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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.
"


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

AUDIENCE
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Main Film
9 out of 10

Short
7 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS


Main Feature
" Just stunning. Wonderful story-telling and ensemble of feisty women. Angry and heart-warming in equal measure."
" A stirring polemic, yet immensely life-affirming. Beautiful cinematography."
" Very sobering to know this is still happening."
" Fascinating portrayal of a very different society. Compelling account of the power of masculine-controlled tradition."

And the short film Hen

" Hit the spot and went well with the feature."
" Subtle but powerful comment."
" Cute.
"

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.

Second of two showings this month
Quarterly Classic
APRIL
Thurs 25th - 7.30pm
certificate U

AUDIENCE
REACTION

8 out of 10

AUDIENCE
COMMENTS


"Witty, knowing script, excellent performances from March and Gaynor, and impressive photography. Delightful!"
"An unexpected gem. Thoroughly engaging. Can't see why anyone would want to remake it, good as the remakes might be."
"Very interesting to see it for the first time and understand where later versions came from. Colour was good."
"A wonderful example of Hollywood's awareness of its effects on its stars."
"Beautifully told story, really engaging. Belies its age."

Director: William Wellman, US, 1937, 111 minutes
Cast: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou
The bitter-sweet tale of an alcoholic leading man on the skids and his young wife whose career is just taking off. Possibly overshadowed in terms of fame by three remakes, the quality of this version shines through, thanks to the high-powered acting and a sparkling screenplay by Dorothy Parker.
MAY
Tuesday 14th - 7.30pm
certificate 15

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Film
10 out of 10

Short
8 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS


Main Feature

" An amazing film! Unrelentingly harsh and yet with humanity."
" Recommended by Lebanese friend in Beirut. Amazing. So well done. A story which needs telling."
" Full marks for the film. Congratulations to Nadine Labaki. The translation was dreadful in exaggerating the filthy language and often did not reflect the tremendous emotion of the situation. [Arabic language is my mother tongue]".
" Excellent - heart-breaking. It really stays with you and makes you want to weep for those children.
"

And the short film - The Fish and I

"Exquisitely crafted - Surreal but sweet - Excellent"

Director: Nadine Labaki, Lebanon/France, 126 minutes Arabic/Amharic with subtitles
A powerful, ultimately hopeful story about a young boy who sues his parents for bringing him into a life of poverty on the streets of Beirut. This multi-nominated film is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit.

Virtuoso filmmaking with humour, lyricism and zest INDEPENDENT

Plus short
The Fish and I
Director: Babak Habibifar, Iran, 2017, 100 seconds
A blind man tries to save the life of his goldfish.

JUNE
Tuesday 18th - 7.30pm
certificate 12A

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Film
9 out of 10

Short
7 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS


" Penetrating and moving. Challenges many current ideologies."
" A very thought-provoking film."
" Well-crafted documentary with great access to key 'talking heads' and telling a narrative compellingly."
" Captured the man.
"

And the short film - America, I Think?

" A riot - a perfect foil for what followed."
" Need to see it a few times more - too fast moving on one showing."
" Good use of animation style to portray frenetic side of the US.
"

Director: Morgan Neville, US, 2018, 95 minutes
Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, Betty Aberlin, François Clemmons
A thoroughly enjoyable exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of beloved children's TV host, Fred Rogers. Winner of over 45 international awards, this entrancing, poignant film, suggests some people actually aren't too good to be true.

If we ever needed a man and a TV show like Mr Rogers's Neighborhood, it's now
RADIO TIMES

Plus short
America, I Think?
Director: Matthew Armitage, UK, 2017, 70 seconds
Take a journey across America through fragmented memories.

First of two showings this month
JULY
Tuesday 9th - 7.30pm certificate 12A

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Film
9 out of 10

Short
5 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS


Main Feature

"Thoroughly engaging and beautiful film. Took my breath away in places. Deserves '10'."
"Uplifting and thoughtful portrayal of ageing."
"Lovely funny and poignant unusual film. Loved the credits, too!"
"Respect between two artists young and old. Beautiful, funny and touching."
"I loved the mood, the art, within a natural setting. Agnes obviously loved her country. An emotional experience.
"

And the short film - Walk
"Visually great; soundtrack disappointingly muffled and indistinct."
" Straight to the point."
"Probably very poetic had I been able to pick out the words
.

Director: Agnès Varda/JR, France, 2017, 94 minutes French with subtitles
Agnès Varda, JR, Jean-Paul Beaujon

Maestro of French cinema, Agnès Varda, joins forces with street artist and self-styled 'photograffeur' JR to create this funny, moving Cannes winner and Oscar nominee, as they explore the French countryside taking photos of people they meet.

Veers between moments of collective joy and great personal poignancy
SIGHT&SOUND

Plus short
Walk U
Director: Edwin Mingard, UK, 2017, 100 seconds
A young woman leaves her friends and heads into the city at night.
DepicT! British Special Mention Award winner

[Other SHP films in the strand are Amazing Grace and Apollo 11]

Quarterly Classic
Second of two showings this month

JULY
Wednesday 24th - 7.30pm
certificate 12A
Director: Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1950, 88 minutes, Japanese with subtitles
Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori

A vicious criminal act is recalled from the perspectives of those present. A meditation on subjectivity that questions the notion of absolute truth, the film is dynamically thrilling, visually bold and marvellously performed. A work of enduring ambiguity.

An essential, timeless masterpiece
TIMEOUT

AUGUST
Tuesday 13th - 7.30pm
certificate 12A

AUDIENCE
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Main Film
8 out of 10

Short
7 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS


Main Feature

"The best sailing film I've ever seen."
"A subtle film - withholding information and requiring empathy from the viewer. Genius soundscape/soundtrack."
"Frighteningly authentic - truly suspenseful throughout."
"Stunning film. So simple yet so profound.
"

And the short film -
Ojalà
"Telling glimpse into the life of a(n illegal) migrant worker down Mexico way."
The juxtaposition of the normal everyday and the unacceptable wider circumstance is brilliant.
"

Director: Wolfgang Fischer, Germany/Austria, 2018,
95 minutes, German/English with some subtitles
Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Felicity Babao

Sailing alone, Rieke is forced to make a life or death decision when her trip drastically changes course. An unusual and provocative allegory of personal responsibility, enjoying brisk filmmaking, immersive sound design and an atmosphere of mounting dread.

Plus short

Ojalà U
Director: Marie-Stephane Cattaneo, France, 2017,
60 seconds
The story of an ordinary day in the life of an ordinary man in a corner of the world which is anything but…
DepicT! 2017 Shooting People Audience Award

SEPTEMBER
Tuesday 10th - 7.30pm
certificate 12A

AUDIENCE
REACTION

Main Film
9 out of 10

Short
6 out of 10
AUDIENCE
COMMENTS

Main Feature

" A cunning mix of realism and magical realism to make stark comment on the ills of society."
" What incredible and beautiful story-telling. A truly engaging allegory. Ticked all the boxes for me."
" Really enjoyed it; difficult to say why!"
" Strange, unsettling. Too long."

And the short film -
Dinosaur
" Didn't get it. Liked the photography, though."
" Atmospheric."
" Intriguing.
"

Director: Alice Rohrwacher, Italy/Switzerland/France 2018, 127 minutes Italian with subtitles

Adriano Tardiolo, Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Chikovani
An unceasingly kind peasant and his family are blatantly exploited. Mixing folk tales with social critique, this luminous magic-realist fable is an origin myth for a modern Italy consumed by corruption and decline.

Slips across times and genres with a honeyed beauty GUARDIAN

Plus short
The Dinosaur U
Director: Mateo Willis, UK, 2017, 100 seconds
A man wakes up on a high mountain, only to discover he is not alone.

First of two showings this month
OCTOBER

Tuesday 8th - 7.30pm
certificate 12A
Director: Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya/South Africa/Germany, 2018, 82 minutes, Swahili/English with some subtitles

Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati
The relationship that blossoms between two young women forces them to choose between openness and secrecy, happiness and safety. A tender love-story, this ground-breaking work has a fresh, sweet chemistry between its two leads.

Carried off with confidence and polish GUARDIAN

Plus short

Ideas are Illegal PG
Dir. Edward Bulmer, UK, 2016, 90 secs
In a world where ideas are illegal, workers in a factory are made to wear giant light bulbs on their heads.


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