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Thursday 19 February 2015, 8pm

PINA (2011)

A gorgeously filmed German documentary about the contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch. During the filming Pina Bausch died unexpectedly. Director Wim Wenders cancelled the film production, but the dancers of Tanztheater Wuppertal convinced him to make the film anyway. The film showcases the dancers who talk about Pina and perform some of her best-known pieces Rite of Spring and Kontact and others both in Wuppertal theatre and on location in the city. It has won many awards.

Written and directed by Wim Wenders with Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo
103minutes Cert U All tickets £7

Thursday March 12th 2015, 8pm

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IDA (2013)

This film is a moving and intimate drama about a young novice nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret which she explores.
18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is told by the Mother Superior to visit her Aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider. Her aunt shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and that her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation, and Ida then traces her family story. The intersection of the personal story and momentous historic events makes this a powerful and affecting film.

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski 
82 mins Cert 12A  All tickets £7

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Thursday April 16th 2015, 8pm

BOYHOOD (2014)

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents, and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood as no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. 

Directed by Richard Linklater 
166 mins Cert 15  All tickets £7

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LATE SPRING (1949)

Veteran Japanese writer/director Yasujiro Ozu's second postwar production was Late Spring or Banshun. Chisu Ryu plays a realistic middle-class widower with a marriageable daughter. Not wishing to see the girl resign herself to spinsterhood, Ryu pretends that he himself is about to be married. The game plan is to convince the daughter that there will be no room for her at home, thus forcing her to seek comfort and joy elsewhere. What makes this homey little domestic episode work is the rapport between Chisu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, who plays the daughter. Late Spring is no facile Hollywood farce; we like these people, believe in them, and wish them the best.

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
108 mins Cert U  All tickets £7.

Thursday June 18th  2015, 8pm

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20 September at 8pm

A MOST WANTED MAN (2014)

A Most Wanted Man takes place in present day Hamburg, Germany where a mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue is a private British banker and a young female lawyer determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit (Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks. Thrilling.

Directed by Anton Corbijn with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright
122 mins. Cert 15. All tickets £7

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BELLE (2013)

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status bars her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines, wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, she helps him shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Directed by Amma Asante 
104 mins Cert 12A All tickets £7.

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Thursday August 20 2015, 8pm

AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS (1987)

Re-released to mark Holocaust Memorial Day earlier this year, this heartbreaking story based on events from writer-director Malle’s own childhood is a subtle, precisely observed tale of courage, cowardice, and tragic awakening. Set in a provincial Catholic boarding school in Nazi-occupied France, the story follows two boys who enjoy true camaraderie until a devastating secret is revealed. Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian writes: 'It remains breathtakingly good. There is a miraculous, unforced ease and naturalness in the acting and direction; it is classic movie storytelling in the service of important themes, including the farewell that we must bid to our childhood, and to our innocence – a farewell repeated all our lives in the act of memory.'

Written and directed by Louis Malle
105 mins Cert PG. All tickets £7

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