New film season features acclaimed films from around the world

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1 September 2017 3:14PM

THE long-running Film Club at the Roxy has announced a new season of screenings to take place at the Ulverston cinema over the next 10 months.

Now in its 29th season, the club is renowned for showing relatively unknown works and award-winning foreign language films on a monthly-basis.

The non-profit club started at the Brogden Street cinema in 1989 and has been bringing the best of world cinema to South Lakeland ever since.

This new season gets under way on Thursday September 14 with a screening of Hunt for the Wilderpeople - a recent adventure comedy from New Zealand.

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

 Things To Come

Things To Come

The film stars much-loved actor Sam Neill, known for his work in Jurassic Park and more recently on Peaky Blinders.

It is one of only three English language films in the new season - one of the Film Club's most diverse programmes to date.

On October 12, the Roxy screens Spanish movie Julieta, which saw its star, Emma Suarez win Best Actress at this year's Goya Awards - Spain's main national annual film awards. Told in flashback over 30 years of guilt and grief, this tender melodrama based on three Alice Munro short stories has been hailed as Pedro Almodóvar’s best film in a decade.

French film Things to Come screens on November 9, telling the story of a passionate middle-aged philosophy professor, who rethinks her already much-examined life after an unforeseen divorce.

The final screening of 2017, on December 14, is US drama Paterson, which was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palm Dog Award. It stars Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani, and centres around a poet and bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey.

Moving into the new year, Iranian film The Salesman arrives on January 11. The latest film from top director Asghar Farhadi, whose work includes A Separation and The Past - a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home, leaving the husband determined to find the perpetrator despite his wife’s traumatised objections.

French-Belgian animation The Red Turtle is a family-friendly screening on February 8. Shipwrecked and stranded on a deserted tropical island, a man’s desperate attempts to escape are repeatedly thwarted by a mysterious, unseen creature.

The Eagle Huntress, which screens on March 8, was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 BAFTAs. The traditional Mongolian role of Eagle Hunter is passed down from father to son, and some of the elders object to a girl taking on this male role.

 The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle

April 12 sees a showing of Certain Women - a US-made drama by Kelly Reichardt, with three loosely interrelated stories concerning four women. Set in small town Montana, the parallels between the women show the isolation and hurt they each feel.
The penultimate screening, on May 10, is The Other Side of Hope, which saw its Finnish creator Aki Kaurismäki pick up Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. His latest film balances his unparalleled wit with a pressing critique of the unforgiving bureaucracy that greets vulnerable asylum seekers in modern-day Europe.

The 2017/18 programme wraps up with A Fantastic Woman - a Chilean movie that isn't due to get a UK release until March next year. Marina, a young transgender waitress and aspiring singer, whose lover, Orlando, a businessman 20 years her senior, suddenly dies as they are planning a future together. It concludes the season on June 14.

Programmes are available at local libraries, the Roxy itself, and Ulverston Tourist Information Office. Non-members are welcome to attend, and membership can be arranged on the night, giving discounted entry for all Roxy films.

Each screening starts at 8pm, and the programme continues on the second Thursday of each month. Visit www.filmclubattheroxy.org for more details

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