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Spring 2017 season

Tuesday 18 April at 8.30pm
The Eagle Huntress    UK | Mongolia | USA 2016  |  87 mins  |  U
The Eagle Huntress In the inhospitable Altai mountain district of Northern Mongolia, the nomadic people have a long tradition of training eagles to hunt for food and fur to make their winter clothing. For many generations, this role has been handed down from father to son, but with no male heir, one Kazakh eagle hunter elects to pass on his skills to his 13-year-old daughter Aisholpan instead, a responsibility she warms to with pluck and enthusiasm. Otto Bell's utterly captivating documentary has been enthusiastically championed by critics and audiences the world over, a beautifully shot and inspiring blend of ethnographic and nature documentary that is peppered with genuinely extraordinary sequences.

Tuesday 25 April at 8.30pm
Francofonia    France | Germany | Netherlands 2015  |  88 mins  |  12A
Francofonia Francofonia is the latest film from acclaimed Russian filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurov, the director of such works as Mother and Son, Alexandra and The Sun, and whose 2002 Russian Ark visited key moments in Russian history in a single-shot tour of the State Hermitage Museum. Here he relocates to the Louvre museum in Paris to explore the links between art and war and the occupation of France by the Nazis during WW2, focussing on two men – museum director Jacques Jaujard and Occupation Officer Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich – who first meet as enemies but end up collaborating to protect key works of art. The result is a fascinating and visually captivating discourse on art, history, culture and oppression.

Tuesday 2 May at 8.30pm
Your Name [Kimi no na wa]    Japan 2016  |  106 mins  |  12A
Your Name High-school girl Mitsuha lives in a small village and longs for the perceived excitement of the big city. At night, she dreams she is a popular schoolboy named Taki, little realising at first that Taki is real and that the two are intermittently inhabiting each other's bodies. As they learn to adapt to this intermittent identity and gender swap, the bond between them grows, but when the process suddenly stops, Taki sets out to find Mitsuha, unaware of just what his quest will uncover. The universally acclaimed latest film from celebrated director Makoto Shinkai is a wonderfully told and beautifully animated work, a delightful and heart-wrenching tale of adolescent love with a catchy soundtrack from boy band Radwimps.

Tuesday 9 May at 8.30pm
Girls Lost [Pojkarna]     Finland | Sweden 2015  |  106 mins  |  15
Girls Lost Kim, Bella and Momo, three misfit schoolgirls who have been close friends since they were infants, are constantly shunned and bullied by their peers. When a mysterious root they have discovered grows rapidly into a large black flower, the girls drink its nectar and are transformed into boys. Initially, they cannot believe the difference that this makes to how they are perceived by others, but soon learn that growing up is tough whatever your gender. The third feature from Swedish writer-director Alexandra-Therese Keining is an entrancingly cast and winningly authentic exploration of gender and teen self-discovery.

Tuesday 16 May at 8.30pm
Cameraperson    USA 2016   |  102 mins  |  15
Cameraperson Kirsten Johnson has worked for 25 years as a documentary cinematographer, a too rare example of a successful female cameraperson in a profession that is still dominated by men, one whose credits include No Woman, No Cry, The Invisible War and the Oscar-winning Citizenfour. For her directorial debut she has chosen to turn her camera on herself, creating a compelling and very personal autobiographical film that uses her own past work to examine the complex relationship between filmmakers and their subjects and the nature of documentary objectivity. The film has met with widespread critical acclaim and has also won multiple awards at festivals throughout the world, including many for Best Documentary.

Tuesday 23 May at 8.30pm
Endless Poetry [Poesía sin fin]     Chile | Japan | France | UK 2016  |  128 mins  |  15
Endless Poetry

In the second chapter of his proposed autobiographical quintet of films that began in 2013 with The Dance of Reality, Chilean visionary Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain) picks up where the acclaimed first film left off. Endless Poetry follows the Jodorowsky family's relocation from Tocopilla to Santiago in the 1940s, where the young Alejandro learns some key lessons about life, love and artistic creativity. Inventive, freewheeling and intermittently surreal, it's every bit as beguiling and imaginative as its lively predecessor, and boasts some terrific camerawork from master cinematographer Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, Hero).

Tuesday 30 May at 8.30pm
Nights of Zayandeh-Rood [Shabhaye Zayendeh-Rood]   Iran 1990  |  65 mins  |  12A
Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

This 1990 film from Iranian maestro Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Gabbeh, A Moment of Innocence, Kandahar) tells the story of an anthropologist and his daughter over the course of three separate time periods, before, during and after the Iranian revolution. A fascinating meditation on family and the personal turmoils of social upheaval, it was seized by state censors, who cut 25 minutes from the original negative and then banned it after a single festival screening. Last year, the remaining 63 minutes was smuggled out of Iran and restored by Makhmalbaf, and this is a rare chance to see a banned work by one of modern cinema's most widely respected filmmakers.

Tuesday 6 June at 8.30pm
Tanna     Australia | Vanuatu 2015  |  100 mins  |  12
Tanna On the paradisiacal South Pacific island of Tanna, a young girl named Selin's grandfather is attacked and seriously injured by a rival tribe. In order to prevent this conflict from escalating, a compromise is reached in which Selin's sister Wawa will be required to marry the tribesman who attacked their grandfather, but Wawa has fallen for the chief's grandson Dain and the two run away, a move that threatens to plunge the two tribes into war. A captivating, beautifully observed ethnographic drama from documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, one that shines in its detail, its likeable lead, and the beauty and majesty of the landscape in which it is set.

Tuesday 13 June at 8.30pm
Gimme Danger     USA 2016  |  108 mins  |  15
Gimme Danger

Having made his name as one of the key independent feature directors in modern American cinema, Jim Jarmusch (Down by Law, Mystery Train, Only Lovers Left Alive, Paterson) last year made a switch from drama to documentary for this in-depth look at the legendary godfathers of punk, The Stooges, and their charismatic lead singer, Iggy Pop. More than five years in the making, it's a lively, informative and entertaining trip that blends interview material with a cornucopia of film and TV archive footage. The result is a worthy love letter by an outsider filmmaker to one of America's most enduring and influential rock bands.