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

 

Programme for 72nd Season

 

Showing this season:

All shows start at 7:30PM unless otherwise stated

 

The selection of films is made up of six chosen by the Committee and six voted for by Members.

NB: The dates of the films on 22 October and 14 January have had to be exchanged, because of a booking problem arising since the originally published material was distributed.

 


 

10 September, 2017

 Things to Come

(France 2016)

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve

Cert: 12A         102 Minutes                                                

Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie's husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life. 


8 October, 2017

The Clan

[Argentina 2015]

Director: Pablo Trapero

Cert: 15             108 Minutes                                                 

Argentinian Director, Pablo Trapero, lands a sledge-hammer punch with this well-made film.  The true story of the Puccio clan, a family with a dark secret lurking beneath their seemingly ordinary facade: they earn millions in ransoms from the wealthy they kidnap.


22 October, 2017

NB: This date has changed from the originally published material

Un Coeur en Hiver

[France 1992]

Director: Clude Sautet     

Cert: 15        105 Minutes

Violin-player, Camille (Emmanuelle Béart) begins an affair with Maxime (André Dussolier), who is prepared to leave his wife.  However, when Camille goes to Maxime's violin-repair shop  she meets his employer, Stéphane (Daniel Auteuil), and instantly falls in love.


5 November, 2017

Julieta

[Spain 2015]

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cert: 15            98 Minutes                                                    

When Antia turns eighteen, she abandons her widowed mother, Julieta, in Madrid , without a word of explanation.  Later Julieta ponders why this happened, and a mystery worthy of Alfred Hitchcock or Patricia Highsmith develops, told by the masterly director Pedro Almodovar.

 


26 November 2017

A Man called Ove

[Sweden 2015]

Director: Hannes Holm

Cert: PG          116 Minutes                                                     

Grumpy Ove, an isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, spends his days visiting his wife's grave and enforcing rules in his block that only he cares about.

Enter a boistrous young family next door and what emerges is a heart-warming tale confounding first impressions and reminding us that life is sweeter when it is shared.

 


14 January, 2018

NB: This date has changed from the originally published material

Leslie Howard, The Man who Gave a Damn

[UK 2016]

Director: Thomas Hamilton   

Cert: U            94 Minutes                                                   

An intimate and compelling documentary on the life and career of the British Hollywood screen idol, who may have been working for British intelligence in the 1940s.  The director, Thomas Hamilton, will present his film and take part in a question and answer session.


28 January, 2018

The Other Side of Hope

[Finland 2017]

Director: Aki Kaurismäki

Cert: 12A  100 Minutes  

Aki Kaurismäki's latest droll comedy drama.  A former travelling salesman, now a poker-playing owner of a failing restaurant, befriends a Syrian asylum-seeker in Finland.


18 February, 2018

Our Little Sister

[Japan 2015]

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Cert: PG             127 Minutes

Three sisters live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their father, absent from the family home for the past 15 years, dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister.  Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them.

A new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings.


25 March, 2018

Elle

[France 2016]

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cert: 18            130 Minutes                                                   

Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) seems indestructible.  Head of a leading video-game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love-life as to business.  after being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, it changes Michèle's life forever.

When she resolutely tries to track the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game.


 22 April, 2018

The Childhood of a Leader

[UK/France 2015]

Director: Brady Corbet

Cert: 12A             116 Minutes                                                    

Set amidst the turmoil of World War I and its aftermath, the film follows the young son of an American diplomat in France as he learns to manipulate the adults around him. 

An unsettling coming of age film mirroring the rise of fascism in Europe. 


20 May, 2018

The Salesman

[Iran  2016]

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Cert: 12A                   125 Minutes      

This is the fourth film by Farhadi to be shown by Welwyn Garden City Film Society.

A sudden eruption of violence linked to a previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the lives of a young husband and wife in Tehran, creating a simmering tension between them.


17 June 2018

AGM (19.30) followed at approximately 20.15 by: -

The Eagle Huntress

[UK/Mongolia 2016]

Director: Otto Bell

Cert: U               87 Minutes                                                     

The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, as 13-year old, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle-hunter, and, by so doing, she can rise to the pinnacle of a tradition that is handed down from father to son.

Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, this features some awe-inspiring cinematography. 


 

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