Dir: Antonio Piazza & Fabio Grassadonia, It, 2017, 118 mins, Italian dialogue with subtitles
Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez, Corinne Musallari
A mesmerising romance that also masterfully combines fantasy and political thriller, following a young girl as she tries to uncover the whereabouts of the boy she loves after he mysteriously disappears. A dreamy tale of love and grief which also criticises a society which allows inhuman acts to go unpunished.
Dir: Xavier Beauvois, Fr, 135 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry
Adapted from the 1924 novel by Ernest Pérochon, this stunning period drama set during the First World War tells the often untold story of the women who kept French farms running while the men were at the front. A quiet yet poignant war movie from the director of ‘Of Gods and Men’.
Dir: Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano, Fr, 2017, 115 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gilles Lellouche
A charming deadpan comedy focusing on the catering team working behind the scenes of an extravagant wedding party. Disgruntled event planner Max is just trying to get through night, but has to deal with a cast of offbeat characters as the big day threatens to turn into a total disaster.
Dir: Carla Simón, Sp, 2017, 98 mins, Catalan dialogue with subtitles
Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí
After her mother passes away, a little girl from Barcelona is adopted by her aunt's family in the countryside. Filled with light and naturalistic scenes this is a moving portrait of childhood bereavement and the conflicting emotions of a child unable to know how to process her trauma.
Dir: Mike Nichols, US, 1986, 105 mins
Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels
An autobiographical look at the breakup of Nora Ephron's marriage to Carl Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. Rachel is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a daughter, and Rachel thinks they are living happily ever after until she discovers that Mark is having an affair while she is waddling around with a second pregnancy. Screening in association with Waterstones Book Club.
Dir: Richard Eyre, UK, 2017, 105 mins
Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead
An eminent High Court judge is asked in a moment of marital crisis to rule on the case of a teenage Jehovah's Witness who is refusing to have a life-saving blood transfusion, atypically bonding with him. A thought-provoking drama adapted from the Ian McEwan's novel, it’s a heartfelt lament for loves lost and lives unrealised.
Dir: Brad Anderson, US, 2018, 107 mins
Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm, Mark Pellegrino
Once a diplomat in Beirut, Mason Skiles is persuaded to return to the strife torn city by the CIA. There he finds himself in the middle of a hostage situation where both sides and other interested parties rather than working towards a solution seem operate out of duplicitous self-interest. An engrossing drama with a sharp script and a star turn by Jon ’Mad Men’ Hamm.
Dir: Paweł Pawlikowski, UK, 2018, 88 mins, Croatian, French, German dialogue with subtitles
Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
Pawel Pawlikowski follows up his much celebrated film Ida with this striking romantic drama following the love life of a mismatched couple in the Soviet era over 15 years across Poland, France and Germany. Shot in visually ravishing black & white, this is a passionate, heart-breaking portrait of ill-fated love inspired by the true story of the director's late parents.
Dir: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Iceland, 2017, 89 mins, Icelandic dialogue with subtitles
Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson
A black comedy in which a recently separated man moves back in with his parents who are involved in a quiet yet increasingly malevolent dispute with their neighbour whose suntan is being thwarted by the branches of their beautiful old tree. An inventive revenge tale that may make you think twice about angering your neighbours.
The Madness of George III
by Alan Bennett
Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.