A Fantastic Woman, winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award is our presentation on Tuesday evening. This outstanding piece of cinema from director Sebastian Lelio is the story of Marina, a transgender woman whose life falls apart when her older lover, Orlando, dies. The film is all about Marina’s fight not only to grieve for Orlando but for her rights following his death. Daniela Vega is superb in the lead role – moving, impassive and long-suffering as she’s constantly stripped of her dignity in the midst of her grief. Some seats remain to see this low-key, but powerful, moving film.
And a reminder that Nancy-Belle Hannah-Griffiths, the director of the current BRIT School Showcase short A Bright Girl She Was will be present at the main feature on Tuesday and looks forward to taking part in a short Q&A following her film.
Last week’s new films were a couple of gems. A modest audience came to see On Body and Soul on Tuesday. The fact that this was a Hungarian film with an 18 certificate and a somewhat bizarre premise may have put people off, but it turned out to be a very touching story about two emotionally starved co-workers whose shared dreams bring them together. Very positive feedback from those who saw it. We like to think that this is the kind of film the David Lean champions. Thursday’s more mainstream offering was no less delightful. Lady Bird is Greta Gerwig’s possibly autobiographical study of a teenage girl growing up in Sacramento, dreaming of a better life and enduring an often fractious relationship with her mother. It featured another standout performance from Saoirse Ronan, and again audience reaction was very positive. There is a further chance to see it on Wednesday 16 May at 19:30, and it is also our next Babes in Arms screening.