Our 2017-18 film programme

Here are details of Cheltenham Film Society’s 2017/18 programme. Each entry gives the director, country of origin, year, certificate, running time, and language for each film. The titles of each film are linked to the Internet Movie Database, and there is a link to a trailer where one is available. The programme is also available as a printable pdf.

Tuesday 12 September 2017, 19:45.

Julieta + short film

Pedro Almodóvar | Spain | 2016 | 15 | 99 minutes | Spanish

Julieta is a middle-aged academic preparing for retirement when she hears news of her missing daughter, Antía. In flashback, we follow the young Julieta’s life and see the events that led up to the separation. Julieta finds Almodóvar in thoughtful mode, with fine cinematography and music. Trailer.





Tuesday 19 September 2017, 19:45 (followed by wine & cheese)


Jim Jarmusch | USA | 2016 | 15 | 118 minutes |English

In the rustbelt town of Paterson, New Jersey, a bus-driver named Paterson (Adam Driver) lives with his eccentric wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) and pursues a passion for writing poetry. Paterson is Jarmusch’s wryly humorous antidote to the modern action movie. Trailer.

Tuesday 3 October 2017, 19:45

Mon Roi

Maïwenn | France |2015 |15 |124 minutes | French

As she undergoes rehabilitation after a ski-ing accident, Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) recalls the torrid details of her relationship with Georgio (Vincent Cassel), the passionate, charming stranger who turned her life upside down. Unflinching and intense. Trailer.

Tuesday 10 October 2017, 19:45 (preceded by short AGM)


Zaza Urushadze | Estonia/Georgia | 2013 |15 |87 minutes | Estonian/Georgian

In 1992, in Georgia, Abkhazian secessionists fight with Georgian nationalists in a valley occupied by Estonian fruit-growers. After one battle, two injured survivors from opposite sides find themselves under the same roof. A powerful examination of war and cultural identity. Trailer.

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 19:45. Silent with live music by Minima

The Phantom of the Opera

Rupert Julian | USA |1925 | U| 93 minutes

The return of accompaniment specialists Minima for another silent classic. In the late 19th century, the Paris Opera is haunted by a mysterious cloaked and masked figure (Lon Chaney) who threatens dire consequences if his wishes are not met.




Tuesday 7 November 2017, 19:45

Behemoth + short film

Zhao Liang | China/France | 2015 | E | 95 minutes | Mandarin

An astonishing glimpse of the human and environmental cost of China’s industrial expansion, this grimly beautiful documentary takes us into a mine, a steel mill and a vast, empty ghost city. A few lines adapted from Dante’s Inferno serve as commentary. Trailer


Tuesday 14 November 2017, 19:45

The Innocents + short film

Anne Fontaine | France/Poland |2016 | 15 | 115 minutes |Polish/French

At the end of the Second World War, a young doctor helping care for French soldiers and prisoners in Poland learns of a convent where several nuns have become pregnant after being raped by Soviet soldiers. A heartbreaking story based on true events. Trailer.

Tuesday 5 December 2017, 19:45

Embrace of the Serpent

Ciro Guerra | Colombia | 2015 | 12 |125 minutes | Spanish/Portuguese

Two interwoven journeys, 30 years apart, into the heart of the Amazon. A German explorer and an American scientist go in search of a healing plant, guided by the same local shaman. A meditation on colonialism and its consequences, shot in stunning black and white. Trailer.

Tuesday 12 December 2017, 19:45 (followed by wine & cheese)


Cesc Gay | Spain/Argentina | 2015 | 15 | 108 minutes | Spanish

Tomás flies to Madrid to visit his old friend Julián, who has a terminal illness and is refusing further treatment. Together they make plans for Julián’s death and the future of Truman, his beloved bull mastiff. Insightful and gently humorous.

Tuesday 9 January 2018, 19:45

Tale of Tales 

Matteo Garrone | Italy | 2015 | 15 | 133 minutes | English

Three interwoven grown-up fairy-tales, loosely adapted from a 17th century source and presented by a fine cast, including Vincent Cassel, Selma Hayek, John C. Reilly and Toby Jones. Darkly comical and beautiful to look at. Trailer.

Tuesday 23 January 2018, 19:45

The 400 Blows                           (CFS Extra)

François Truffaut | France | 1959 | PG | 99 minutes | French

In 1950s Paris, 14-year-old Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) struggles at school and at home before slipping into a life of petty crime. François Truffaut’s early masterpiece and one of the most charming and influential films of the French New Wave.

Tuesday 13 February 2018, 19:45

Fahrenheit 451                        (CFS Extra)

François Truffaut | UK | 1966 |12| 112 minutes | English

An adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451 depicts a future in which firemen are employed to burn books. Truffaut’s only English-language film, it stars Oskar Werner and Julie Christie, with cinematography by Nic Roeg and a score by Bernard Herrmann.


Tuesday 20 February 2018, 19:45

Day for Night                          (CFS Extra)

François Truffaut | France | 1973 | PG | 115 minutes | French

A delightful comedy about film-making and the artistic temperament, Day for Night recounts the shooting of a movie called Je vous presente Pamela and the various romantic misadventures of its cast. Starring Truffaut, as the director of Pamela , with Jean-Pierre Léaud and Jacqueline Bisset. Trailer.

Tuesday 6 March 2018, 19:45

The Salesman

Asghar Farhadi | Iran/France | 2016 | 12 | 123 minutes |Persian

A married couple are actors in Tehran, preparing for a production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, when an incident involving the wife leads her husband along the path of revenge. A powerful domestic drama from the director of A Separation. Trailer.

Tuesday 13 March 2018, 19:45

Clash + short film

Mohamed Diab | Egypt/France | 2016 | 15 | 97 minutes | Arabic

During the Cairo riots of 2013, supporters and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Morsi find themselves thrown together in a police van. Conflicts flare as this disparate group of Egyptians accommodate themselves to their plight. Claustrophobic and intense.

Tuesday 20 March 2018, 19:45

The Handmaiden

Chan-wook Park | South Korea |2016 | 18 | 144 minutes | Korean/Japanese

This is an 18-certificate film that includes scenes of a sexual nature. Set in 1930s Korea, this ingenious thriller is built around the intimate relationship between a young heiress, her servant and a wealthy suitor. But nothing is what it seems and no-one is to be trusted. A gripping, visually stunning film suffused with eroticism. Trailer.

Tuesday 17 April 2018, 19:45


Cristian Mungiu | Romania |2016 |15 | 128 minutes | Romanian

A Romanian girl has her heart set on a university scholarship in Britain, but her father, a surgeon, is drawn into a web of corruption when he tries to ensure she qualifies. A powerful tragedy of idealism defeated by a society built on back-scratching and dishonesty.

Tuesday 24 April 2018, 19:45 (followed by wine & cheese)

A Man Called Ove

Hannes Holm | Sweden | 2015 | 15 | 116 minutes | Swedish

A Man Called Ove is the story of an old misanthrope (played by Rolf Lassgård) who is at war with his neighbours and despairing of life. When a young family moves in nearby, he reluctantly accepts their friendship. A wry but heartwarming end to the season. Trailer.