Millions Like Us (1943)

12:15pm, Sunday 17 March, Opera House

Year: 1943
Running Time: 1 hour 43 mins
Directors: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Cert: U

Step back in time to Britain in 1943 in this wartime propaganda film which centres upon the lives, loves and work of a group of women employed in an aircraft factory.

This rare film about female factory workers during World War II looks at  how the war effort changed ordinary lives, dismantling old class prejudices and proving the truth of Churchill’s sentiments that the war would not just be won by “the few” but through the sweat and hard work of the eponymous “millions like us”.

Patricia Roc stars as Celia, whose dreams of joining the WAAF are shattered when she’s assigned to work on the production line. Best bring the tissues – this is wartime, after all. Oh, and if you’re a fan of 1970s telly series Upstairs Downstairs and The Professionals, see if you can spot Gordon Jackson.

Why not join us after the film for a free 1940s tea dance in the Grand Foyer?

Tickets £3

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Girl (2018)

4:20pm, Sunday 17 March, Opera House

Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 46 mins
Director: Lukas Dhont
Genre: Drama, LGBT
Language: French (English subtitles)
Cert: 15
Awards: Camera d’Or for best first feature and Queer Palm at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

 

Lara is a 15-year-old girl, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of becoming a ballerina. This remarkably moving coming-of-age drama tackles the themes of identity and following the journey to become who you’re meant to be.

Based on powerful real-life accounts, Lukas Dhont’s acclaimed directorial debut won both the Camera d’Or for Best First Feature and Queer Palm at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Girl is a sensitively told story about growing up transgender and facing a world that questions your identity and selfhood.

Girl has not only received awards but also received both strong criticism and praise on how Trans people are represented in the film. As a result of this, we want to explore these views in a post-screening discussion.

This screening will be followed by a discussion session supported by Horizon LGBT

Tickets: £5

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Cold War (2018) Zimna wojna

4:45pm, Saturday 16 March, Opera House

Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 30 mins
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Genre: Romance, Drama, War
Language: French, Polish (English subtitles)
Awards: Best Director, 2018 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for 3 Academy Awards

 

Paweł Pawlikowski directs the stunning film Cold War, starring Tomasz Kot as Wiktor a music director who falls in love with singer Zula played by Joanna Kulig. This is an epic romance set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Europe after World War II. Sumptuously shot in luminous black and white, it spans decades and nations to tell a love story that is as tragic as it is moving.

 

In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor and Zula fall deeply, obsessively and destructively in love. As performing musicians forced to play into the Soviet propaganda machine, they dream of escaping to the creative freedom of the West. But one day, as they spot their chance to make a break for Paris, both make a split decision that will mark their lives forever. As the years march on in the wake of that moment, Wiktor and Zula watch the world changing around them, always struggling to find their moment in time. Cold War is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other.

 

Winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, Pawlikowski melds the personal with the political to exquisite effect. Set to a soundtrack that takes you from the rustic folk songs of rural Poland to the sultry jazz of a Paris basement bar, it’s a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent – and a heartbreaking portrait of ill-fated love.

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5 star reviews :

  • “Ida director Pawel Pawlikowski’s exquisitely chilling soviet-era drama maps the dark heart of Poland itself.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
  • “A beautifully composed tone poem to doomed love.” John Bleasdale, Cinevue
  • “A glorious throwback…made with a verve and lyricism which rekindles memories of the glory days of european new wave cinema.” Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
  • “Kulig, as effervescent in her way as the young Jeanne Moreau, is the film’s life force.” Tim Tobey, The Telegraph

 

Rafiki (2018)

2:30pm Sunday 17 March 2019, Opera House

Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Genre: Drama
Language: English/Swahili + subtitles
Cert: 12A

With beautiful scenes connected through shades of fuchsia and violet, reflecting the femininity of the characters, this gentle film follows the development of love between two young women. Set against the backdrop of the bustling streets of Nairobi, the two very different girls must choose between love and safety surrounded by insular gossip, local politics and burgeoning maturity. Their magnetic pull draws us into a queer Romeo and Juliet romance, as they try to hide their relationship from their politically opposing fathers.

Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, part of a strong cohort of Kenyan female filmmakers, Rafiki was the first Kenyan film to be included in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes earlier last year, and was then controversially banned from being shown in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board.

TRIPLE F-Rated: The F-Rating is awarded to films
1. directed by a woman and/or
2. written by a woman.
If the film also features significant women on screen in their own right it is TRIPLE F-Rated
More information: http://f-rated.org

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Güeros (2014)

5:30pm, Saturday 17 March 2018, Grand Foyer

Year: 2014
Running Time: 1 hour 46 minutes
Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cert: 15

Set amidst the 1999 student strikes in Mexico City, this coming-of-age tale follows two brothers venturing through the city in a sentimental search for an ageing legendary musician.

Tomás is too much for his lone mother so she sends him to live with his older brother Federico, (aka Sombra) and his roommate Santos, in Mexico City.

Both are students at the university, but they spend most of their time hanging out at home having boycotted school for the past few months as part of an ongoing student strike. Boredom leads the trio to embark on an unusual mission when they find out that their late father’s musical hero, Epigmenio Cruz is dying.

Travelling through the city in their rusty car soon becomes a voyage of self-discovery in this road movie in which the travellers barely manage to leave town.

With witty dialogue and crisp black and white cinematography, Güeros is a must for fans of New Wave cinema and anyone looking to experience new Mexican film-making at its best.

Winner of 21 awards including Best First Feature, Berlin International Film Festival 2014 Winner Best Cinematography Tribeca Film Festival 2014 Winner of 5 Mexican Ariel “Academy Awards”, including Best Film and Best Director.

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Maxine Peake as Hamlet

5:30pm, Sunday 18 March, Opera House

Manchester’s Royal Exchange present this unique production of Hamlet

Year: Filmed at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in 2015
Running Time: 3 hours 04 mins, no interval
Director: Sarah Frankcom
Genre: Drama, Shakespeare
Cert: BBFC Unclassified

Shakespeare’s most iconic work, Hamlet explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness.
From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes a film version of this unique and critically acclaimed production of HAMLET with BAFTA-nominee Maxine Peake in the title role. This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade.

Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women. HAMLET is brought to cinemas by film director Margaret Williams, whose Written on Skin (Royal Opera House/BBC) won many awards including the Diapason d’Or. The film is produced by Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray, the team behind the highly successful cinema broadcast of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach which Margaret also directed.

Every scene offers at least one subtle-to-jolting twist on the HAMLET you think you know.

Tickets: £7.50

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Cast & Talent:

Designer – Amanda Stoodley
Lighting – Lee Curran
Sound – Peter Rice
Composer – Alex Baranowski

Hamlet – Maxine Peake
Horatio – Thomas Arnold
Claudius – John Shrapnel
Ophelia – Katie West
Marcella – Claire Benedict
Polonia – Gillian Bevan

 

Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928)

5pm, Saturday 17 March 2018, Opera House

Year: 1928

Running Time: 1h 45 mins
Director: Franz Osten
Starring: Himansu Rai, Enakshi Rama Rau, Charu Roy
Language: Silent
Cert: U

Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent film is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal.

Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings.

Produced by and starring Indian film legend Himansu Rai, the film is performed by an all-Indian cast, featuring Rai as humble potter Shiraz, who follows his childhood sweetheart Selima when she’s sold by slave traders to the future emperor.

We’re pleased to present this beautiful new restoration by the BFI National Archive which features a specially commissioned score by the Grammy Award-winning composer Anoushka Shankar.

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Casablanca (1942)

Doors open 2:55pm, Screening starts 3:10pm, Saturday 17 March 2018, Opera House

Year: 1942
Running Time: 1 hr 42 mins
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains
Cert: U

World War II, Morocco – a viper’s nest of corrupt French police, spies, fleeing emigres, gamblers and drinkers. It’s the perfect place for weary American expatriate nightclub owner Rick Blaine to hide out. Rick’s Cafe is the gathering place for the good, the bad and the ugly, but he doesn’t care, as long as they spend their money.

One day, of all the bars in all the world, Rick’s long-lost love, Ilsa walks in with her resistance leader husband, Victor, and Rick is pulled into both a love triangle and a web of political intrigue. Ilsa and Victor need to escape from Casablanca, and Rick may be the only one who can help them.

Casablanca is the greatest love story ever told and time may have gone by but it has not diminished it, and this stunning new print is set to look breathtaking on the big screen and unforgettable as ever.

“Here’s lookin’ at you kid.”

Tickets £6, available online now.

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Preview screening: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Year: 2106
Director: Juho Kuosmanen
Cast: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joonas Saartamo
Running time: 92min
Cert: not classified, recommended 12
Language: Finnish (English subtitles)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Biography

We are proud to screen a preview of this award winning black-and-white film, from Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen. It tells the true story of Olli Mäki, a boxing hero and his attempt to win the 1962 world championship featherweight title.

Set in Finland in 1962, it follows the life of national featherweight champion Olli Mäki in the lead-up to his world championship fight against American Davey Moore. Working-class hero Olli’s small town life is turned upside down when he is propelled to national stardom. His life becomes one of endless press conferences, advertising jobs and high society bashes, something completely alien to the shy local boy who would rather spend time with Raija, a sweet young woman that he met at a wedding in their hometown.

Unusually for a feature film, Kuosmanen captures a nostalgic, vintage 1960s look by shooting on 16mm black and white film. Winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2016, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is a beautiful, funny, charming love story and definitely a knockout.

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Cinema release date 21 April 2017
Preview thanks to MUBI

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Embrace of the Serpent (2016)

Saturday 4 February: Introductory talk: 7:40pm, Grand Foyer. Screening: 8:15pm, Opera House

Year: 2016  Running Time: 125 mins
Director: Ciro Guerra
Starring: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolivar, Yauenku Miguee
Cert: 12
Language: Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan and Latin.
Subtitles: English
Awards: Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2016

Before he can become a warrior a man has to leave everything behind and go into the jungle guided only by his dreams. In that journey he has to discover completely alone, who he really is. Some get lost and never come back

Karamakate, a warrior shaman and last of his tribe, transcends the worlds of men and seeks truth through their dreams. He alone knows how to find the mysterious and psychedelic Yakruna plant; for some it has life-saving properties, for others it is a commodity waiting to be exploited. Two scientists, in two different times with very different agendas enlist Karamakate on their individual quests in an epic adventure into the heart of the Colombian Amazon to find this mythical plant.

This Oscar nominated film is seen through Karamakate’s eyes and bears witness to the effects of colonialism, religion and the exploitation of rubber, that affect indigenous traditions and the environment to which they are inextricably linked.

The film is inspired by the travel diaries of Theodor Koch Grunberg (1879–1924) and Richard Evans Schultes (1915-2001). These diaries are the only known accounts of many Amazonian cultures. This film is dedicated to all the peoples whose song we will never know.” Ciro Guerra (Director)

simon-enatahua-150x150We are pleased to announce a short introductory talk from author and explorer Simon Chapman in the Grand Foyer at 7:40pm. 

Simon has been entertaining adults and children with stories of his real-life adventures since 2001.  He has recently returned from exploring the Enatahua River in Bolivia. 

See the Facebook event page.

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