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First of two showings this month
JANUARY
Tuesday 10th - 7.45pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE

REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10
Short
5 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature

"Fascinating look at another world. I'll never feel the same about honey again."
"Magic."
"Beautiful sense of place. Very natural performances."
"Enthralling and subtle."
"Strangely interesting."

And the short film Torn
"Insightful and disturbing. Very Good."
"Brief but to the point. Need to see it again!"
"Loved the animation style."

Director: Alice Rohrwacher, It/Swit/Ger, 2014, 109 minutes, Italian/French with subtitles

Cast: Maria Alexandra Lungu, Alba Rohrwacher, Monica Bellucci

On a remote farm, a young girl keeps bees and dreams of a different life when a TV crew arrives. Elegant coming-of-age drama and a quiet toast to a rapidly disappearing way of life.

Creates atmosphere from unfulfilled emotion EYE for FILM

Plus short film

Torn

Quarterly Classic
SECOND SHOWING THIS MONTH

JANUARY

Thursday 26th - 7.45pm
certificate PG

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS


"A masterpiece! Tony Curtis was never better."
"Stunning. I was completely enthralled and appalled."
"So relevant for our times."
"Sharp, slick, poisonous, toxic - Lancaster and Curtis have never been better (not even in Trapeze)."
"For all the nastiness it's impossible not to love this pair."
"Very atmospheric, photography music, excellent performances."

Director: Alexander Mackendrick, US, 1957, 94 minutes
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Martin Milne
Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist JJ Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance. This deliciously dark take on the malicious underbelly of PR remains one of the sharpest and corrosively perceptive films to emerge from Hollywood.

VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL

FEBRUARY

Tuesday 14th - 7.45pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
8 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS
Main Feature

" Riveting - just slightly spoilt by dubbing singing."
" Brilliant."
" Still not dated after all these years."
" A classic. Dandridge is sex on legs, but Pearl Bailey…overflowing with charisma!"
" Dandridge and Belafonte excellent."

And the short film Keeping Time

" Charming."
" Underlying sadness. Terrific jive!"
" Excellent story-telling."
" A real human drama with so much humour
."

Director: Otto Preminger, US, 1954, 105 mins
Cast: Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Olga James

In the first Oscar-nominated performance by an African-American woman, Dandridge smoulders as the eponymous temptress who lures a handsome GI from his fiancée. A superb production featuring all the classic numbers. The perfect melding of opera and sexuality.

plus short

Keeping Time
Director: Ruth Schocken Katz, UK, 2004,
13 minutes
Helen loves to dance. How will she survive after her dancing partner and beloved husband dies?
Runner Up Audience Choice Award Short WOFFF 2015

Part of BFI BLACK STAR season.


MARCH

Tuesday 7th - 7.45pm
certificate U
AUDIENCE
REACTION

8 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

"I'll never look at rain in quite the same way again. The limited visual palette made me so conscious of how dependent we are on our vision to interpret our human interactions."
"Bravura filmmaking. Sound design and use of 'restricted' visuals were extraordinarily effective in portraying the experience of a blind/partially-sighted person. And the use of actors to lip-synch was inspired - brought the story to life."
"Took me to places I never thought to explore."
"Much more than a documentary. Particularly liked the rain sequence."
"Poignant and ultimately life affirming. I shall listen more to the rain."


Director: Pete Middleton, James Spinney,UK, 2016, 88 minutes
Cast: Dan Renton Skinner, Simone Kirby, John M Hull (voice), Marilyn Hull (voice)

Theologian and writer John Hull began to lose his sight shortly after the birth of his first son. A series of audio recordings of his experience create this intimate and acutely insightful account of one man's sense of loss that is both cerebral and deeply heartfelt.

BAFTA Nominee

Followed by the AGM at approximately
9.30 pm

APRIL
THIS SHOWING WAS ABORTED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL AND IS RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY 4TH JULY. SEE FILM LISTINGS
Quarterly Classic
APRIL
Tuesday 27th - 7.45pm
certificate PG
AUDIENCE
REACTION

9 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

" Briskly-paced - gave a sense of immediacy.
" Could have been made yesterday - very contemporary feel.
" Excellent - little wonder it was banned in France. Very moving closing scene.
" What a brilliant film, why have I never seen it before? I vote for a Kirk Douglas season.
" Truly shocking; the grotesque outcome quite inevitable.
" Simply great - cinematography, powerful performance from Kirk Douglas, brilliant direction.
" No slack; very clear as fast moving and pointed. Felt dated.
" Seemed contemporary in its theme and handling of the reality of war with all its compromises and dilemmas. Strange ending caught me by surprise.

Director: Stanley Kubrick,US, 1957
87 minutes

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou

After refusing to attack an enemy position, a group of French soldiers face execution. Banned in France for some 18 years on account of its anti-militarist sentiments, this searing film continues to impress with its striking blend of formal brilliance, economical storytelling and emotional directness.

Kubrick's best film GUARDIAN

MAY
Tuesday 9th - 7.45pm
certificate 15
AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
9 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature
Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
" Brilliant doc - portrayed with great energy and commitment, complexity, honesty and love."
" It's complicated, life, love, family. Very honest film."
" The bitter, sweet story of a man being torn apart by his family and the person he is…and finding himself."
" Absorbing film. The choir were excellent."

And the short film
Curmudgeons
" Funny, sad, moving. Thoroughly rounded story-telling."
" Full of feisty hutzpah."
" Even after the 10th viewing it moves me.
" Wonderful."
" Very moving account of true love."
" A little gem."

Directors: Barak Heymann/Tomer Heymann/Alexander Bodin Saphir, Israel/UK, 2016, Hebrew/English with some subtitles, 89 minutes

Featuring: Saar Maoz, Alon, London Gay Men's Chorus

Saar, an ex-Israeli army paratrooper living in London, is diagnosed with HIV and embarks on a journey of reconciliation with his religious family in Israel. A tender, affirmative exploration of the LGBT migrant experience showing that minds and attitudes only change through communication.

Plus short film

Curmudgeons
Director: Danny DeVito, US, 2016, 16 mins
Danny DeVito

Cast: Lucy DeVito, David Margulies
Ralph is visited in his care home by his granddaughter and an unexpected guest. Warm-hearted, moving and funny with a fair amount of adult language!

Screening Courtesy of Jersey Films 2nd Ave and the DeVito Family

SPECIAL LIVE MUSIC EVENT

JUNE

Tuesday 13th - 7.45pm
certificate U
AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS


"A very different, strange, new experience for me. But rewarding!"
"This was a great film. Wonderful drama, great acting and brilliant moments of humour."
"Remarkably sophisticated visuals and effects, and story-telling."

And of Jill's accompaniment:
"Sophisticated piano reading by Jill - really captured the on-screen tone
and emotions."
"Brilliant piano interpretation."

Director: FW Murnau

Cast: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston.

An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to, the other his wife. One of the silent cinema's last and most luminous masterpieces.

Simple, with intense images of unequalled beauty TIMEOUT

Bracknell Film Society is delighted to welcome Jillian Jenkins who will play an improvised piano accompaniment to the film.
Tickets £9.60, Conc £8.60, SHP Members £8, BFS Members £7


First of three films this month
JULY

PLEASE NOTE - THIS IS RESHEDULED AT A NEW DATE

Tuesday 4t
h - 7.45pm
certificate PG
AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10
Short
7 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS
Tharlo
"Superb! Fantastic monochrome cinematography. Refreshing use of static camera shots in contrast to the 'wobblies' that seem to affect so much modern cinema. The static shots allowed me to explore each scene a will, rather than having the director tell me what to look at. The investment did indeed pay off."

"B&W very effective. Striking contrasts all through the film. Overall, a really interesting, clever film with undertones that maybe the Chinese censors didn't notice. Stunning cinematography."

"Deep! Clever sound track. Two worlds collide."

And the short film
Don't Feed the Ducks

"Gripping thriller - and in less than 2 minutes!"
"Zany nightmare with humour."

Director: Pema Tseden, China, 2015, 124 minutes, Tibetan/Mandarin with subtitles
Cast: Shide Nyima, Yangshik Tso

In the city to obtain an ID card, shepherd Tharlo encounters a distinctly modern young Tibetan woman who changes his life. Striking black and white photography captures Tharlo's sense of alienation, in an allegory for Tibet's identity crisis and struggle to reconcile deep-rooted tradition with the inevitable march of modernity.

Intense and measured… demands and rewards investment NY TIMES

Plus short film

Don't Feed the Ducks
Director: Tom Edmondson, UK, 2015, 2 minutes
First they're coming for your bread, then they're coming for you…

Second of three films this month
JULY
Tuesday 11th - 7.30pm
certificate 12A
AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
6 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS
Main Feature
"Exceptionally well crafted, with all the strands coming together."
"Loved the dry humour, use of music, cinematography."
"Too protracted for me."
"Excellent high-class acting on a topical theme."

And the short film
Make Music Not War

"Well produced but too short to get its message across."
"Simple message - stark presentation."



Director: Aki Kaurismäki, Finland/Germany, 2017, 100 minutes Finnish/Arabic/Swedish with subtitles
Cast: Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji, Tommi Korpela
An aspiring restaurateur befriends a Syrian refugee. Off-beat comedy-drama with topicality and emotive heft via its humane and compassionate study of that most pressing of global issues: the plight of the refugee.

Devilishly funny GUARDIAN

Plus short film

Make Music Not War
Directors. Denys Kushnarov/Oles Seredytskyi/Roman Orlov, Ukraine , 2015, 106 seconds
A poignant reflection on the role of the Ukrainian military past and present
.


Quarterly Classics
Third of three films this month
JULY

Wednesday 26th - 7.30pm
certificate U
AUDIENCE
REACTION

9 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS
" Feelgoodissimo!! A sparkling gem of a film."
" Unique masterpiece."
" An uplifting movie and very amusing.
" Riveting."
" A modern fairy tale with all the contrasts and complexities that implies - goodness, self-interest, tragedy."
" A One off."
" Wow! Mary Poppins and Hellzapoppin'?! What invention."
" Very odd."
" Interesting because it's almost entirely visual and rather charming but I found it a bit tedious. Some good special effects and an upbeat ending, but…. Not my favourite de Sica film."

Director: Vittorio de Sica, Italy, 1951, 92 minutes, Italian with subtitles

Cast: Francesco Golisano, Brunella Bovo, Emma Gramatica

Open-hearted orphan Toto begins living with a cluster of beggars and transforms their lives. A quintessential work of Italian neo-realism, De Sica's funny fable displays his humanistic ideology through the tale of an orphan granted magical powers.

AUGUST
Tuesday 8th - 7.30pm
certificate 12A
AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
8 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS
Main Feature
A Man Called Ove

" Flawless story-telling. Total involvement."
" Excellent, endearing film. As good as the book!"
" Superb cinema, superb acting from all the cast."
" Simply charming."
" Best film of the 40 or so I've seen so far this year.
"

And the short film
Perfect House Guest

" Funny."
" Cute - a little story very well done."
" Delightful."
" Warm and enjoyable."


Director: Hannes Holm, Sweden, 2015, 126 minutrs, Swedish/Persian with subtitles
Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Zozan Akgün

Isolated retiree Ove has strict principles and a short fuse, and spends his days enforcing rules only he cares about. Then a young family moves in next door. A heart-warming tale of unreliable first impressions.

Plus short film

Perfect House Guest
Directors: Max Porter/Ru Kuwahata, UK, 2015, 106 seconds
A house is visited by a clean, organised, well-mannered guest.

SEPTEMBER
Tuesday 12th - 7.30pm
certificate 12A

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10
Short
8 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS
Main Feature
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki

" Excellent acting. B&W beautiful and appropriate for the period."
" A happy story. Winning a life partner is better than winning acclaim."
" Very well made. Engaging characters, humorous, stylish photography and soundtrack."
" Period detail excellent. Vérité style felt like a documentary at times."

And the short film
Salt
" Brilliant."
" Subtle, clever, funny."
" A domestic bon-bon. So much said in such a short time."
" Funny! Good portrayal of old marriage."

Director: Juho Kuosmanen, Finland/Sweden/Germany, 2016, 93 minutes. Finnish with subtitles
Cast: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff

Olli Mäki has a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title, but finds it hard to concentrate on training after he falls in love. A charming and comedic depiction with scrupulous period detail and a startlingly sweet romance.

Plus short film

Salt
Stanislav Gusev, Russia, 2015, 108 seconds
Is too much salt bad for the heart?

First of two films this month

OCTOBER
Black History Month
Tuesday 10th - 7.30pm
certificate 12A

AUDIENCE
REACTION

10 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS


"Timeless; a fine piece of work."
"Everything about this film was right - the colour, the camera work, the chemistry between the main characters and, not least of all, the screenplay."
"As perfect a piece of filmmaking as one is ever likely to see; form-content-delivery all spot-on."
"Emotionally satisfying."
"Atmospheric and gripping."
"As powerful as when it was first screened."
"How could it be better?"
"A landmark film."
"Courageous for its time - handles unspeakable social issues with bravery"


Director: Norman Jewison, US, 1967, 110 minutes

Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates

An African-American police detective is arrested on suspicion of murder by the racist police chief of a small town in the Deep South. Sidney Poitier is elegance personified in a forensic murder-mystery thriller, which picked up five Oscars, including best actor for Rod Steiger.

The historic and historical value is immeasurable
EYE for FILM

Second of two films this month

OCTOBER
Quarterly Classic

Thursday 26th - 7.30pm
certificate U

Director: Charles Crichton, UK, 1947,
82 minutes
Cast: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Harry Fowler
Plus an indeterminate number of extras (children)

A gang of East End kids excitedly realise their favourite comic is being used by crooks to communicate, and set out in hot pursuit
across London's bomb sites. Ealing's first post-war success, skilfully directed and delightfully acted.

Sinister, but fun GUARDIAN
NOVEMBER
Tuesday 14th - 7.30pm
certificate U
Director: Joshua Z Weinstein, USA, 2017,
82 minutes. Yiddish with subtitles
Cast: Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz, Ruben Niborsk

Menashe - a kind, albeit hapless grocery store clerk - struggles through life after his wife's death. Shot covertly in Brooklyn's Hasidic Jewish community with winning performances by a largely non-professional cast, this charming film offers valuable and authentic insight.

An engaging drama of intimate detail and considerable humanity GUARDIAN

We are delighted to bring this pre-release screening to Bracknell
With thanks to Vertigo Films

Plus short film

Frozen People
Director: Andrew John Sowerby, UK, 2015,
90 seconds

Trapped in their celluloid prison, the frozen people wait to be released from their inertia.


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