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……