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The closing film of this year’s Face to Face with German Talent: The German Film Weekend is a heart-warming true story based on the best-selling memoirs of famous German entertainer Hape Kerkeling, here played by talented young actor Julius Weckauf. Oscar®-winning director Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa, Beyond Silence) delivers a charming portrait of a boy from a troubled family who, after a tragedy, is taken in by his grandmothers. The characterful young boy amuses them and their friends by dressing up and performing colourful impressions, but life is not always easy for a boy like him in 1970s Ruhr Valley.
The bittersweet coming-of-age story explores themes of family, loss, sexuality and life choices with a light touch and an eye for comedy and pathos – true to the spirit of its beloved subject, one of the most popular faces on German television.
With over 3.6 million admissions, All About Me is Germany’s #1 national box-office hit and won three German Films Awards in 2019 for Highest Admissions, Best Supporting Actress for Luise Heyer and the Best Feature Film in Bronze.
Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father's vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.
"Strange, spellbinding and timely. One of the most thrillingly original British films in years." - Little White Lies
Striker, captain, and later President of Real Madrid FC during its most decorated era, the legend of Santiago Bernabéu lives on to this day in the hallowed halls of its stadium, named in his honour. Through extensive archival material and passionate, revealing interviews, Salazar-Simpson’s warm-hearted documentary illustrates his revolutionary approach to the transfer market, instrumental role in the creation of the UEFA Champions League (which Madrid have now won a record 13 times), infamous dressing-room pep-talks (nicknamed ‘santiaguinas’), and matchless ability to build a winning machine on the pitch.
Bringing some of Madrid’s most legendary names to the club, including Molowny, Muñoz, Puskás, and Di Stéfano, Bernabéu masterminded an unprecedented streak of 5 consecutive European cups (1955-1960) and, later, 5 consecutive La Liga crowns (1960-1965). Filled with tender nostalgia and profound respect for a man who, at the time of his death in 1978, had been President for 35 years, Bernabéu is a must-see for fans of Real Madrid, the beautiful game, and of sport in general, with all its matchless pain and glory.
Kids Kino Club - tickets available from £3 for kids and £5 for accompanying adults.
Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.
A screening of Chantal Akerman's 1996 self-portrait Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman celebrating the launch of two new publications devoted to her work.
The evening launches a double issue of the journal Moving Image Review and Art Journal (MIRAJ) devoted to Akerman, with essays and features from eminent and emerging writers on her work, both for screen and gallery. This follows the Ambika P3 exhibition of 2015, entitled Chantal Akerman NOW. Contributors include Griselda Pollock, Janet Bergstrom, Alison Rowley and Dominique Piani.
A Nos Amours also launch a book gathering together research and reference materials relating to the 2013-15 complete retrospective of work for the cinema. The Chantal Akerman Retrospective Handbook has a foreword by the celebrated theorist and film-maker Laura Mulvey. The book includes accurate information to assist with curation and screening, as well as texts from the likes of Ivone Margulies, Raymond Bellour and Richard Brody. The book is intended to be the essential Akerman companion.
Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman (1996, 63')
Commissioned for Cinéma, de notre temps, the legendary series of film-maker portraits curated by Janine Bazin and André Labarthe. Akerman chose to make a study of herself as film-maker. Why not? She had turned film-making back on itself, and discovered a feminised and ‘other’ sensibility, another way of seeing the world and self.
Click for more info - A Nos Amours
National Theatre - Encore
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.
Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
Trailblazer. Inspiration. Survivor. Suzi Q is the definitive, unexpurgated story of the girl from Detroit City who redefined the role and image of women in rock ‘n’ roll when she broke through around the world in 1973.
The trailblazer and inspiration for a generation of female rock musicians who followed her, Suzi Q reminds contemporary audiences of her pioneering influence, white-hot talent and string of incandescent pop-rock hits. Testimony is duly made by a string of rock luminaries, with focus on the women who followed the roadmap Suzi charted for them.
Exiled to Europe during her success yet now largely forgotten in her homeland, we return with Suzi to Detroit. Exploring the long simmering family tensions and sibling rivalries that result from the success of one family member, Suzi Q reveals the price paid for success in a deeply personal exploration of fame, ambition and resilience.
Still on the road after 50 years, Suzi Quatro surely is The Queen of Rock’n’Roll. Accept no substitutes.
Followed by a Q&A with Suzi Quatro
EL INCREÍBLE FINDE MENGUANTE
To celebrate her 30th birthday, Alba and her friends rent a woodland cottage for the weekend, eager to clink glasses, let loose, and live it up to the maximum. However, the festivities turn sour when Pablo, Alba’s boyfriend, unexpectedly breaks up with her, claiming that he needs time. In a neat sci-fi trick, Alba is suddenly frozen in her own time-loop, transported back to the car journey and condemned to relive the separation over and over – but with one hour less each time. Can she avoid the inevitable and persuade Pablo of her love, before it’s too late? It’s a countdown – and time is running out.
Written and directed by Jon Mikel Caballero, The Incredible Shrinking Wknd is a dark, poignant reimagination of Groundhog Day – but for break-ups.
Preceded by the short ¡Ya Esta!
dir. Aizpea Goenaga, with Aizpea Goenaga, Barbara Goenaga, Loli Astoreka | Spain | 2019 | 10 min | cert. PG | In Spanish and Basque with English subtitles
A woman returns to her flat, flicks on the radio, and puts away her shopping. All of a sudden, however, the reception fizzles out, the windows are bolted shut, and the doors won’t budge. Imprisoned in her home and her mind, there’s no way out. A sharp psychological thriller from Basque director Aitzpea Goenaga, who plays the central role.
Matinee Classics - tickets available from £1.75
A single, pregnant woman moves into a London boarding house where she meets a group of fellow misfits.
Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an "outdoor maintenance" program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell), Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang.
LA DONA DEL SEGLE
Barcelona, 1919. A city awash with workers’ strikes, criminal gangs, and social divisions. Consuelo, a young woman raised in an orphanage, is mistaken for a seamstress at department store El Siglo – the exemplary bourgeois establishment of the era. Yet, rather than point out the error, she simply completes the job to an excellent standard, and is soon offered a full-time contract. However, her lowly background and lack of proper documentation, at a time of entrenched class-based prejudice, threaten to shatter her feminist dreams of empowerment and emancipation. When all seems lost, a possible lifeline emerges: might she be the daughter of famous painter Isidre Nonell and his gypsy muse? A film dedicated to all those women who bravely stirred the winds of revolutionary change at the start of the twentieth century.
Set in the sparsely-populated village of O Courel, Galicia, Thirty Souls is a mysterious, magical, and haunting meditation on the life-cycle of birth and death in rural Spain. Deeply embedded in local folkloric tradition and the fragile balance between innocence and experience, two children, Alba and Samuel, explore abandoned homes in search of missing names and vanished livelihoods. They expose the sheer power of the Galician landscape with its echoing, menacing mountains and sublime sense of imminent threat. This oneiric love-letter to a remote, enchanting region of Spain – which took a full six years to shoot – is painted through daily rhythms and cadences, exposing life at its most tender and brutal, inviting and savage.
Followed by a Q&A with the director