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

 

Programme for 73rd Season


 

Showing this season:

All shows start at 7:30PM unless otherwise stated

 

The selection is made up of ten films selected by the Committee.  Time constraints this year prevented the usual half of the films chosen by the Committee and half by members.


 

30 September, 2018

Neruda

(Chile 2016)

Director: Pablo Larrain

Cert: 15         107 Minutes                                                

In Chile in 1948, poet and Communist senator, Pablo Neruda (Gael Gnecco) finds himself on the wrong side of the new pro-American regime. He goes on the run, but detective Peluchonneau (Luis García Bernal) is on his trail. Don’t expect a conventional chase movie. Our hero is not perfect: he is a boozy, womanizing bon viveur – but he writes good poetry. Gnecco played David Brent in the Chilean version of The Office.


21 October, 2018

Frantz

[France/Germany 2016]

Director: François Ozon

Cert: 12             113 Minutes                                                 

Anna is a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed in the trenches of World War I. Adrien, a French veteran of the war, makes a mysterious appearance in her town, placing flowers on Frantz's grave. Adrien's presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany's defeat, yet Anna gradually becomes closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz.

 


11 November, 2018

After the Storm

[Japan 2016]

Director: Hirokasu Koreeda     

Cert: PG        118 Minutes

This is the third consecutive season (the fourth in all) we have shown a film by this master of family drama. Sad, sensitive, and at times warmly funny, this is the story of Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a once-promising novelist who has to make ends meet as a not very honourable private detective. When his father, a gambling addict, dies, Ryota tries clumsily to confront his own failings and attempts reconciliation with his ex–wife and wary young son.  A film you will be thinking about long after it ends.


13 January, 2019

Silk Stockings

[USA 1957]

Director: Rouben Mamoulian

Cert: U           114 Minutes                                                    

A musical remake of Ninotchka: after three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka (Cyd Charisse) is sent to complete their mission and to retrieve them. She starts out condemning the decadent West, but gradually falls under its spell, with the help of Steve Canfield (Fred Astaire), an American movie producer.


10 February, 2019

Call Me by Your Name

[Italy 2017]

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Cert: 15          132 Minutes                                                     

It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old, Elio Perlman, is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendour of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.


3 March, 2019

In a Lonely Place

[USA 1950]

Director: Nicholas Ray

Cert: PG            94 Minutes                                                   

Hollywood screenwriter, Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart), faced with the task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hatcheck girl Mildred Atkinson tell him the story in her own words. Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect. His record of belligerence when angry and his macabre sense of humour tell against him. Fortunately, lovely neighbour Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame) gives him an alibi. Laurel proves to be just what Steele needs, and their friendship ripens into love. But the blossoming love affair suffers as Laurel begins to wonder if Dixon really might be the killer.


24 March, 2019

Fim Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

[UK 2017]

Director: Paul McGuigan

Cert: 15      105 Minutes  

In 1981, aged 57, former Hollywood star Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) is eking out the last of her celebrity on the stage in the UK. She collapses before a performance, which she explains away as ‘gas’. Grahame calls former lover Peter Turner (Jamie Bell), a twentysomething actor in Liverpool, and asks if she can come to recuperate at his family home. The timeline then splits between scenes of Grahame as a patient under the care of Peter’s indomitable mother (Julie Walters), and flashbacks to Grahame and Turner’s brief but passionate romance.


28 April, 2019

Aquarius

[Brazil 2016]

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho

Cert: 18             146 Minutes

A performance of tremendous wit, vitality and lusty defiance by Sônia Braga drives Brazilian film-maker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s remarkable second feature. A portrait of a 65-year-old woman refusing to be bullied out of her seafront apartment by developers, Aquarius is both a powerful celebration of its independent heroine and a scathing satire on institutional corruption.


19 May, 2019

Loveless

[Russia 2017]

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Cert: 15            127 Minutes                                                   

From the director of Elena and Leviathan. Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to turn the page - even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears.


 

16 June, 2019

AGM (19.30) followed at approximately 20.15 by: -

Maudie

[Canada 2017]

Director: Aisling Walsh

Cert: 12             115 Minutes                                                    

Sally Hawkins plays Maud Dowley (1903-1970), a somewhat eccentric, free-spirited woman whose rheumatoid arthritis and succession of life knocks never stopped her from seeing and revealing the joy and beauty in everyday life. Walsh’s film focuses on her austere romance with ill-tempered, emotionally stifled fishmonger Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke), and her concurrent development into one of Canada’s more lauded and loved folk artists.


 

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