Our next film, on Tuesday 20 March, is Chan-Wook Park’s 2016 epic The Handmaiden. Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, though adapted from a novel about Victorian Britain, this historical thriller is beautiful, ingenious and gripping. It was last year’s highest-grossing subtitled film in Britain and this year won the BAFTA for best foreign film. It is also suffused with eroticism [cont'd.]
Our next presentation is Clash, an Egyptian/French film from 2016, directed by Mohamed Diab. During the Cairo riots of 2013, supporters and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Morsi are thrown together in a police van. Tension rises as this disparate group of Egyptians accommodate themselves to their plight. Claustrophobic and intense. We will be showing a short film before the main [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 6 March at 19:45, is The Salesman, an Iranian film from 2016. A married couple, actors in Tehran, are preparing for a performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, when an intrusion into their temporary residence sends the husband down the path of revenge. A tense domestic drama from the brilliant Asghar Farhadi, director of A Separation.
Our next film, on Tuesday 20 February at 19:45, is Day For Night, the final film in our CFS Extra François Truffaut season. A gentle and warm-hearted comedy about the business of making a film, Day for Night (La Nuit Americaine) won the best foreign film Oscar in 1974. It stars Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud and Truffaut himself as the director of a [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday February 13 at 19:45, is Fahrenheit 451, the second in our François Truffaut mini-season. Based on a best-selling science fiction novel by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 was Truffaut’s first film in colour and his only film in English. It stars Oskar Werner and Julie Christie and is an intriguing and little-seen film.