FILMS

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Forthcoming Film Dates for your Diary

Additional film dates
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.

2014
Fri 8th Aug – Double Bill — 7pm
From Up On Poppy Hill
A Story Of Children And Film
Thu 14th Aug – We Are The Best!
Thu 11th Sep – Calvary
Thu 9th Oct
Tue 21st Oct – All Is Lost
Fri 24th Oct
Thu 20th Nov
Thu 11th Dec – Joyeux Noël

2015
Thu 8th Jan
Sun 18th Jan
Thu 12th Feb
Tue 10th Mar – Mr Turner
Thu 12th Mar
Thu 9th Apr
Thu 14th May
Thu 11th Jun
Thu 9th Jul
Thu 13th Aug
Thu 10th Sept
Thu 8th Oct
Thu 22nd Oct
Thu 12th Nov
Thu 10th Dec


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Friday 8th August 7pm
Double Bill

FROM UP ON POPPY HILL

(2011) 91 mins Japanese Animated Subtitled Cert U

From Up On Poppy HillA hand-drawn animated Japanese film set in the 1960s in Yokohama.

The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the film-makers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbour, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film. The story centres on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics — and the mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. While the children work together to save a dilapidated Meiji era club house from demolition, their tentative relationship begins to blossom. But — in an unexpected twist that parallels what the country itself is facing — a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.

More than any Studio Ghibli film, From Up on Poppy Hill embodies a specific time and place and captures the emotional landscape of its setting. The sense of yearning and new possibility is palpable (the upbeat mood is set perfectly by the period pop music), evoking both a wide-eyed hope for the future, and an aching nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered.

Nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film for 2012.

A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM

(2013) 106 mins Cert PG Contains mild language and scenes of emotional upset

A Story Of Children And FilmThe world’s first film about kids in global cinema. It’s a passionate, poetic portrait of the adventures of childhood — its surrealism, loneliness, fun, destructiveness and stroppiness — as seen through 53 great films from 25 countries. It includes classic movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and The Red Balloon, also dozens of masterpieces (many directed by women) that are almost unknown.It combines the child’s eye view of Mark Cousins’ acclaimed film The First Movie, with the revelations and bold movie history of his 15 hour documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey.

As such, A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM is an eye opener, a landmark film and a celebration of both childhood and the movies.

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Thursday 14th August 7.30pm

We Are The Best!

(2014) 102 mins Cert 15 Swedish subtitled

We Are The BestWE ARE THE BEST! is Moodysson’s adaptation of his wife Coco’s graphic novel about three young misfits growing up in early ’80s Stockholm. Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara (Mira Grosin) and her best friend Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments-or discernible musical talent-the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) as the third wheel. With tender affection for his young characters and the period in which his film is set, Moodysson paints an ebullient and sharply observant portrait of DIY spirit and growing up different.

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Thursday 11th September 7.30pm

Calvary

(2014) 100 mins Cert 15A

CalvaryCALVARY’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral — and often comic — problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

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Tuesday 21st October 2.30pm

All Is Lost

(2013) 106 mins Cert 12A

All Is LostDeep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner’s intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meagre supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.

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Thursday 11th December 7.30pm

Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)

(2006) 116 mins Cert 12A English, French and German with subtitles.

Joyeux NoelWhen war breaks out in the lull of summer 1914, it surprises and pulls millions of men in its wake. Christmas arrives, with its snow and multitude of family and army presents. But the surprise won’t come from inside the generous parcels which lie in the French, Scottish, and German trenches. That night, a momentous event will turn the destinies of four characters: an Anglican priest, a French lieutenant, an exceptional German tenor and the one he loves, a soprano and singing partner. During this Christmas Eve, the unthinkable happens: soldiers come out of their trenches, leaving their rifles behind to shake hands with the enemy.

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Tuesday 10th March 2.30pm

Mr Turner

(2014) 149 mins Cert 12A Directed by Mike Leigh

Mr TurnerTwice before, first with ‘Topsy-Turvy’ and then with ‘Vera Drake’, Mike Leigh has punctuated his bittersweet studies of contemporary life with period dramas. Now, with ‘Mr Turner’, the British director of ‘Naked’ and ‘Secrets and Lies’ takes us back to the nineteenth century and the later years of the celebrated, groundbreaking, difficult painter JMW Turner (1775-1851). Sad and joyful, ‘Mr Turner’ offers a wonderfully rich tapestry of experience and digs deeply into a complicated, contradictory life.

Timothy Spall — a veteran of Leigh’s films — plays this eccentric, determined London bohemian like a bronchial, cantankerous, randy old toad with backache. He grunts and grimaces and gropes his way through life. He talks like a market trader after a crash course in the classics. Leigh, meanwhile, explores Turner’s life unburdened by any sense of purpose other than an intense, contagious fascination with this man, his work, his times and, increasingly, the inevitable, slow, irresistible trudge towards death.

We observe Turner’s fondness for his elderly father; his sexual relationship with his meek housekeeper (Dorothy Atkinson); his rejection of his children and their mother; his arms-length acceptance by the lions of the Royal Academy; his late-life relationship with a Margate widow (Marion Bailey); and the mockery of the crowd when his work turns experimental. ‘Vile’ and a ‘yellow mess’ concludes Queen Victoria at an exhibition: the presence of royalty in a Mike Leigh film is just one of its many welcome surprises here. Mortality hangs heavily over ‘Mr Turner’, which covers roughly 25 years and is a poetic, brilliantly choreographed patchwork of moments and episodes. The film often has a wistful, regretful air, but alongside sadness sits great joy — there are moments of wicked humour.
Dave Calhoun

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