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All films screen on a Tuesday evening.
Membership:
 • £5 per annum
Entrance fee:
  • £5 for members
  • £6 for guests
  • £4 concessionary
    (members only)

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Showing next: Tuesday 25 April at 8.30pm
Francofonia
director: Aleksandr Sokurov
starring: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth

Francofonia

Francofonia is the latest film from acclaimed Russian filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurov, the director of such works as Mother and Son, Alexandra and The Sun, and whose 2002 Russian Ark visited key moments in Russian history in a single-shot tour of the State Hermitage Museum. Here he relocates to the Louvre museum in Paris to explore the links between art and war and the occupation of France by the Nazis during WW2, focussing on two men – museum director Jacques Jaujard and Occupation Officer Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich – who first meet as enemies but end up collaborating to protect key works of art. The result is a fascinating and visually captivating discourse on art, history, culture and oppression.


 

Why our films have to start promptly at 8.30pm

Although our films are scheduled to start at 8.30pm, on busier nights we've always been able to hold up the start until everyone is in and seated. With the arrival of digital projection, however, this has all changed. Most of the films we screen now arrive as high definition digital files that are coded to play at a specific time, over which the projectionist has no control. This means that the film has to start playing at 8.30pm or not at all. Thus to avoid potentially missing the start of the film, it's worth arriving in good time for the screening.

Please note that some longer films will be scheduled to start at 8pm.