Our next film, on Tuesday 9 October, is Insyriated, an intense drama about a family pinned down in their apartment during the fighting in Damascus. The mother of the family tries to keep everyone safe while a sniper lurks across the courtyard. Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw, this is a very powerful and affecting film that explores the human consequences of a bitter civil conflict.
A rapturous reception for last night’s film, Aisling Walsh’s Maudie, which earned an overall appreciation score of 93.65 per cent. That places it in the top ten of films we have ever shown. Here are some of the comments: “Beautiful. Best film in seven years!” “Wonderful acting, photography, everything.” “Utterly absorbing. Superb performances by all. Cinematography riveting, the seasons and weather invaded the cinema, as did the tensions between the two [cont'd.]
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 gloucesterguildhall.co.uk.
Our next film, on Tuesday 25 September at 19:45, is Maudie, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. It’s a biographical portrait of Maud Dowley (Hawkins), a painter of folk art in 1930s Nova Scotia, Canada. Maud is crippled by rheumatoid arthritis and treated as an idiot by the family with whom she lives. Then she finds herself a job as housekeeper for a nearby fish peddler (Hawke), marries him, and starts [cont'd.]
A mixed response to I Am Not A Witch, and an overall appreciation score of 64.66 per cent. Some comments: “Really enjoyed this film. So many truths and many possible interpretations.” “Fabulous scenery and acting but an horrific and terrifying portrayal of misogyny and superstition.” “Difficult to watch but an important subject matter to bring to the fore. Beautifully shot and extremely poignant/ironic choice of score.” “Beautifully filmed but with [cont'd.]