Dir: Andy Serkis, UK, 2017, 117 mins
Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander
Based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman, this directorial debut from Andy (Golum) Serkis is a sensual and transcendent drama in which a woman cares for her husband when polio leaves him paralysed and reliant upon a respirator.
Dir: Michael Almereyda, US, 2017, 97mins
Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins
Set in the near future, in a time of AI, a woman is able to interact with a facsimile of her deceased husband through holographic technology. A haunting and sleek futuristic drama that explores themes of memory and identity, love and loss.
Dir: Luca Guadagnino, It/Fr, 2017, 132 mins, English & Italian dialogue
Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
A romantic coming-of-age story set in sun baked Italy during the early 1980s, where a young man develops an infatuation for his father’s research assistant. A sensual celebration of first love, the raptures of meeting a soul-mate, and the tranquillity of total togetherness, this is a film of beauty and choking emotional intensity.
Dir: Paul McGuigan, UK, 2017, 106 mins
Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Julie Walters
Bening shines as the ageing Hollywood icon Gloria Grahame in this seductive biopic that follows her unlikely vibrant love affair with Pete Turner, a young aspiring actor from Liverpool. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits when Gloria is diagnosed with breast cancer. An emotional yet elegant tribute based on Peter Turner’s affectionate memoir of the same name.
Dir Dominique Cabrera, Fr, 2016, 94 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Aïssa Maïga, Lola Créton, Alain Demaria
Sensual, edgy, relentlessly honest and tender, Corniche Kennedy, directed by Dominique Cabrera, focusses on young people, their lives, dreams, and relationships. Based on the eponymous novel by Maylis de Kerangal, Cabrera’s film is set in Marseilles. The title refers to the Corniche du Président-John-Fitzgerald-Kennedy, a boulevard along the coast, and the plot centres on a group of contemporary teens, in the eternal now of summer.
Dir Philippe Lioret, Fr/Can, 2015, 98 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Pierre Deladonchamps, Gabriel Arcand
Mathieu is 35, but he has never met his father. His late mother always told him that he was the result of a casual encounter. One day, Mathieu receives a call telling him that his father was Canadian, and that he had just passed away. He also discovers that he has two step brothers and decides to go to the funeral in order to meet them. But once in Montréal, he realises that nobody is aware of his existence or even interested in it. He is alone, in hostile territory…
Dir: Peter Yates, US, 1979, 97 mins
Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern
Peter Yates' wonderful and inspirational sports drama about Dave, a cycling enthusiast, and his friends, as they come to terms with life after high school. As they decide to make Dave's dreams come true in the university's annual bicycle endurance race, they face opposition from everyone around them.
Dir: Shakirah Bourne, UK/Barbados, 2016, 80 mins
Adrian Green, Susannah Harker, Jherad Allenye
A unique re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s magical fairy tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in a stunning tropical setting in modern day Barbados. Mystery and chaos unravels when mischievous fairies interfere with the love affairs of four young lovers and a group of six amateur actors. A captivating exploration of Caribbean folklore and culture.
Dir: Kenneth Branagh, US/Malta, 2017, 114 mins
Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench
An all-star compelling adaptation of Agatha Christie’s popular novel of the same name. Branagh directs and plays the lead role as the famous detective Poirot, who finds himself investigating a murder when a passenger on the train he is travelling on is mysteriously killed.
Dir: Joachim Trier, Nor, 2017, 116 mins, Norwegian dialogue with subtitles
Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Henrik Rafaelsen
A shy, young student from a religious background discovers she has supernatural powers as she falls in love with a fellow pupil and suffers violent, unexpected seizures. A beguiling romantic thriller highlighting the dangers of repression and trying to suppress who you really are.
Dir: Rungano Nyoni, UK/Fr, 2017, 93 mins
Gloria Huwiler, Chileshe Kalimamukwento, Travers Merrill
An arresting satire on African womanhood, that builds around the story of a small Zambian girl accused of witchcraft who is exiled to a 'Witch Camp', where she is both exploited and embraced. An unusual fable examining themes such as magic and misogyny, superstition and social structures.
Dir: Bharat Nalluri, Ire/Can, 2017, 104 mins
Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce
Compelling period drama narrating the magical journey that led to the creation of 'A Christmas Carol'. Upset and penniless after the failure of his last three books, Charles Dickens decides to publish a novel to earn money for his family, creating the unforgettable tale and forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.
Dir: Rupert Jones, UK, 2016, 99 mins
Anne Reid, Sinead Matthews, Toby Jones
An intelligent thriller in which a man who is trying to rebuild his life descends into a world of panic, as murder and intrigue take over his life after the sudden reappearance of his mother. A haunting and well crafted portrayal of psychosis, isolation and broken relationships.
Dir: Fiona Gordon & Dominique Abel, Fr, 2016, 83 mins, English & French dialogue
Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva
A lighthearted physical comedy in which a Canadian woman traveling to Paris to assist her elderly aunt finds chaos and ultimately romance in the company of an odd homeless man who has his own agenda. A quirky, charming homage to the comic traditions of Buster Keaton.
Dirs: Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles, US, 2016, 101mins
The challenges inherent in preparing for marriage are amplified in Dina, an affecting documentary about an autistic couple who discover that their condition complicates their commitment to one another. Dina offers no easy resolution, but the resilient expressions of love shared by Dina and Scott are so strong one can only hope these people find some sort of happy ending.
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
Little introduction is needed for this heartwarming classic film (that’s become an IFT staple) about a deeply troubled man who is rescued by an angel who shows him that his life has not been a waste after all. A masterpiece of the festive season. Tickets: £6.50 adults/£3 children
Dir: Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton, US, 2017, 121 mins
Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Bill Pullman
A sports comedy drama telling the story of the run-up to the exhibition tennis match in 1973 between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champion and self-proclaimed chauvinist Bobby Riggs, who claimed that he could beat any woman player in the world. Uplifting and brilliantly acted it also successfully captures the social politics of the time.
Dir: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, Iceland, 2016, 129 mins, Icelandic dialogue with subtitles
Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir
A sensitive and emotional coming-of-age drama set in a remote coastal village in Iceland that centres on the relationship between two teenage best friends. Their solid friendship is abruptly put to the test when one tries to win the heart of a girl but the other discovers new feelings toward him.