Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction

NON-FICTION (15) Doubles vies (original title) Juliette Binoche stars as an actress married to an editor at a distinguished French publishing house, in writer/director Olivier Assayas' latest work. A sly tale of sex, lies, and literature amid the bohemian Parisian intelligentsia. While Selena and Alain are aware of the other's infidelity and almost sincere in accepting it, they are less sanguine of their own professional prospects. Non-Fiction is a smartly comic and sophisticated character drama, interwoven with philosophical inquiry into the artifice and truths of modern life lived in the digital age.

Tue 19 Nov (1 day only) 7.45pm

France (French dialogue with English subtitles), 2018, 107 mins


Cabaret

Cabaret

CABARET (15) The iconic, incredibly stylish study of the dark heart and hedonism of Berlin during the Weimar Republic, full of brilliantly choreographed set-pieces from Bob Fosse. Starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York, Cabaret follows Brian, a new British arrival in the city, as he befriends Sally Bowles, a talented American performer at the risqué Kit Kat Klub - with whom he navigates the decadence and nihilism of a city on the brink of war. Adapted from Christopher Isherwood's novel Goodbye to Berlin, Cabaret is a vibrant and incredibly singular musical, with a truly fabulous performance from Minnelli.

Thu 21 Nov (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA, 1972, 123 mins This screening is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network and is part of the BFI Musicals Season


Official Secrets

Official Secrets

OFFICIAL SECRETS (15) Keira Knightley stars in a morality tale for the 21st century by way of an entertaining political thriller. Official Secrets dramatises the true story of Katharine Gun, a British translator working at GCHQ, who discovered an illegal NSA spy operation designed to steer the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The strong ensemble cast includes Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Indira Varma and Matt Smith; but this is Knightley's film, with a steely performance as the conflicted whistleblower hoping to preventing her country from invading Iraq.

Fri 22 & Sat 23 Nov (2 days) 7.45pm

UK/USA, 2019, 112 mins


The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON (Cert TBC) Zak (Zack Gottsagen) is a restless young man with Down's Syndrome, who itches for excitement and an escape to attend the professional wrestling school of his idol, the Salt Water Redneck. On the road he meets Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small-time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak's unlikely life coach and ally. All that stands in Zak's way is the not-so-simple matter of convincing Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), the kind nursing home employee charged with his return, to join them on their journey. Evoking the adventure stories of Mark Twain, The Peanut Butter Falcon is an emotive and refreshingly modern tale, a bracingly optimistic road-movie that smartly avoids the usual sentimental clichés.

Tue 26 & Thu 28 Nov (2 days) 7.45pm & Sat 23 Nov (1 Day) 3.00pm

USA, 2019, 97 mins


Sorry We Missed You

Sorry We Missed You

SORRY WE MISSED YOU (12A) Ken Loach follows I, Daniel Blake with a passionate indictment of austerity and the absurdities and cruelties of the gig economy. Having lost his building work and mortgage after the 2008 financial crash, Ricky has a rented home with his wife Abbie, a contract nurse and carer, and their children. Seeing no other way out of their circumstances, he is unable to pass up a job driving for a delivery company. But the role is horribly exploitative and Abbie faces similar pressures in her own job, stretching family life to breaking point.

Fri 29 & Sat 30 Nov & Tue 3 Dec (3 days) 7.45pm

UK/France/Belgium, 2019, 100 mins


Meeting Gorbachev

Meeting Gorbachev

MEETING GORBACHEV (PG) Werner Herzog and André Singer's riveting documentary of Herzog's expansive interview of Mikhail Gorbachev, the now 87-year-old former General Secretary of The USSR. Formed from meetings conducted over a six month period to recount the story of a pivotal political figure. Meeting Gorbachev is a fascinating account of a humanist politician gracefully revealing wisdom and commitment to peace in response to Herzog's sincere inquisition.

Thu 5 Dec (1 day only) 7.45pm

UK/Germany/USA (subtitled), 2019, 90 mins


Monos

Monos

MONOS (15) High on a remote mountain in Latin America, a group of young guerillas, watch over a prisoner and dairy cow for a shadowy force known as "The Organisation". Isolated above the billowing clouds and distant gunfire, the teenage soldiers' carefree camaraderie and hedonism is ephemeral, overshadowed by an impending mysterious signal. One of the most talked about films of the year, Monos is an acclaimed and disquieting tale of war and survival, an original, hallucinogenic and intoxicating thriller from Alejandro Landes.

Fri 6 Dec (1 day only) 7.45pm

Colombia/Argentina/Netherlands/Germany, (subtitled), 2019, 102 mins


The Irishman

The Irishman

THE IRISHMAN (15) Martin Scorsese's epic saga of organised crime in postwar America, recounting of the life and times of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, the former union official and hitman, and the part he claimed to have played in the disappearance of his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa. Scorsese uses state-of-the-art visual effects to 'de-age' the cast from their 70s through their 30s in an engrossing tale, that audaciously cuts between decades and brings together a stellar cast including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Anna Paquin.

Sat 7 & Tue 10 Dec (2 days) Early start at 7.30pm

USA, 2019, 209 mins


Making Waves: The Art Of Cinematic Sound

Making Waves: The Art Of Cinematic Sound

MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND (12A) An exploration of the artistry and emotional power of cinema sound from veteran sound editor and first-time director Midge Costin. Costin's immersive documentary celebrates this underappreciated but critical aspect of cinema, through an aural-focused grand tour of film history. Costin interviews unsung sound designers and visionary directors, but the emphasis is on the former, whose recording and mixing board skills shape the way we experience cinema. Exemplary film scenes are presented, and a look at the actual process of sound creation complements the interviews to pay homage to the magic of cinema.

Thu 12 Dec (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA, 2019, 94 mins


Last Christmas

Last Christmas

LAST CHRISTMAS (12A) The Film Theatre's festive offering this year is a Christmas musical written by Emma Thompson inspired by and featuring the music and lyrics of George Michael and Wham! She also plays Petra, whose daughter Kate's poor decision making may have played a part in her working all-year-round as an elf in a Christmas shop. Moving from Game of Thrones to romantic comedy, Emilia Clarke plays Kate, who is unwilling to trust herself or all-round nice guy, Tom (Henry Golding). But sometimes you have to listen to your heart, and it has to be said, sometimes you gotta have faith.

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

UK/USA, 2019, 103 mins


The Aeronauts

The Aeronauts

THE AERONAUTS (PG) Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne take to the air in a heart-racing and breathless adventure story about flight and scientific endeavour. It's 1862 and intrepid balloon pilot Amelia Wren is about to embark on mankind's highest-ever balloon voyage with the headstrong scientist James Glaisher. Both have their reasons to doubt each other and their own place in the world, so rising high above it has its appeal, but as their perilous ascent threatens their survival, self discovery and trust, or least not bickering, could prove to be vital.

Tue 7 & Thu 9 Jan (2 days) 7.45pm

UK/USA, 2019, 101 mins


Marriage Story

Marriage Story

MARRIAGE STORY (15) Noah Baumbach's piercing and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson deliver some of their finest work as Charlie and Nicole, whose once enviable union and subsequent graceful separation crumbles as their lives diverge. With this premise, Marriage Story could have fallen prey to a mercilessly bleak view of married life, but Baumbach's elegant narrative foregoes despair, finding incidental humour amid rancour and tenderness in the love and life that first brought the couple together.

Fri 10 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA, 2019, 136 mins


Knives Out

Knives Out

KNIVES OUT (12A) When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his country estate, just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously hired to investigate. Presented with an array of potential suspects in the form of Harlan's spectacularly dysfunctional family, his curiosity is piqued when seemingly none of them have a reason to kill their benefactor. Knives Out is a classic, cine-literate murder mystery as sharp as a blade, with a stellar cast and unexpected twists and turns from start to finish.

Sat 11, Tue 14 & Thu 16 Jan (3 days) 7:45pm 7.45pm

USA, 2019, 130 mins


Judy & Punch

Judy & Punch

JUDY & PUNCH (15) Judy & Punch is a larger than life fairy tale that reinterprets the origins of the famous puppet show narrative. Turning the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head as a fierce, darkly comic female-driven revenge story. Mia Wasikowska is terrific as Judy, a famous puppeteer who lives with her husband Punch (Damon Herriman) in the peculiar and peculiarly named town of Seaside; a grim inland place gripped by a frenzy of witch hunts and hangings. When Punch's drinking binges lead to tragedy, Judy is blamed and she finds herself amid the town's outcast heretics and bent on enacting vengeance on Punch and the entire town.

Fri 17 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

Australia, 2019, 106 mins


The Two Popes

The Two Popes

THE TWO POPES (Cert TBC) Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) is disillusioned, a contender to be the next pope, but discontent with the direction that the church is taking. Subsequently, his retirement request leads to the traditionalist Cardinal Ratzinger (Anthony Hopkins) emerging from the Conclave to become Pope Benedict XVI. However, the institution still faces a reckoning with itself and the two men find themselves brought together. Director Fernando Mereilles captures the chemistry between Hopkins and Pryce, who relish the rich dialogue and interplay, as the pontiffs tussle over the future of the Catholic Church.

Sat 18 & Tue 21 Jan (2 days) 7.45pm

UK/Italy/Argentina/USA, 2019, 125 mins


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


System Crasher

System Crasher

SYSTEM CRASHER (Cert TBC) Wild and troubled, 9-year-old Benni (Helena Zengel) is on a quest for love and security, desperate to be back at home with her mother. But Bianca is scared of her own daughter and Benni has already become a "system crasher", the unofficial, controversial name given to children who slip through the cracks. All is not lost however, when a new child care worker offers a seed of hope. System Crasher is a deeply moving portrait of the vulnerability of childhood, challenging conventional attitudes to innocence and systems of support, with an exceptional, no-holds barred performance from Zengel.

Tue 28 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

Germany (subtitled), 2019, 118mins


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 (2 days) 7.45pm

USA, 2019, 135 mins