style="background-color: #1E90FF" Welwyn Garden City Film Society

 

Programme for 74th Season


 

Showing this season:

 

 

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

[USA 2017]

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

Les Gardiennes

[France/Switzerland 2017]

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 sruggle 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

Wajib

[Palestine 2017]

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

Dogman

[Italy 2018]

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

[USA 2018]

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

Custody

[France 2016]

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 paychological 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

The Conformist

[Italy 1970]

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 anges, shapes and shadows.


26 April, 2020

Shoplifters

[Japan 2018]

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

Summer 1993

[Spain 2018]

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: -

Cold War

[Poland 2018]

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 temperamants, 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.


 

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