Battle of the Sexes is our Babes in Arms screening showing on Tuesday 13 February at 11:00. Come along with your little ones to enjoy this very entertaining film which tells the true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champion – and hustler – Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).
The Prince of Nothingwood, a wonderful documentary from Afghanistan, is showing on 13 February at 19:30. The director – and often star – Salim Shaheen is described as ‘the biggest fish in the tiny pond of Afghan film’ as he himself says: “Nothingwood”. But Shaheen proves to be ‘a movie mogul with a difference’ as he gives us a fascinating and sometimes hilarious look at the shoestring side of the film industry, along with an unexpected view of life in Afghanistan. Seats are available for this original – and affectionately made – piece of cinema, and under-25s might want to take advantage of our ‘rush’ ticket offer – more details here.
Our screening of Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars has now sold out, so let’s talk about Lost in Paris, which we are showing in the afternoon and evening on Thursday. This is notable for two things: the talented couple who write, direct and star, and for one of the final appearances of the iconic actress Emmanuelle Riva.
Dominique Abel is Belgian and Fiona Gordon hails from Canada, and they met in Paris, starting out in theatre before moving into film. Lost in Paris is their fourth feature, but their others, such as Rumba (2008), have had limited releases in the UK. You can find out more about the duo in this quirky interview from the Movie Habit website.
Emmanuelle Riva worked with some of the great European directors, including Alain Resnais (Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)), Jean-Pierre Melville (Léon Morin, Priest (1961)), Georges Franju (Thérèse Desqueyroux (1962)), Krzysztof Kieślowski (Three Colours: Blue (1993)) and Michael Haneke (Amour (2012)). For this last film, Riva, at 85, became the oldest actress to gain an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Dividing her time between cinema and theatre, Riva was a private person, living in an apartment in the Latin Quarter of Paris without a TV set, a computer or a cellphone! Read More……….