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The Innocents

Showing: 17th February 2019

Warsaw. December 1945.  Mathilde, a young Red Cross doctor, is approached by a nun who tells her that some women at a nearby convent are in need of medical attention. When Mathilde arrives there, she is confronted by a horrific situation. Based on the memoirs of French doctor, Madeleine Pauliac, the film provides a potent glimpse of female suffering in the aftermath of war and the strength of religious faith under siege.

Year: France 2016
Director: Anne Fontaine
Cast: Lou de Laage, Agata Kulesza
Language: Polish, French (English subtitles)
Duration: 115 Mins
Cert: 15

God’s Own Country

Showing: 3rd March 2019

When his school friends leave the Yorkshire village to go off to university, Johnny has to stay behind to run the family farm.  Becoming increasingly bitter with his hard and lonely life, he tries to drown his frustrations in binge drinking and casual sex. When a Romanian farm worker arrives to help out with lambing, Johnny begins to sense a more hopeful future. A homage to the harsh but beautiful landscape of the Dales and the farmers who struggle to make a living there.

Year: UK 2017
Director: Francis Lee
Cast: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones
Language: English
Duration: 104 Mins
Cert: 15

Lady Macbeth

Showing: 17th March 2019

Rural North-East England 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age and by his cold and unforgiving family. When she is attracted to a young worker on the family estate she stops at nothing to fulfil her desires. Reverberating with ideas about the power structures of Victorian England – class, gender and race -the plot provides plenty of shocks. One critic described Katherine as ‘Lady Chatterley gone ballistic’!

Year: UK 2017
Director: William Oldroyd
Cast: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackie
Language: English
Duration: 89 Mins
Cert: 15

Isle of Dogs

Showing: 31st March 2019

In a dystopian near-future the spread of a deadly virus among the people is blamed on their dogs and all the canine pets are transported to a remote island rubbish dump. A young boy, distraught by the loss of his beloved Spot, sets off to rescue him. Funny, but also grotesque and shocking, the film is far from a cute and cuddly pet rescue adventure.

Year: USA 2018
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum
Language: English
Duration: 105 Mins
Cert: PG

WOW Festival Film Presentation

Showing: 14th April 2019

We are delighted to be presenting one of the latest independent films from the Wales One World film festival. In previous years the festival has showcased rare gems like Rams, Wajda and Sweet Country so we are anticipating another treat this year.  The film will be chosen in January so please check our website, Facebook or local papers for details nearer the time.

Captain Fantastic

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest a father, devoted to raising his children with a rigorous physical and intellectual severity, is forced to leave his paradise and enter the outside world, presenting great challenges to himself and his sheltered family. The ensuing culture clashes are both funny and thought-provoking.

Cert 15 – USA 2016
Director: Matt Ross – Running time: 119 minutes – Language: English
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, George McKay

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Lion

A 5 year old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, and after facing severe challenges he is adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later he attempts to trace his original family. Based on a true story, Lion treats profound themes of home and identity with a light but authentic touch.

Cert PG – UK/Australia 2016
Director: Garth Davis – Running time: 118 minutes
Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

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I, Daniel Blake

After a heart attack a 59 year old carpenter faces an impenetrable jungle of regulations when he attempts to claim benefits. A searing indictment of the system and its effects on both claimants and the staff who have to administer them. The human tragedies depicted reflect the director’s humanity and his skill at avoiding political clichés whilst leavening the tragic with black humour.

Cert 15 – UK 2016
Director: Ken Loach – Running time: 100 minutes – Language: English
Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires

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Embrace of the Serpent

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman, the last survivor of his tribe, and two European scientists who work together over 40 years to locate a secret healing plant. The breath-taking cinematography and dreamlike pace of the film do not overshadow the theme of conflict between an ancient civilisation and modern western economic pressures.

Cert 12 – Colombia/Venezuela 2016
Director: Ciro Guerra – Running time: 123 minutes – Language: Spanish, Aboriginal (English subtitles)
Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis

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