The Nile Hilton Incident is our feature on Tuesday at 19:30. Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian revolution, what initially appears to be the murder of a prostitute turns into a complex case for detective Noredin Moskfa, played by Fares Fares. The problem for Moskfa is that very important people would rather the crime was left unsolved… This fast-paced thriller is an excellent ‘cop’ movie with an unusual setting and a certain sense of ‘Scandi noir’… Fare’s compelling performance as the disillusioned detective is a pleasure to watch and the film fully justifies its Grand Jury Prize win at the Sundance Festival.
There’s another showing of Lady Bird on Wednesday at 19:30. Greta Gerwig’s highly praised directorial debut stars Saoirse Ronan as Christine McPherson or “Lady Bird” – an outspoken 17-year-old and her loving but turbulent relationship with her mother. Seats are available for this screening and supporters aged 25 and under may like to take advantage of our £5.00 Rush ticket offer – just come to the box office desk up to an hour before the start of the programme (cash only).
One of the perks of working as a programmer for the David Lean Cinema, and being retired, is that I can get to exhibitor screenings. This allows me to see films in advance, and recommend that we screen them. Two of the June films suggested by me are Makala and Beast, so you decide on how good my critical judgment is!
We start off this week with our regular Babes in Arms screening. This month’s film is Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed feature Lady Bird. This is a 15 certificate film, and we need to stress that these performances are designed for mothers with babies up to one year old. Please do not bring toddlers to these films. Our ability to screen 15 films is based on the fact that the infants will not understand what is on the screen. Thank you.
Tuesday evening’s film is You Were Never Really Here, starring Joachin Phoenix as an ex-military man working in the murky world of private security, who is asked to rescue a kidnapped young girl and punish her abductors with extreme prejudice. British director Lynne Ramsay takes a genre subject and, with composer Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead), puts her own unique spin on it. Mark Kermode called it “a head-spinningly accomplished work that reconfirms Ramsay as one of the most thrillingly distinctive and daring film-makers of her generation”.
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.