This season’s films (2019-20)

1st October 2019     The Olive Tree
Icíar Bollaín 2016  •  Spain/Germany  •  100 mins
Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs
Comedy, Drama  •  Rating: 15

In this award winning debut, a young woman sets out to recover her grandfather’s 2000 year old olive tree, sold against his will by his son to finance a business venture. Winner of two Goya awards.

5th November 2019     Letters from Baghdad
Naji Abu Nowar  2014  •  Jordan  •  100 mins
Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh
Adventure, Drama, Thriller  •  Rating: 15

This film tells the story of Gertrude Lawrence Bell, the British adventurer and archaeologist who journeyed extensively in the Arabian Desert after WW1 and played a critical part in shaping the Middle East region, as we know it today.

3rd December 2019      Green Book
Peter Farrelly 2018  USA  •  130 mins
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
Biography, Comedy, Drama  •  Rating: 12A

Winner of three Oscars at the 2019 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Green Book looks back at a fascinating slice of American history through the life of pioneering jazz pianist Don Shirley and his controversial decision to tour America’s Deep South in the early 1960s.

7th January 2020 Not One Less
Yimou Zhang 1999  •  China  • 106 mins
Minzhi Wei, Huike Zhang, Zhenda Tian
Drama  •  Rating: U

In a small isolated mountain village, the teacher at the local school has to leave for a month, with the local mayor only able to find a 13-year old girl to substitute. The lovingly and authentically told story, brought to life by a non-professional cast, is a real tribute to the human spirit.

4th February 2020     The Breadwinner
Nora Twomey  2017  •  Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg/USA  •  94 mins
Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus
Animation, Drama  •  Rating: 12

Set in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, this visually beautiful animated film tells the story of a daring and courageous young girl who disguises herself as a boy to provide for her family after her father is taken prisoner.

3rd March 2020     Land of Mine
Martin Zandvliet  2015  •  Denmark/Germany  •  100 mins
Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman
Drama, History, War  •  Rating: 15

Young German POWs are put to work clearing the landmines along the beaches of Western Denmark. It soon becomes clear they are barely out of boyhood, and the film charts a Danish officer’s change in attitude as he begins to understand the horrors they must have had to go through.

7th April 2020     Lucky
John Carroll Lynch  2017  •  USA  •  88 mins
Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston
Comedy, Drama  •  Rating: 15

An old US Navy veteran who is used to his routine suddenly embarks on a spiritual journey after a fall at home, suddenly realising that old age is around the corner. Harry Dean Stanton’s swansong and a multiple award winner.

5th May 2020     Shoplifters
Hirokazu Koreeda 2018  •  Japan  •  121 mins
Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki
Drama  •  Rating: 15

A seemingly law-abiding couple become experts at shoplifting to help make ends meet. When they reluctantly decide to provide shelter to a homeless girl their world is turned on its head. This under-stated drama with extraordinary cinematography has been hailed as Hirokazu Koreeda’s masterpiece

2nd June 2020    I Am Nojoom, Aged 10 and Divorced
Khadija Al-Salami  2014  •  Yemen  •  96 mins
Sawadi Alkainaie, Adnan Alkhader
Drama  •  Rating: 15

Based on the story of Nujod Ali, this powerful yet sensitive film looks at the issue of forced child marriage. Critically acclaimed by critics worldwide, it was Yemen’s first ever submission for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ at the 2017 Academy awards.

7th July 2020   Love & Friendship
Whit Stillman 2016  •  Ireland/France/Netherlands • 90 mins
Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
Comedy, Drama, Romance  •  Rating: U

Based on Jane Austen’s novella ‘Lady Susan’, this lavish period piece tells the story of the beautiful Lady Susan Vernon who seeks to become a matchmaker to her daughter Frederica whilst visiting her in-laws.