Land of Mine (2015 Denmark/Germany) Cert. 15 – subtitled

 

Director: Martin Zandvliet

Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

 

At the end of the Second World War, Denmark’s coastline was strewn with land-mines.

A German prisoner of war unit, many of them raw recruits, are promised their freedom if they can clear a dangerous sector of beach. As the perilous task progresses, the antagonistic relationship between the POWs and their captors begins to thaw.

This powerful drama was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award.

Plus a BRIT School Showcase film, screened in partnership with the School’s Film & Media Production department.

For October we are showing Cycliste De Reve (4 mins), directed by Caleb Pithers-Gregory. This story of a boy’s efforts to gain a new bicycle recently won the School’s Best Year 12 Short Film award. 
 
A different film will be shown at selected screenings each month.

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 17th October 2017

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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A Man Called Ove (2015 Sweden) 116 mins, Cert. 15 – subtitled

Screenings at 11.00AM & 7.30

Director: Hannes Holm
Stars: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll

Ove (Lassgard) is a recently widowed, retired and isolated man with strict principles and a short fuse.  He passes his days grumpily enforcing housing association rules (and a few he has made up himself) and visiting the grave of his wife Sonja (Engvoll).

 

 

New neighbours – pregnant Parvaneh (Pars) and her lively children – are the last thing Ove thinks he needs, and soon incur his wrath.  But an unlikely friendship blooms and, told in flashback, Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks come to light.

 

This Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee is a wistful, heart-warming reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared.

 

This Review is from movie blog Roger Ebert 

The (US release) Trailer can be seen below

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 7th September 2017

Shows start at 11.00AM and 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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My Life As A Courgette (2016 Switzerland/France) Cert. PG – subtitled

Director: Claude Barras
Stars: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud

Following the sudden death of his mother (no plot spoilers here) the orphaned Icare, who likes to be called Courgette, is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who takes him to his new foster home.

Here, he meets other orphans his age, but struggles to find his place in the hostile environment while searching for a new family of his own.

 

 

Courgette embarks on a journey of self-discovery as he learns to trust and love his fellow inmates, who all have back-stories at least as grim as his own.  And into this questing comes Camille….

 

With screenplay by Celine Sciamma (Girlhood), Courgette flaunts striking character designs and expressive stop-motion animation that bring its story to life.

 

Here is a link to the Review in The Guardian.  The Guardian also brings us this interview-analysis of the sensibilities of the writer (Sciamma) and director – “like Ken Loach for kids”.  And yes, there are some plot-spoilers in there.

 

Now we get complicated.  There are alternative versions, including a dubbed English language version marketed in the US as “My Life as a Zucchini”, the original (French language) “Ma Vie de Courgette”, a version of that with English subtitles – “My Life as a Courgette” – and the English dubbed version also marketed in this country as “My Life as a Courgette”.  As we are bringing you the ‘French-with-English-subtitles’ version, here is the  Trailer for that:

(the trailer for the English-dubbed version is linked in the Guardian review.)

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 1st August 2017

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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My Life As A Courgette (2016 Switzerland/France) Cert. PG – subtitled

Director: Claude Barras
Stars: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud

Following the sudden death of his mother (no plot spoilers here) the orphaned Icare, who likes to be called Courgette, is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who takes him to his new foster home.

Here, he meets other orphans his age, but struggles to find his place in the hostile environment while searching for a new family of his own.

 

 

Courgette embarks on a journey of self-discovery as he learns to trust and love his fellow inmates, who all have back-stories at least as grim as his own.  And into this questing comes Camille….

 

With screenplay by Celine Sciamma (Girlhood), Courgette flaunts striking character designs and expressive stop-motion animation that bring its story to life.

 

Here is a link to the Review in The Guardian.  The Guardian also brings us this interview-analysis of the sensibilities of the writer (Sciamma) and director – “like Ken Loach for kids”.  And yes, there are some plot-spoilers in there.

 

Now we get complicated.  There are alternative versions, including a dubbed English language version marketed in the US as “My Life as a Zucchini”, the original (French language) “Ma Vie de Courgette”, a version of that with English subtitles – “My Life as a Courgette” – and the English dubbed version also marketed in this country as “My Life as a Courgette”.  As we are bringing you the ‘French-with-English-subtitles’ version, here is the  Trailer for that:

(the trailer for the English-dubbed version is linked in the Guardian review.)

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Saturday 22nd July 2017

Show starts at 2.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Hidden Figures (2016, UK/USA) Cert. PG

Extra Screening to meet evening audience demand

Director: Theodore Melfi

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst
This web-page is still a work in progress.  More content will be added in the next few days

 

Behind the public face of NASA’s triumphant Space Race victory, a small army of human ‘computers’ performed the calculations vital to get astronauts such as John Glenn safely into space and back.

One of the most important was Katherine Johnson (Henson), an African-American woman.

Following Johnson and her colleagues as they strive to overcome the limitations of segregation and the doubts of many white colleagues, this Best Picture nominee is a hugely enjoyable and inspirational tribute to these pioneering talents.

Here is a link to the Review in The Guardian 

The Guardian review includes a link to the ‘official’ (US) trailer.  That Trailer can also be seen below –

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Wednesday 10th May 2017

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Elle (2017, France/Germany/Belgium) Cert. 18

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

IS this our first ‘extra screening’ of a Cert. 18 film?

Michèle (Huppert, Oscar-nominated) is the head of a leading video game company, and brings a hard-headed attitude to both her personal and business lives.

The film opens – sound-track only – with Michèle attacked in her home by a maked assailant.  At first she seems little affected by an incident others might find traumatising.  But following further intrusions into her privacy Michèle resolves to track her attacker down, with unforeseen consequences for family, friends, work colleages and her own private life …

Verhoeven’s trademark direction casts an unsettling spell, varying the mood from scene to scene, in this widely praised, “electrifying and provocative comeback” (The Guardian).

 

At the time of publication of this page Elle had not been released in the UK, so our regular Review link is to The Guardian written at the time of the film’s debut at Cannes 2016.

That review does not include a link to any trailer (although there is a link to an interview with the star). 

The subsequent US release “official” Trailer, can be seen below – viewer advisory, the trailer gets an “R” rating – this IS Verhoeven and IS an 18 in the UK…

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Monday 8th May 2017

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Hidden Figures (2016, UK/USA) 127 mins, Cert. PG

Screenings at 11 AM & 7.30 PM*

*as the evening screening has sold well we have arranged and additional show at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th May
Director: Theodore Melfi
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst
This web-page is a work in progress.  More content will be added in the next few days

Behind the public face of NASA’s triumphant Space Race victory, a small army of human ‘computers’ performed the calculations vital to get astronauts such as John Glenn safely into space and back.

One of the most important was Katherine Johnson (Henson), an African-American woman.

Following Johnson and her colleagues as they strive to overcome the limitations of segregation and the doubts of many white colleagues, this Best Picture nominee is a hugely enjoyable and inspirational tribute to these pioneering talents.

 

Here is a link to the Review in The Guardian 

The Guardian review includes a link to the ‘official’ (US) trailer.  That Trailer can also be seen below –

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 20th April 2017

Shows start at 11.00AM and 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Lion (2016, Australia/USA) Cert. PG – partially subtitled

Additional Additional Afternoon screening!

Director: Garth Davis
Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

 

 

Saroo and his family live a hand-to-mouth existence in a small Indian village. One night while out scavenging, he gets separated from his brother Guddu and after climbing aboard a parked train, falls asleep and wakes up utterly lost and alone in Calcutta.

Fast forward a couple of decades….

Having been adopted by an Australian couple, a chance encounter with a taste (literally) of his earlier life triggers long lost (or buried) memories and sends the adult Saroo off on a search for his original family, but the clues he has to their whereabouts are sketchy.

 

 

Ravishing photography of India and Australia, together with standout performances by the star actors, Patel as the adult Saroo and Kidman (hot tip for best supporting actress) as his adoptive mother, make this a truly heartrending true-life story.

 

“As enthralling as it is emotional” (Hollywood Reporter).

 

 

Here is a link to the Review in The Telegraph 

 

The review includes a link to the Trailer, which can be seen below

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 11th April 2017

Show starts at 2.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Babes in Arms Screening

Our Monthly 11.00am Babes in Arms screening

Bringing a baby is not compulsory but we cannot guarantee a quiet auditorium during this screening! 

Intending patrons should note that the lights will not be fully dimmed during the screening and that people may need to move around.

This Month we present:

Lion (2016, Australia/USA) Cert. PG (partially subtitled)

Director: Garth Davis
Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

 

 

Saroo and his family live a hand-to-mouth existence in a small Indian village. One night while out scavenging, he gets separated from his brother Guddu and after climbing aboard a parked train, falls asleep and wakes up utterly lost and alone in Calcutta.

Fast forward a couple of decades….

Having been adopted by an Australian couple, a chance encounter with a taste (literally) of his earlier life triggers long lost (or buried) memories and sends the adult Saroo off on a search for his original family, but the clues he has to their whereabouts are sketchy.

 

 

Ravishing photography of India and Australia, together with standout performances by the star actors, Patel as the adult Saroo and Kidman (hot tip for best supporting actress) as his adoptive mother, make this a truly heartrending true-life story.

 

“As enthralling as it is emotional” (Hollywood Reporter).

Here is a link to the Review in The Telegraph 

 

The review includes a link to the Trailer, which can be seen below

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 11th April 2017

Show starts at 11.00AM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Toni Erdmann (2016 Ger/Austria/Romania) Cert. 15 – subtitled

Extra sceening to meet demand,
Note 7PM start time as this is a long film

 

Director: Maren Ade
Stars: Sandra Huller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn

Recently retired and bored, Winfried decides to pay a surprise visit to his daughter Ines, interrupting her rather grim corporate duties at an overseas factory.

she’s always on the phone

 

 

He’s a relentless practical joker, introducing himself to Ines’s work colleagues as an outrageous, bewigged alter ego named Toni Erdmann, much to their amusement and her distress.

 

 

But can his clowning change his daughter’s life for the better?

 

 

This Academy Award nominated black comedy is “a moving and often hilarious portrait of a father-daughter relationship” (Time Out).

 

Here are links to Reviews from The Guardian and, deeper as ever, the Roger Ebert film discussion site.

 

The Guardian review includes a link to the “UK” Trailer, while the “US” version (which, interestingly, gives the film an “R” rating, more restrictive than the UK’s 15) can be seen below

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Monday 10th April 2017

Show starts at 7.00PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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