Current Films

Toni Erdmann

Rating: R16 Sex scenes, nudity, drug use & offensive language

Running time: 2 hrs 42 mins

STARTS MARCH 15
German comedy-drama about a father trying to reconnect with his adult daughter. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2016.

"Practical joker Winfried disguises himself as flashy 'Toni Erdmann' to get busy Ines's attention and change her corporate lifestyle. The father-daughter challenge reaches absurd proportions until Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life… "

The Innocents

Rating: M Sexual violence, suicide and content that may disturb

Running time: 1hr 51mins

STARTS MARCH 16
During the aftermath of WWII, Mathilde (Lou de Laâge), a young doctor, is urged to visit a local Polish convent. There she finds a nun in labour, and hears other grim tales from other sisters, many of whom still cannot face their own pregnancy, with the army responsible now having disappeared.

"Based on true events, this thrilling drama will have you on the edge of your seat to see what happens. Superlative director Anne Fontaine, who brought us Adore (2013 Sundance Film Festival) and Coco Before Chanel, is at her best when transporting us to intimate worlds of women courageously crossing verboten boundaries." (Sundance Film Festival)

Aquarius

Rating: R16 Nudity, explicit sexual material and offensive language

Running time: 2 hrs 22 mins

"Clara (Braga), a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Avenida Boa Viagem, Recife. All the neighbouring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company, a confrontation which is both mysterious, frightening and nerve wracking. This tension both disturbs Clara and gives her that edge on her daily routine. It also gets her thinking about her loved ones, her past and her future." (Cannes Film Festival)

Embrace

Rating: M Offensive language and nudity

Running time: 1 hr 17 mins

COMING FOR A SHORT SEASON ONLY
April 12, 16, 20, 22

When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. Embrace follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.

‘Disgusting’ is the word most frequently used when documentary filmmaker and body image activist Taryn Brumfitt asks 100 women to describe their bodies. The statistics she quotes suggest we’re in the midst of an epidemic of self-loathing: 91 per cent of women hate their bodies, 70 per cent of girls are dissatisfied, and 50 per cent of 5-to-12 year-olds want to lose weight. Embrace is Brumfitt’s fight-back manifesto, a stirring and highly entertaining film that celebrates diversity and preaches self-acceptance. It’s the kind of inspiring, accessible documentary that could actually change the way people think

Notes On Blindness

Rating: Doco

Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

STARTS MARCH 3
After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary.

Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness.

Published in 1990, the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, ‘A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.’

Following on from the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work, both affecting and innovative – and one of the most essential British documentaries of the year.

Since premiering at Sundance in January 2016 (alongside our virtual reality project) the film has played at over 40 international festivals. It won the Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards and has been nominated for 3 BAFTAs (including Best Documentary and Outstanding British Film).

Jackie

Rating: M Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb

Running time: 1 hr 36 mins

Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that she created and loved so well. From the director of the Oscar-nominated No.

The Country Doctor

Rating: PG Offensive language

Running time: 1 hr 38 mins

STARTS FEB 2
Comedic French drama set in a countryside community where the people's reliable doctor, Jean-Pierre, falls ill. Natalie, a young hospital doctor, fills his place while also aiding Jean-Pierre, forcing her to prove that she can replace a man deemed irreplaceable.

A Man Called Ove

Rating: M Offensive language & suicide

Running time: 1 hr 56 mins

STARTS JAN 12
Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks.

What emerges is a heart-warming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared.

“Hearts will warm, and tears may fall.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“An unabashed, unexpected delight.” BOSTON HERALD
“Irresistible.” VARIETY

Dancer

Rating: Doco

Running time: 1 hr 25mins

Icon. Genius. Rebel.

Oscar-nominated director Steven Cantor charts ballet prodigy Sergei Polunin's battles with identity and commitment as he is on the cusp of becoming a legend.

Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal. However, at age 25 he walked away from it all, stardom having all but driven him to self destruction. Dancer is an unprecedented examination of this complex young man who made ballet go viral.