Our next film: Graduation

21 March 2018 John Morrish 0

Graduation is a 2016 drama from Romania, directed by Cristian Mingiu. A young girl living in a remote town in Transylvania has won a scholarship to study in Britain. All she has to do is pass her final exams, a formality for someone of her abilities. Then something happens that puts the plan in doubt. Her father, a doctor, tries to [cont'd.]

Reactions to The Handmaiden

21 March 2018 John Morrish 0

A very warm response to The Handmaiden, which kept people rapt for 144 minutes despite the inadequacies of the Bacon’s seating and achieved an appreciation score of 84.33 per cent. There was only one D and no Es. Some comments: “Love really is ‘all you need’. Best film this season.” “Surprisingly entertaining, given child abuse, brutalised fingers and lots of [cont'd.]

Our next film: The Handmaiden

14 March 2018 John Morrish 0

Our next film, on Tuesday 20 March, is Chan-Wook Park’s 2016 epic The Handmaiden. Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, though adapted from a novel about Victorian Britain, this historical thriller is beautiful, ingenious and gripping. It was last year’s highest-grossing subtitled film in Britain and this year won the BAFTA for best foreign film. It is also suffused with eroticism [cont'd.]

Reactions to Clash

14 March 2018 John Morrish 0

Polarised opinions about Mohamed Diab’s intense and claustrophobic Clash last night, but still a strong score of 73.89 per cent. It was not an easy film to watch, and some people hated the constantly moving camera, but most appreciated the skill of the film-making and the relevance of the subject-matter. Some comments: “Genuinely unique film-making. Brutal, gut-wrenching, with beautiful moments of [cont'd.]

Our next film: Clash

7 March 2018 John Morrish 0

Our next presentation is Clash, an Egyptian/French film from 2016, directed by Mohamed Diab. During the Cairo riots of 2013, supporters and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Morsi are thrown together in a police van. Tension rises as this disparate group of Egyptians accommodate themselves to their plight. Claustrophobic and intense. We will be showing a short film before the main [cont'd.]