24/10/2019 19:30 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Agnes Varda’s labour of love to document the life of her husband and fellow director Jacques Demy before his death from terminal illness in 1990. Jacquot tells Demy’s story from his childhood as the son of a garage mechanic to his final days. We are showing this film as a tribute to Agnes Varda who died March 29th this year, many of whose films we have shown in recent years.
We welcome our French cinema expert, Dr Ann Miller to introduce and discuss the film.
Dir: Agnes Varda, France, 118mins, 1991
7/11/2019 19:30 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
The title is a quotation from Goethe: ‘Be pleased then, you, the living, in your delightfully warmed bed before Lethe’s ice-cold wave will lick your escaping foot.’ Swedish director Roy Andersson whose output is of limited frequency, here brings us a film of fifty vignettes of roughly 90 seconds each, which are a dark and sometimes humorous narration on our modern times.
Dir: Roy Andersson, Sweden, 95mins, 2007
Preceded by our AGM starting at 19:30
14/11/2019 19:30 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
The theme of modern Japanese family life here takes an unexpected turn into the disparate and, as it turns out, unrelated lives of the Shibata family. This small group of people, on the fringes of society, share a tumble-down
home belonging to the grandmother they have adopted, and live by illegal and illicit means. Their care towards each other is equal that of any traditional family unit or perhaps beyond it, as they create their own version in response to their previous experiences.
We welcome Alex Jacoby, acknowledged expert in Japanese cinema, to introduce and discuss the film.
“This small film is a thoughtful addition to his parables about happy and unhappy families (Nobody Knows, After the Storm), studded with memorable characters and believable performances that quietly lead
the viewer to reflect on societal values.”
The Hollywood Reporter
Dir: Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan, 121 mins, 2018