Monday 28 October 2019 at 7.45 pm

 

WAJIB (15)

 

 

Palestine/France/Colombia/Germany/UAE/Qatar/Norway 2017.  96 minutes.  In Arabic with English subtitles.

 

Directed by Annemarie Jacir.  Starring Mohammad and Saleh Bacri.

 

An enjoyable Palestinian road movie set in Nazareth which interleaves simmering tension in the Israeli town with moments of terrific comedy.  A traditional father is reunited with his fiery, ex-pat son when the two are obliged to spend time together delivering family wedding invitations according to age-old tradition – the ‘wajib’ of the title, which loosely translates as ‘social duty’. With its rich sense of place and multidimensional characters, WAJIB is too seductive to resist.

 

 

 

Monday 25 November 2019 at 7.45 pm

 

THE HEDGEHOG (12)

 

 

France 2009.  100 minutes.  In French with English subtitles.

Directed by Mona Achache.  Starring Josiane Balasko and Garance Le Guillermic.

 

This French coming-of-age drama revolves around the lives of two residents of a Paris apartment block: precocious Paloma, an 11 year old bent on finding a way out of her cold bourgeois life, and unsociable concierge Renée.  Freely adapted from the international best-seller THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG, and starring Josiane Balasco, one of the most accomplished screen comediennes in France, THE HEDGEHOG is a sophisticated and touching comedy. 

 

 

 

Monday 27 January 2020 at 7.45 pm.

 

SOMETIMES, ALWAYS, NEVER (12A)

 

UK 2019.  91 minutes.

Direceted by Carl Hunter.  Written by Frank Cottrel Boyce.

Starring Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Jenny Agutter, Tim McInerny and Alice Lowe.

There’s a beguiling Englishness to this offbeat comedy-drama about a retired Merseyside tailor looking for his son, missing since he stormed out of a Scrabble game years earlier.  Bill Nighy is terrific in a role made for him, and leads an excellent cast including Jenny Agutter, playing against type in a memorable cameo. 

 

          

  

Monday 24 February 2020 at 7.45 pm.

 

PHOTOGRAPH (15)

 

Germany/India/USA 2019.  110 minutes.  In Hindi, Gujarati and English with English subtitles.

Directed by Ritesh Batra.  Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra.

A bittersweet romantic drama in which a struggling street photographer, under pressure from his grandmother to marry, persuades a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée.  Batra, the director of Bungay’s favourite Indian film, THE LUNCHBOX, returns to the beguiling lushness of Mumbai for this sensitive portrait of a relationship across the social divide. 

 

 

 

Tuesday 10 March at 6 pm.

 

THE BUNGAY FILM CLUB 11TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION MEAL AND FUNDRAISER FOR THE FISHER THEATRE 

followed at 7.45 pm by

THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR (12A).

 

France 2012. 102 minutes.  In French and Spanish with English subtitles.

Directed by Philippe Le Guay.  Starring Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Carmen Maura and Lola Duenas.

The Bungay Film Club fund-raising meal is back by popular demand, and almost on time to celebrate our 11th anniversary!  This time you’ll be transported over the channel with 3 courses of French cuisine followed by a delicious comedy to aid the digestion.  THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR centres on a Parisian stockbroker whose life is turned upside down when his wife hires a Spanish maid. 

 

 

 

Monday 30 March 2020 at 7.45 pm.

 

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. 

 

 

Monday 27 April 2020 at 7.45 pm.

 

PAIN AND GLORY (15)

 

Spain 2019.  113 minutes.  In Spanish with English subtitles.

Directed by Pedro Almodovar. Starring: Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.

A Spanish drama in which Salvador, an aging film maker looks back on his life and loves, with vivid flashbacks to his childhood in a Valencian village and to his mother’s final years.  Antonio Banderas’ subtle performance brings depth to this surprisingly reflective film from the celebrated director.