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Winter 2019

 

Custody

15 | France | 2017 | French
Drama
Director: Xavier Legrand
Date Shown: Wednesday 9 January 2019

A gripping, tension-filled story that builds steadily towards an extraordinary climax. This French debut film about a bitter custody battle for an only child scooped up numerous awards upon its release.


Duck Soup

U | USA | 1933 | English
Comedy
Director: Leo McCarey
Date Shown: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Probably the Marx Brothers' funniest and most inventive film, the extraordinary political satire retains its bite and its laughs after more than 80 years.
This film is part of Comedy Genius, a nationwide season that celebrates the greatest comedy talent onscreen. Comedy Genius is led by BFI, the Independent Cinema Office and BFI Film Audience network, supported by funds from the National Lottery. For more screenings go to bficomedy.co.uk. #bficomedy


Elena

12 | Russia | 2011 | Russian
Drama
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Date Shown: Wednesday 20 February 2019

Another award-winning "state of the nation" film from Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev in which Elena and Vladimir's unequal marriage is a microcosm for modern Russia. The film also has a great Philip Glass soundtrack.


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Funny Cow

15 | UK | 2017 | English
Comedy, Drama
Director: Adrian Shergold
Date Shown: Wednesday 20 March 2019

Maxine Peak gives a powerful performance as Funny Cow, a female comedian trying to break into the very male stand-up comedy circuit of Northern Working Men's Clubs in the 1970s and 1980s.
+ short film Vote 100: Born a Rebel (UK, 2018, 15 mins) — a documentary about the history of women's suffrage using archive footage from the North of England.