Our next film, on 11 October at 7.45pm, is Rams. Written and directed by Grimur Hákonarson, this is a tale of two brothers who haven’t spoken for 40 years despite rearing sheep on adjacent farms. When disease hits their valley they are forced together in an attempt to save their traditional way of life. A touching and sometimes mordantly funny film [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 4 October at 7.45pm, is Mustang. Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, it tells the story of five young girls spotted playing innocently with some boys on the way home from school, an event that creates a scandal. Taken in hand by their conservative relatives, they are confined to home and prepared for arranged marriages. But the sisters retain their [cont'd.]
Members enjoyed Marshland last night, giving it an appreciation score of 86.1 per cent. Some comments: Gripping! Excellent choice – visually and good story. Brings back memories of ‘Franquismo’ and time spent there. Good portrait of corruption and fear. A great movie: tense, intelligent and beautiful camerawork. Really interesting, multi-faceted, riveting film. Well done. Beautiful scenery, good plot and acting. [cont'd.]
Our next film is Marshland, a tense and brutal thriller set in the unique waterlands of Andalusia. Two ill-matched cops come together to pursue a serial killer, encountering a wall of hostility and evasion. The film transcends its genre origins thanks to its historical setting in a Spain struggling to emerge from the Franco dictatorship.
Our first film of the season, on Tuesday 13 September, will be Theeb. Set in the Ottoman province of Hijaz during the First World War, it tells of a dangerous journey taken by a young Bedouin boy as he guides a British officer to a secret destination. A notable account of the last days of an empire and a culture, with beautiful [cont'd.]