Monday 28 January 2019 at 7.30 pm.

C’EST LA VIE (15)

Belgium/Canada/France 2017.  115 minutes.  In French with English subtitles.

Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.  Cast includes Jean-Pierre Bacri and Gilles Lelouche.

This French ensemble comedy is set in a 17th century château on the day of an extravagant wedding.  The action shifts above and below stairs, between Pierre, the groom who demands nothing but perfection on his big day, and Max, the event planner, and his hastily assembled army of staff.  Beautifully cast, with engaging performances, C’EST LA VIE is likeable, touching and very entertaining.  

 

 

 

Monday 25 February 2019 at 7.30 pm.

COLD WAR (15)

Poland/France/UK 2018.  88 minutes.  In Polish with English subtitles.

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.  Starring Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig.

A dark Polish love story set in the 50s in a divided post-war Europe.  The film is shot in moody black and white and follows the on/off affair between a singer and a musician.  COLD WAR has a soundtrack that ranges from Polish folk songs to jazz in a Parisian bar and includes breath-taking dance sequences. Director Pawel Pawlikowski won an Oscar with his previous film, IDA, shown by the film club in 2015.   

 

 

 

Monday 25 March 2019 at 7.30 pm.

SUMMER 1993 (12)

Spain 2018.  97 minutes.  In Catalan with English subtitles.  

Directed by Carla Simon.

A coming-of-age drama set in the beautiful Catalan region of Northern Spain.  After the death of her mother, six year old Frida has to move from Barcelona to live with her uncle’s family in the country.  Despite the warmth of the welcome, Frida struggles to acclimatise.  In this sunlit period piece, Simon achieves the rare feat of faithfully recreating the mysterious consciousness of a child and obtains extraordinary performances from her young stars.

 

 

 

Monday 29 April 2019 at 7.30 pm.

BLACKKKLANSMAN (15)

USA 2018.  135 minutes.  

Directed by Spike Lee.  Starring: John David Washington and Adam Driver.

BLACKKKLANSMAN is based on the extraordinary but true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American to serve as a detective in the Colorado Police Department.  In the early 70s, Stallworth undertook an implausible mission: to infiltrate and expose the Klu Klux Klan.  BLACKKKLANSMAN blends comic irony and brutal fact, but still works very effectively as a crime drama.  It is funny, fast-paced and never loses its dramatic tension.