Utoya - July 22

Utoya - July 22

UTOYA - JULY 22 (Cert TBC) Utøya 22. juli (original title) Utøya — July 22 recounts the murderous attack on a youth summer camp on Utøya island in 2011 by far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik from the perspective of 18-year-old Kaja. Filmed on Utøya island in a single take, director Erik Poppe's camera ceaselessly follows Kaja, starting with her and her friends' shock at the news of the initial bombing in nearby Oslo and their seeking reassurance that their relatives are safe. But their sense of their own isolated security is shattered as shots ring out. As the threat grows closer, minute by minute, Kaja tries desperately to survive, hiding from Breivik and marshalling and bringing some small comfort to younger children, even as she searches for her own missing sister. Utøya — July 22 isn't easy viewing, but it's a lucid, critical reminder of the tremendous cost of mass tragedy and a powerful memorial to its young survivors, who refused to let Breivik kill their ideals.

Thu 22 Nov (1 day only) 7.45pm

Norway (Norwegian dialogue with English subtitles), 2018, 92 mins


A Simple Favour

A Simple Favour

A SIMPLE FAVOUR (15) Paul Feig's unexpected detour from comedies such as Bridesmaids and The Heat, is a fresh, stylish Gone Girlesque film noir starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. Adapted from Darcy Bell's best-selling novel A Simple Favour centres around mommy blogger Stephanie, who seeks to uncover the truth behind her wealthy, beautiful best friend Emily's sudden disappearance. She is joined in her search by Emily's husband Sean, but is soon embroiled in troubling ambiguities and the revolving question of who is duping whom. This is a hugely entertaining thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.

Fri 23 Nov (1 day only) 7.45pm

UK, 2018, 117 mins


Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (12A) Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot stomping biopic celebrating Freddy Mercury and Queen's career, following the meteoric rise of the band through the creation of iconic songs and their near implosion as Mercury's excesses spiral out of control. Rami Malek gives a commanding performance as the showman facing the battle for his life after his HIV diagnosis, and leading the band in a performance that cemented their legacy.

Sat 24 & Tue 27 Nov (2 days) 7.45pm

UK/USA, 2018, 134 mins


Waru

Waru

WARU (15) A groundbreaking film made by eight female Māori filmmakers, telling the story of a small New Zealand town coming to terms with a bitter tragedy - the death of a small boy at the hands of his caregiver. The impact of the boy's death and the grief, guilt and bravery that ensue, is seen in an authentic, multi-layered story, exploring themes of culture and custom in New Zealand's contemporary Māori community.

Thu 29 Nov (1 day only) 7.45pm

New Zealand (subtitled), 2017, 86 mins


Peterloo

Peterloo

PETERLOO (12A) In his first film since Mr Turner, Mike Leigh dramatises the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where British Government Forces fired on a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester. Maxine Peake and Rory Kinnear lead the cast bringing a defining moment in radical British history to the screen, weaving multiple stories into a socialist tapestry. This is a major new cinematic work with huge contemporary relevance.

Fri 30 Nov, Sat 1 Dec & Tue 4 Dec (3 days) 7.45pm

UK, 2018, 154 mins


The Guilty

The Guilty

THE GUILTY (15) Demoted and demotivated, police officer Asger Holm approaches his telephone shift at emergency despatch with a distinct lack of empathy. But when a call from a distressed woman is abruptly terminated, his dormant conscience is piqued and, though unable to leave the office, he begins a dramatic and unrelenting pursuit to save her, piecing together clues using the technology at hand. The Guilty is an expertly plotted, gripping thriller that doesn't let up, peeling back layers of truth and challenging expectations until its final beat.

Thu 6 Dec (1 day only) 7.45pm

Denmark (subtitled), 2017, 85 mins


An Evening With Beverley Luft Linn

An Evening With Beverley Luft Linn

AN EVENING WITH BEVERLEY LUFT LINN (15) Lulu Danger's unspectacular social life is jolted into action when she sees a TV ad for "An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only." Aubrey Plaza is the deadpan, obsessive Lulu, who is resolved to see the mysterious figure for reasons that she is reluctant to share with the other half of her unsatisfactory marriage. An experience as entirely unusual as only the mind behind The Greasy Strangler could conjure; this is cinema from the outer margins.

Fri 7 Dec (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA, 2018, 108 mins


Widows

Widows

WIDOWS (15) When Veronica's husband is killed during a daring robbery, she and the wives of the men he worked with discover money was owed to some particularly nasty people. And now they want it back. Steve McQueen and co-writer Gillian Flynn, offer a strikingly contemporary reworking of Lynda La Plante's 1980s television series, relocating a stellar cast and the action to Chicago, where Viola Davis as Veronica, leads the gang as they tackle unfinished business.

Sat 8 & Tue 11 Dec (2 days) 7.45pm

UK/USA, 2018, 128 mins


Shoplifters

Shoplifters

SHOPLIFTERS (15) Hirokazu Kore-eda's Palme d'Or winning new film is a profoundly moving drama about the forces holding a struggling family together. The Shibatas are poverty-stricken and routinely turn to petty thieving to make ends meet, but nonetheless, when they happen upon Yuri, a little girl sheltering from the cold, she is welcomed into the family. Kore-eda's trademark subtlety and nuanced moral inquiry, give rare prominence to Japanese society's urban underclass with compassion and insight.

Thu 13 Dec (1 day only) 7.45pm

Japan (subtitled), 2018, 115 mins


Wildlife

Wildlife

WILDLIFE (12A) When teenager Joe and his parents move to suburban Montana, a fresh start seems to be on the cards, but cracks soon show when his volatile father Jerry loses his job and then leaves to fight forest fires raging around the city. Actor Paul Dano makes his directorial debut, adapting Richard Ford's novel, to create a sober, beautifully realised postwar American drama, meticulously performed by Ed Oxenbould, Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Fri 14 & Sat 15 Dec (2 days) 7.45pm

USA, 2018, 104 mins


Suspiria

Suspiria

SUSPIRIA (18) Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria pays homage to Dario Argento's cult Giallo film, retaining its key plot points; but this is no 'remake'. Instead Guadagnino directs a delirious, feminist supernatural horror that unfolds in Berlin in 1977, where American Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) is auditioning for a prestigious international dance school. Thom Yorke contributes a terrific, eerily dramatic, disquieting score, enveloping the darkness that swirls at the centre of the dance company, threatening to engulf the dancers and its artistic director (Tilda Swinton).

Tue 8 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

Italy/USA, 2018, 152 mins


Nae Pasaran

Nae Pasaran

NAE PASARAN (12A) In 1974, in response to General Pinochet's military coup, and in solidarity with the people of Chile, workers at the Rolls-Royce factory in Glasgow refused to undertake vital inspections of engines of the Chilean Airforce's Hawker Hunter aircraft; retaining the engines in quarantine for four years until they disappeared overnight in mysterious circumstances. Nae Pasaran recounts the tale, reuniting the figures behind the boycott and revealing the impact of their actions.

Thu 10 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

UK, 2018, 96 mins


The Old Man And The Gun

The Old Man And The Gun

THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN (12A) The story of Forrest Tucker, an audacious career criminal, whose CV included breaking out of 18 prisons (including San Quentin at the age of 70) and an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. In what is reportedly his final film, Robert Redford stars as Tucker, leaving the silver screen with an effortlessly charismatic performance that radiates wisdom and charm, in an entertaining and endearing tale of cops and robbers and romantic outlaws.

Fri 11 & Sat 12 Jan (2 days) 7.45pm

USA, 2018, 93 mins


Lizzie

Lizzie

LIZZIE (15) In 1892 Lizzie Borden is unmarried, living an oppressed existence under the iron rule of her authoritarian father. When new housemaid Bridget Sullivan comes to work at the Borden house, Lizzie finds in her a friend and confidante, but as their relationship blossoms familial tensions rise. Craig William Macneill directs Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart in something more than a simple retelling of a much-documented case, lending a claustrophobic foreboding and reframing Borden from axe-wielding monster, to victim taking revenge on the patriarchal world.

Tue 15 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA, 2017, 105 mins


Disobedience

Disobedience

DISOBEDIENCE (15) Disobedience is director Sebastián Lelio's English language debut, a rich and rewarding British drama about forbidden love and fighting for what you truly believe in. Rachel Weisz stars as Ronit, a photographer happily living in New York, who returns to London after the death of her father. Once back, and again the black sheep of the Orthodox Jewish community, she discovers that her childhood friend Esti, with whom she once shared a complicated romantic bond, is now the wife of the young rabbi most likely to replace her father at the synagogue.

Thu17 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

UK/Ireland/USA, 2018, 114 mins


Sorry To Bother You

Sorry To Bother You

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (15) Sorry To Bother You is an inventive satire, in which Cassius, a mild-mannered African-American call centre operator, discovers that the secret to success lies in cultivating a "white voice". But as Cassius soon discovers, rising through the ranks has it consequences; alienation from both his colleagues and his activist girlfriend, Detroit, and worse still, his boss has disturbing ambitions for him. Boots Riley directs with visual panache and caustic wit, acerbically lampooning office life.

Fri 18 & Sat 19 Jan (2 days) 7.45pm

USA, 2017, 98 mins


The Wild Pear Tree

The Wild Pear Tree

THE WILD PEAR TREE (Cert TBC) After graduating from university, Sinan returns from the bright lights of Cannakale, to Can, his rural hometown, where his father is knee deep in gambling debts and his family is pitied. He would like recognition for his writing talents but lacks funds to publish a book of his essays and stories. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's follow-up to his Palme d'Or-winning Winter Sleep, is a discursive and engrossing portrait of the opinionated and bemused young writer at odds with his hometown and family. A gently penetrating dissection of the flawed male psyche.

Tue 22 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

Turkey/Republic of Macedonia/France (subtitled), 2018, 188 mins


The Marvellous Mabel Normand

The Marvellous Mabel Normand

THE MARVELLOUS MABEL NORMAND (Cert TBC) Mabel Normand was a trailblazing silent film star in 167 shorts and 23 features, epitomising the irrepressible spirit of early Hollywood. An extraordinary performer, she was the first lady of silent comedy, directed her own films and ran her own production company. The Film Theatre presents a celebration of her work with four shorts from the BFI National Archive, also featuring Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and a young Oliver Hardy. A newly commissioned score complements the films.

Thu 24 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA (silent, B/W), 1914 -1927, 78 mins


The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (18) Attracting a level of notoriety known only by arch-provocateur Lars Von Trier, his new work stars Matt Dillon as a serial killer who views his crimes as art and his continuing liberty as an expression of the failures of society. Tongue-in-cheek and deliberately challenging, The House That Jack Built is graphically violent and beautifully shot, with a spectacular finale. Von Trier's cast also includes Uma Thurman, and Bruno Gantz as the man to whom Jack recounts five incidents.

Fri 25 Jan (1 day only) 7.45pm

USA, 2017, 98 mins