Films normally start at 7.30pm in The Guildhall of St George, King Street. Members and their guests can sign in from approx 7pm.
Forthcoming Film Dates for your Diary
▓ Special Events
▓ We are delighted to once again be working in partnership with the King’s Lynn Festival and have arranged these films as part of the Festival. Tickets for these films will be £4 for members and £5 for the public and will be available from the Corn Exchange. Details have been sent to you on how to purchase at the reduced rate.
Thursday 9th March — JULIETA
▓ Tuesday 21st March 2pm — CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS
Thursday 13th April — HELL OR HIGH WATER
Thursday 27th April — ADULT LIFE SKILLS
Hunt for the Wilderpeople — (2016) a New Zealand film about a rebellious kid and his foster uncle – it’s been described as being a New Zealand “Moonrise Kingdom”.
Paterson — One of last year’s under-the-radar hits — this Jim Jarmusch film features Adam Driver as a bus-driving poet in the New Jersey town of Paterson. It has been described as “quiet, thoughtful and deeply human”.
The Handmaiden — This beautifully shot 2016 Korean film directed by Park Chan-Wook is set in 1930s Korea and Japan and is loosely based on Sarah Water’s “The Fingersmith”.
Night and the City — A noir classic (1950) starring Richard Widmark as a hapless con-man with Gene Tierney as the faithful girlfriend and Googie Withers as the femme fatale.
Jackie — Oscar nominee Natalie Portman stars in this searing, intimate portrait of Jackie Kennedy in the aftermath of the assassination of JFK.
Lion — The story of an Indian boy, lost in the streets of Calcutta and adopted by an Australian couple, who tries to find his lost parents 25 years later — based on a true story and starring Dev Patel.
6.00pm — Pre-film meal at the Riverside
see Events page for details
Drama Romance — (2016) — 97 mins — Cert 15
Spanish, subtitled — nudity, sexual situations
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast includes Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Michelle Jenner, Darío Grandinetti, Rossy de Palma, Susi Sánchez, Pilar Castro, Joaquín Notario, Nathalie Poza, Mariam Bachir
After a chance meeting, middle-aged Julieta (Emma Suarez) learns that her long-lost daughter has resurfaced in Madrid. This begins a painful reflection by Julieta into her chequered past, flashing back to the moments of pain that defined her current life.
The original screenplay was written in English, but when Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar went scouting to Canada, the director felt insecure to shoot in a place he didn’t really know, in a language he didn’t master and with a story he felt worked better at Spain.
All the sculptures made by Ava are in reality made by Miquel Navarro, a well known artist from Spain.
Almost every shot contains the colour red.
When the train does an emergency brake and luggage and people are being tossed all over the place a coffee cup and coffee pot in front of the main character remains undisturbed.
2.00pm — CLOSELY OBSERVED TRAINS
Comedy, Drama, War — (1966) — Czech with English subtitles
93 mins — Cert 15 — Contains moderate sex
Director: Jiri Menzel
Cast includes Vaclav Neckar, Vladimir Valenta, Jitka Bendova
Closely Observed Trains is a coming-of-age story about a young man working at a train station in German-occupied Czechoslovakia during World War II. A bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, this young man embarks on a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery, encountering a universe of frustration, eroticism, and adventure within his sleepy backwater depot. Wry and tender, Academy Award-winning Closely Observed Trains is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best-loved films of the Czech New Wave.
The film is based on a 1965 novel by Bohumil Hrabal. It was produced by Barrandov Studios and filmed on location in Central Bohemia. Released outside Czechoslovakia during 1967, it won the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 40th Academy Awards in 1968.
A quiet, charming, very, human film. Coming from Czechoslovakia it isn’t pushy like those big American movies; it will not force its point of view on you, or sweep you up in a tide of emotion. Indeed, if you’re charged up emotionally, you’d better lie down for an hour or two before going to see it. It requires an audience at peace with itself.
Included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, edited by Steven Schneider.
HELL OR HIGH WATER
Action, Crime, Drama — (2016) — 100 mins — Cert 15
Contains strong language, violence, sex
Director: David Mackenzie
Cast includes Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges
Texas brothers, Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his half-Comanche partner, Alberto (Gil Birmingham). As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the Old and New West murderously collide.
The film is dedicated to David John Mackenzie (1929-2015) and Ursula Sybil Mackenzie (1940-2015), the parents of director David Mackenzie. Both died while he was making this film.
This movie is set in Texas, but not a single scene was actually filmed there.
The first two bank robberies take place in Archer City and Olney, Texas. These were towns used in the filming of The Last Picture Show (1971), which also starred Jeff Bridges.
Before the brothers cross into Oklahoma, the camera shows them both talking in the front seat. The next shot from behind the car entering Oklahoma does not show anybody in the front passenger seat.
ADULT LIFE SKILLS
Comedy — (2016) — 94 mins — Cert 15
Contains strong language
Director: Rachel Tunnard
Cast includes Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Brett Goldstein
Anna is stuck: she’s approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mum’s garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered. She spends her days making videos using her thumbs as actors — thumbs that bicker about things like whether Yogi Bear is a moral or existential nihilist. But Anna doesn’t show these videos to anyone and no one knows what they are for.
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