Latest News 15 July 2018

Two new feature films this week, plus a repeat of a much admired screening.

A Ciambra showing on Tuesday at 19:30 is the tough story of 14-year-old Pio (Pio Amato). He drinks, smokes and slides easily between the region’s factions – local Italians, African refugees and his fellow Romani. But, as his father is in prison, he’s determined to support his family by following in the footsteps of his older brother Cosimo, learning the skills needed for life on the streets.
Based in the small Romani immigrant community in the impoverished Calabrian region of Southern Italy, this means a life of crime for Pio from which it’s difficult to escape. Nominated for best Foreign Film at this year’s Academy Awards, this is an absorbing, intense and deeply moving film from director Jonas Carpignano. Working with a totally non-professional cast, Carpignano brings alive the gritty realism for which Italian cinema is famous. The film is subtitled.
Please note – if you’re 25 or under you can come book tickets in advance or buy them on the day (cash only) for just £5.00. Evidence of your age may be required.

The subtle, moving On Chesil Beach has another screening on Wednesday at 19:30. This film adaptation by Ian McEwan, based on his novella of the same name, tells the story of a young, innocent couple and their first evening as a married couple. But sexual mores in the early 1960s were very different and the outcome is confused expectations and lost opportunities. There is fine location filming in Oxford and London, but the shots of the beautiful Dorset coast are outstanding. With touching performances from Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Lady Bird) as Florence, and Billy Howle as her husband Edward, this is a film which may well stay in your mind… Seats are available for this performance – and there’s a Babes in Arms showing on Tuesday 21 August at 11:00. Read More……

Latest News 01 July 2018

If the football is proving to be too exciting and you feel the need to relax and cool down, then the air-conditioned David Lean has some escapist films for you to enjoy this week.

Jeune Femme (our second Croydon Comedy Festival  screening) sees 31 year-old Paula (played with panache by Laetitia Dosch) looking for a new life in Paris after a break-up with her long-term boyfriend Joachim. She is left homeless, broke and alone. After taking Joachim’s cat, she sets off to ‘pick up the pieces’ encountering along the way a series of adventures in the ‘City of Light’ which lead to new friendships, family reconciliations – and independence. Jeune Femme is funny, compassionate, defensive and resolute in turns and the result is an entertaining and often hilarious film. A debut from female French director Leonor Serraille, it can be seen on Tuesday 3 July at 19:30.

Very few seats remain for the 19:30 performance of the popular Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society on Wednesday 4 July.

We’re pleased to present On Chesil Beach on Thursday 5 July. A few seats are available for the 14:30 showing which is subtitled for those with hearing loss. The evening screening is almost sold out, but you can catch it again on Wednesday 18 July at 19:30.
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