Chester Film Society Productions - Tuesday 10th JANUARY 2017 Grosvenor Museum Mia Madre Dir: Nanni Morretti
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2015-16 season of Chester Film Society – our 45th season
You will be please to note that all films in general are screened on a Tuesday evening at your preferred venue St Mary’s Centre, with a start this season on 15th September at St Mary’s with our opening neo-noir crime thriller Nightcrawler.
Members support last season was invaluable which made it one of the most popular ever. You can now look forward to more delights demonstrating a superb and diverse selection of international films representing all 5 continents, and note that this season has a total of 19 films.
Scandi-noir has not been forgotten with the opening film in 2016 on Tuesday 18th January with Roy Andersson's Golden Lion Winner A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. This is Andersson’s concluding film in his “Living” trilogy.
This season we will also be presenting the 30th Chester International Film Festival and accompanying this will be the 3rd Chester Animation Festival. Where shown in the programme, Festival screenings are free to members.
The usual social events are planned with our Welcome Reception at St Mary's Centre on 29th September prior to the screening of our classic presentation - Fellini’s 8½ - and on Saturday evening 6th February with our Social Night – Food, Film and Fun!
You will notice that on 29th March at the Little Theatre there is no detail of the film rather Members' Choice. This is a new initiative for this season which will allow you to choose out of 3 new releases the favourite to be screened, the 3 options will be announced at the screening of British comedy drama X+Y on 15th March.
Chester Film Society is a membership society and membership is limited so please don't miss out - send your completed membership application form as soon as possible. Membership is just £40 for the full season. Membership normally sells out quickly. Please remember to include your cheque and a stamped addresses envelope. (Sorry no credit card facilities.)
Tuesday 10th JANUARY 2017 Grosvenor Museum Mia Madre Dir: Nanni Morretti Italy 2015 106 mins Cert 15 Subtitled Acclaimed auteur Moretti returns to brilliant form with this semiautobiographical film starring Margherita Buy as a director in the middle of an existential crisis, who has to deal with the inevitable and still unacceptable loss of her mother.
Tuesday 17th JANUARY 2017 Grosvenor Museum Anomalisa Dirs: D.Johnson, C. Kaufman UK 2015 90min Cert 15 A lonely middle-aged man works as an inspirational speaker but struggles to actually connect with other people. He finally meets an extraordinary stranger called Lisa who shakes up his mundane existence. “An hilariously funny and horribly real animation about the unbearable loneliness of being” Peter Bradshaw
Tuesday 24TH JANUARY 2017 Grosvenor Museum Rams Dir. Grímur Hákonarson Iceland 2015 91 mins Cert 15 Subtitled Despite living a few yards apart in a remote Icelandic valley, two brothers have barely spoken for 40 years. But they are forced to cooperate when the contagious disease scrapie dec
Tuesday 31ST JANUARY 2017 St Mary’s Centre Tale of Tales Dir: Matteo Garrone Italy/UK/France 2015 134mins Cert 15 Three fairy tales, three royal families. A Queen magically conceives a son; two old women are courted by a King; and another King is entranced by a flea. “Maintains a baroque visual appeal throughout and rewards you with its sumptuous design” Little White Lies
SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2017 Film Quiz | Short films Food | Prizes! Commences at 7:15pm Social Night This annual event is open to all, not just to Members of the Film Society. So invite your friends along! The evening will include our famous Wall Quiz, Raffle, Caption Competition, and Music Quiz. Some great prizes to be won! Throughout the evening a selection of short films will be shown for your entertainment. Food will be included in the price of the ticket.
Tuesday 14TH FEBRUARY 2017 St Mary’s Centre Annie Hall Dir: Woody Allen USA 1977 93m Cert 15 Woody Allen directs, co-writes and stars in this Oscar-winning romantic comedy. Neurotic comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) falls for the titular heroine (Diane Keaton), a budding singer, and the two of them attempt to build a solid relationship. Realising their differences stand in the way of a lasting relationship, they split up. It is not long before Alvy wants Annie back but she is now living in California with another man. A masterpiece of priceless, witty and quotable one-liners within a mature, focused and thoughtful film, Annie Hall is perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Tuesday 21ST FEBRUARY 2017 St Mary’s Centre Victoria Dir: Sebastian Schipper Germany 2015 135m Cert 15 Subtitled The story of Victoria, a young Spanish waitress recently arrived in Berlin who encounters a group of guys intent on charming her during a night out, burns with an intoxicating energy from its opening scene. Shot in a remarkable single continuous two hour take which allied with improvised dialogue, facilitates an emotional authenticity. This is a tale infused with a youthful spontaneity that will confound expectations even prior to its breathless conclusion.
Tuesday 28TH FEBRUARY 2017 St Mary’s Centre A Touch of Sin Dir: Jia Zhangeke China 2013 135m Cert 15 Subtitled Four overlapping narrative threads from real life incidents viscerally illuminate the individual frustrations subsumed below the surface glamour of contemporary China's economic miracle. Whilst Wuxia martial arts influences are reflected with scenes of stylised and cathartic violence, this Palme D'Or nominated film deviates from export-approved Chinese cinema with its themes of alienation and injustice carrying an implicit social criticism that has seen it fall foul of state censors.
This year’s Chester International Film Festival will take place between Wednesday 1st March 2017 and Saturday 11th March 2017
Tuesday 14TH MARCH 2017 St Mary’s Centre Our Little Sister Dir: Hirokazu Koreeda Japan 2016 124m Cert PG Subtitled After the death of their estranged father, three grown-up sisters learn that they have another younger half-sister. This sanguine tale follows them as they adjust to each other and the changes in the new arrangement. A beautiful depiction of traditional life in modern day Japan. “An intelligent, quiet work from a master filmmaker” John Bleasdale, Cine-vue
Tuesday 4TH APRIL 2017 Grosvenor Museum Sing Street Dir: John Carney Ireland 2016 106m Cert 12 Set in Dublin in the mid-80s, this heartwarming film tells the story of Conor who, because of family problems, is moved from his feepaying school to a rough local one. In a bid to make friends, work out who he is and impress a girl, he starts a band.
Tuesday 18TH APRIL 2017 Grosvenor Museum Güeros Dir: Alonso Ruizpalacios Mexico 2015 106m Cert 15 Subtitled Teenage troublemaker Tomas is sent by his exasperated mother to join his older brother in Mexico City. The two boys both decide to go on a road trip to track down their hero, an ailing folk-rock singer before he dies. “This moody and seductive black-and-white Mexican road movie is a meandering, circling tale that never looks less than gorgeous” Peter Bradshaw
Tuesday 25TH APRIL 2017 Grosvenor Museum Love & Friendship Dir: Whit Stillman USA 2016 92 min Cert U Kate Beckinsale is the scandalous widow with a distinguished name but no money. She is therefore looking for a suitable husband! The film is an unexpected delight, a very dry and tremendously witty
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