- France / Belgium / Germany / US / Japan / Mexico / Switzerland
- 2h 21min
- Directed by: Leos Carax
- Written by: Leos Carax, Ron Mael, Russell Mael
- Cast: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg
Los Angeles, nowadays. Henry is a stand-up comedian with a fierce humor. Ann, an internationally renowned opera singer. Together, under the spotlight, they form a happy and glamorous couple. The birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious girl with an exceptional destiny, will turn their lives upside down.—UGC Distribution
Fri 18 Feb
- 1h 55min
- Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
- Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe
Four high school teachers test the theory that all humans have deficient blood alcohol content, and should try to maintain a level of 0.5%.
Fri 22 Apr
- 2h 9min
- Directed by: Pietro Marcello
- Cast: Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato
A new adaptation of Jack London's novel. The film directed by Pietro Marcello follows a struggling author.
Fri 1 Apr
- France / Côte d'Ivoire / Canada / Senegal
- 1h 33min
- Directed by: Philippe Lacôte
- Cast: Bakary Koné, Steve Tientcheu, Jean Cyrille Digbeu, Rasmané Ouédraogo, Issaka Sawadogo, Abdoul Karim Konaté
Spectacular, thrilling and absolutely unique, Night of the Kings is both an exhilarating tale of survival in one of the world's most dangerous prisons and a beautiful ode to the power of storytelling.
When a young man is sent to an infamous prison, located in the middle of the Ivorian forest and ruled by its inmates, he is chosen to take part in a storytelling ritual just as a violent battle for control bubbles to the surface. After discovering the grim fate that awaits him at the end of the night, Roman begins to narrate the mystical life of a legendary outlaw to make his story last until dawn and give himself any chance of survival.
'With "Night of the Kings" Lacte collapses the bounds between eras, and dissolves myth and reality, performance and remembrance, into one whole. It's an assured, energetic piece of epic filmmaking, one that celebrates how storytelling, oration, and folklore teach us about our past so we might change our present.' Roger Ebert
'This imaginative and unique Ivorian tale blends modern-day thriller dynamics with older storytelling traditions' The Guardian
Directed by Philippe Lacte International / Ivory Coast 2021 Run Time: 1'33"
Fri 4 Feb
The show features an eclectic mix of jazz and blues standards, original compositions, improvisations and new arrangements of familiar tunes. Remi plays a variety of acoustic and electric guitars. The ease and warmth of Remi's stage presence, together with his virtuoso talent, will have concert goers captivated by his passion for the guitar.
COVID CONDUCT To come to a concert at Presteigne Assembly Rooms, audience members need to show a valid NHS Covid pass, on phone or printed, or proof of a negative PCR Test, or confirmation of a Negative Lateral Flow Test. Masks need to be worn unless you are seated. Thank you
DRINKS Drinks will be served at tables, with groups of no more than six.
LIFT OUT OF USE Unfortunately the lift to the first floor of the Assembly Rooms is currently out of use so the event is only accessible by a flight of stairs. We are sorry; and are getting the lift replaced as soon as we can.
Sat 5 Feb
- US / Canada
- 1h 17min
- Directed by: Emma Seligman
- Written by: Emma Seligman
- Cast: Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper, Danny Deferrari, Fred Melamed, Dianna Agron
Shiva Baby follows Danielle (Sennott), a young bisexual woman grappling with tradition and independence, who, along with her mother and father, attends a shiva, a Jewish gathering of friends and family during a time of mourning.
Set over the course of this single climactic day-long event, the film perfectly captures the excruciating awkwardness, the passive-aggressive dynamics and the claustrophobic intensity of a family gathering. At under 90 minutes and with its one location, Seligman’s screenplay ratchets up the tension as the universe seems to conspire against our heroine at every opportunity – when Danielle’s mother tells her “Just try to behave yourself today”, we have a sense that that decision may well be out of Danielle’s hands.
With its spiky, sparkling supporting cast (including a winning turn by Fred Melamed as Danielle’s father), painfully authentic setting and refreshingly human protagonist (the film is loosely based on Seligman’s own experiences), Shiva Baby is an uneasy delight, and is an impressive calling card for its young writer-director and star.
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