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Mystery movie unveiled

23 January 2019 0

We are pleased to announce that the Mystery Movie, on March 26 at 19:45, will be Cold War (Zimna wojna). This warm and passionate film is directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, who made his name in British television before turning to the stories of his birthplace. Many of you will have enjoyed his Ida, which we showed a couple of years ago: it was that season’s “nun film”. Cold War is a love [cont'd.]

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Fantastic Films

23 January 2019 0

We are very excited about our spring special event, Fantastic Films. It will take place at The Playhouse Theatre, Bath Road, Cheltenham, on March 30-31. The event is open to the public as well as CFS members. It consists of eight films that break out of the realist tradition and explore exciting new worlds. As well as the films, there will be other events, yet to be organised. To read [cont'd.]

Coming soon

Our next film: The Other Side of Hope

13 March 2019 0

Our next film, on Tuesday 19 March at 19:45, is The Other Side of Hope. Directed by Aki Kaurismäki, this 2017 comedy/drama deals with the immigration issue as it affects his native Finland.

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Reactions to The Third Murder

13 March 2019 0

The Third Murder received mixed reviews and an overall appreciation score of 70.77 per cent. Here are a few of the comments: “Best this year.” “Really interesting procedural crime drama. Really makes you think.” “A fascinating puzzle of truth, motive, justice, society.” “A complex investigation into the nature of truth.” “Gripping, thoughtful and enigmatic.” “Undoubtedly the most enigmatic/perplexing/moving film ever seen.” “Amazing filming, capturing all the emotion.” “Powerful story, well [cont'd.]

Reactions to Loveless

27 February 2019 0

Loveless did not prove particularly appealing to our audience, with an appreciation score of 72.64 per cent. Some of your comments are below: “Extremely moving film. A side of life one only usually reads about in the papers – and this brings it all into sad reality.” “Brilliant fable of the new Russia, and love the cinematography.” “Well crafted and thoughtful with many parallels.” “Beautifully filmed. Alexey crying in his [cont'd.]

Reactions to Vagabond

20 February 2019 0

The film Vagabond was received positively with a score of 76.61. Some of your reactions: “Great film. Unsentimental expose of French attitudes and vagrancy in the 1980s.” “A story for our time and our streets.” “Quite remarkable. Very clever photography.” “ Thought provoking – I liked the lack of back story for Mona.” “A tough subject.” “Was very sad.” “Vachement chouette!” “ Very ‘noir’. Bleak. Interesting struc ture.” “Interesting perspective [cont'd.]

Film news

Crowdfunding for Plymouth

27 November 2018 0

Plymouth Arts Centre lost funding last year and is having to relocate its cinema to a new venue in the city’s College of Art. It’s currently trying to raise funds through the Crowdfunder website. If any CFS members have a connection with film in Plymouth and would like to help the city’s only indy cinema to reach its target of £20,000, there is more information on its Crowdfunder page.

Farewell Nic Roeg

24 November 2018 0

Sad to see that Nic Roeg has died. As well as directing the brilliant Don’t Look Now, Walkabout and many others, he was also the cinematographer on John Schlesinger’s wonderful Far From The Madding Crowd and François Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451, which we showed last year.

Guildhall website back up

19 September 2018 0

After a long and frustrating hiatus, the Gloucester Guildhall once more has a website. As well as details of forthcoming films and other attractions, the site allows you to buy tickets online. For those who don’t know it, the Guildhall, in Eastgate Street, shows a range of art-house, foreign-language and non-commercial films as well as more populist fare. The site can be found at

CKFS programme launched

3 September 2018 0

Charlton Kings Film Society has announced its programme for next season. Films are on Friday nights at 7.45pm, starting on 14 September with Victoria & Abdul. Other notable films include Capote, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, God’s Own Country and Eye In The Sky. Admission costs £5, or you can pay £50 for admission to all 18 films in the season. The bar is open before and after the film and there are also tea, coffee, cakes [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 500 strong.


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