Dir: Valeska Grisebach, Ger/Bul, 2017, 121 mins, English, German & Bulgarian dialogue
Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Syuleyman Alilov Letifov
A taut and realistic drama following the tensions that erupt between villagers in Bulgaria and German construction workers when the latter start working in their land. A confident and sharp look into issues concerning human communication and national identity, framed by an unembellished and highly poetic landscape.
Dir: Mike Newell, UK, 2017, 124 mins
Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Michiel Huisman
Based on the 2008 novel of the same name, this is a historical drama set in 1940’s London, where a free-spirited writer forms a life-changing bond with the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society when she decides to write about the book club, which was formed during the occupation of the small island of Guernsey in World War II.
Dir: Andrew Haigh, UK, 2017, 122 mins
Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny
Heartfelt slow-burning drama in which a lonely teenager embarks on a treacherous journey across America with his horse. Adapted from Willy Vlautin’s 2010 novel this is a touching portrait of American contemporary underclass and a poignant and compassionate portrayal of love, loss and acceptance that resonates with profound humanity.
Dir: Michel Hazanavicius, Fr, 2017, 108 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo
A biopic of filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, the icon of the French New Wave, focusing on his life during the late 1960’s and his rocky marriage with 19-year-old student Anne Wiazemsky. Another moving tribute to classic cinema from Oscar winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist).
Dir: Paolo Virzì, US, 2017, 112 mins
Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Janel Moloney
Grande Dame Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland play an ailing, elderly couple who run away on one final, unwise journey in their beloved old motorhome ‘The Leisure Seeker’. An affectionate road movie in which their passionate journey takes them further than just a destination.
Dir: Jason Reitman, US, 2018, 96 mins
Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston
Absorbing comedy drama about a woman overwhelmed by the arrival of an unplanned third child who begrudgingly accepts her brother’s offer of a night nanny. A sharp and honest portrait of post-natal exhaustion, with fascinatingly flawed, but deeply human characters.
Dir: Tony Zierra, US, 2018, 94 mins
Leon Vitali, Ryan O'Neal, Matthew Modine
An arresting biographical documentary about the career of Leon Vitali, who left acting to become Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man. A glimpse into the true passion for film behind Kubrick’s tyrannical public persona, told through photos, archive video and more.
Dir: Léonor Serraille, Fr, 2017, 98 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Laetitia Dosch, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Grégoire Monsaingeon
The story of Paula, a young woman who finds herself homeless and in emotional free-fall in Paris after her long term boyfriend leaves her. A compelling character study infused with a fearless, blazing performance by Laetitia Dosch.
Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester
A chance to enjoy on the big screen Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece. A landmark of 1960s cinema which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. After discovering a mysterious black monolith beneath the surface of the moon, an expedition is sent to investigate. Critic Roger Ebert described Kubrick’s masterpiece as ‘a stand-alone monument, a great visionary leap, unsurpassed in its vision of man and the universe’. Friends of IFT offer: Tickets £5.50
Dir: Eric Styles, UK, 2017, 92 mins
John Hurt, Charles Dance, Sofia Helin
John Hurt plays his final role with his usual charm as a terminally ill, prickly screenwriter attempting to set his affairs in order before his death. A thought-provoking yet delightful drama based on a stage play by N.J. Crisp set in sunny Portugal.
Dir: Arnaud Desplechin, Fr, 2017, 135 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg
A film director finds his life in turmoil when a woman appears who claims to be his wife who disappeared 20 years earlier and he thought dead. A jubilantly complex tale within a tale that’s a sometimes serious, sometimes funny story that never lets up or becomes predictable.
Dir: Simon Hunter, UK, 2018, 101 mins
Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan
After years of dedication to looking after her sick husband, an elderly woman attempts to fulfil her dream of climbing a Scottish mountain with the help of a young guide. An inspiring drama that reminds us that it is never late to restore lost meaning in one’s life.
Dir: Dominic Cooke, UK, 2017, 110 mins
Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson
An entrancing adaptation from Ian McEwan’s best-selling novel about a British couple on their honeymoon who nervously circle the inevitable intimacy of their wedding night, in an uphill battle against their upbringing and social expectations. A love story like no other with standout performances by the two lead actors.
Dir: Nora Twomey, Ire/Can, 2017, 93 mins
Outstanding animated feature about a young Afghan girl's growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. A beautifully realised ode to resilience under oppression and the imaginative power of storytelling, adapted from the bestselling novel by Deborah Ellis.
Dir: Joe Stephenson, UK, 2017, 92 mins
A celebration of the life and career of actor Sir Ian McKellen, built around a 14 hour interview. Using unprecedented access to private photo albums, exclusive archive material, including diaries written when he was 12, and previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage of theatre shows and films, it documents his personal thoughts on a life well-lived.
Dir: Ai Weiwei, Ger, 2017, 140 mins, English dialogue
Haunting documentary led by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, exploring the current refugee crisis, the largest since WWII, with around 65 million people worldwide. An epic, thoughtful and enlightening portrayal that allows us to bear witness to the lives and suffering of an increasing number of displaced people around the globe.
Dir: François Ozon, Fr, 2017, 108 mins, French dialogue with subtitles
Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset
François Ozon returns with this sleek and suspenseful erotic thriller about a woman who falls in love with her psychoanalyst. After they move in together, a series of discoveries lead her to suspect that he may be living a double life.
Dir: Ivo Marloh, Mon/SA/UK, 2017, 89 mins
George Azarias, Andrew Challen, Erik Cooper
A documentary following international riders as they compete in the world's longest horse race, roughly 1000 km long across the wide open steppes of Mongolia. An exhilarating and stunning tribute to human and animal endurance, vividly capturing the lengths some will go to achieve their goals.
Dir: Marc Meyers, US, 2017, 103 mins
Ross Lynch, Anne Heche, Dallas Roberts
Drama following the high school days of American serial killer Jeff Dahmer, based on the graphic novel by artist John Beckderf who knew Dahmer as a teenager. A powerful character study with a haunting performance from Ross Lynch in the title role.
Dir: Jay Bulger, US, 2013, 92 mins
Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, Stewart Copeland, Jack Bruce
Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker is one of the original Wild Men of Rock. Blessed with a preternatural musicianship, which he condenses down to being all about timing, but cursed by a self- destructive drive which has seen him wrestle a prodigious drug habit, family implosion and penury. A searing portrait of a man in free fall doing his best to destroy any human relationship he can as he drums on into personal oblivion, this is a stunning film.
Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist, J.K. Simmons
A precocious young jazz drummer clashes with a monstrous tutor at an elite music conservatory. Adversity helped create Charlie Parker, and this diabolically entertaining spellbinder of a movie asks whether such rejection breeds greatness, and if so, at what cost ?
Dir: Rupert Everett, UK, 2018, 105 mins
Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson
Rupert Everett writes, directs and stars in this riveting new film about the last years of Oscar Wilde after his release from Reading Jail where he must face his mortality and the wreckage of his public self with courage.
Dir: Jonas Carpignano, It, 2017, 118 mins, Italian dialogue with subtitles
Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato
A gritty drama telling the story of a boy in an impoverished Romani district who becomes responsible for his family, after both his father and brother are arrested. A frank coming of age drama capturing the feel of everyday life in the mean streets of Calabria in Southern Italy.
Dir: Sophie Brooks, US, 2017, 87 mins
Zosia Mamet, Matthew Shear, Deirdre O'Connell
When Diana moves back to New York after a few years abroad and finds the perfect apartment for a fresh start, she discovers that her ex-boyfriend lives downstairs. A charming romantic comedy exploring first love and creative ambition.