Category Archives: Season 2011-12

Chico and Rita

Set in the night clubs of Havana, New York and Las Vegas in the late 1940’s, this lush but delicate animated feature has a fantastic musical backdrop of Cuban-influenced jazz. The beautiful singer, Rita, and talented pianist, Chico, are passionately in love, but can only scrape a living in the Havana jazz clubs. When a New York impresario tells Rita he can make her a star in the USA, but there is no place for Chico in his plans, their tempestuous relationship faces its greatest challenge.

15 cert – 2010 – Dir: Fernando Trueba
93 mins – Lang: Spanish (animation)
Cast: Eman Xor Ona, Limara Meneses, Mario Guerra

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A life affirming film in which Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who, following 44 years of marriage, came out of the closet to live a full, energised, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal’s new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they’d ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavours to love Anna with all the bravery, humour and hope that his father taught him.

15 cert – 2011 – Dir: Mike Mills
105 mins – Lang: English
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent

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Asa is an idealistic young man who, after finishing his naval service, returns to the vast featureless steppe of Kazakhstan to live with his sister Samal and her husband Ondas. In order to become a shepherd, Asa must first be married, but the only eligible woman within miles is the enigmatic Tulpan and she rejects him because his ears are too big. Unperturbed, Asa sets out to persuade Tulpan that he would be an excellent prospect, weathering constant run-ins with his bullying brother-in-law.  This is a gorgeously shot and eminently lovable film.

12 cert – 2008 – Dir: Sergey Dvortsevoy
100 mins – Lang: Russian, Kazakh
Cast: Ondasyn Besikbasov, Tulepbergen Baisakalov, Zhappas Dzhailaubaev

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Of Gods Of Men

One of the most powerful and moving films from last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Of Gods and Men is based on the real-life story of a group of French Trappist monks living in a small village in the mountains of Algeria during the civil war of the 1990’s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Unhurried and with the most exceptional ensemble performances, it’s a story of companionship, choice and the difficulties of remaining true to yourself and your beliefs in the most difficult of circumstances.

15 cert – 2010 – Dir: Xavier Beauvois
120 mins – Lang: Arabic, French
Cast: Xavier Maly, Loic Pichon, Olivier Rabourdin, Jean-Marie Frin, Jacques Herlin

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