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Spring 2019 season

Tuesday 23 April at 8.30pm
Bergman: A Year in a Life [Bergman - ett år, ett liv]    Sweden | Norway 2018  |  117 mins  |  15
1957 was a turbulent but busy and difficult year for celebrated Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, who as well as directing two masterpieces in The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries and working extensively in theatre and TV, had to juggle a complicated private life. Documentary filmmaker Jane Magnusson uses this as a springboard for a fascinating character study that widens to explore Bergman's many creative achievements, his strengths and failings as a man, and the manner in which his art was drawn from his life.

Tuesday 30 April at 8.30pm
Monsters and Men    USA 2018  |  96 mins  |  15
When a local black man is shot and killed by police, it impacts differently on three individuals: a Latino youth who filmed the shooting; an African-American police officer troubled by how events then unfolded; and a star high-school baseball player who risks his professional future to take a stand on the killing. Winner of the Outstanding First Feature award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the debut feature from director Reinaldo Marcus Green is a compelling examination of modern racial tensions and boasts strong performances from John David Washington, Anthony Ramos and Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Tuesday 7 May at 8.30pm
Free Solo    USA 2018  |  100 mins  |  12A
Free Solo is an intimate, visually stunning and nail-bitingly tense portrait of climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of climbing the imposing face of the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without the aid of a rope. Succeeding both as a compelling documentary and an edge-of-your seat thriller, this widely acclaimed latest film from filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin was the winner of this year's Best Documentary Oscar and cries out to be seen on the big screen.

Tuesday 14 May at 8.30pm
Distant Voices, Still Lives     UK | West Germany 1988  |  85 mins  |  15
The remarkable, critically lauded first feature from director Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes, Of Time and the City) is a compellingly intimate portrait of working class life in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, drawn directly from Davies' own childhood memories. Gorgeously filmed and boasting excellent performances from the likes of Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh and Dean Williams, the film was ranked the third greatest British film of all time in a 2011 Time Out poll and is screening here in a new 4K restoration.

Tuesday 21 May at 8.30pm
Rosie    Ireland 2018   |  86 mins  |   12
The latest film from director Paddy Breathnach (I Went Down, Viva) tells the story of a Dublin family desperately searching for a roof for the night, and in the process explores how, even in times of crisis, the love and strength of a family can endure. Based on the novel of the same name by celebrated author Roddy Doyle (The Commitments, The Van), Rosie is an impressively restrained and convincingly performed exploration of an increasingly common and unacceptable by-product of modern-day austerity.

Tuesday 28 May at 8.30pm
RBG     USA 2018  |  98 mins  |  PG
Now 85 years of age, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has built a considerable legal legacy and in the process has become a cultural icon, as much for her fashion statements as her tireless work for equal rights. Her reputation as a formidable liberal dissenting voice and her refusal to cede, meanwhile, have earned her the nickname, "Notorious RBG." Julie Cohen and Betsy West's timely documentary takes an intimate and revealing look at the life and career of only the second woman to be nominated for America's Supreme Court.

Tuesday 4 June at 8.30pm
Minding the Gap    USA 2018  |  93 mins  |  15
One of three films screening this season nominated for Best Documentary at this year's Academy Awards, this debut feature from director Bing Liu focuses on three skateboarding friends who all ran away from a Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. Working as a coming-of-age tale and an exploration of the importance and power of friendship, the film is also a fascinating examination of how three individuals who felt let down by their families formed new and stronger bonds within the skateboarding community.

Tuesday 11 June at 8.30pm
Khrustalyov, My Car!   Russia | France 1998  |  147 mins  |   18
In the late winter of 1953, heavy drinking surgeon General Yuri Georgievich Klensky becomes the target of the conspiracy theory known as the "Doctor's Plot," where Jewish doctors in Moscow were accused of planning to assassinate members of the Soviet elite. Realising that he is a marked man, Yuri flees for his life and is soon plunged headlong into a Stalinist nightmare. A provocative and dizzying blend of satire, black comedy, documentary realism and Fellini-esque surrealism from Hard to Be a God director Aleksei German, the film is screening here in a new restoration.

Tuesday 18 June at 8.30pm
Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story     Spain | Cuba | UK | Germany 2018  |  115 mins
The life of Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta is explored in this entrancing biopic from Spanish actress turned director Icíar Bollaín and Ken Loach's regular screenwriter Paul Laverty. Based on Acosta's autobiography No Way Home, the film explores key events of the dancer's life, from his impoverished childhood to his ground-breaking role as the Royal Ballet's first black Romeo. Blending dramatic recreations with archive footage and interpretive dance sequences, the result is an ambitious and captivating celebration of a great dancer and his remarkable talent.