- UK / US
- 1h 31min
- Directed by: Bryan Singer
- Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, Mike Myers
The Freddie Mercury story. Malek as Mercury does a great job, with a passionate and impressive performance, but despite the recreation of momentous performances it’s a disappointingly tame affair, with a by-the-numbers screenplay and a bland lack of insight into Mercury’s heritage or sexuality.
Wed 1 Dec
- 2h 35min
- Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
- Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen
The director of Blade Runner 2049 takes a crack at Frank Herbert's notoriously unfilmable sci-fi epic. The story is to be split across two films.
Thu 2 Dec
- 1h 48min
- Directed by: Wes Anderson
- Cast: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson
A collection of comedy-drama stories published in the eponymous fictional newspaper, The French Dispatch.
Tue 30 Nov
- 2h 55min
- Directed by: David Wilkinson
During WWII, almost 1 million people in 22 countries carried out the unprovoked murder of 11 million innocent men, women and children. 99% of those responsible were never prosecuted; most were never even questioned. The Allies knew what their crime was. The Allies knew where a great many of the murderers could be found. The Allies unanimously agreed to prosecute those responsible when they drew up The London Agreement in August 1945. But, after the late 1940s, these very same Allies did almost nothing. Why?
Director David Wilkinson’s sole motivation for making Getting Away With Murder(s) was to find out precisely why so many were actively permitted to get away with their crime(s) – the crime of mass murder on an industrial scale. He knew long before he began filming that the answer would be more than complex. The narrative leads with interviews, including with the 101-year-old Benjamin B Ferencz who is the last living prosecutor from the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, Nazi hunter Dr Stephen Ankier, British broadcaster and writer Robin Lustig, German prosecutor Jens Rommel and Holocaust memorial co-founder and humanitarian campaigner Dr James Smith.
Despite the extensive documentary coverage of the Holocaust to date, not one film has explored in any depth the almost total lack of justice, statistically, towards the vast numbers of eagerly participating perpetrators who, at war’s end, simply walked away – untouched by justice. This film addresses this glaring omission.
The screening includes an intermission and will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with director David Nicholas Wilkinson.
Sat 27 Nov
- Poland / Germany
- 1h 56min
- Directed by: Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert
- Cast: Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza, Weronika Rosati, Katarzyna Figura, Łukasz Simlat, Andrzej Chyra, Krzysztof Czeczot
(Sniegu juz nigdy nie bedzie) Dir Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert/PL DE NL 2020/116 mins/Polish, Russian, French and Vietnamese wEng ST
Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza
When a mysterious stranger arrives in a gated community on the outskirts of a large Polish city, he is welcomed by the wealthy residents who embrace his talents as a masseur. Though his hands provide healing, his eyes seem to penetrate their very souls, lifting a disquiet in each of their lives. Zhenia (Utgoff) possesses a magical gift and to the residents his Russian accent also sounds like a song from the past, a peaceful melody from their childhood when the world was a safer place. And though his hypnotic techniques bring calm, his background remains a mystery, leaving the residents to wonder what other secrets he holds. Featuring a hypnotic lead performance from Utgoff, this striking new film from Małgorzata Szumowska and her longtime collaborator Michał Englert is wondrous, compelling and uplifting.
Mon 29 Nov
- 1h 26min
- Directed by: Michal Sulima
The winning film at last year’s EI, FF Work in Progress, Michal Sulima’s delightful documentary debut is a joy, following 65-year-old London piano tuner Desmond O'Keeffe. Desmond embarks on a journey – with some delightfully eccentric young companions – to take a 100-year-old upright piano to a primary school in Lingshed, one of the most isolated settlements in the world, some 14,000 feet above sea level in the Indian Himalayas. Using yaks, ponies and old-fashioned muscle this delivery will crown his 40-year-long career.
Fri 3 Dec
Wed 8 Dec
- France, Norway
- 1h 53min
- Directed by: Nicolas Vanier
- Cast: Jean-Paul Rouve, Mélanie Doutey, Louis Vazquez
Based on the real story of Christian, a specialist on wild goose migrations, and the adventure he and his son embarked.
Sun 28 Nov
Part of French Film Festival UK.
This 69 seat cinema has recently installed a digital projection system. It is situated in a converted 18th century mill next to the Hullabaloo restaurant.
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