimless young woman trying to get by in Montparnasse.
With a mane of Pre-Raphaelite hair, and an impossibly furry white cat clasped to her chest, 31-year-old Paula (Dosch) moves across Paris in the wake of a breakup. The feline, whom Paula has catnapped from ex-boyfriend Joachim (Grégoire Monsaingeon), has a stern face peering out from a formless mound of fluff and steals many scenes. In French with English subtitles. Full details

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

A correspondence begins between free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton (Lily James) and members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, with them sharing their experiences of Nazi Occupied Guernsey. When an idea for a book catches Juliet she goes to visit the island, making lifelong friends and taking life changing steps along the way.
This book is told by way of letters and as the reader, you become enchanted by the writers of them and the love Juliet comes to feel for each of the Islanders; Dawsey (Michael Duisman), Amelia (Penelope Wilton), Isola (Katherine Parkinson), Eben (Tom Courtenay) and Elizabeth (Jessica Brown Findlay). Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) directs this beautiful story of love, friendship and the sadness of friends lost, adapted from the 2008 novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer. Full details.

ON CHESIL BEACH

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, this drama centres on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Edward (Billy Howle) and Florence (Saoirse Ronan), newly-married and very much in love, arrive at a grand old inn on the Dorset coast for their honeymoon; they’ll leave with a very different understanding of who they are and what they actually want out of life.
While downstairs the hotel is full of guests, they are achingly alone with each other and the momentous thing that is supposed to happen. As pressure mounts in the hotel room the Director, Dominic Cooke, smoothly tells their backstories in a series of flashbacks, each stimulated by something the couple says or feels. Full details.

ON CHESIL BEACH – Subtitled

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, this drama centres on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Edward (Billy Howle) and Florence (Saoirse Ronan), newly-married and very much in love, arrive at a grand old inn on the Dorset coast for their honeymoon; they’ll leave with a very different understanding of who they are and what they actually want out of life.
While downstairs the hotel is full of guests, they are achingly alone with each other and the momentous thing that is supposed to happen. As pressure mounts in the hotel room the Director, Dominic Cooke, smoothly tells their backstories in a series of flashbacks, each stimulated by something the couple says or feels. Subtitled for those with a hearing loss. Full details.