Honey Boy

Honey Boy

HONEY BOY (Cert TBC) Adapted from a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, and based on his own experiences, filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years struggling to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. LaBeouf takes on the cathartic challenge of playing a version of his own father in a complex film, full of narrative and meta-narrative twists, playing opposite Lucas Hedges and Noah Jupe as Otis at 12 and 22 years-of-age respectively.

Thu 23 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA, 2019, 93mins


The Report

The Report

THE REPORT (15) The American government takes a long hard look at itself in this politically urgent drama. Adam Driver stars as Daniel J. Jones, an idealistic senate aid tasked by Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) with delivering a definitive report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program in the face of resistance from powerful establishment figures. The Report is a compelling thriller that tips its hat to 1970s politically conscious cinema, demonstrating the need for a nation to look clear-eyed into its darkest hours.

Fri 24 & Sat 25 Jan (2 days) 7.45pm

USA, 2019, 120 mins


So Long My Son

So Long My Son

So Long, My Son (Cert TBC) Di jiu tian chang (original title) Yaojun (Wang Jingchun) and Liyun (Yong Mei) were once happy, but when their young son dies in a tragic accident, the couple struggle to recover. Poetically moving between past and present and told in sweeping tableaux, So Long, My Son is a magnificent, wrenching drama with Yaojun and Liyun at its heart. Wang Xiaoshuai directs a chronicle of people and a society in transformation, where the collective human cost and emotional history of China's one-child policy and the Cultural Revolution, frames an immense story of loss, love and redemption.

Tue 28 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

China (Mandarin dialogue with English subtitles), 2019, 185 mins


First A Girl

First A Girl

FIRST A GIRL (U) First a Girl is a brilliant 1930s British musical to rival Hollywood's best. A sly, sparkling romantic comedy with extravagant choreography, starring Jessie Matthews as Elizabeth, a delivery girl who dreams of treading the boards. After gate crashing and failing her first audition, she meets Victor (Sonny Hale), a fellow reject with a back up gig as a female impersonator. When illness renders him unable to perform, who could possibly take his place? Taking its risqué (for its time) storyline from the 1933 German film Vicktor und Vicktoria, First a Girl is the glamorous epitome of an unheralded aspect of 1930s British cinema.

Thu 30 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

UK (B/W), 1935, 93mins This screening is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network and is part of the BFI Musicals season.


Little Women

Little Women

LITTLE WOMEN (PG) Greta Gerwig adapts Louisa May Alcott's classic 19th century novel following the March sisters' passage from childhood to womanhood in New England in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Gerwig brings an all-star cast to an enduring favourite, casting Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen as Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, with Laura Dern and Meryl Streep as the matriarchs.

Fri 31 Jan, Sat 1 Feb & Tue 4 Feb(3 days) 7.45pm

USA, 2019, 135 mins


Beanpole

Beanpole

BEANPOLE (Cert TBC) Dylda (original title) Two women who survived active service in the Second World War, search for meaning and hope amongst the ruins of Leningrad in Kantemir Balagov's extraordinary award-winning second feature. Beanpole is inspired by Nobel prize winner Svetlana Alexievich's The Unwomanly Face of War, with a raw psychological intensity that's reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman. Occasionally disturbing, Balagov's powerful period drama captures the trauma and exhaustion of a society emerging from war.

Thu 6 Feb (1 day only) 7.45pm

Russia (Russian dialogue with English subtitles), 2019, 130 mins


JoJo Rabbit

JoJo Rabbit

JOJO RABBIT (12A) Jojo Rabbit is an exuberant and irreverent comedy from Taika Waititi, following the misadventures of Jojo, a zealous if somewhat inept member of the Hitler Youth. However, the Nazi regime is crumbling and its viciousness increasing, when Jojo's perceptions are challenged by the discovery that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their house. Jojo Rabbit is emotional charged, satirising the absurdities of racism and nationalism while blending humour and pathos. Waititi's rich cast includes himself as Jojo's imaginary friend Adolf, alongside Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell and Stephen Merchant.

Fri 7, Sat 8, Tue 11 Feb (3 days) 7.45pm Sat 8 Feb 3.00pm matinee

Czech Republic/New Zealand/USA, 2019, 108 mins


Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (15) Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (original title) In 1760, Lady Héloïse's mother hires a painter to create a portrait of her daughter for a distant suitor. But the painter, Marianne, must do so in secret because Héloïse is fiercely opposed to being married off. The subterfuge of being a walking companion allows Marianne to intently observe her subject, an act taking on profound intimacy, in a love story set against impossible social and cultural barriers. Portrait of a Lady on Fire continues Céline Sciamma's development from Water Lilies, Tomboy to Girlhood to become a filmmaker of great emotion power and poignancy.

Fri 14 Feb (1 day only) Special preview screening 7.45pm

France (French and Italian dialogue with English subtitles), 2019, 122 mins


1917

1917

1917 (15) 1917 is based on the real-life experiences of its director Sam Mendes' grandfather, following young soldiers Schofield and Blake on their perilous mission to deliver a warning message to save a regiment, that includes Blake's own brother, from a German ambush. Set over two hours of one day in Spring 1917, and never leaving the sides of of Schofield and Blake, 1917 is stunningly presented as a single extended shot in real time. Deservedly a frontrunner for this year's Oscar´┐Ż nominations it is immersive, thrilling, affecting and tragic storytelling, featuring a stellar extended British cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth and Andrew Scott.

Sat 15, Tue 18 & Thu 20 Feb (3 days) 7.45pm

UK/USA, 2019, 119 mins


Bombshell

Bombshell

BOMBSHELL (15) Based on the real scandal, Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time, Fox News, and the women who took on its head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over. Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie lead as Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson and Kayla Pospisil, Fox News staffer's no longer willing to accede to the seedy whims deemed advantageous to their careers.

Fri 21 Feb (1 day only) 7.45pm

Canada/USA, 2019, 109 mins


Mr Jones

Mr Jones

MR JONES (15) Agnieszka Holland's thrilling drama starring James Norton as Gareth Jones, the real-life Welsh journalist whose reporting inspired George Orwell's "Animal Farm". Jones' short career had already seen him advise Prime Minister David Lloyd George, when his unsanctioned travels deep into the Soviet Union became a life-or-death journey to expose Stalin's genocidal famine and the international media conspiracy hiding it. Holland directs with passion and commitment, recounting Jones' struggle to reveal unpalatable truths to a world unwilling to confront an inconvenient political reality.

Sat 22 & Tue 25 Feb (2 days) 7.45pm

Poland/UK/Ukraine (English, Ukrainian, Russian and Welsh dialogue with English subtitles), 2019, 119 mins


Talking About Trees

Talking About Trees

TALKING ABOUT TREES (Cert TBC) Talking About Trees is Suhaib Gasmelbari's beautifully shot feature debut, winner of the Berlinale Best Documentary Award. The documentary follows four veteran members of the Sudanese Film Club, as they embark on a journey in which they aim to return cinemagoing culture back to the country. Decades of war and an increasingly hostile attitude towards culture have resulted in the disappearance of countless cinemas, but these men are passionate and determined to restore, and occasionally re-enact, neglected classics from Sudan's cinematic past. They face religious and political resistance from all corners, but Gasmelbari presents their mission with affection, guile, dignity and humour.

Thu 27 Feb (1 day only) 7.45pm

France/Sudan/Chad/Germany/Qatar (Arabic dialogue with English subtitles), 2019, 90 mins


The Personal History Of David Copperfield

The Personal History Of David Copperfield

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) Director Armando Iannucci brings his sardonic wit to Charles Dickens' classic autobiographical novel. Dev Patel plays the titular hero, who we follow from early youth to middle age, tracing his social awakening and huge personal ups and downs as he witnesses the best and worst of humanity. With a terrific supporting cast including Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Gwendoline Christie and Ben Whishaw, this is a hugely compassionate, funny and optimistic film; a Dickens reworking unlike any you have ever seen, demonstrating that that great art is born of great experience, and that one's true fortune can be measured in friends.

Fri 28 & Sat 29 Feb, Tue 5 Mar (3 days) 7.45pm Sat 29 Feb 3.00pm matinee

UK/USA, 2019, 119 mins


A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life

A HIDDEN LIFE (12A) A Hidden Life is a reverent historical epic following an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian conscientious objector in bucolic Alpine Austria, where he led a pious life with his wife Fani and their three children. Committed to a deep abiding love of God and each other, when he is called up to fight he steadfastly refuses to swear his allegiance to Hitler or otherwise support the war effort. Ostracised by his community he must then face a terrifying fate. Terrence Malick relays a little-known true story of quiet heroism, with a return to form featuring the final performances from Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz.

Thu 5 Mar (1 day only) 7.45pm

Germany/USA (English, German and Italian dialogue with English subtitles), 2019, 174 mins


The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

THE LIGHTHOUSE (15) The Lighthouse is Robert Eggers' startling psychological thriller about two lighthouse keepers isolated on a remote New England island at the turn of the 19th century. While apprentice Ephraim Winslow tends to the building's more onerous and demeaning demands, Tom is a slave-driver who proudly presides over the mythical light. The days pass slowly and Ephraim's resentment grows, but when he learns of the mysterious fate of his master's former assistant, a creeping sense of fear and paranoia also begins to stir. The Lighthouse is audacious and innovative cinema, shot in shimmering 35mm black and white with extraordinary performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

Fri 6 & Sat 7 Mar (2 days) 7.45pm

Canada/USA, 2019, 109 mins


A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (PG) Director Marielle Heller follows Can You Ever Forgive Me? with a film destined to capture even the most world-weary heart. Matthew Rhys plays Lloyd Vogel, a cynical journalist with a troubled personal life, who is commission to write an article on the children's television presenter Fred Rogers. Vogel regards Rogers (America's answer to John Noakes, John Craven and Tony Hart all rolled into one) as a relic whose style and ideas are outdated. He is also deeply suspicious: 'Could anyone really be so good, so kind?' Tom Hanks takes the role of the Rogers, whose guileless affability leads Vogel to question his own misanthropic outlook.

Tue 10 Mar (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA, 2019, 107 mins


First Love

First Love

FIRST LOVE (Cert TBC) Hatsukoi (original title) Takashi Miike foregoes the supernatural of his recent offerings to present a contemporary love story. Leo is a promising young boxer with a recently diagnosed brain tumour who meets Yuri while she is being pursued by a man with a gun. All that stands in their way is a complex drug heist, a yakuza turncoat, a gang of Chinese triads and a corrupt local cop; this is Miike after all. Miike's suspenseful build up reveals Yuri's plight as a young woman sold into prostitution to pay off her father's debts, and rival interested parties as they vie for position; but this is simply the preamble for a thoroughly anarchic no-holds-barred denouement.

Thu 12 Mar (1 day only) 7.45pm

Japan/UK (Japanese dialogue with English subtitles), 2019, 108mins


Parasite

Parasite

PARASITE (15) Gisaengchung (original title) From the imagination of Bong Joon-Ho this is a must-see blackly comic thriller that finds a family of grifters worming their way into an affluent family's perfect world. After their son fakes his way into becoming the English tutor for the ultra-wealthy Park family, the Kims use every dirty trick in the book and soon all four of the family members have roles in their hyper-stylish modern home. But is there more to their new host than meets the eye? Already the most successful Palme d'Or winner ever, Parasite is what happens when the have-nots have their day. A deliciously fun poisoned cocktail of dark humour, social satire and perfect set pieces, by way of a gripping thriller that keeps surprising to the last.

Fri 13 & Sat 14 Mar (2 days) 7.45pm

South Korea (Korean and English dialogue with English subtitles), 2019, 132 mins