Plans are well advanced for our 2019-2020 season. We believe this will be our 74th year, although we did miss one or two seasons in the middle somewhere when the committee fell apart (it happens). The film selection panel has chosen the main programme for next year. This time there will be 13 new films announced in advance, plus two to be chosen in the course of the season to [cont'd.]
It was good to see members at the recent Cheltenham International Film Festival. It was an ambitious event, with a total of 31 feature films of various lengths, genres, vintages and provenances being shown around the town. The venues used included Cineworld, the Parabola Arts Centre, the Frog & Fiddle and the Wilson Art Gallery. There were visits from Mike Leigh, Steven Berkoff, Josie Rourke, Carl Hunter and several Polish [cont'd.]
Sad to see that Bibi Andersson has died at the age of 83. Some CFS members will have seen her in The Seventh Seal recently, but she was cast in no fewer than 13 Ingmar Bergman films, graduating from ingenue to tortured soul in the process. Recommended: Wild Strawberries, Persona and Scenes from a Marriage.
The jet-black comedy of Under The Tree was not to everyone’s taste. It achieved an appreciation score of 74.66 per cent. Here are some of the comments: “Very dark but hugely entertaining.” “Entertainment from start to end.” “It’s hard to beat the Icelanders for really good violence.” “Icelandic humour at its best.” “Loved the dark humour.” “As black as they come!” “Black, black, dark, dark – and funny!” “Very funny. [cont'd.]
There was a warm response to Cold War, which scored 88.21 per cent. Some comments: “A brilliant film in every way. Superb.” “Perfect piece of film-making.” “One of the best films I’ve ever seen. Spirited, visually beautiful, so moving.” “By far the best film of the season.” “Best film this season. Refreshing to see a film in b/w.” “Atmospheric and enchanting. Wonderful black and white.” “Loved the black and white, [cont'd.]