Film Season at Ramor

Dear All

The film club returns to Ramor Theatre next Tuesday 8th September.  Please see the Autumn Programme below.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards

Freda

Tuesday 8th September 2015, 8pm: Selma (Ana DuVernay, USA 2014, 127 mins, 12A)
Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth

Spring, 1965: the small town of Selma, Alabama, has become the unlikely flashpoint for the struggle for racial equality. Astute strategist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr knows that the most effective use of non-violence is to provoke a violent response. He selects Selma for a protest march because of its racist governor George Wallace and the brutality of its police force.  A profoundly moving drama that captures the political chicanery surrounding this turning point for the civil rights movement.

Tuesday 15th September 2015, 8pm: Love is Strange (Ira Sachs, USA 2014, 94 mins, 15A)
Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson

When George loses his job at a Roman Catholic school because he has married his long-term partner, Ben, the loss of his income leads to a life-changing situation.  As they can no longer afford their mortgage, and so must sell their co-op and rely on the hospitality of friends and family, none of whom has a house big enough for both of them, they have to live separately while trying to find a solution.  A sensitive, wise, acutely-observed and heart-warming drama,

Tuesday 22nd September 2015, 8pm: Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas, France 2014, 124 mins)
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger

A French actress is invited to perform a new version of a play that shot her to international stardom many years ago.  This time, however, rather than playing the attractive young girl, she now has to play the girl’s bitter boss.  The film cuts between the play and the relationship between the star and her personal assistant as they run the play’s lines together.  A fascinating drama, centred on the mesmerizing spark between the two main actresses, which has garnered this film a lot of praise.

Tuesday 6th October 2014, 8pm: Amy (Asif Kapadia, UK 2015, 127 mins)

Asif Kapadia’s terrific documentary on Amy Winehouse appears to share one thing in common with his earlier study of Ayrton Senna; both seem to concern an unstoppable drift towards catastrophe. Aware that the gifted singer died in 2011 of alcohol poisoning, there are hints here of opportunities where the decline could have been reversed.  We are left mourning a great character, wondering where that talent might have brought her.

Tuesday 13th October 2015, 8pm: The New Girlfriend (François Ozon, France 2014, 107 mins)
Starring: Anaïs Demoustier, Romain Duris, Raphaël Personnaz, Isild Le Besco

Devastated by the death of her best friend, Claire makes a promise to watch over the husband and newborn child. Battling through a fog of depression and a lack of responsiveness from her own husband, she reluctantly drags herself to the plush suburban home of her friend’s widower only to make a startling discovery about the form his grief has taken. At first shocked and resistant, she becomes progressively seduced.  An audacious, elegant and witty melodrama.

 

 

Tuesday 20th October 2015, 8pm: Mr Turner (Mike Leigh, UK 2014, 149 mins, 12A)
Starring: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Roger Ashton-Griffiths

A study of the final years of the painter JMW Turner, played with relish and sympathy by Timothy Spall, who won Best Actor at Cannes in 2014 for his role.  The painter is a harrumphing eccentric, with a handsome establishment in London, who enjoys the freedom that wealth and success have given him, a freedom to roam and a freedom to speak his mind to simpering critics and saucer-eyed buyers. A glorious film, it combines domestic intimacy with an epic sweep, and has a lyrical, mysterious quality that perfumes every scene, whether tragic or comic.

Tuesday 10th November 2015, 8pm: Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritania/France 2014,  97 mins, 12A)
Starring: Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri

Set in the early days of the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012, this film is a stunningly-shot condemnation of intolerance and its annihilation of diversity, told in a way that clearly denounces without resorting to cardboard perpetrators. Abdelkrim drives to the tent of a Tuareg family to convince the strong-willed Satima to cover her head. Her neighbours have already fled, and she tells her loving husband, Kidane, that they should move closer to other people, but he wants to stay put.  When Kidane’s prize cow dies after getting caught in the nets of a fisherman, he sets off to confront the fisherman. Nominated – Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2015

 

Tuesday 17th November 2015, 8pm: Cake (Daniel Barnz, USA 2014, 102 mins, 15A)
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Mamie Gummer, William H Macy

While struggling with her own trauma, a woman in a chronic-pain support group begins to investigate the suicide of a fellow group member and develops an unexpected relationship with the woman’s husband in this highly-anticipated drama.  A courageous, career-defining performance from Jennifer Aniston.

 

Tuesday 24th November 2015, 8pm: Marshland (Alberto Rodriguez, Spain 2014, 104 mins)
Starring: Javier Gutierrez, Raul Arevalo, Nerrea Barros, Antonio de la Torre, Jesus Castro

It’s 1980. Juan and rookie Pedro have travelled from Madrid to Andalucia to investigate the disappearance of two sisters. Soon the sisters’ bodies are discovered and they enlist the help of isolated local, Jesús.  When a drunken man stumbles into the hotel seeking justice for his own dead girlfriend, a pattern of deaths starts to emerge.  Noirishly tense, with a tight focus on character, realism, a sense of place and social critique, all adding up to a gripping film.

Tuesday 1st December 2015, 8pm: 3 Hearts (Benoît Jacquot, France 2014, 106 mins)
Starring: Benoit Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve

One night in a provincial French city, after missing his train back to Paris, Marc meets Sylvie. They wander the streets until morning, talking happily, falling in love and making a date to meet again. When circumstances prevent this reunion, Marc searches for Sylvie but ends up finding someone else: Sophie. What Marc doesn’t realise is that Sophie is Sylvie’s sister. Whose heart will survive the dramatic tension? An emotionally-rich and enjoyably-suspenseful film.

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