Under The Shadow (2016, UK/Jordan/Qatar/Iran) cert. 15 – subtitled

Director: Babak Anvari
Stars: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi

Tehran, 1988 – during the Iran-Iraq War. Shideh’s apartment building is hit by a missile which does not explode.  Good fortune?  A superstitious neighbour believes the missile to be cursed and that it might be carrying malevolent spirits.



As time passes Shideh becomes convinced that a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess her daughter Dorsa.


She feels she has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save them both.



Rated film of 2016 by The Guardian / BBC film critic Mark Kermode: “a brilliantly intelligent chiller… an astonishing feature debut”.


Here is Kermode’s Review from The Guardian (as it was his ‘film of the week’ the review actually appeared in The Observer).  Scroll to the bottom – is Kermode’s list of films of the week just a repetition of the David Lean schedule? (we were going to show all these anyway but we have to wait a few weeks after a film’s release before we can get it.)

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


David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 7th March 2017

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

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News Update 05 March 2017

Last week, following a well-received Manchester by the Sea, La La Land had the difficult task of living up to high expectations fuelled by its impressive haul of awards. Some patrons loved it while others would have welcomed a faster pace, which goes to show that our lower-profile films are usually enjoyed just as much as box office smashes!

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News Update 19 February 2017

The BAFTA awards last Sunday reinforced how exciting the upcoming weeks will be at the David Lean, with several outstanding films in store. We’ve already screened some winners, but you’ll soon be able to consider whether the following awards were the right decision: Read More…………