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Spring 2013 season

Tuesday 9th April at 8pm
Alps     Greece 2011  |  93 mins  |  15
Four people from varying backgrounds meet to form a group that offers an unusual commercial service, to impersonate lost loved ones for the recently bereaved in order to help them to come to terms with their loss. The second film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose debut feature was the acclaimed and multi-award winning Dogtooth, follows its predecessor's lead by allowing the details of what is actually taking place to emerge gradually, following the four individuals as they carry out assignments whose purpose only becomes clear with the passing of time. Like its predecessor, this makes for challenging but ultimately rewarding viewing, an unusual but meticulously executed study of grief, identity and the disarmingly everyday nature of life's more significant moments.

Tuesday 16th April at 8pm
The Hunt [Jagten]    Denmark 2012  |  115 mins  |  15
Lucas (a brilliant, Cannes award-winning performance from Mads Mikkelsen) is a self-effacing nursery school teacher in the throes of a bitter divorce and custody battle, but who is popular with his pupils and friends alike. Just as he appears to be getting his private life in order, his world is turned upside down when an innocent lie sees him falsely accused of inappropriate behaviour towards one of his young pupils. The latest film from Thomas Vinterberg, director of Festen and one of the co-founders of the Dogme 95 movement, is a searing indictment of current knee-jerk response to even the suggestion of paedophilia and to the dangers of passing judgement based on nothing more concrete than prejudice and suspicion.

Tuesday 23rd April at 8pm
The Joy of Six [short film programme]     UK 2012  |  73 mins  |  15
In a change from our usual feature presentation, tonight we will be screening a programme of six independent short films from 2012 showcasing the best of up-and-coming British film talent. Long Distance Information is a black comedy starring Peter Mullan that explores the strained relationship between a father and son; Man in Fear features Luke Treadaway as a man who believes that artists are trying to kill him; in A Gun for George, a forgotten pulp fiction writer finds action can speak a lot louder than words; in Scrubber, Amanda Hale plays a woman forced to choose between reality, escape and home; in The Ellington Kid, a knife gang meet their match in the shape of a group of kebab shop workers; and Friend Request Pending stars Judy Dench as a woman discovering the pleasures and pitfalls of social networking.

Tuesday 30th April at 8pm
Bullhead [Rundskop]     Belgium | Netherlands 2011  |  129 mins  |  15
Meat farmer Jacky is constantly on the brink of rage, the result of his overuse of steroids, hormones and other body-building drugs, which some of his associates are selling to local gangsters. As the story unfolds, the details of a life-changing incident from Jacky's childhood are gradually revealed, clarifying the true reasons for his chosen lifestyle and his criminal associations. What begins as a relatively straightforward crime thriller is transformed, in the hands of first-time feature director Michaël R. Roskam, into a thoughtful and compelling study of isolation, loneliness and fractured masculinity, vividly communicated though an excellent central performance from Rust and Bone co-star Matthias Schoenaerts.

Tuesday 7th May at 8pm
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman     UK 2012  |  85 mins  |  15
Before his untimely death at the age of 48, Graham Chapman wrote and recorded his own life story. Now a trio of directors – Bill Jones (son of Terry), Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson – have used this as the basis for an entertaining and unusual portrait of the man who considered himself the least well known of the Monty Python team. Employing a wide variety of 2D and 3D animation styles to visually realise Chapman's own narration, the film follow's it's subject's lead (the clue is in the title) by refusing to separate truth from fiction, but still tells an engaging and amusing story of one of the great comic talents of British television and film. Just don't believe everything you see and hear.

Tuesday 14th May at 8pm
Caesar Must Die [Cesare deve morire]     Italy 2012  |  76 mins  |  12A
In Rome’s maximum security Rebibbia prison, a group of hardened criminals rehearse a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. What at first appears to be a straight documentary is gradually revealed to be something more, as the rehearsals are intercut with more formal sequences, straight-to-camera auditions and scenes in which Shakespeare's dialogue dissolves into real-world banter. As the meaning of the play is explored by the prisoners, they begin to find connections between their lives and those of the characters they play and how their participation in the project is changing them as people. The latest work from the Taviani brothers (Good Morning, Babylon) is one of their most remarkable yet, a bold, mesmerising and multi-award winning study of the awakening of suppressed humanity.

Tuesday 21st May at 8pm
Lore     Germany | Australia | UK 2012  |  109 mins  |  15
In 1945 during the final days of the Second World War,14-year-old Hannalore becomes the unofficial protector of herself and her four siblings, all of them children of Nazi ideology. As they make their way through a tumultuous southern Germany to the perceived safety of their grandmother's house in Bavaria, the prejudices installed by their upbringing become all too clear and Hannalore finds herself torn between her ingrained beliefs and a growing awareness of the suffering they have caused. The award-winning second feature from Australian director Cate Shortland, adapted from Rachel Seifert's Booker-shortlisted novel The Dark Room, is a powerful and emotionally compelling drama and was one of the most acclaimed films of 2012.

Tuesday 28th May at 8pm
I Wish [Kiseki]     Japan 2011  |  128 mins  |  PG
12-year-old Koichi and his younger brother Ryunosuke (winningly played by real-life siblings Koki and Ohshirô Maeda) were once inseparable, but since their parents' divorce have been forced to live apart, Koichi with his mother in Kagoshima, Ryunosuke with his father in the distant Fukuoka. With the parents showing no sign of reconciliation, the two brothers hatch a fanciful plan, one based on the belief that a wish will come true if made at the place and time that two new bullet trains pass each other. The latest film from Japanese master Hirokazu Koreeda (After Life, Still Walking), I Wish is a touching and consistently engaging work whose honest handling of issues like broken families and displaced childhood is undercut by a moving optimism and its faith in the belief and imagination of youth.

Tuesday 4th June at 8pm
No     Chile | France | USA 2012  |  118 mins  |  15
In 1998, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet calls a referendum to decide whether he should continue to rule. With the 'No' coalition restricted to just 15 minutes of TV exposure a day in the early hours of the morning, they recruit affluent ad executive René Saavedra (enigmatically played by Gael Garcia Bernal), who sets about redesigning the campaign message using pop-advertising techniques like slogans, jingles and music videos. The final film a trilogy started by Tony Manero and Post Mortem, No is possibly director Pablo Larrain's most sublimely realised blend of social politics and entertainment yet. Shot on low-band U-Matic video (a popular news format of the time), No bristles with intelligence, humour and infectious political passion.

Tuesday 11th June at 8pm
Robot & Frank     USA 2012  |  89 mins  |  PG-13
In the not too distant future, ageing and semi-retired cat burglar Frank begins suffering the early stages of dementia. Fond of his father but unwilling to put his own busy life on hold to look after him, his adult son buys him a caretaker robot (engagingly voiced by Peter Sarsgaard) to attend to his needs. At first Frank is enraged by the robot's nannying tone, but an unlikely friendship begins to develop, and Frank is soon involving his new companion in more nefarious activities. First time feature director Jake Schreier uses this intriguing setup as a springboard for a smart, witty and touching tale of friendship, memory and the human condition, structured around a captivating central performance from Frank Langella.