Welcome to our fourth year! Once again we’ve crafted this season to bring you the very best of world cinema, set in locations ranging from Iceland to outer space, and telling very different stories – some based on real events, some comic, others fantastical.
Friday 17th April: The Day The Earth Caught Fire
UK 1961 96mins Cert PG
Remember the dark, terrifying days of the Cold War? In this classic British film, disaster engulfs the world after the USA and the USSR simultaneously test atom bombs and cause the Earth’s orbit to alter, sending our planet hurtling towards the sun. Is the world doomed?
Friday 15th May: Violette
France 2014 138mins Cert 15
Set in post-war Saint-Germain des-Pres, Violette is the fascinating story of charismatic, penniless author Violette le Duc, who seeks the advice and love of Simone de Beauvoir, icon of feminist literature. As Violette’s work reaches greater levels of intensity, de Beauvoir realises what a talent Violette has, perhaps greater than her own.
Friday 19th June: Pride
UK 2014 120mins Cert 15
Starring some of Britain’s best-loved acting talent, Pride wittily tells the story of an unusual episode in the 1984 Miner’s Strike. A group of gay Londoners travel to a mining village in Wales to show anti anxiety their support. So begins the remarkable story of two seemingly alien communities who form an unexpected partnership.
Friday 17th July: Ida
Polish/UK 2013 82mins Cert 12A
Many critics voted Ida one of the top films of 2014. The film explores truth, hidden histories, love, guilt and atonement. A young novice nun must meet a mysterious aunt, her only surviving relative. The story the aunt reveals about the past sets the unlikely pair on a journey that will change them both.
Friday 21st August: Of Horses and Men
Iceland 2013 80mins Cert 15
This is a love story like you’ve never seen before. Of Horses and Men is a wonderfully dark comedy set in a windswept valley in Iceland. The stakes are high as passion and revenge rampage through the small horse-breeding community. Spying on the neighbours is just one of their interests!
Friday 18th September: A Royal Affair
Denmark 2012 135mins Cert 15
An illicit love affair between a queen and her physician, an increasingly unstable king and a burgeoning revolution in 18th century Denmark make this an immensely gripping film. The sumptuous costumes, real-life characters and palatial settings are a joy to behold as the turbulent story unfolds.