Our final film of the season, on Tuesday 24 April at 7:45pm, is A Man Called Ove, a Swedish comedy about a cantankerous and despairing widower who rules his neighbourhood with an iron fist until the arrival of a young immigrant family forces him to change his ways. It stars the estimable Rolf Lassgård and is based on the best-selling book by [cont'd.]
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.]
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.]
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.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 6 March at 19:45, is The Salesman, an Iranian film from 2016. A married couple, actors in Tehran, are preparing for a performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, when an intrusion into their temporary residence sends the husband down the path of revenge. A tense domestic drama from the brilliant Asghar Farhadi, director of A Separation.