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First of two showings this month
JANUARY

Tuesday 9th - 7.30pm
Holocaust Memorial Day

certificate 15

To be confirmed

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
9 out of 10
Short
9 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature
"Excellent editing and combination of archive footage achieved an enthralling account in only 70 mins."
"As my grandfather was a Jewish Iraki this had particular poignancy for me. Very moving."
"Beautifully researched documentary."
"Unknown history we need to know."
"A very human story, a window on a part of history I knew nothing about. It raises so many questions."

And the short film - Dallas's Story
"Subtle, strong, economical story-telling."
"The animation was so graphic - almost audible."
"A moving insight into the intimate consequences of war."
"An aspect of the legacy of war, which is not often considered.
"

Director: Fiona Murphy, UK/Iraq/Israel, 2016, 70 minutes English/Hebrew/Arabic with subtitles
100 years after the British invasion, this is the untold story of Iraq. An unmissable insight from a completely new perspective - through the eyes of the Jews who lived there for 2,600 years until only a generation ago.

Plus short film

Dallas's Story
Director: Lucy Werrett, UK, 2016, 104 seconds
War does not stop when the last shot is fired. Its lasting effects are recounted through one woman's traumatic experience of war.

Quarterly Classic
SECOND SHOWING THIS MONTH

JANUARY

Thursday 25th - 7.30pm
certificate 12A

AUDIENCE
REACTION

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

Main Feature
"Whipped along at a pace to give a sparse, packed 71 minutes."
"Cinematography excellent. Managed to make the outdoors feel claustrophobic."
"Great to see such a rarely screened movie. Dramatic, excitingly paced."
"Music very well suited, it built up the suspense. Very dated - but for its time a very good film."
"I love B&W but suspense has been done better."

And the short film - Parasomnia
"Interesting graphics."
"Disturbing.
"

Director: Ida Lupino, US, 1953, 71 minutes
Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman
On a fishing trip, two friends pick up a hitch-hiker, but quickly realise their mistake. A fascinating study of gruesome masculinity, interpreted by a trailblazing independent female director, this is a terrifyingly real ride into the heart of darkness.

Plus short film

Parasomnia
Director: Steph Dalley, UK, 2015, 105 seconds
Hand drawn animation exploring the strange state between dreams and reality, which sleep paralysis causes.

FEBRUARY
Tuesday 13th - 7.30pm
certificate PG

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
7 out of 10
Short
7 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature

"Liked the way Varda took Demy's films to reconstruct his past after Demy had mined his past in making his films."
"Too long. Interesting though."
"A very curious film."
"Had it all - history, ambition, veracity."

And the short film - Will You Remember?
"Quite droll - and a great last line."
"Lovely. Lucid and thought-provoking."
"Rashomon did the same thing in black and white but took a lot longer."

Director: Agnès Varda, France, 1991, 118 minutes
Cast: Philippe Maron, Edouard Joubeaud, Laurent Monnier
A heart-warming, heart-breaking evocation of French cineaste Jacques Demy's childhood and his vocation for the cinema, by his wife and fellow-filmmaker Agnès Varda. This charming, bitter-sweet tribute featuring clips from Demy's most renowned films.

Plus short film

Will You Remember?
Director: Mimi van Rinsum, UK, 2016, 104 seconds
Important life events you'll remember forever? Couples recall those personal moments with amusingly contradictory results.

MARCH
Tuesday 13th - 7.30pm
certificate U

AUDIENCE
REACTION

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

Main Feature

" Humour and pathos in equal measure. Accomplished storytelling - no allowances required; and Louis Calhern is a joy to watch."
" A mature, well-executed piece of filmmaking. Extraordinarily complex and brave in dealing with contemporary social issues head-on.
"

" A great deal of wit and an important message."
" Very enjoyable - impressed by the quality of the print and the music on the soundtrack."

And the short film - Tape
"Transient and ephemeral, like the medium itself."
" Brilliant editing; gave real rhythm to the activity as it became more of a ballet of film."
" Not sure what the point was, unless to demonstrate how much an expert can confidently accomplish in a short time."

Director: Lois Weber, US, 1921, 87 minutes silent with intertitles, recorded soundtrack
Cast: Philip Hubbard, Claire Windsor, Louis Calhern
A hard-working college professor can barely afford to support his wife and daughter. Written, directed and produced by her own production company, Lois Weber's The Blot exemplifies the importance of women in creating American cinema.

Plus short film

Tape
Director: Freya Walker Smith, UK , 2015, 107 seconds
In a tiny projection room Kevan splices together the Wednesday matinee.


Followed by the AGM at approximately
9.30 pm

First of two showings in APRIL
Tuesday 10th - 7.30pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Feature
8 out of 10
Short
7 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature

"A beautifully-crafted morality tale about the perils of self-absorption, and lives without love. Beautiful cinematography and great music."
"Superb cinematography and totally immersive. Chilled and engulfed by the inevitability of it."
"Relentlessly melancholic; captured the Russian existence and its heartlessness. Depressing."
"Too long - especially the first part, but interesting."

And the short film
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Skinscapes

" Very clever, very subtle, very insightful."
"Great concept."
"Not enough time to read the caption at the end, so lost the point a bit."

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia/France/Germany/Belgium, 2017, 122 minutes Russian with subtitles
Cast: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov

12-year-old Alyosha witnesses his parents' vicious divorce, which is marked by resentment, frustration and bitter recrimination. Zvyagintsev follows up 2014's Leviathan with an investigation of the microcosm of familial dysfunction; aligning with the metaphysical ills of modern Russia.

A stark, mysterious and terrifying story of spiritual catastrophe
GUARDIAN

Plus short film

Skinscapes
Director. Igor Chekachkov, Ukraine, 2016, 140 seconds Ukrainian with subtitles
he history of Ukrainian independence and the connection with our social and political space is depicted through the skinscapes of a young woman's body.

Quarterly Classic
Second of two showings in APRIL

Thursday 26th - 7.30pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

10 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

" So many ways found to ramp up the tension; credibly built to the foreseen conclusion."
" Couple of minor quibbles*, but otherwise exemplary (* huge close-ups more suitable to Lumet's TV career)."
" Can't fault this film. Could watch it again already."
" Always knew this was a good film - but hadn't realised just how good."
" One man's courage and tenacity and prevail against eleven men's prejudice and bigotry. What's not to like."
" A true classic. Thanks for the helpful talk and notes.
"

Director: Sidney Lumet, US, 1957, 92 minutes
Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam
An 18-year-old is accused of killing his abusive father. Eleven of the jurors are convinced he did it; juror No 8 isn't so sure. Astonishingly powerful study in humanity as each juror faces his own prejudices and emotions.

Tense, lucid, and admirably economical TIMEOUT

MAY
Mon 7 May 7.30pm
&
Tue 8 May 7.30pm
(BFS EVENING)
certificate 15

NB the short - see opposite - will only be shown on the Tuesday

AUDIENCE
REACTION

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

Main Feature
"Beautiful cinematography. Predictable. Confused in the middle."
"Beautifully shot, superbly acted but so hard to watch because of the difficult subject matter."
"Authentic but slow and long."
"Excellent, gripping beautiful and terrible at the same time. Very memorable."

And the short film
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The Jungle Restaurant
"An engaging, novel take on the refugees' plight. Very well and positively told."
"Amazing how much can be said in such a short time. Moving."
" A short and sweet lesson in humanity."

Director:
Warwick Thornton, Australia, 2017, 113 minutes English/Arrernte with some subtitles
Cast: Hamilton Morris, Natassia Gorey-Furber, Sam Neill

An Aboriginal stockman works the land for a kindly preacher. Inspired by real events in Australia's Northern Territory in 1929, this compelling piece has a rare authenticity and relevance today for its depiction of the rule of law run amok.

A stark, shocking movie, superbly shot GUARDIAN

Plus short film

The Jungle Restaurant

Director. Dave Young, UK, 2016, 100 seconds

Afghans cook for their fellow migrants in this humane and positive dispatch from Calais' refugee camp.

JUNE
Tuesday 5th - 7.30pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

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

Main Feature

" Very good but needed a better ending."
" Simple idea. Brilliant children."
" Funny - tragic - moving"
" Can't decide whether to be envious or horrified - probably both. Moonee - best child actor I've seen, thought all were amazing."
" Touching and disturbing to see the level of poverty on the doorsteps of paradise."
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And the short film - Obbin Up the Brea
" Funny, but didn't do much for Cornwall."
" Amusing"
" Delightful"
" An engaging little boy with an unusual enthusiasm."

Director: Sean Baker, US, 2017, 109 minutes
Cast:
Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite

Over one summer, precocious six-year-old Moonee courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World. A raucous yet poignant portrait of a community on the margins.

Impressionistic yet clear-eyed drama SIGHT&SOUND

Plus short film

Obbin Up the Brea
Director: Brett Harvey, UK 2015, 140 seconds Ukrainian with subtitles
Journey to the top of Carn Brea with Max, the 9-year-old environmental conceptual artist.

First of two showings this month
JULY
AUDIENCE
REACTION

8 out of 10

Tuesday 10th - 7.30pm
certificate 15
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

"Superbly and totally believably acted, great cinematography. Flawless filmmaking."
"So powerful I didn't dare breath for 10 minutes!"
"Shocking, frightening and so real."
"Tautly directed, unbearably tense realist drama. Brilliantly edited, no padding. Phenomenal performance by the young boy."
"A skilful merging of genres - social realism and horror."
"Very tense and dramatic. Excellent acting all round but the boy playing Julien was outstanding.
"

Director: Xavier Legrand, France, 2017, 94 minutes. French with subtitles
Cast: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria

A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle. An explosive story, as gripping as it is authentic, carefully and sensitively directed with restrained performances throughout. A powerful, human scale reminder of the horrors of the home.

Perhaps the most dazzling fusion of grim social realism and giddy genre thrills since 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
SIGHT&SOUND

Quarterly Classic
SECOND SHOWING THIS MONTH

JULY
Thursday 26th - 7.30pm
certificate U
Director: Orson Welles, US, 1942, 86 minutes
Cast:Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Tim Holt

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved. Still a masterpiece from wryly comic opening to studio-forced ending, this remains Welles most moving film with immaculate period reconstruction and virtuoso acting shot in long, elegant takes.
AUGUST
Tuesday 14th - 7.30pm
certificate U
Director: Charles Chaplin, US, 1931, 84 minutes
Cast: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee

A tramp falls in love with a blind flower girl. Arguably the biggest risk of Chaplin's career, being made after sound came in, this silent masterpiece is littered with the usual sight gags but also delicate moments. The final scene, still powerful, vindicates his decision to stay silent.

Mingled with mirth in a production of admirable artistry and proving the eloquence of silence - Mordaunt Hall, NEW YORK TIMES, 1931

Bracknell Film Society is delighted to welcome Jillian Jenkins who will play an improvised piano accompaniment to the film.


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