22/11/2018 19:30 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Following Le Havre (2012), the first in his Dockyard trilogy, Kaurismäki sets this film in Helsinki, where Syrian refugee Khaled arrives in search of his lost sister. Kaurismäki’s familiar deadpan humour and use of 1950s style settings, are again in evidence. Refused asylum, Khaled goes on the run, encountering the dangers (and cold) of the streets. Meanwhile antihero Wikstrom prepares to leave his wife and the drudgery of his work in search of happier times in the restaurant business. Inevitably his and Khaled’s lives cross and new beginnings result. A gentle and mostly humorous commentary on the challenges of migration and acceptance in our times. Best director award, 2017 Berlin Film Festival. “It all adds up to a gently loving fable with a straightforward political message that home can be wherever you find it.” (Nick James, bfi.org.uk)
Dir: Aki Kaurismäki 100mins Fin/Ger 2017
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting at 7.30 pm
29/11/2018 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Samuel Jackson voices novelist James Baldwin’s words in this documentary based on the writer’s ‘Remember This House’, unfinished when he died in 1987. The film chronicles Baldwin’s accounts of his friends in the Civil Rights movement, including Dr Martin Luther King, Malcom X and Medgar Evers. With 1960s archive footage through to the current Black Lives Matter movement, a picture of a still racially divided America emerges. With appearances by Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando and George W Bush, as well as Baldwin who once said ‘the story of the Negro in America is the story of America’. “[Baldwin] is an artist, a bit of a dandy who left Harlem to live in Paris. He comes at social and political issues from a poet’s perspective. Peck has done him an enormous service by turning his 30,000-word unfinished manuscript into a feature documentary.” (Geoffrey Macnab, independent.co.uk)
Dir: Raoul Peck 93mins Swi/Fr/US/Be 2016
6/12/2018 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Universally heralded as a masterpiece, this is essentially a shaggy dog story about a pair of earrings which change hands for a variety of reasons. Contessa Madame de… (Danielle Darrieux) is obliged to pay off debts by selling the earrings, a gift from her errant husband. When said spouse, General André de… (Charles Boyer), discovers they are missing he advertises for their return. He then gives the returned earrings to his mistress Lola, who later sells them on … “After numerous viewings I’m happy to call Max Ophüls’s Madame de… […] flawless. […] This masterpiece stars Danielle Darrieux as a wilful French countess in fin-de-siècle Paris who falls in love with an Italian diplomat (Vittorio De Sica). […] Darrieux has never looked more entrancing.” (Philip French, theguardian.com)
Dir: Max Ophüls 100mins France 1953