Our final film of the season, on 25 April at 19:45, is The Brand New Testament. In this irreverent and dark satire, God is an irascible individual, living in a tower block in Belgium along with his wife and 10-year-old daughter. Appalled by his behaviour, Ea sets out into the world to create her own testament and end the tyranny of [cont'd.]
A warm response to Timbuktu, with an appreciation score of 86.32 per cent, the second highest score of the season after It Happened One Night. Some comments: “Superb. An excellent choice: films like this that reveal other cultures with such sensitivity are the strengths of CFS.” “Just what the Film Soc should be showing. Good, important, beautiful and shocking.” “Certainly [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 4 April at 19:45, is Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu. In Mali, not far from the ancient city of Timbuktu, cattle herder Kidane and his family live peacefully while the nearby townspeople have fallen under the brutal regime of Jihadists. For a time, Kidane escapes their puritanical zeal, but soon everything changes. A powerful fable about tolerance and its [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 21 March at 19:45, is It Happened One Night. The final film in our CFS Extra series on ‘Chance Meetings’, it is a Frank Capra classic from 1934. A spoilt heiress (Claudette Colbert) and an out-of-work newspaper reporter (Clark Gable) are thrown together on an eventful journey from Florida to New York. With crackling dialogue and a charming plotline, this is [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 14 March at 19:45, is The Second Mother. Val is a live-in housekeeper in a wealthy São Paulo home. Her grown-up daughter, who has been brought up by her father in the north of Brazil, unexpectedly comes to join her and ructions ensue. A subtle comedy about class and generational conflict.