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Happy New Year

6 January 2020 0

We would like to wish a Happy New Year to all our members. The season starts again on 7 January. After that there will be a further eight films, including one that is yet to be selected.

Our next film


22 January 2020 0

Our film on Tuesday 4 February 2020 at 19:45 is Capernaüm, a searing 2018 drama from Lebanon. Set in Beirut, the film tells the story of 12-year-old Zain (Zain al Rafeea) as he escapes his chaotic home and makes a life in a shanty town with an Ethiopian immigrant and her baby. An astonishing piece of neo-realist cinema, using a non-professional cast: Zain was a Syrian refugee found in the [cont'd.]

Your reactions

Reactions to Dr Strangelove

22 January 2020 0

A great deal of enthusiasm for our classic film, Dr Strangelove, and an excellent appreciation score of 87.3 per cent. Some of your comments: “The best this year – better than most films in the 56 years since! “A classic film. Glad I had the opportunity to see it.” “Stunning – so good to see it again. What a GREAT film! Thanks a million.” “Still chilling after all these years [cont'd.]

More reactions

Reactions to Happy as Lazzaro

8 January 2020 0

A mixed reaction to Happy as Lazzaro but a solid appreciation score of 71.11 per cent. Some of your comments: “Best ever.” “Wow – best film this season.” “The best yet.” “Beautiful cinematography and acting. Different story line – but I will be thinking it through for days to come.” “Fascinating, beautiful, thought-provoking and strange.” “Very Italian with lots of metaphors and typical Italian nuances. Great!” “A very unusual film. [cont'd.]

Reactions to Wajib

11 December 2019 0

A warm response to Wajib, our final film of the year, and an appreciation score of 83.76 per cent. Some comments: “A wonderfully observed and paced view of Palestinians in Israel.” “Wonderful insight into Palestinian life.” “Liked the family tensions played against the backdrop of Palestinian problem.” “Could have been set anywhere. It’s about family relationships, not Palestine.” “A super film. I loved being in their Nazareth life.” “Great, funny, [cont'd.]

Reactions to Apollo 11

4 December 2019 0

The response to Apollo 11 was out of this world, with an appreciation score of 94.44 per cent, albeit on a lowish attendance figure of 205. That puts it in the top 10 of films we have shown over the last 20 years. Some comments: “Good to see real footage; well crafted film.” “Truly excellent film; epic; brilliant mix of original footage and new film and photos, colour and black [cont'd.]

Film news

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Film Festival

8 January 2020 0

Plans are advanced for the 2020 Cheltenham International Film Festival. It will include 30 or more films in six venues, spread over the six days of 25-30 May 2020. We will keep you informed of the details as they become available. In the meantime, your best bet is to keep an eye on the Festival’s website: The Festival is also looking for patrons. For their contribution, patrons receive a [cont'd.]

Charlton Kings programme announced

2 September 2019 0

Charlton Kings Film Society has announced its programme for 2019-20. The society is showing 18 films at Sacred Hearts Parish Hall, Moorend Road, Charlton Kings, GL53 9AU. They include Bohemian Rhapsody, Stan & Ollie, The Angels’ Share, Fisherman’s Friends and Loving Vincent as well as several excellent films that we showed last year but which you may have missed. The films are shown on Friday evenings and tickets are £5 [cont'd.]

About CFS

CFS is Cheltenham’s membership film society. We show mostly subtitled and independent films between September and April at the Bacon Theatre in Dean Close School, Cheltenham. Admission is by annual membership subscription, but members may bring guests. The society is more than 70 years old and currently more than 550 strong.


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