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First of four showings this month
JANUARY
Tuesday 8th - 7.30pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

8 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS


" Exceptionally creative and inventive. Superb filmmaking."
" What an unusual find! Lovely rapport between artist and child. Striking ending for a 'comedy'."
" Unusual, fascinating view of sidewalk life - but rather sanitised and, of course, somewhat sentimental."
" An affectionate reinvention of The Kid."
" Great intent but my concentration lapsed from time to time. Splendid cast and characterisation. Great kid!"

Bracknell Film Society presents


Director: Charles Lane, US, 1989, 100 minutes
Cast: Charles Lane, Nicole Alysia, Tom Alpern
A street artist rescues a toddler after her father is stabbed. A rare outing for a film Michel Hazanavicius cites as inspiration for The Artist. With all the elements of the great silent comedies: physical grace, perfect timing and sly social commentary, it's very, very funny.
Second of four showing this month
JANUARY
Friday 18th - 7.30pm
certificate 12A
Bracknell Film Society presents
Introduced Screening

Director: Mel Brooks, US, 1974, 93 minutes
Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens
A greedy landgrabber appoints a black sheriff to cause disorder and drive the citizens out of Rock Ridge. Co-written with comedy legend Richard Pryor, Mel Brooks's brilliant blend of social satire, gleeful stupidity and comic Western is as thrillingly outrageous as ever.

Introduced by Comedy Cellar favourite Josh Howie creator and star of Radio 4's Josh Howie's Losing It and writer/presenter of Sky Movies The Movie Geek. Josh has written and performed solo shows for the Edinburgh Festival, headlined on the UK and international comedy circuit and on the Comedy Central show Comedy Store. He has contributed features to The Guardian, The Times, and The Daily Mail. Presented by The Comedy Company Ltd.
Third of four showing this month
JANUARY
Monday 21st - 7.30pm
certificate 15
Director: Juzo Itami, Japan, 1986, 114 minutes
Cast: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Koji Yakusho, Ken Watanabe
In her quest to create the best ramen around, Tampopo is guided by two scrappy truck drivers. With classic Western film tropes made hilarious by transposing them to Japan's meticulous culinary scene, this brilliant underdog tale is intersected by vignettes about the relationship of love and food.
Quarterly Classic
Fourth showing this month
JANUARY
Thursday 24th - 7.30pm
certificate U

AUDIENCE
REACTION

8 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS


" Timeless, brilliant entertainment."
" Stunning script, impressively delivered…simply hilarious."
" Very slick throwaway line. Clever interplay throughout with people talking over each other. Cary Grant was ace at this kind of role and scenario. Very enjoyable and sophisticated, wistfully balanced by Williams and Molly Malloy."
" Machine gun repartee and so many plot twists to get one lost!"
" A non-stop gallop of fun.
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Bracknell Film Society presents

Introduced Screening


Director: Howard Hawks, US,1940, 92 minutes
Cast:Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. This immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom drama and ebullient romantic comedy fully exploits its stars' tangible chemistry to create one of the fastest-talking comedies ever made.

Introduced by Ian Banks (PhD, MPhil) lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Reading and Ravensbourne University, London. Ian has appeared on BBC programmes such Front Row and regularly works with Film Club and Into Film, engaging young people with cinema. He has introduced films at the BFI, delivered short talks on The Passion of Joan of Arc and Citizen Kane, and run workshops for BFI Education.

FEBRUARY
Tuesday 12th - 7.30pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

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

Main Feature

"An absolute gem. Great location, great characters, great story."
"A beautiful film, which highlights political and family tensions."
"Subtle, believable, complex, with eloquent performances."
"Relationship between father and son was lovely."

And the short film Oor Selfie
"Very moving - especially the shots of the old snaps."
"Raw and honest - beautiful."

Bracknell Film Society presents


Director: Annemarie Jacir, Palestine/France, 2017,
95 minutes, Arabic with subtitles
Cast: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Tarik Kopty
An estranged father and son are forced together to hand-deliver wedding invitations. Thoughtful road movie giving a fascinating and revealing insight into life in Nazareth, and the simultaneous love and exasperation universally endemic to volatile family relationships.

A smart study in the push and pull of home, explored with sensitivity and intimacy
TIMEOUT

Plus short film

Oor Selfie
Director: Antonis Kassiotis, UK, 2016, 90 seconds
A poignant look at the passing of time as an elderly couple attempt their first selfie.

MARCH
Tuesday 12th - 7.30pm
certificate 12A

AUDIENCE

REACTION

8 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS


" Revealing portrait of a true revolutionary filmmaker. Clever use of clips from his own films and a wealth of archive material. Exquisite animated interludes."
" Fascinating."
" Interesting. Knew nothing about him."
" A vivid and touching personal homage to Sembène."
" Very interesting to get the African point of view."


Bracknell Film Society presents


Rebel with a Movie Camera
Ousmane Sembène's literary and cinematographic output place him as the father of African cinema. We present two films exploring the man and his ground-breaking work.

Directors: Samba Gadjigo/Jason Silverman, Senegal/US, 2015, 89 minutes English/French with subtitles
Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Ousmane Sembène
That Ousmane Sembène's iconoclastic power went undimmed throughout a 40-year directing career is unquestionable, as demonstrated by 1966's domestic-maid exposé Black Girl and 2004's FGM polemic Moolaadé. This enthralling documentary examines the director as trailblazer and teller of truth to power.

Richly crafted documentary….enlightening tribute
LA TIMES

First of two showings this month
APRIL
Tuesday 9th - 7.30pm
certificate 15
Director: Ousmane Sembène, 2004, Senegal/Burkino Faso/MauritaniaTunisia, 124 minutes Bambara/French
with subtitles
Cast: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Helene Diarra,
Salimata Traore
A woman shelters four little girls from undergoing female genital mutilation. This impassioned and uplifting film stands as a metaphor for the traditional subjugation of women in a society. It is also a warm-hearted and wryly observed take on village life.

A fine and brave work OBSERVER

Plus short film
Hen
Director: Payam Seidi, Iran, 2016, 70 seconds
Based on a true story, the restrictions of women's lives in Iran are laid bare.


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