We have a great selection of films for our resumed season from Friday 29 October. Many are Oscar winners or Best Films of the Year according to the movie fans’ website IMDb, but all are chosen from hundreds of possibles, because they are lkely to appeal to you, our members.
Included are social and period dramas, thrillers, comedies and an edge-of-your seat documentary that will appear breath-taking on the big screen. The aim is always to present intelligent, amusing titles that many of you are unlikely to have seen before, or that you would want to see again in the company of friends,
Plus we have something new: A Nostalgia Night with a Golden Oldie to be chosen by you the members – with drinks that evening at 1950s prices! Watch for details soon.
All films are shown at 7.30pm, at Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe GL54 5QH, usually on the last Friday of the month, with refreshments served from 7.00pm.
Membership will of course carry over from 2020. We very much look forward to welcoming you back.
The Guardians (France 2017, 2hr 18, Cert 15) Friday 26 November
Only orphan Francine is available to help with harvest on a French farm in 1915 since the men left to fight. Returning on leave, soldier Georges falls in love with her, with dramatic consequences. A beautifully shot story of coping with hardship and loss. Trailer.
With a friend like Harry (France 2000, 1hr 57, Cert 15) Friday 7 January 2022
Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel’s life… and things take a sinister turn. “A thriller that would have made Hitchcock grind his teeth in envy,” Alexander Walker, Evening Standard. Trailer.
The death of Stalin (UK 2017, 1hr 47, Cert 15) Friday 28 January 2022
Moscow 1953: After Stalin fatally collapses, panic spreads among senior Politburo members as they scramble to weed out the competition, ie each other. No-one is safe, not even KGB chief Lavrenti Beria. A terrific black comedy scoring 88/100 among critics. See extra scenes deleted from the film here.
Birds of passage (Colombia 2018, 2hr 05m, Cert 15) Friday 25 March
During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives. With striking scenes of a culture under threat. Trailer.
Free solo (USA 2018, 1hr 36, Cert 12A) Friday 29 April
You’ll gasp with astonishment as Alex Honnold tries to become the first person ever to climb El Capitan with nothing but his boots and bare hands. ‘I try to expand my comfort zone by practicing the moves over and over again until it’s just not scary anymore,’ Alex said. Well, maybe not scary for him. 2019 Best Documentary Oscar winner. Trailer.
Calvary (Ireland 2014, 1hr 42, Cert 15) Friday 27 May
An Irish priest (Brendan Gleeson) hears a confession that includes a threat to kill him a week later. He tries to carry on norally but is confronted by his estranged daughter and parishioners as time runs toward a confrontation that challenges his faith. Trailer
Nostalgia Night: Friday 24 June.
New at WFS: A Golden Oldie to be chosen by you, the members, with drink prices appropriate to when the film was released. A chance to get into the spirit if you choose to do so, and a great film too. Details to be released in 2022.
Apostasy (UK 2017, 1hr 35m, Cert PG) Friday 25 November.
A Jehovah’s Witness (ex-Corrie star Siobhan Finneran) is forced by the church to shun her sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation grows, she starts to question the sect’s tenets. A hard-hitting but even-handed drama directed by Daniel Kokotajlo, brought up as Jehovah’s Witness, but who later broke away. Trailer
My masterpiece (Argentina, 1hr 40, Uncert.) Friday 16 December
Arturo, an unscrupulous art dealer and Renzo, his easy-going longtime painter friend, whose work is no longer fashionable, have both hit hard times. So they fake Renzo’s death to increase the value of his latest pictures, supposedly painted in his prime. Gentle, quirky comedy. Trailer.