Films 2022-2023

4th October 2022    The French Dispatch
Wes Anderson 2021  •  France/USA  •  109 mins
Timothée Chalamet, Adrien Brody,  Tilda Swinton
Comedy, Drama, Romance  •  Rating: 15

A large cast star in three different stories dispatched from the French foreign bureau of a fictional mid-20th century American newspaper. Atmospheric, fun and slightly bonkers, filmed with all of Wes Anderson’s distinctive and brilliant style.

1st November 2022    The Sound of Metal
Darius Marder 2019 •  USA  •  120 mins
Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci
Drama, Music  •  Rating: 15

A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing. An extraordinary performance by Riz Ahmed offers serious insights into encroaching deafness. Winner of two Oscars and two BAFTAs.

6th December 2022    After Love
Aleem Khan 2020  •  UK  •  89 mins
Joanna  Scanlan, Nathalie Richard, Talid Ariss
Drama  •  Rating: 12

In this film set in Dover, Mary Hussain discovers after her husband’s unexpected death that he has a secret in Calais. Joanna Scanlon won a BAFTA for her wonderfully expressive performance, and the film scooped five British Independent Film Awards.

3rd January 2023    Capernaum
Nadine Labaki 2018  •  Lebanon  • 126 mins
Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Drama  •  Rating: 15

In Beirut, streetwise child Zain flees his negligent parents and finds himself taking care of a baby in return for shelter and food. Untrained actor Al Rafeea, himself from the slums of Beirut, gives a heart-wrenchingly powerful performance. Winner of two prizes at Cannes, nominated for Oscar.

7th February 2023    Compartment Number 6
Juho Kuosmanen 2021  •  Finland  •  107 mins
Seidi Haarla, Yuriy Borisov, Valerij Nikolaev, 
Drama, Romance  •  Rating: 15

As a train weaves its way up to the arctic circle, two strangers, a young Finnish woman and a Russian miner, share a journey that will change their perspective on life. A cold location but warmth in the story. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes.

7th March 2023    The Painter and the Thief
Benjamin Ree 2020  •  Norway  •  106 mins
Karl Bertil-Nordland,  Barbora Kysilkova
Documentary  •  Rating: 15

An astonishing, emotionally electric documentary, full of twists and turns, about the unexpected friendship between an artist and the thief who stole her paintings. Winner of a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

 4th April 2023    First Cow
Kelly Reichart 2019  •  USA  •  126 mins
John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones
Drama, Western  •  Rating: 12

Otis “Cookie” Figowitz is a quiet chef who has joined a group of aggressive fur trappers in Oregon. He collaborates secretly with a Chinese immigrant to start a business making biscuits, but their success starts to make things awkward. Touching, tender and original. Winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best film.

2nd May 2023    Jojo Rabbit
Taika Waititi 2019  •  USA/Czech R.  •  108 mins
Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson
Comedy, Drama, War  •  Rating: 12

This controversial film offers a child’s eye view of Hitler’s Germany. Young Hitler Youth member, Jojo, is startled to discover that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Funny, tender, daring and shocking. Nominated for six Oscars, winning one.

6th June 2023    Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Céline Sciamma 2019  •  France  •  126 mins
Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
Drama Romance  •  Rating: 15

In this beautifully filmed love story, set in a chateau by the sea in 18th century France, an artist is hired to paint a young woman without her knowledge. Winner of two awards at Cannes.

4th July 2023    The Duke
Roger Michel 2020  •  UK  •  96 mins
Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Jack Bandeira
Comedy, Drama, Biography  •  Rating: 12A

In this daft but true story, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old Newcastle taxi driver, steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery. A charming, understated, almost gritty at times, but completely enjoyable film to wrap up our season.