Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul
Mystery surrounds nine-year old Louis, who has survived nine near-fatal incidents, and it falls to a neurologist to uncover the uncanny events behind the boy's unique abilities. A supernatural thriller based on Liz Jensen's best-selling novel.
Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka
A life-affirming portrait of a philosophy teacher thrust into a series of adverse situations which unsettle her once-stable life. A powerful central performance from Huppert in a drama about confronting change in middle age and coming out on top.
David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark
After a catastrophic drought on his home planet, a humanoid alien comes to Earth on a mission to take water home. Using the advanced technology at his disposal he acquires incredible wealth but soon finds his true identity at risk due to the actions of an unscrupulous business colleague. The late David Bowie’s best film in a role he was born to play.
Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler
A father lives off grid with his six children in the forest, where he has taught them quantum physics alongside wilderness survival. But they are not ready for what the big city holds for them following the death of their mother. A warm and moving family drama with a career high performance by Mortensen.
Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima
Kurosawa’s masterful eastern Western (remade as The Magnificent Seven), set in seventeenth-century Japan, brings together seven warriors to defend an unprotected village from bandits. Mifune is memorable as the would-be samurai and Shimura is the ageing, charismatic samurai leader. As skilled in its delineation of character as in its brutal action sequences.
Dale Dickey, Ben Foster, Chris Pine
Desperate to save their family home from repossession, two brothers become bank robbers, consequently being chased across the state by a mean, old-fashioned Texas Ranger. An adrenaline-filled, contemporary western with a clever script and Nick Cave score.
Following the collapse of their marriage, a Japanese film director and movie star are kidnapped by movie-obsessed North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. During several years of captivity they are forced to make films in the world’s most closed state, where they get a second chance at love but only one chance at escape… An incredible but true story.
Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpilil
A teenage girl and her younger brother, lost in the Australian wilds, after their father has driven them into the outback and committed suicide, meet an aborigine boy on his "walkabout”. A cinematic masterpiece, the film’s themes of conflicting cultures, sexual awakening and mystical power intermingle in a rich and mysterious tapestry.
Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
Director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) brings us this charming comedy about a rebellious foster kid who finds himself on the run through the wilderness with his reluctant new father. As a national manhunt ensues to find both of them, they navigate the forest and their differences to find each other's heart.
Cast: Jennifer Ehle, Greg Kinnear, Talia Balsam
Quiet, sensitive Jake meets brash but affable Tony at his grandfather’s funeral and the charming odd couple become inseparable best friends during their school vacation. Their new bond is tested, though, when Jake’s parents become embroiled in a battle over a dress shop lease with Tony’s mother. A profoundly humane story about the difficulty of maintaining childhood innocence amidst adult troubles, investigating the social divides of race, class and culture.
Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones
The story of the Czech resistance fighters who assassinated Reinhard Heydrich, the Butcher Of Prague, is a sober, restrained production that ultimately delivers a visceral, bullet-strewn climax.
Plus Live Q&A with Werner Herzog
The Oscar-nominated Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara and the Australian outback. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works - from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships. After the screening, Ipswich old boy Richard Ayoade interviews Werner Herzog.
Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight
The recent death of Muhammad Ali brought down the curtain on the life of one of the most admired and acclaimed black superstars of recent times. As part of Suffolk’s African History Month we’re screening Michael Mann’s biopic about the man who made history. There will be a short introduction and the film will be followed by a Q&A.
Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey
The loveable Bridget returns and as you’d expect she’s very quickly in a dither, she’s pregnant and not sure who the father is. Is it the dishy Mark Darcy or a cute dating expert ? Expect some rude comedy, slapstick and laughs aplenty.
Lembit Ulfsak, Kirill Käro, Märt Avandi
A finely crafted suspense drama loosely inspired by the life of Estonian fencing master Endel Nelis. Fleeing from the Russian secret police young Nelis becomes a PE teacher in a run-down school, where he makes an impact on the lives of the children despite the disapproving head master.
Guillermo Francella, Peter Lanzani, Lili Popovich
The astonishing true story of Arquímedes Puccio, a devoted family man and former intelligence operative, who following the fall of the fascist regime in 1980s Argentina, turned to kidnapping as a source of income. A gripping thriller, reminiscent of Scorsese at his best.
Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez, Rebecca Ferguson
Based on the bestselling book by Paula Hawkins it follows the events that occur when Rachel, hurt from the breakdown of her marriage, sees something shocking out of a train window near the house she shared with her husband. A psychological thriller which unfolds through everyday scenarios.
Louis Theroux, Rob Alter, Tom Cruise
Louis Theroux’s documentary delves into the world of Scientology, one of the worlds most mysterious and powerful religions, in what he regards as ‘the Holy Grail of Stories’. The unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology headquarters is turned down. However, in a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that Louis is not the only one making a documentary… Suffused with a good dose of humour, this is as outlandish as it is revealing.
Fabrice Luchini, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Eva Lallier
Michael Racine is a judge who presides over his court with particular attention to protocol and has a reputation for handing down harsh sentences. While selecting jury members for a murder trial he realises one possible juror is a women he had a relationship with several years before. As the murder trial unfolds, it’s clear he is still in love with her, but does she, or did she ever, feel the same way ?
Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan
The winner of the top prize at Cannes this year, Ken Loach’s new film about a middle-aged man in the North East who, after a near-fatal heart attack, finds himself in a Catch 22 situation when denied sickness benefit. A stark and shocking vision of a life on the edge, told with passion and directness, this is a film with a fierce, simple dignity.
Rudy Kurniawan was a generous host, offering rare wines from his huge cellar, and in 2006 made 35 million dollars in auctions from the sale of his wine. Then in 2008 a French wine producer, realised that his wine was being sold from a year they hadn’t produced it. Set in the super-fast, super-rich world of LA and New York during the finance boom of the early 2000s, and featuring the obsessive collectors, outraged wine producers, suspect auction houses, and specialist FBI sleuths, Sour Grapes is an ‘Emperor’s new clothes’ fable for the modern age.
Inspired by his acerbic and often hilarious diaries, the film shows Alan as he’s never been seen before – following him to New York, the scene of his early triumph in Beyond The Fringe, to accept an award from the city’s Public Library; to Shepherd’s Bush to record an episode of Private Passions for Radio 3 and open up about the importance of music in his life; to his local community-run library in Primrose Hill, which, he despairs, some would rather see turned into a Pizza Hut; to the East Coast railway line, which he’d like to see renationalised, and the village in Yorkshire he calls home. Intimate encounters, filmed over the course of a year, reveal a writer who is bemused by his own popularity and is still as angry and irreverent in his 80s as he was in his 20s.
One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias. (150 mins)
Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.
Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.
Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer). (210 mins)