Dir: Ali Abbasi, Swe, 2018, 110 mins, Swedish dialogue with subtitles
Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson
A twisted and mesmerising drama in which a Swedish customs officer with an extraordinary sense of smell that can perceive fear, becomes involved with a mysterious man whilst aiding a police investigation. A unique and engaging mix of fantasy, romance and crime drama that celebrates the human and more-than-human potential to do good, or bad, in the world.
Dir: Peter Farrelly, US, 2018, 130 mins
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
Set in New York during the early 60's this moving drama follows a nightclub bouncer hired to chauffeur a renowned African American classical pianist through unfriendly territory. Using the Green Book as their guide on the road (a travel guide for motorists that listed black- friendly places) the mismatched duo form an unlikely bond. Based on a true story and led by outstanding performances, this is a heart-warming tale of triumph of humanity over intolerance.
Dir: Preston Sturges, US, 1941, 90 mins
Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn
A chance to enjoy this fascinating classic screwball comedy digitally restored on the big screen. Henry Fonda plays Charles, a socially awkward heir to a brewery fortune who runs into a father and daughter con artist team on a cruise ship. Their plan to cheat him at cards is quickly abandoned when the daughter falls in love with their prey. But when Charles finds out who she really is, she plots to re-conquer his heart.
Dir: Samuel Maoz, Israel, 2017, 113 mins, Hebrew dialogue with subtitles
Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonathon Shiray
A compelling drama in three acts following a couple's intense reaction after army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son. Increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats, the father spirals into a whirlwind of anger while his wife rests, sedated. Brilliantly constructed with a visual audacity that serves the subject rather than the other way around, this is filmmaking on a fearless level.
Dir: Paddy Breathnach, Ire, 2018, 84 mins
Sarah Green, Moe Dunford, Ellie O'Halloran
A heartfelt and relevant drama which takes us through thirty-six hours in the life of a newly evicted mother of four as she becomes homeless and learns how to survive in a neglectful housing system without losing their dignity. An intimate and timely character drama that tackles the current homeless crisis in Ireland.
Dir: Jane Magnusson, Swe/Nor, 2018, 117 mins, Swedish & English dialogue with subtitles
A penetrating documentary about filmmaker Ingmar Bergman exploring his pivotal year of 1957, when he became an art-house cinema favourite with his black-and-white images of adversity and symbolism. Told through archive footage, contemporary interviews and clips from his vast body of work, this is an honest and overflowing portrait of a complex and influential artist.
Dir: James Kent, US/UK/Ger, 2018, 108 mins
Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke
Set in postwar Germany in 1946, the story follows a woman as she arrives in the ruins of Hamburg to be reunited with her husband, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. There, she is surprised to discover that they will be sharing a grand house with a German widower and his troubled daughter. Enmity and grief soon give way to passion and betrayal in this riveting drama based on the novel of the same name by Rhidian Brook.
Dir: Sara Colangelo, US, 2018, 97 mins
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood
A thought-provoking and fascinating drama following a teacher with frustrated artistic aspirations who becomes obsessed with her five year old student thinking that he is a poetic genius, crossing the line of acceptable professional behaviour. Maggie Gyllenhaal gives one of the best performances of her career in this sensitive remake of Nadiv Lapid’s 2015 Hebrew-language film of the same title.
Dir: Andrea Pallaoro, It/Fr/Bel, 2017, 93 mins, English & French dialogue with subtitles
Charlotte Rampling, André Wilms, Stéphanie Van Vyve
Charlotte Rampling excels in her portrayal of a retired woman who slowly deteriorates after being left alone to deal with the consequences of her husband's imprisonment. A haunting study of isolation and extreme emotional anguish.
Dir: Barry Jenkins, US, 2018, 119 mins
KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
If Beale Street Could Talk, Jenkins’s extraordinary adaptation of James Baldwin’s soulful 1974 novel is a lush, courageous black melodrama set in 1970s New York, a story about love defying injustice—or trying its damndest to. Tish, 19, and Fonny, 22, were once childhood playmates—chubby, laughing babes taking baths together, being raised alongside one another, despite yawning differences between their families’ social and religious beliefs. Fonny and Tish are eager to get married. But before they can, a young Puerto Rican woman falsely accuses him of rape, and he’s hauled away to jail to face a seemingly insurmountable miscarriage of justice involving a lying cop and a legal system that’d rather keep him locked away than pursue the more difficult truth.
Dir: Asghar Farhadi, Sp, 2018, 133 mins, Spanish dialogue with subtitles
Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín
Asghar Farhadi’s latest psychological drama sees a family wedding in rural Spain interrupted by a shocking crime, which mercilessly exposes secrets and lies that span generations in the history of the small community. A highly emotional and powerfully acted kidnapping mystery in which everyone is under suspicion.
Dir: Camille Vidal-Naquet, Fr, 2018, 97 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Félix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla
Leo, a young street hustler, wanders through life without rules or restrictions and taking drugs while longing for love. A raw glimpse into the visceral world of male sex work told through a vibrant, riveting and ultimately romantic story.
Dir: Terry Jones, UK, 1979, 90 mins
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Returning to cinemas for it’s 40th Anniversary, in glorious standard definition and mono-sound, Monty Python delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their 1979 feature film Life of Brian.
Highly controversial upon its original release and banned in several countries, the film is now frequently ranked as the greatest comedy feature of all time by magazines and media outlets around the world. As Monty Python member Terry Gilliam says, “It rips bare and makes you laugh at the world we’ve created for ourselves.”
Audiences will be able to join in the celebrations with a commemorative pack, available at cinema screenings on Thursday 18 April.
Set in 33 A.D. Judea, where exasperated Romans are trying to impose some order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe in them. At its centre is Brian Cohen, a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire Monty Python ensemble (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling, to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion.
Dir: Chris Foggin, UK, 2019, 112 mins
Tuppence Middleton, James Purefoy, Daniel Mays
Uplifting drama based on the true story of Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends, a group of Cornish fishermen who achieved a top 10 hit with their debut album of traditional sea shanties. A warm, rough-edged comedy filled with big-hearted performances by all the cast.
Dir: Bing Liu, US, 2018, 93 mins
Kiere Johnson, Bing Liu, Zack Mulligan
An Oscar-nominated documentary telling the lives of three young male friends, bonded by their love of skateboarding and a desire to escape their volatile family life. Compiled from over 12 years of footage, director Bing Liu captures their shared wild energy, while simultaneously documenting the lasting effects of domestic violence and poverty.
Dir: Ralph Fiennes, UK/Fr, 2018, 127 mins, English, French & Russian dialogue with subtitles
Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann
A thrilling biopic following the story of Rudolf Nureyev, the famous ballet dancer for the Kirov Ballet Company, as he travels to Paris in 1961 for his first trip outside the Soviet Union. With KGB officers watching his every move, he is forced to make a heart-breaking decision. An ode to the beauty of the human physique and a glimpse into the political history of the time.
Dir: David Jackson, UK, 2018, 90 mins
Francis Magee, Carole Weyers, Harper Jackson
When his estranged wife leaves his teenage son at the doorstep of his caravan home, a solitary man is forced into an impossible relationship with the boy. Just as the two of them begin to bond, an accident occurs that puts everything in jeopardy. An engrossing and poetic drama which also comments on issues of modern society.
Dir: Julian Schnabel, US, 2018, 111 mins
Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
An intimate biopic following artist Vincent Van Gogh’s brief period in the south of France, where he created many of his renowned masterpieces but also where he began to succumb to debilitating mental trauma. A vivid recreation of the artist’s process, its agony and the ecstasy, captured by Willem Dafoe’s remarkable performance.
Dir: Alice Rohrwacher, It, 2018, 127 mins, Italian dialogue with subtitles
Alba Rohrwacher, David Bennent, Sergi López
A mesmerising modern fairy-tale following the good-natured Lazzaro, a farmer in a village of sharecroppers who are being exploited by their wealthy boss, as he befriends a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. They soon form a life-altering bond when he asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. A time-bending magical tale about labor, class and cruelty, while also serving as a moral fable with a fantastical core.
Dir: Marcus H. Rosenmüller, Ger, 2018, 119 mins, English & German dialogue with subtitles
David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw
Historical drama showing the trials and tribulations of legendary Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann. The inspiring story of a man who, falling in love with the daughter of his coach, was lifted from Nazi ‘villain’ to British hero by winning the FA Cup Final for Manchester City in 1956, playing on with a broken neck to secure a victory.
Dir: Jacques Audiard, US, 2018, 119 mins
John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed
Based on the novel by Patrick DeWitt, this black comedy follows a pair of sibling assassins in 1850s Oregon while they attempt to track down a miner who’s invented a formula to reveal gold in the rivers. An intimate character Western examining themes like the impact of fathers upon sons, and how greed and industrialisation can lead to environmental devastation.
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.