Thursday 21 January at 7.00pm

 

WOMAN AT WAR (12A)

 

Iceland/France/Ukraine 2019.  101 minutes.  In Icelandic, Spanish, English and Ukrainian with English subtitles.  

Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson.  Starring: Halldora Geirharosdottir, Johann Siguroarson, Juan Camillo and Roman Estrada

A genre-defying Icelandic drama about an independent woman who leads a double life.  Ostensibly a choir mistress and pillar of the community, Halla goes undercover as ‘Mountain Woman’ in her crusade to protect the natural environment she loves.  When she is offered the chance to adopt a child, her perspective on life has to change.  A thoughtful comedy with an idiosyncratic but irresistible heroine and breathtaking scenery and action sequences. 

 

Thursday 25 February 2021 at 7.00 pm.

 

AND THEN WE DANCED (15)

 

 

Sweden/France/Georgia 2019.  109 minutes. In Georgian with English subtitles.

Directed by Levan Akin.  Starring Levan Gelbakhiani and Bakhi Valishvili.

This Georgian coming-of-age romance is set in modern Tbilisi and the surrounding countryside.  The film follows Merab, who has trained with the National Georgian (Dance) Ensemble/Company since childhood, and whose sole ambition is to join the top dancers and travel the world.  This beautifully filmed drama portrays Georgia is as much about Georgia as it is about the main characters. The dance sequences are breathtaking.  

 

This Georgian coming-of-age drama follows Merab, who has trained with the National Georgian (Dance) Ensemble/Company since childhood, and whose sole ambition is to join the elite troupe, escape the confines of his conservative country and travel the world.  Set in modern Tbilisi and the surrounding area/countryside, the film offers an affectionate view of an unfamiliar culture and is propelled by a terrific performance from Gebhalkiani in his first leading role.  The dance sequences are breathtaking.

    

Thursday 18 March 2021 at 7.00 pm.

 

LA BELLE EPOQUE (15)

 

 

France 2019. 115 minutes.  In French with English subtitles.

Directed by Nicolas Bedos.  Starring Daniel Auteuil and Fanny Ardant.

A nostalgic French comedy in which Victor, a sixty something who feels left behind by the 21st century, is forced to accept that his marriage is over.  When his son attempts to lift his spirits by offering him the chance to visit a different period in time, Victor elects to go back 40 years, to revisit his first meeting with his wife.  Escapist, funny and touching, led by Daniel Auteuil offers a typically nuanced portrayal and is supported by an excellent cast in this escapist, funny.

 

(Jean de Florette, Converstions with My Gardener) Super performances from Daniel Auteuil, whose credstar of Fanny Ardant and an excellent A typically terrfici performance    first  first meeting with his wife, 40 years before.  Daniel Auteuil is terrific as Victor, and ably supported by an excellent cast.