5/10/2017 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
In Arrival, French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve skilfully realises a science fiction scenario without the gung-ho sometimes seen in the genre . When 12 UFOs are reported around the world, language expert Dr Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is brought in to work with the scientific and military team to communicate with the aliens and establish a dialogue. The rich visual style of cinematographer Bradford Young ensures a pleasurable and intelligent cinematic experience. “This is blockbuster science fiction with intellect; meditations on linear versus non-linear time, the ambiguities of linguistic meaning, and the way different languages shape our perceptions of reality.” Max Von Thun, Cine Vue
Dir: Denis Villeneuve 116 mins USA 2016
12/10/2017 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Set in a village where traditional values are the norm, five young orphaned sisters live under the guardianship of their uncle and grandmother. Following some high spirits at the end of school term the girls are confined to their home while their future is determined by their uncle. Beautifully shot with the girls’ relationship at the centre of the drama, the film shows how they endeavour to break free from their internment. “The insights into Islamic issues with female sexuality are shrewd and sincere, while the performances of the largely non-professional cast are excellent.” David Parkinson, Empireonline.com
Dir: Deniz Gamze Ergüven 97mins Turkey 2015
19/10/2017 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Streatham born director Amma Asante continues her historical investigation of racial attitudes in this remarkable true story about King Seretse Khama’s (David Oyelowo) marriage to white, English born Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). The couple meet at a dance in London, where Seretse is studying to become a lawyer before he becomes King of Bechuanaland (later Botswana) and instantly fall in love. The political and personal sensitivities of this controversial pairing, and opposition to it, are illustrated with care, against the fabulous backdrop of the Botswanan landscape. “Issues of race are handled delicately for a drama that is more commonly painted in broad strokes. The complexities of what a white queen would mean to the people of Bechuanaland are given equal, if not more, screen time than the anti-black bigotry coming from the Brits.” Ben Nicholson, CineVue
Dir: Amma Asante 111mins UK 2016