Our next film, on Tuesday 5 December at 19:45, is Embrace of the Serpent, a stirring tale of adventure and cultural clash, set in the Amazon rain-forest. Shot almost entirely in sumptuous black and white, it tells of the relationship between a shaman, destined to be the last of his tribe, and two different white explorers over a 40 year period. [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 14 November, is The Innocents, directed by Anne Fontaine. A French Red Cross doctor (Lou de Laage), working with concentration camp survivors in Poland, comes across a convent where several nuns are pregnant, having been raped by their Soviet liberators. A moving story of the brutality of war and the strength of human endurance. There will [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 7 November at 7.45pm, is Behemoth. This is a visually stunning documentary about the human and environmental cost of China’s massive industrialisation in recent years. It takes you to a mine, a steel works, a hospital and a “ghost city” that has never been occupied. A few snippets from Dante’s Inferno serve as commentary.
Our next film, on Tuesday 24 October at 19:45, is a special event. The Phantom of the Opera will be accompanied by live music from the group Minima, who last year gave us their version of Hitchcock’s The Lodger. The Phantom of the Opera has been made and remade several times in film history. This is the 1925 silent version with Lon Chaney in the [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 10 October at 19:45, is Tangerines. Estonian families have lived in Georgia for more than 100 years, but in the 1990s fighting between Georgians and Abkhaz separatists mostly drove them out. Two men, Ivo and Marcus, stay on to gather the tangerine harvest, but a bloody skirmish in the village forces Ivo to take in [cont'd.]