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From Sebastián Lelio, writer-director of the Academy Award-winning A FANTASTIC WOMAN, DISOBEDIENCE is a timely and emotionally powerful tale set at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, of personal desires and the demands of faith.
When her estranged rabbi father suddenly passes away, Ronit (played by Oscar-winner and co-producer Rachel Weisz) returns from New York to the north London Orthodox Jewish community she rejected years previously after a scandalous transgression. Ronit’s presence immediately courts further controversy when she unknowingly runs into Esti (Rachel McAdams), the wife of her strictly religious cousin Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) and the woman for whom she shared an illicit attraction in their childhood. This happy reunion soon reignites the two women’s burning, long-unrequited passions, an act of defiance that could alter the course of their lives forever.
Based on the novel of the same name by bestselling author Naomi Alderman and co-written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, DISOBEDIENCE is a critically acclaimed romantic drama that explores the fraught boundaries between spiritual devotion and sexuality.
“We didn’t inherit the Earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children.” - Chief Seattle
Down to Earth follows a London family, breaking away from society to find a new perspective on life. For five years, travelling six continents, parents Renata Heinen and Rolf Winters and their 3 children aged 10, 7 and 6 go on a journey of discovery to capture the wisdom of the ‘Earth Keepers’. They find indigenous communities who have retained a natural balance and live in harmony with their surroundings, far removed from the technologically focused cultures of today. There is no crew, no production team, just one backpack and camera each.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A
Matt Calder is a widower with a questionable past who decides it’s time to start a new life with his young son, Mark. But their peaceful existence is sabotaged when Matt is robbed and pistol-whipped by cold-blooded gambler Harry Weston. Unexpectedly, Weston’s fiance, Kay postpones her wedding so she can nurse Matt back to health. In his pursuit to exact revenge at any cost, Matt takes Kay and Mark on a treacherous ride down a roaring river, where they’re at the mercy of wild animals and a lawless frontier.
A marine and a nun form an unlikely friendship. The marine is shipwrecked on a Pacific island and the nun has been left behind there; they find comfort in one another as the two wait out the war.
Mitchum does his best to make the nun's ordeal less painful, but is torn by his growing love for her. Kerr is equally fond of Mitchum, but refuses to renounce her vows. Their unrealized ardor mellows into mutual respect as they struggle to survive before help arrives. Based on a novel by Charles K. Shaw, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Special UK premiere + Cast Q&A
A new Gothic Fairytale in the tradition of Hammer Horror. The year is 1896 and the village of Carlsdadt becomes the site of strange murders - all of the victims have been turned to stone!
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Caroline Munro, Martine Beswicke Georgina Dugdale and Joshua Kennedy.
Ticket price includes a glass of prosecco or soft drink
Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75
The Marx Brothers help young Broadway hopefuls while thwarting diamond thieves. A wonderful Marx Brothers classic!
London Short Film Festival
New voices behind the camera and forward leaping stories are the name of the game in this exciting lineup of new leaves flipped, actions questioned and desires unpeeled. 92’
YOU’RE THE MAN, Sylvain Certain, 2017, France, 1’
CONTACT, Léa Bancelin, 2017, France, 6’
SIRENE, Zara Dwinger, 2017, The Netherlands, 26’
APILA, Petra Koponen, 2017, Finland, 10’
TWO MEN, Yuanhao Zhao, 2017, China, 9’
LADIES DAY, Abena Taylor-Smith, 2018, UK, 8’
MANIVALD, Chintis Lundgren, 2017, Estonia, 13’
VACA PROFANA, René Guerra, 2017, Brazil, 16’
LETTERS FROM CHILDHOOD, José Magro, 2018, Portugal, 3’
Bursting with dazzling dance sequences, this arresting tale of self-discovery charts a young woman’s journey to find both her place in the world and her own artistic voice.Growing up in Russia, Polina (Anastasia Shevtsova) studies classical ballet with one goal: to make it into the corps of the Bolshoi. But when she at last achieves what was supposed to be her dream, the headstrong Polina chooses instead to travel to France to train in modern dance. It’s the beginning of an odyssey that will open up new creative horizons while forcing her to rely only on herself. Juliette Binoche co-stars in this refreshingly real look at what it means to risk everything for a dream.
The 2018 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-winning film from visionary director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows, After the Storm) is a critically-acclaimed portrait of a family in Japan.
After another successful shoplifting spree, Osamu (Lily Franky, Like Father, Like Son) and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold and invite her home with them. Osamu's wife Nobuyo reluctantly agrees to shelter her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, relying on petty crime alongside their part-time jobs and inadequate incomes, they seem to live happily together- until an unforeseen incident upsets the delicate balance the family have created, revealing long-buried secrets... With universal themes of family and belonging, SHOPLIFTERS is a poignant drama and a complicated love letter to family, exploring the bonds that unite them.
London Short Film Festival
SUPAKINO presents a special time-hopping, short film edition of their turban-themed programming.
Strap in for a potted history of the changing representation of Sikhs, dipping into the archive to screen little-seen works including magazine show Here and Now‘s segment on the only male Sikh matron in mid Eighties West Bromwich and Beverly Shaffer’s 1977 Children of Canada commission Gurdeep Singh Bains.
Part history lesson, part open conversation, SUPAKINO’s Ranjit Ruprai and special guest Sathnam Sanghera (The Boy With The Topknot) will look to the turbans of 1950s Hollywood and contemporary Bollywood, and more generally to the Sikh filmmakers throughout cinematic history putting turbans to screen.
Heavenly Films Present...
The Library Music Film plus Q&A
Some of the best music ever written was never made available to the public.
The Library Music Film is a brand new, definitive feature length documentary. The first to tell the story of the mysterious, cult and collectable world of yes, you guessed it, Library Music. This hugely influential and largely unnoticed catalogue of music has covered all styles and played a hugely important role in creating the atmosphere, mood and vibe to many of our favourite adverts, TV shows, films and radio programmes and yet you probably have no idea who composed, produced or played on these phenomenal recordings…..until now.
Featuring multi-instrumentalist record producer and library music fanatic Shawn Lee plus an allstar cast that includes Fatboy Slim, Alan Hawkshaw, Brian Bennett, DJ Format, Cut Chemist, Jonny Trunk, Janko Nilovic and Mr Thing.
This screening is a must for all music lovers and will be followed by a Q&A hosted by Travis Elborough with producer Shawn Lee and executive producer and library music expert Jonny Trunk of Trunk Records.