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Winter 2020 season

Tuesday 7 January at 8.30pm
By the Grace of God [Grâce à Dieu]    France / Belgium 2018  |  137 mins  |  15
Three members of the self-help group La Parole Libérée attempt to break the code of silence that has protected the priest who abused them as children. Based on events surrounding the conviction of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon for concealing the actions of Father Bernard Preynat, the latest film from Swimming Pool and In the House director François Ozon sensitively explores the impact of abuse and denial on the victims and their families.

Tuesday 14 January at 8.30pm
Honeyland    Republic of Macedonia 2019  |  90 mins  |  12
Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in a near-abandoned Macedonian mountain village, where she uses traditional beekeeping techniques to cultivate honey. When an unruly family moves in next door, their decision to also keep bees whilst ignoring Hatidze's advice proves to be a source of tension between them. The biggest award-winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, this documentary feature from directors Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov is a visually striking portrait of the delicate balance between humankind and the natural world.

Tuesday 21 January at 8.30pm
The Peanut Butter Falcon    USA 2019  |  97 mins  |  12A
When the rascally Tyler teams up with Zak, a young man with Down's Syndrome who has fled his nursing home to follow a dream, a bond starts to grow between them. But hot on their heels are nursing home employee Eleanor and fisherman Duncan, whose catch Tyler has stolen. A warm and involving first feature from writer-directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz that avoids sentimentalising and boasts a quartet of fine performances from Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, John Hawkes and Down's Syndrome actor Zack Gottsagen.

Tuesday 28 January at 8.30pm
A Bump Along the Way     UK 2019  |  95 mins  |  15
The optimistic Pamela is bringing up her teenage daughter Ally on her own after her former partner deserted them. Not one to sit at home and play house mother, she has a one night stand with a younger man and at 44 discovers she is pregnant again, much to the disbelieving Ally's dismay. A winning first feature from writer Tess McGowan and director Shelly Love, A Bump Along the Way shines in the feel-good warmth of its handling and the delightful naturalism of the performances of lead players Bronagh Gallagher and Lola Petticrew.

Tuesday 4 February at 8.30pm
Of Fish and Foe    UK 2019  |  91 mins  |  12A
The rise of commercial salmon farms has meant that brothers Kevin and John Pullar are the last surviving members of a generations-long Scottish fishing family. Adding to their problems is hostility from local anglers and the well-meaning activities of Sea Shepherd protestors led by Jessie Treverton, who object to the fishermen's licenced killing of the grey seals that are the salmon's natural predators. A compelling and surprisingly balanced documentary from Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier that pulls off that rare trick of humanising all sides of the conflict it so intimately observes.

Tuesday 11 February at 8.30pm
Corpus Christi [Boze Cialo]     Poland 2019  |  115 mins  |  15
Due to initially unspecified criminal activity, teenage Daniel does time in juvenile detention, where he experiences an unexpected spiritual awakening. Once paroled, he heads to a rural town to take up a job in a sawmill, but instead adopts the identity of a new young priest, a masquerade that is destined to have a profound effect on both him and the unaware townsfolk. The third feature from Polish director Jan Komasa is a thoughtful, intermittently amusing work with a superb central performance from Bartosz Bielenia.

Tuesday 18 February at 8.30pm
Meeting Gorbachev    UK / Germany / USA 2018  |  90 mins  |  PG
Former General Secretary of the USSR, Michael Gorbachev, was instrumental in bringing the long-standing Cold War with the West to an end. Now 88 and in failing health, Gorbachev agreed to grant three interviews to celebrated filmmakers Werner Herzog and Andre Singer. The result is a fascinating, revealing and very personal journey through pivotal events that took place during six years that genuinely changed the world.

Tuesday 25 February at 8.30pm
Chained for Life   USA 2018  |  91 mins  |  15
Hollywood actress Mabel takes a role in an art-house horror movie about a mad eugenicist who is attempting to 'cure' abnormality. During the course of the filming she finds herself falling for her facially disfigured co-star Rosenthal. Made as a response to on-screen portrayals of disfigurement, the second feature by director Aaron Schimber is a smart, compassionate and refreshingly unpatronising meta-narrative drama, with strong performances from Jess Weixler as Mabel and Under the Skin's Adam Pearson as Rosenthal.

Tuesday 3 March at 8.30pm
Tommy     UK 1975  |  111 mins  |  15
After his father is killed in WW2, blind deaf-mute Tommy is raised by his mother and her new husband. After surviving a difficult childhood, his fortune changes when his natural skill at pinball makes him a worldwide sensation. The Who's concept album was transformed into one of maverick director Ken Russell's most colourful, accessible and enjoyable films. A visually and aurally thrilling rock opera with an all-star cast, Tommy is back in cinemas in a sparkling new print, still fresh and daring 44 years after it was first unleashed.

Tuesday 10 March at 8.30pm
The Nightingale     Australia / USA / Canada 2019  |  136 mins  |  18
In 1825 Tasmania, young Irish convict Clare survives an appalling crime committed against her family. Having sworn to take revenge on the man responsible, she begins a journey on which she is guided by aborigine Billy, who is also dealing with personal trauma. The remarkable second film from Jennifer Kent, who made such a splash with her debut The Babadook, takes two well-worn genres – the western and the revenge thriller – and turns them on their head. The result is a tough but riveting work with a superb lead performance from Aisling Franciosi.

Tuesday 17 March at 8.30pm
Tehran: City of Love     Iran / UK / Netherlands 2018  |  102 mins  |  12A
Three tales of lonely souls in search of love make up this deadpan drama from director Ali Jaberansari. Mina, who is struggling with her weight but addicted to ice cream, lands a date that she then seems unable to keep. Hessam is a prize-winning bodybuilder who is cast in a film whose famous French star is unknown in Iran. Funeral singer Vahid switches tack and starts singing at weddings, a move that may set him on the road to romance. An engaging and revealing look at the varied and surprising nature of relationships in the Iranian capital.

Tuesday 24 March at 8.30pm
A Good Woman is Hard to Find     UK / Belgium 2019  |  97 mins  |  18
Having lost her husband in a violent attack that left her son mute, Sarah struggles to cope and take care of her children in the face of police apathy and unsympathetic relatives. As she attempts to uncover the truth about her husband's death, her life is further complicated when her home is invaded by twitchy drug dealer Tito. A potent blend of crime thriller and social drama, this second feature from director Abner Pastoll has met with widespread acclaim and features a committed central performance from Emelie's Sarah Bolger.

Tuesday 31 March at 8.30pm
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound     USA 2019  |  94 mins  |  12
A documentary exploring the emotional power of that too-often forgotten aspect of great cinema – the sound. Using film extracts and interviews with visionary filmmakers, sound designers and engineers, the film examines the techniques and artistry that go into making a great movie soundtrack, as well as exploring the history of film sound. The result is an enlightening and fascinating work that will change how you view – or rather listen to – films from this point on.

Tuesday 7 April at 8.30pm
Inna de Yard     France 2019  |  99 mins  |  12A
A joyous documentary from The Girl With A Pearl Earring director, Peter Webber, in which a supergroup made up of legendary reggae stars meet in Jamaica to record a special new album. Featuring musicians Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I, Cedric Myton and Judy Mowatt, the film recounts the history and cultural importance of reggae music and includes acoustic versions of classic songs and a climactic all-star concert in Paris. A vibrant and hugely enjoyable celebration of the reggae scene and many of the key figures in its evolution.