3rd October 2017 The Bélier Family
Eric Lartigau 2014 • France/Belgium • 106 mins
Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino Comedy drama • Rating: 12
A heart-felt comedy about a young girl whose close bond to her hearing-impaired family is challenged by the discovery of an extraordinary talent for music. Nominated for six Césars, winning one for most promising actress.
7th November 2017 The Field
Jim Sheridan 1990 • Ireland • 107 mins
Richard Harris, John Hurt, Sean Bean
Drama • Rating: 12
“Bull” McCabe’s family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land. But then the widow who owns the field decides to sell it. Richard Harris’s performance in this powerful drama was nominated for an Oscar.
5th December 2017 The Eagle Huntress
Otto Bell 2016 • Mongolia/UK • 87 mins
Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley, Rys Nurgaiv
Documentary, adventure • Rating: U
This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl, who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. BAFTA nomination for best documentary.
2nd January 2018 Rams
Grímur Hákonarson 2015 • Iceland • 93 mins
Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson
Drama • Rating: 15
In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them: their sheep. Winner of the ‘Un Certain Regard’ Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
6th February 2018 Muscle Shoals
Greg Camalier 2013 • US • 111 mins
Gregg Allman, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger
Music documentary • Rating: PG
In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music runs through the hills, the river, and the spirit of the people. This film offers a compelling, warts-and-all glimpse of one of the most fascinating stories in modern American music.
6th March 2018 Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Taika Waititi 2016 • New Zealand • 101 mins
Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
Comedy drama • Rating: 12A
A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. The bright, light comic mood of this film won it the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
3rd April 2018 I, Daniel Blake
Ken Loach 2016 • UK • 100 mins
Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
Drama • Rating: 15
This heartfelt and emotional film follows a 59 year old carpenter, who, after a heart attack, befriends a single mother and her children as they navigate their way through the benefits system. Won a BAFTA for Outstanding British Film of the Year, a César for Best Foreign Film and the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
1st May 2018 The Black Hen
Min Bahadur Bham 2015 • Nepal • 90 mins
Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya
Drama • Rating: 12A
A temporary cease-fire in the civil war allows a small Nepalese village to breathe a sigh of relief. Two young boys from different castes become close friends and raise a hen in hopes of selling the eggs. Offers a fascinating insight into rural life in Nepal.
5th June 2018 Paterson
Jim Jarmusch 2016 • US • 118 mins
Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie
Comedy drama • Rating: 15
A week in the life of a poetry-writing bus driver, and a quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life and of the poetry evident in its smallest details. A film of great gentle charm.
3rd July 2018 The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
Takeshi Kitano 2003 • Japan • 116 mins
Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa
Action comedy • Rating: 18
An extraordinary film about a blind masseur / swordsman who comes to a town in control of warring gangs. Funny, beautiful, violent, traditional and exuberant by turns, it shouldn’t work but does. An upbeat film to end our season.