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All films start at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday 26 March

ROSA LUXEMBURG (12A)

Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic explores one of the most fascinating figures in modern European political history, tracing Rosa Luxemburg’s political and moral development; from journalist and author, to revolutionary socialist, pacifist and co-founder of the Spartacist League while Germany was arming itself for the First World War.

Rosa Luxemberg further underlines von Trotta’s skill in imbuing her protagonists with greater depth and complexity, something last seen at the Film Theatre with The Lost Honour Of Katharina Blum.

West Germany/Czechoslovakia (German dialogue with English subtitles), 1986, 123 mins

Thursday 28 March

FREE SOLO (12A)

The adrenaline fuelled, BAFTA winning documentary of one of climbing’s most extraordinary feats and the psyche of the climber responsible. Stunning, scary and unflinching, Free Solo shadows Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of free-climbing El Capitan, the 3,200 feet high sheer granite monolith in Yosemite National Park. Directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi capture deeply human moments as well as the death-defying climb with fascinating, vertigo-inducing camerawork.

USA, 2018, 100 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Telegraph ::

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March

CAPERNAUM (15)

Capernaum is a stunningly realised drama charting the journey of children on the edges of society in Beirut. Centred on Zain, a young street-smart boy from an impoverished family, Nadine Labaki’s acclaimed new work follows everyday cruelties and tragedies, while Zain’s resentment towards his parents builds, until he finds himself compelled to sue them for bringing children into such a world. Amid the privations of life in the shadows lies a thought-provoking tale of hope, in a heartbreaking and defiant film.

Lebanon/USA/France (Arabic and Amharic dialogue with English subtitles), 2018, 126 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Tuesday 2 April

HANNAH (12A)

Charlotte Rampling stars in an intimate portrait of an elderly woman in Brussels drifting between reality and denial, after she is left alone to grapple with the consequences of her husband's imprisonment; unwilling to disbelieve her husband’s protestations of innocence and distraught at the resulting estrangement from her son. Rampling has a compelling presence in an almost existential character study, revealing suppressed and internalised emotions, vulnerability and stoic fortitude.

Italy/France/Belgium (subtitled), 2017, 95 mins

Thursday 4 April

RAY & LIZ (15)

Two decades since his iconic photography book Ray’s a Laugh documented his parents’ life in their council flat, Richard Billingham delves into his Black Country upbringing to recreate family memories and desperate living in Thatcher’s Britain. Ray & Liz is a painstakingly vivid testament to the desolation and impact caused by the government’s austerity measures that is by turns brutal, tender and bleakly funny, an astonishingly personal work dramatising a story of isolation and familial disintegration.

UK, 2018, 108 mins

Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Tuesday 9 April

THE AFTERMATH (15)

In postwar Germany in 1946 Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. As they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

UK/USA/Germany, 2019, 108 mins

Thursday 11 April

ON THE BASIS OF SEX (12A)

On The Basis Of Sex is a biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsberg,  Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and key liberal voice for the advancement of gender equality and women's rights. Felicity Jones plays Ginsberg early in her legal career as she teams up with her husband Marty (Armie Hammer), to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.

In the year of the 25th anniversary of Ginsburg’s appointment to the Supreme Court, the film offers hope and inspiration to a new generation.

USA, 2018, 120 mins

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April

EVERYBODY KNOWS (15)

Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the celebrations are upset when Laura’s teenage daughter Irene disappears and long-held grudges and secrets are brought into the open.

Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Ricardo Darín lead director Asghar Farhadi’s mystery thriller with accomplished performances throughout.

Spain/France/Italy (Spanish, English and Catalan dialogue with English subtitles), 2018, 133 mins

Tuesday 16 April

BORDER (15)

Tina is a Swedish customs officer with a nose for trouble, her unusual olfactory organ providing her with the ability to sense fear and moral corruption as well as contraband. When a suspicious man with a similar countenance sets her senses tingling, she discovers a relationship, a history, and a secret that will force her to choose between good and evil. Based on a novel by Let The Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Border is a unique and memorable tale of morality and identification, a love story like no other.

Sweden/Denmark (Swedish dialogue with English subtitles), 2018, 110 mins

Thursday 18 April

BENJAMIN (15)

Benjamin is comedian and writer, Simon Amstell's romantic comedy, about a rising young filmmaker in a heightened state of insecurity due to the imminent release of ‘No Self’, his autobiographical second film about love and disconnection. As the nerves and anxiety surge, his publicist introduces him to an attractive French musician called Noah, prompting a burgeoning romance that hurls him into an existential crisis. Amstell adroitly balances affecting, bittersweet moments and toe-curling dating experiences on the cusp of reality and the ridiculous.

UK, 2018, 85 mins

Friday 19 April

BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY (15)

An inventive documentary investigating the mystery inside the papier-mâché head of anarchic British comedy figure Frank Sidebottom. Working from Sievey’s own exhaustive archive of old cassettes and degraded video, and incorporating interviews with loved ones and admirers (including former band members DJ Mark Radcliffe and Jon Ronson), director Steve Sullivan deftly creates a charming portrait of a mercurial, often tortured artist and musician; a wayward genius who was ultimately constrained and subsumed by his own creation.

UK, 2018, 101 mins

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