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After The Storm (Pg) World Cinema Season

As typhoons buffet Tokyo, consummate miniaturist Kore-eda Hirokazu examines a broken family and the father’s dogged attempts to glue it back together.

The latest film from Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows, Like Father Like Son) is a gentle family drama of a father on the skids attempting to do the best for his son.

Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) is a once successful novelist who now works as a private detective in order to pay child support to his ex-wife and son, but more often than not his funds go towards his gambling addiction. Angling to re-enter the lives of his family, Ryota visits the apartment of his mother while his ex-wife and son are visiting just as a typhoon is about to hit, and as the storm rages the little family have plenty of time to work out their grievances.

Another quiet yet powerful tale of aching humanism, with AFTER THE STORM Kore-eda cements his status as Japan’s leading director and heir to the cinema of Ozu, ably supported by beautiful subtle performances from Abe and Kiki Kirin (the star of Naomi Kawase’s An) as Ryota’s wryly hilarious mother Yoshiko.

“Hirokazu Kore-eda may only make good movies, but After the Storm is one of his best.” - IndieWire

"No filmmaker today is watching ordinary human life more closely than Kore-eda, or is more unfailingly generous with what they find. After the storm is a family drama of supreme subtlety." ★★★★ The Telegraph

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Cast: Abe Hiroshi, Maki Yoko, Yoshizawa Taiyo

Japan 2016

English subtitles

Run time: 117 mins

*"This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network" *

Wed 19 Jul

£5–£7

Afternoon Classic: North By Northwest

  • PG

This classic suspense film finds New York City ad executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) pursued by ruthless spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) after Thornhill is mistaken for a government agent. Hunted relentlessly by Vandamm's associates, the harried Thornhill ends up on a cross-country journey, meeting the beautiful and mysterious Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) along the way. Soon Vandamm's henchmen close in on Thornhill, resulting in a number of iconic action sequences.

'The romcom suspense caper is a cinematic recipe that Alfred Hitchcock took with him to his grave; certainly I can't imagine anyone now succeeding in blending thrills, spills, caresses and laughs the way he did in this sublime classic from 1959' Gaurdian ★★★★★

'Cary Grant's suave adman Roger O Thornhill finds himself in mortal peril as the innocent man-on-the-run, yet the tone throughout is buoyantly, almost insolently, comic.' Independent ★★★★★

USA 1959

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason.

Runtime: 136mins

Thu 27 Jul

£5–£7

Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant
  • 2017
  • US
  • 123 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Written by: Michael Green
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Demián Bichir, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez

The spaceship Covenant ends up on an unknown planet littered with little egg things, which can’t be good. The latest in the franchise is basically an excuse for Scott’s fantastic visuals and a series of more or less ingenious variations on grisly death, although some will enjoy the spectacle of Fassbender kissing himself.

Fri 7 Jul

£5–£7

Sat 8 Jul

£5–£7

All The Presidents Men

Tue 4 Jul

£4–£6

Chubby Funny

Chubby Funny
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 89 min
  • Directed by: Harry Michell
  • Cast: Harry Michell, Augustus Prew, Isabella Laughland

A struggling actor gives himself a year to break into the film industry.

  • IMDb
Thu 13 Jul

£7

Clash (15) World Cinema Season

A disenchanted Egyptian populace take to the streets. Those arrested are bunged into the back of a police van. There, they begin to discuss their politics, frustrations and hopes. Mohamed Diab’s powerful film makes the most of its economy of space.

Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab (director of the widely acclaimed CAIRO 678, *which depicted female harassment in Egyptian society)* took four years to develop Clash, which was initially supposed to be about the rise of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, but ended up capturing its fall.

*Clash *is set in 2013 just after the Egyptian military toppled the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi. Almost all the action takes place within the claustrophobic confines of a police van, with rival demonstrators trapped inside in stifling heat.

Diab's film tells a disorientating, frightening story about a country descending into lawless chaos, a ferocious free-for-all that sees revolutionaries pitted against Islamic fundamentalists and both factions confronting the army. It's a harrowing watch but also a very humane one with Diab seeking to portray the conflict from all possible angles and depicting with immense cinematic verve the violent dismantling of the Arab world's most populous nation.

"Mohamed Diab’s disturbing and technically daring thriller positions the viewer on the inside of an Egyptian police van in 2013 as post-revolution tensions boil over" ★★★★ Benjamin Lee, Guardian

Director: Mohamed Diab

Cast: Ahmed Malek, Hani Adel, Tarek Abdel Aziz

Egypt/France 2016

English subtitles

Run time: 98 mins

*"This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network" *

Thu 6 Jul

£5–£7

David Gilmour: Live at Pompeii

David Gilmour: Live at Pompeii

David Gilmour Live At Pompeii is an audio-visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a huge circular screen on which specially-created films complement selected songs, but paramount above all is the music and performances from an all-star band.

Wed 13 Sep

£8–£10

Denial

Denial
  • 2016
  • UK/US
  • 109 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mick Jackson
  • Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall

Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) is a historian and lecturer who faces a libel suit after she derides controversial author David Irving (Spall) for his views on the Holocaust. This dramatisation of a 1996 court case has some compelling stretches, but Hare’s script lacks insight and it’s little more than a dry reconstruction of the trial.

Tue 15 Aug

£4–£6

The Divide

The Divide
  • 2015
  • 78 min
  • Directed by: Katharine Round

A look at inequality in the western world. Based on the book The Spirit Level.

  • IMDb
Wed 5 Jul

£5

Hampstead

Hampstead
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 102 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joel Hopkins
  • Written by: Robert Festinger
  • Cast: Diane Keaton, James Norton, Brendan Gleeson

Emily (Keaton) is an American widow living in Hampstead who falls for the grumpy Donald (Gleeson), who lives in a shack on Hampstead Heath. Twee later-life rom-com with Ketaon in pure ditz mode; her and Gleeson’s chemistry is appealing, but there are no surprises.

  • IMDb
Fri 4 Aug

£5–£7

Sat 5 Aug

£5–£7

Thu 10 Aug

£5–£7

John le Carré – An Evening with George Smiley

John le Carré – An Evening with George Smiley

A unique celebration of John le Carré’s work as he discusses the full breadth of his career, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley. Broadcast live from London's Royal Festival Hall.

Thu 7 Sep

£10–£12

Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: William Oldroyd
  • Cast: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackie

Katherine (Pugh) is a young bride shackled to a middle-aged man; when left alone in the grand manor house she begins an affair with a stable-hand (Jarvis) and it all goes downhill. Restrained, compulsively watchable debut feature with a chilling, droll performance from Pugh as the wicked but compelling Katherine.

Tue 11 Jul

£5–£7

Wed 12 Jul

£5–£7

Loving

Loving
  • 2016
  • US
  • 123 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jeff Nichols
  • Cast: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, Nick Kroll

Based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (Edgerton and Negga), a married couple from Virginia who were arrested in 1958 and found guilty of the then-crime of miscegenation (he was white, she was black.) Quietly assured drama with outstanding performances and understated dignity.

Tue 18 Jul

£4–£6

Miss Sloane

Miss Sloane
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 132 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Madden
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Elizabeth Sloane (Chastain) is a ruthless Washington lobbyist who is persuaded to work for a lobbying company aiming to make stronger gun control laws. Breakneck, nicely vicious dialogue and a whirldwind performance from Chastain are the best reasons to watch an otherwise above-average political thriller.

Fri 21 Jul

£5–£7

Sat 22 Jul

£5–£7

Molly Monster

Molly Monster
  • 2016
  • Switzerland/Germany/Sweden
  • 72 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Matthias Bruhn, Michael Ekbladh
  • Cast: Tom Eastwood, Stefan Fredrich, Denise Gorzelanny

Animated children's film about a young monster who gets jealous about the arrival of her new baby brother and sets off on an adventure of her own.

Sat 1 Jul

£4–£6

Sat 8 Jul

£4–£6

National Theatre Live: Angels In America, Part 1 Millennium Approaches

National Theatre Live: Angels In America, Part 1 Millennium Approaches

This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse).

Thu 20 Jul

£10–£12

National Theatre Live: Angels In America, Part 2 Perestroika

National Theatre Live: Angels In America, Part 2 Perestroika

The second part of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning play.

Thu 27 Jul

£10–£12

National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar

  • 2018
  • Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley

Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Shakespeare's political drama.

Thu 22 Mar

£10–£12

National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in Tom Stoppard's situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux's new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard's name overnight.

Thu 27 Jul

£10–£12

National Theatre Live: Yerma

National Theatre Live: Yerma

Billie Piper returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s masterpiece.

Thu 31 Aug

£10–£12

National Theatre Live: Young Marx

  • 2017
  • Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
  • Written by: Richard Bean, Clive Coleman.
  • Cast: Rory Kinnear, Oliver Chris

Rory Kinnear is Marx and Oliver Chris is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.

Thu 7 Dec

£10–£12

Norman

Norman
  • 2016
  • Israel/USA
  • 117 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joseph Cedar
  • Cast: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen

Norman Oppenheimer (Gere) is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman's life dramatically changes for better and worse. It is one of Gere's best performances to date. While Norman is consistently fascinating to watch, the story is extremely dry and the flow of repetitive conversation eventually becomes exhausting.

Fri 28 Jul

£5–£7

Sat 29 Jul

£5–£7

Royal Shakespeare Company: Coriolanus

Royal Shakespeare Company: Coriolanus
  • 2017
  • UK
  • Directed by: Angus Jackson

Shakespeare's classic tragedy.

Wed 11 Oct

£10–£12

Royal Shakespeare Company: Titus Andronicus

Royal Shakespeare Company: Titus Andronicus
  • 2017
  • UK
  • Directed by: Blanche McIntyre
  • Cast: Patrick Drury, Nia Gwynne, Stefan Adegbola, David Burnett

The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

Wed 9 Aug

£10–£12

Royal Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night

Royal Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night
  • 2018
  • UK
  • Directed by: Christopher Luscombe

Shakespeare's greatest comedy tells a tale of unrequited love in this production directed by Christopher Luscombe.

Wed 14 Feb

£10–£12

Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man
  • 2012
  • Sweden/UK
  • 86 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul

Two men investigate the fate of 1970s South African star Rodriguez, long-since disappeared and rumoured to have committed suicide. A film that hooks you right from the start and pulls you into a heart-warming but not sugar-coated exploration of the musician's life.

Tue 1 Aug

£4–£6

The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits Of John Berger

The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits Of John Berger
  • 2016
  • 93 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Bartek Dziadosz, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Tilda Swinton
  • Cast: John Berger, Tilda Swinton,

Wonderful documentary comprising four essay-films about the writer John Berger, in which Swinton and fellow film-makers hang out with him and discuss what it calls his ‘radical, democratic humanism’. Each film is stand-alone but they form a lovely mosaic, being not just about Berger but also about how others respond to him.

  • IMDb
Wed 26 Jul

£5–£7

Sofia Coppola's La Traviata

  • 12A

Haute Couture meets Hollywood as acclaimed director Sofia Coppola and designer Valentino combine their talents to bring you one the most ambitious productions of La Traviata to date. Coppola brings new life into Verdi's 1853 classic opera that tells the story of tempestuous love and heartbreak.

Coppola's La Traviata has already become one of the most successful productions in its history immediately selling out its 15-performance run in Rome. Now, this elegant spectacle is being brought directly to the big screen, captured with over 100 microphones from Teatro dell Opera di Roma.

Violetta Valéry is a well-known courtesan in Paris whose life appears to be glamorous, but who also suffers from a serious illness. She lives on the money given to her by her male patrons. But when she meets Alfredo Germont, a young man from a good family, they fall in love and move to the country. Alfredo’s father disapproves of their relationship and comes to tell Violetta that her involvement with Alfredo will ruin his family’s reputation. Out of her love for Alfredo, Violetta agrees to leave him and returns to Paris. Thinking she has betrayed him, Alfredo is heartbroken. He follows her to a party and publicly insults her. A few months later, Violetta is close to death. Alfredo, who has learned why Violetta left him, returns to her. He is shocked by her weakness as she strains to get to her feet. They vow to be together forever, but she soon collapses and breathes her last.

Director: Sofia Coppola

Cast: TBC

Run time: 180 mins

Sun 9 Jul

£10–£12

Spark

  • PG

Thirteen years ago the power-mad General Zhong seized control of Planet Bana, tearing it to pieces in the process. Enter Spark and his friends, Chunk and Vix, who learn of Zhong's plan to take over the universe. If Zhong is able to harness the power of an ancient beast known as the Kraken, he'll have history's deadliest weapon at his fingertips. And it's up to Spark and his friends to stop him. An action-packed space-odyssey filled with humor and heart, SPARK is the story of a boy who embarks on an epic adventure, and in the process discovers his rightful place in the universe.

South Korea/Canada

Director: Aaron Woodley

Voices: Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Jace Norman

Run Time: 90mins

Tue 1 Aug

£5–£7

Wed 2 Aug

£5–£7

Their Finest

Their Finest
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 117 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lone Scherfig
  • Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

London, 1940: fledgling screenwriter Catrin Cole (Arterton) joins the Ministry of Information’s Film Division and starts working on a propaganda movie. Scherfig wraps the war in a cosy cloak of nostalgia in a way that dulls moments of high anxiety, and despite a fine ensemble it’s all too muffled and mild-mannered.

Fri 30 Jun

£5–£7

Sat 1 Jul

£5–£7

Mon 3 Jul

£5–£7

Thu 6 Jul

£5–£7

Whisky Galore!

Whisky Galore!
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 100 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gillies MacKinnon
  • Cast: Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard, James Cosmo, Kevin Guthrie, Sean Biggerstaff, Naomi Battrick, Ellie Kendrick

A new version of the 1949 film about the inhabitants of Todday, who are running out of their whisky ration when a cargo ship runs aground on the island.

  • IMDb
Fri 14 Jul

£6

Whisky Galore! (Pg) British Cinema Season

To coincide with the Oswestry Food & Drink Festival we are screening this delightful remake of Whisky Galore!

★★

★★

With free whisky tastings on the Friday & Saturday night screenings.

The inhabitants of a Scottish island try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a nearby stranded ship. A remake of the beloved black and white original film directed by Alexander Mackendrick for Ealing Studios, which was based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie, which itself was based on the real events of 1941. When the S.S. Politician was shipwrecked in the Outer Hebrides a hilarious battle ensued. The wily islanders on nearby Eriskay tried to salvage the huge cargo of whisky on board, enraging the British authorities.

"Remaking the much-loved wartime comedy Whisky Galore! was a risky strategy, because the original black-and-white film is perfect. But its setting on the imaginary isle of Todday off the west coast of Scotland lends itself to gorgeous colour photography and the gentle, subversive wit of the 1949 version has been left intact." ★★★★ The Times

"As with Bill Forsyth's best work, the film's bonhomie might just have universal appeal; such gentle humour may be lost on some, but Whisky Galore! offers a true taste of Scotland that's well worth acquiring." The List

Director: Gillies MacKinnon

Cast: Gregor Fisher, James Cosmo, Eddie Izzard, Ellie Kendrick, Kevin Guthrie

UK 2017

Run time: 98 mins

*"This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network" *

Fri 14 Jul

£5–£7

Sat 15 Jul

£7

Thu 20 Jul

£5–£7

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