We have a great selection of films for our season whenever it is possible to resume. 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. All have sub-titles – even those in English.
The death of Stalin (UK 2017, 1hr 47, Cert 15) 25 February
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) 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) 27 May
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.
Whisky Galore (UK 1949, 1hr 22, Cert A) 24 June Nostalgia Night
The classic Ealing comedy starring Basil Radford (left), with wine at prices appropriate to when the film was released. A chance to get into the spirit if you choose to do so, (but not whisky) and a great film too. Extraverts may rise to the occasion if desired.
Calvary (Ireland 2014, 1hr 42, Cert 15) 29 July
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
My masterpiece (Argentina, 1hr 40, Uncert.) 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.