This year we have been able to revert to the previous system of half of the films chosen by the Committee and the other half by members; so the selection is made up of five films selected by the Committee and five chosen by members.
29 September 2019
Battle of the Sexes
Director: Valerie Faris/John Dayton
12A 121 Minutes
The lead up to the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and hustler Bobby Riggs, showing the casual male sexism of the time. Although Riggs is a sleazy gambling addict fighting to save his marriage, he is strangely likeable. King is confronting her own sexuality, and fighting for equal pay.
From the same writers as The Full Monty and Slumdog Millionaire.
20 October, 2019
Director: Xavier Beauvois
Cert: 15 135 Minutes
This compassionate, fiercely-acted and beautifully shot First World War drama is about a second conflict, the battle of wills on the home front, as the women struggle to maintain a family farm in the Deux-Sèvres region of western France. in the background is the horror of war indicated in the letters home, and in the mutterings of the desperate grim-faced men on leave with their shell-shocked dreams.
24 November, 2019
Director: Annemarie Jacir
Cert: 15 96 Minutes
This sprightly comedy-drama unfolds over the course of a winter's day in Nazareth as a father, Abu, and his son, Shadi, hand-deliver wedding invitations. They reminisce, manipulate and needle each other, gradually revealing the many layers of their relationship.
12 January, 2020
Director: Matteo Garrone
Cert: 15 102 Minutes
In a seaside village, where the only law seems to be the survival of the fittest, Marcello, a mild-mannered man and dog-groomer, spends his time caring for his daughter, Alida, while being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully, Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorises the neighbourhood. When Simoncino's abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity and to take matters into his own hands.
26 January, 2020
Leave No Trace
Director: Debra Granik
Cert: 12A 109 Minutes
Will, a traumatised, widowed war veteran and his daughter, Tom, have lived off the grid for years in the forested public park near Portland, Oregon. When they are discovered, their tenuous life is shattered and both are put into the care of social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.
23 February, 2020
Director: Xavier Legrand
Cert: 15 93 Minutes
A story of a divorcing couple given joint custody of son in a searing
study of domestic strife, made as a quiet, brutally relentless
psychological thriller. The film filters much of its terror through
the 10-year old boy at the centre of his parents' vicious legal struggle .
22 March, 2020
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Cert: 15 111 Minutes
The classic film is a character study of the kind of personality who willingly conforms to the ideological fashions of the day. Set in the 1930s, it features cowardly Marcello who has spent his life accommodating others so that he can 'belong'. He agrees to kill a political refugee, even though the refugee is his college mentor.
The film is critically revered for the way it recreates the atmosphere of Fascist Italy with some of the most complex visual compositions ever seen on film, filled with highly stylized uses of angles, shapes and shadows.
26 April, 2020
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Cert: 15 121 Minutes
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, after learning of the hardships she faces, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her .
Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.
17 May, 2020
Director: Carla Simon
Cert: 12A 100 Minutes
Six-year old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother's apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Adjusting to life in the countryside with her aunt, uncle and cousin is difficult, although they welcome her with open arms.
An autobiographical study with not the slightest sentimentality.
14 June, 2020
AGM (19.30) followed at approximately 20.20 by: -
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Cert: 15 88 Minutes
Cold War is a passionate love story between a man and a woman
who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland.
With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are
fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other.
With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other.
Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin,
Yugoslavia and Paris, it is the tale of a couple separated by politics,
character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate.
Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it is the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate.
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