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.
Two repeat screenings to note this week – Phantom Thread starring Daniel Day- Lewis and Lesley Manville shows again on Monday 9 at 19:30. A last chance to see this stylish and entertaining movie: seats are available. For all future repeat showings, please see the panel below. And there are a few places left for the hugely successful Darkest Hour on Wednesday at 19:30.
The Babes in Arms choice for Tuesday at 11:00 is this year’s Best Picture Oscar-winner – the extraordinary romantic fantasy The Shape of Water.
Meanwhile, two very different new films for you to consider – on Tuesday at 19:30 we’re showing On Body and Soul, an unusual love story in an unusual setting. When Endre and Maria meet at work, they discover they share the same dreams where they meet in a snowy forest as deer, and fall in love. Not that strange so far maybe, but Endre is the manager of a small abattoir where Maria works in the office. On Body and Soul had an Oscar nomination for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film and is a Golden Bear winner at the Berlin film festival – an accolade for the return to cinema of Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi. It’s a beautiful, moving and touching story of two lonely people finding love in unorthodox circumstances and features outstanding cinematography and a haunting musical score. An early scene within the abattoir resulted in an 18 certificate, but if you’re aged 18 to 25 you may wish to take advantage of a £5 Rush Ticket on this occasion – just come to the box office desk up to an hour before the start of the programme (cash only).
The multi-BAFTA winner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has virtually sold out its near-future showings at the David Lean, but we’re pleased to announce an extra screening for Tuesday 27 March at 14:30. Book now if you’d like to see it.
Comments from patrons who saw it on Tuesday were full of praise: ‘fantastic – a great mix of humour and pathos’. And this very successful film has distinctly British roots – it’s a joint production between Film 4 (the movie arm of Channel 4) and Fox Searchlight.