• Arthouse Season




    Tuesday Night ARTHOUSE October 18th to December 13th 2022


    All films showing at 8:00pm unless otherwise advertised


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    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Showing Tuesday 18,October @ 8:00pm

    139 Minutes, United States, 2022, Cert: 16

    Director: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

    Language: English / Mandarin / Cantonese

    Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan

    Trailer: Everything Everywhere All At Once 

    With her laundromat teetering on the brink of failure and her marriage to wimpy husband Waymond on the rocks, overworked Evelyn Wang struggles to cope with everything, including a tattered relationship with her judgmental father Gong Gong and Joy, her daughter. And, as if facing a gloomy midlife crisis weren't enough, Evelyn must brace herself for an unpleasant meeting with an impersonal bureaucrat: Deirdre, the shabbily dressed IRS auditor. However, as the stern agent loses patience, an inexplicable multiverse rift becomes an eye-opening exploration of parallel realities. Will Evelyn jump down the rabbit hole? How many stars are there in the universe? Can weary Evelyn fathom the irrepressible force of possibilities, tap into newfound powers, and prevent an evil entity from destroying the thin, countless layers of the unseen world?

    Festivals:

    South by Southwest Film Festival 2022

    Awards:

    -

    Quotes:

    ‘’ “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is about finding something to hold onto in the midst of oblivion, and it isn’t afraid to make itself the ultimate example of how that might work.‘’

    -David Ehrlich, indieWire

    ‘’ The film works magic by embracing excess, finding a kind of harmony and possibility within it, and reminding us of the beauty and lunacy of the human experience along the way.’’

    - Derek Smith, Slant Magazine

    ‘’Yeoh imbues Evelyn with moving shades of melancholy, regret, resolve and growing curiosity. She’s the kind of woman the world (and Hollywood) routinely overlooks, but Yeoh makes her embrace of lead-character energy positively gripping.’’

    -Maureen Ryan, Variety


     

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    The Big hit     Un triomphe

    Showing Tuesday 25th, October @ 20:00

    106 minutes, France, 2022, Cert: 15A

    Director: Emmanuel Courcol

    Language: French / Russian

    Cast: Kad Merad, David Ayala, Lamine Cissokho

    Trailer:  THE BIG HIT 

    Etienne, an often out of work but endearing actor, runs a theater workshop in a prison, where he brings together an unlikely troupe of prisoners to stage Samuel Beckett’s famous play Waiting for Godot. When he is allowed to take the colorful band of convicts on a tour outside of prison, Etienne finally has the chance to thrive.Each date is a new success and a unique relationship grows between this ad hoc group of actors and their director. But soon comes the final performance in Paris. Will their last night together be the biggest hit of them all?

    Festivals:

    Cannes Film Festival 2020

    IFI French Film Festival 2020

    Seattle International Film Festival 2021 

    Awards:

    Winner - European Comedy, European Film Awards 2020

     Quotes:

    “Emmanuel Courcol channels the feel-good energy of films like The Full Monty or Francophone dramedy Sink Or Swim for his latest, which fictionalises the true story of Swedish actor Jan Jönson’s attempt to help prisoners stage a version of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot.” - Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film

    “Put The Big Hit on your must-see-for-big-surprises list.” - Kurt, Brokaw, The Independent Magazine (New York)

     


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    Juniper

    Showing Tuesday 1st, November @ 8:00pm

    94 Minutes, New Zesland , 2021, Cert: 15A

    Director: Matthew J. Saville

    Language: English

    Cast:Charlotte Rampling, Marton Csokas, George Ferrier

    Trailer: JUNIPER

    On returning home from boarding school, a self-destructive teenager discovers his gin-soaked grandmother has moved in. A battle of wills ensues which enables him to embrace life again, and her to face her own mortality.

    Sam (17) has been on a self-destructive spiral that could lead to his death. He returns home from boarding school to find his wheelchair-bound English grandmother, Ruth has moved in. Ruth is an ex- war photographer with a lust for life and a love of the bottle. Sam soon finds himself profoundly confronted by her alcoholic wit and chutzpah. Their first meeting is awkward; their second violent. Things get worse when Sam finds himself stranded alone with her and her nurse Sarah for the school holidays. Both strong-willed characters, a battle of supremacy ensues, enabling Sam to embrace life again and for Ruth to face her mortality.

     


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    Official Competition   Competencia oficial

    Showing Tuesday 8th, November@ 8:00PM 

    114 Minutes, Spain / Argentina, 2022, Cert: 15A

    Director: Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat

    Language: Spanish

    Cast: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martínez

    Trailer: Official Competition

     A billionaire businessman in search of fame and social prestige decides to make a unique, groundbreaking film. To achieve this goal, he hires the best of the best: A stellar team consisting of famous filmmaker Lola Cuevas and two well-known actors who boast not only an enormous talent, but also an even bigger ego: Hollywood star Félix Rivero and aging theater thespian Iván Torres. They're both legends, but not exactly the best of friends. Through a series of increasingly hilarious tests set by Lola, Félix and Iván must confront not only each other, but also their own legacies

    Festivals:

    Venice International Film Festival 2021

    Toronto International Film Festival 2021

    San Sebastián International Film Festival 2021

    Tallin Black Nights Film Festival 2021

    Tribeca Film Festival 2022

    Awards:

    -

    Quotes:

    ★ ★ ★ ★ Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas are a blast in this riotous takedown of egotistical actors.” - Phil de Semlyen, Time Out, Venice International Film Festival 2021

    “Big laughs and searing insights into the artistic process power this highly enjoyable film world satire.” - David Jenkins, Little White Lies, Venice International Film Festival 2021

     


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    Hit the Road   Jaddeh Khaki

    Showing Tuesday 15th, November @ 8:15pm

    93 Minutes, Iran, 2022 Cert: 12A

    Director: Panah Panahi

    Language: Persian / English

    Cast: Pantea Panahihi, Hasan Majuni, Rayan Sarlak

    Trailer: Hit the Road

    Panah Panahi, son and collaborator of embattled Iranian master Jafar Panahi, makes a striking feature debut with this charming, sharp-witted, and deeply moving comic drama. Hit the Road takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds unexpected twists and turns. It follows a family of four -- two middle-aged parents and their sons, one a taciturn adult, the other an ebullient six-year-old -- as they drive across the Iranian countryside. Over the course of the trip, they bond over memories of the past, grapple with fears of the unknown, and fuss over their sick dog. Unspoken tensions arise and the film builds emotional momentum as it slowly reveals the furtive purpose for their journey. The result is a humanist drama that offers an authentic, raw, and deeply sincere observation of an Iranian family preparing to part with one of their own.

    Festivals:

    Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2021

    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2021

    BFI London Film Festival 2021

    International Film Festival Rotterdam 2022

    Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2022

    Awards:

    Winner - Best Film, BFI London Film Festival 2021

    Quotes:

    ★ ★ ★ ★ Despite its sparky sense of humour, a sharp melancholy underscores this Iranian road movie. Writer-director Panah Panahi (son of auteur Jafar) takes the audience on a trip that feels both boisterously rambunctious and darkly momentous at the same time.” 

    - Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall

    “An astounding feature debut from Iranian writer-director Panah Panahi, the road trip drama Hit the Road brims with the confidence of a stalwart filmmaker. His dialogue is so sharp you could slice steel with it. The rising tension reaches a beautiful and traumatic apotheosis. The comedic and dramatic timing is impeccable. But what cuts deepest is the warmth of the film’s central family. This is a triumph on every conceivable level, announcing the arrival of a prodigious talent.” - Alex Saveliev, Film Threat

      

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    Return to Dust  Yin ru chen yan

    Showing Tuesday 22nd, November @ 8:00pm

    131 Minutes, China, 2022 Cert: TBC

    Director: Li Ruijun

    Language: Mandarin

    Cast: Wu Renlin, Hai Qing, Yang Guangrui

    Trailer: Return To Dust

    In the rural Gansu region of China, Ma and Cao are two people seen only as inconveniences by their respective families. They are cast off and forced into an arranged marriage. Living a simple but challenging farming life, the couple gradually fall in love. Together, they decide to build their own house. However, a state-ordered demolition process threatens their very way of life.

    The latest film from director Li Ruijun is a patient, tender story of survival and love against the odds. Elegantly shot and beautifully acted, it shows a side of Chinese society rarely seen on cinema screens. It has struck a chord with audiences in China, recently topping the local box office months after its initial release.

     Festivals:

    Berlin International Film Festival – 2022

    Udine Far East Film Festival – 2022

    Toronto International Film Festival - 2022

    Quotes:

    “A lyrical slice of Chinese neorealism” – The Hollywood Reporter

    “Although the tone is bleak ... this is also a deeply humane film” – South China Morning Post

     


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    The good boss El buen patrón

    Showing Tuesday 29th, November @ 8:00Pm

    115 Minutes, Spain, 2021 Cert: 15A

    Director: Fernando León de Aranoa

    Language: Spanish

    Cast: Javier Bardem, Manolo Solo, Almudena Amor

    Trailer: The Good Boss

    Blanco (Bardem) initially appears to be a kindly, if bland, owner of a factory. ‘Don’t treat me like a boss’, he gestures to his employees. But behind the genial façade lies a selfish profiteer. Blanco is all smiles for a visiting journalist and is intent on keeping morale up so he can win a government award. But when he makes a long-serving employee redundant and takes advantage of his latest intern, cracks start to appear in the industrialist’s world.

    Fernando León de Aranoa previously worked with Bardem on the Escobar biopic Loving Pablo and the gentle drama Mondays in the Sun. With The Good Boss, they change gear dramatically, skillfully balancing humour with a merciless critique of greed. Blanco is emblematic of a wider malaise in society, of corporate executives enjoying the riches of others’ labour and abusing their position of power. And Bardem revels in the split nature of his character. He conveys Blanco’s blandness with a watchability only a bona fide film star can bring to such a role while detailing the character’s mendacity in the way he treats everyone around him. Bardem has previously portrayed a Bond villain and other psychopaths to winning effect and, thanks to his performance, Blanco sits comfortably amongst them.

    Festivals:

    San Sebastián International Film Festival 2021

    Awards:

    Winner - Best Film: Goya Awards 2022

    Winner - Best Director, Fernando León de Aranoa: Goya Awards 2022

    Winner - Best Lead Actor, Javier Bardem: Goya Awards 2022

    Quotes:

    ‘’ It’s Javier Bardem’s show as he runites with Fernando Leon de Aranoa for this parable of power in a provincial Spanish town. The Good Boss is as smooth and efficient as a well-run factory.‘’

    - Jonathan Holland, Screen International

    ‘’ With a style reminiscent of the Coen brothers’ trademark cinematic sarcasm, León de Aranoa artfully spins a story (which he also wrote) of bad behaviour trying to pass itself off as good.’’

    - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    ‘’ “Played with an inspired fusion of mundanity and menace by Bardem, Blanco is a riveting, slippery, unctuous protagonist-villain. With its wry outlook and flashes of visual jokery, the laughs are there.’’

    -Guy Lodge, Variety

     

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    Decision To Leave  Heojil Kyolshim

    Showing Tuesday 6th, Decemner @ 8pm

    138 minutes, South Korea, 2022, Cert: 15A

    Director: Park Chan-wook

    Language: Korean / Chinese

    Cast: Javier Bardem, Manolo Solo, Almudena Amor

    Trailer: Decision to Leave

    When a man falls to his death from a mountain, detective Hae-joon is assigned to the case. The victim’s beautiful and enigmatic wife Seo-rae shows no real distress at the loss of her husband, leading Hae-joon to suspect that this was not just an accident. As he investigates further his interest in Seo-rae becomes something more – an attraction that seems to be reciprocated… 

    The latest from Korean director Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden) has been compared to the work of Hitchcock, but Park brings a flair to this suspense thriller that is all his own. This is elegant, stylish and intriguing filmmaking, which also feels modern and innovative. And the delicious plot twists will have you guessing to the very end.

    Festivals:

    Cannes Film Festival 2022

     Awards:

    Winner - Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 2022

     Quotes:

    “★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s a gorgeously and grippingly made picture and Tang Wei is magnificent.”

    - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2022

     “The erotic connection in Decision To Leave may be more demure than that of The Handmaiden; the crime world depicted less visceral than that of Old Boy, but this picture demonstrates that, even without the extreme shock tactics of some of his earlier work, Park can craft a deeply satisfying and potentially commercial thriller.”- Wendy Ide, Screen International, Cannes Film Festival 2022

     

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    Triangle of Sadness

    Showing Tuesday 13th, December

    150 Minutes, Sweden / France / United Kingdom / Germany / Turkey / Greece Cert:15A

    Director: Ruben Östlund

    Language: English

    Cast: Charlbi Dean, Harris Dickinson, Woody Harrelson

    Trailer: TRIANGLE OF SADNESS

    In Ruben Östlund's wickedly funny Palme d'Or winner, social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the tawdry relationship between power and beauty. Celebrity model couple, Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean), are invited on a luxury cruise for the uber-rich, helmed by an unhinged boat captain (Woody Harrelson). What first appeared instagrammable ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a desert island and fighting for survival.

    Festivals & awards:

    Palme d’Or - Cannes Film Festival, 2022

    Quotes:

    Triangle drills down gleefully on privileged lives thrown suddenly into crisis” – Entertainment Weekly

    “A takedown of the super-rich aboard a superyacht that plays like Buñuel by way of the Farrelly brothers” – Time Out