Dir: Richard Linklater, US, 2017, 125 mins
Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell
Linklater returns with this uplifting drama, an engaging sequel of sorts to Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail, set in 2003, during the fallout from the Iraq war. Built around great performances, we follow three war veterans as they reunite to help bury one of their sons, finding solace while exploring some old wounds.
Dir: Greg Barker, US, 2017, 90 mins
Documentary offering an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration during their final year of power. A fascinating peek into how American politics work and, despite the unscripted ending, Barker manages to find an upbeat note to end on. Surprisingly moving.
Dir: Steven Spielberg, US, 2017, 116 mins
Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Alison Brie
Drama based on true events from 1971, in which American newspapers raced to expose a government cover-up of Vietnam War secrets. A story that explores moral dilemmas within journalistic integrity, superbly handled throughout, intelligent and involving. This is a timely reminder of why in 2018 good, independent journalism matters.
Dir: Alexandra Payne, US, 2017, 135 mins
Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig
When scientists discover how to shrink people to five inches tall as a solution to overpopulation, a struggling couple decide to give it a try and move to a new downsized community, with irreversible life-changing results. An ingenious and profound science-fiction comedy that also plays as a passionate environmental fable.
Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev, Rus, 2017, 122 mins, Russian Dialogue with subtitles
Yanina Hope, Maryana Spivak, Alexei Rozin
From the director of acclaimed Leviathan comes another masterpiece, portraying the dark side of human relationships through a couple going through the last stages of divorce whose emotional neglect of their son leads to devastating consequences. A mesmerising and intense experience with heartbreaking performances.
Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, US, 2017, 130 mins
Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
Beautifully constructed and impeccably performed drama set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London. A renowned dressmaker (Daniel Day-Lewis in his final role) comes across a young, strong-willed former waitress who will turn his carefully tailored life upside down, and become his muse and lover.
Dir: Max Pugh & Marc J. Francis, UK, 2017, 94 mins
Benedict Cumberbatch (voice), Thich Nhát Hanh
A meditative insight into a community of Buddhist monks and nuns who have dedicated their lives to mastering the art of mindfulness under the guidance of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmed over the course of three years, this revealing documentary offers unprecedented access to their transformative work within themselves and with those around them.
Dir: Saul Dibb, UK, 2018, 108 mins
Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield
A poignant drama of life and death in the trenches of World War I, centring on a British Company led by a broken-down alcoholic Captain, and a former schoolteacher, as they anxiously await an imminent German offensive. A powerful adaptation from the well-loved 1928 play, with superb performances from all the cast.
Dir:Tim Curtis, UK, 2017, 100 mins
For a river just over 25 miles long, the Deben packs a mighty punch in terms of tranquil beauty, ever changing scenery and astonishing history. Author & journalist John McCarthy and Woodbridge based film-maker Tim Curtis embark on a journey into the Deben's rich past, looking at its geography, environment and the influence the river has had over the people who have lived by its banks. Friends of IFT offer: all tickets £5.
Dir: Guillermo del Toro, US, 2017, 123 mins
Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins
Set against the backdrop of Cold War America, this acclaimed drama follows a lonely mute woman who works as a cleaner in a high-security government laboratory. Her life changes forever when she discovers a classified experiment. An ode to love and the human need for connection, carried along by an all-star cast with A-rated performances.
Dir: Alexandra Dean, US, 2017, 88 mins
A fascinating documentary focusing on Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr, once described as the most beautiful woman in the world, and her largely unknown work as an inventor who contributed to modern communications by creating the concept of “frequency hopping” as a way to send secure radio signals that could not be tracked by the enemy during World War II.
Dir: Martin McDonagh, US, 2017, 115 mins
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Frances McDormand gives a powerhouse performance as a grieving mother who rents three advertising billboards as a means of shaming and pressuring the local police chief into solving her daughter’s murder. From the acclaimed playwright and director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), this is part the darkest of black comedy, part thrilling, modern day western that reflects on loss, rage and the clashes between the sexes. Sublime.
Dir: James Erskine, UK, 2018, 89 mins
A riveting documentary about John Curry, the British Olympian and pioneering gay athlete who transformed the sport of ice skating into an art form, by unifying music with performance. A glorious and tragic story told using archive footage of some of Curry’s remarkable ice routines, and with access to Curry's letters and interviews with his family, friends, and collaborators.
Dir: David Batty, UK, 2017, 86 mins
David Bailey, Michael Caine, Joan Collins
This engaging and playful documentary, narrated by and starring the inimitable Michael Caine, chronicles the cultural revolution of the Swinging Sixties and the societal upheaval it caused that still resonates today. Sourced from over 1,600 hours of footage, extensive research and over 50 interviews with key players, this is an insider tour of a defining era.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Michael Caine and David Batty, broadcast live via satellite from BFI Southbank.
Dir: Greta Gerwig, US, 2017, 94 mins
Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Timothée Chalamet
Saoirse Ronan gives a powerhouse performance as a restless 17-year-old student navigating her way through the pitfalls of Catholic school in California, her romantic dreams of college life in New York and her turbulent relationship with her mother. A glorious, semi-autobiographical coming-of-age début feature for director Greta Gerwig which has transformed her from indie darling to mainstream talent.
Dir: Petra Biondina Volpe, Swiss, 2017, 96 mins, German dialogue with subtitles
Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig
An inspiring drama set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decades, women were still denied the right to vote. A young housewife and mother challenges the peace and values of her family and community by becoming the representative of her town’s suffragette movement.
Dir: James Marsh, UK, 2017, 102 mins
Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis
Colin Firth shines in his portrayal of Donald Crowhurst, who infamously attempted to complete a solo around-the-world boat race in 1968, subsequently falsifying his logs to conceal his failure. Based on real events, this is an enthralling and moving account of a man's battle against the ocean and ultimately against himself.
Dir: Lindsay Anderson, UK, 1973, 160 mins
Malcolm McDowell, Arthur Lowe, Ralph Richardson
An opportunity to revisit this extraordinary 70's drama, an allegory on life in a capitalist society, in which we follow the tortuous journey of an ambitious young man as he makes his way into adulthood navigating experiences such as nuclear-plant meltdowns, experimental genetics clinics and Swinging London.
Dir: Richard Loncraine, UK, 2017, 111 mins
Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie
An upbeat British comedy drama in which a middle-class woman has to reassess her life after she discovers, at her husband's retirement party, that he is having an affair with her best friend. Reluctantly moving in with her bohemian sister, she eventually rediscovers a joy, depth and authenticity to life that she had long been missing.
Dir: Warwick Thornton, Aus, 2017, 113 mins
Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Matt Day
A riveting and haunting Australian drama set in the 1920’s, in which an Aboriginal farmhand goes on the run after killing a white man in self-defence. A thought-provoking take on the traditional setting of a frontier western, with themes of racism and savagery during a time when Australia's justice system was still in its infancy.
Dir: Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Ger/Sp, 2017, 104 mins, Spanish dialogue with subtitles
Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco
Oscar nominated drama about a transgender woman struggling with grief and rejection from society after her boyfriend suddenly dies. An arresting cinematic achievement with a show-stopping central performance from transgender actress and singer Daniela Vega.
Dir: Ruben Östlund, Swe/Ger/Fr, 2017, 151 mins, English, Swedish & Danish dialogue
Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West
From the director of the acclaimed Force Majeure comes another piece of high-wire sociological suspense, a comedy of sorts in which the curator of an art museum in Sweden descends into a tailspin and begins to doubt his place in the world after the theft of his smartphone. A satire of the cultural elite of Stockholm, and middle-class complacency.
Dir: Tarik Saleh, Se/Den/Fr, 2017, 111 mins, French & Arabic dialogue with subtitles
Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yasser Ali Maher
Set in the dawn of the Arab Spring, this fantastic gritty crime thriller follows a police detective as he investigates the death of a popular singer and how it connects to a businessman who also so happens to be a member of parliament. An intelligent story portraying the political machinations of the time.