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Spring 2006 season

Tuesday 25th April at 8pm
A Cock and Bull Story     UK 2005  |  94 mins  |  15
24 Hour Party People and In This World director Michael Winterbottom once again proves that he is perhaps the UK's most talented and diverse film-maker with this boldly imaginative, smart and very funny adaptation of Laurence Stern's supposedly 'unfilmable' 18th Century novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Structured as a film within a film, it features Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon both as themselves (ruthlessly sending up their own personas) and the characters of Tristram Shandy and his war-wounded uncle Toby, whom they play in the film that their true-life characters are making. The result is a witty and intelligent delight, and features engaging support from the likes of Dylan Moran, Kelly Macdonald, ian Hart, Stephen Fry and Gillian Anderson.

Sunday 30th April at 4pm          SPECIAL SCREENING
Hearts and Minds     USA 1974  |  112 mins  |  15
Made in the final stages of America's involvement in the Vietnam war, Peter Davis's extraordinary examination of changing attitudes of those who initially volunteered to fight in it still makes for powerful, sobering and very relevant viewing. Structured around a series of revealing, heartbreaking and even outrageous interviews, it also includes footage shot by Davis in Vietnam itself, emphasising the imbalance of military power and the inappropriate and exploitative nature of the US military presence. Stylistically the film foreshadows the work of modern directors such as Michael Moore, a comparison that extends to the controversy surrounding the acceptance speech when the film won the Best Documentary Oscar. (Cine Outsider review)

Tuesday 2nd May at 8pm
Grizzly Man     USA 2005  |  103 mins  |  15
After dropping out of college and failing to make it as an actor, young Timothy Treadwell retreated from society and took up camp in the Alaskan wilderness to live with, study and photograph grizzly bears. Over the course of the next thirteen summers, he shot over 100 hours of video of the bears, then in 2003 he and his girlfriend Arnie Huguenard were killed by one of the very animals he was so fond of. Maverick German filmmaker Werner Herzog combines Treadwell's footage with interviews of family and friends to construct a fascinating, multi-award winning documentary portrait of a man on the edge, one whose obsession had not only disconnected him from society, but in some ways from reality itself. A compelling, unsentimental and non­ judgemental work, and one that will stay with you long after the film has ended. (Cine Outsider review)

Tuesday 9th May at 8pm
Hidden [Caché]     France / Austria / Germany / Italy 2005  |  117 mins  |  15
Parisian TV presenter George and his wife Anne begin receiving anonymously sent surveillance video tapes of their home and their lives, which have an increasingly destabilising effects on their relationship. The latest film from Funny Games director Michael Haneke begins as a mystery but develops into something altogether more frightening, at the same time unfolding as a parable on French political history, anti-Muslim prejudice, and the fragile nature of the modern family unit. A powerful, uncompromising and sometimes disturbing work that sees the director at the top of his formidable form, and features two superb cen tral performances from Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche. (Cine Outsider review)

Tuesday 16th May at 8pm
Lady Vengeance [Chinjeolhan geumjassi]     South Korea 2005  |  112 mins  |  18
Having served 13 years for a child murder, Geum-ja emerges from prison a seemingly reformed character, but her actual intentions lean towards vengeful killing. As she embarks on her quest and looks back at her time in prison, the motivation for her intended actions becomes gradually clear. The third of Park Chan-wook's 'Revenge Trilogy' is, l ike Oldboy before it, a stylised but brutal tale of retribution rooted in the cruelty of school years, and reworks many of that film's key motifs, as well as recasting Min-sik Choi, Olboy's avenger, in a very different role. It builds to a powerful and unforgettable but genuinely stomach-churning climax that is most definitely not for the feint-hearted. (Cine Outsider review)

Tuesday 23 May at 8pm
The Consequences of Love [Le Conseguenze de l'amore]     Italy 2004  |  100 mins  |  15
For eight years, 50-year-old Italian business consultant Titta Di Girolamo has lived at a remote Swiss hotel, where each day he sits alone in the cafe, always by the window. His reasons for being there remain a mystery, but one day secrets from his past begin revealing themselves, signifying that his long wait, whatever it is for, may soon be over. Mystery is key to Paolo Sorrentino's stylish, beautifully made second feature, a handsomely shot and edited work that features some striking sound design, and a terrific central performance from Toni Serville as the enigmatic Di Girolamo.

Tuesday 30th May at 8pm
Manderlay     Denmark / Sweden / Netherlands / France / Germany / UK 2005  |  139 mins  |  15
In 1933, gangster's daughter Grace arrives in Alabama to find that slavery is still very much the order of the day. She embarks on a mission to democratise the slaves, but things do not go as planned and her good intentions soon backfire. The second of a planned trilogy on American history by Danish maestro Lars von Trier follows on directly from his emotionally devastating Dogville, retaining its lead character and its minimalist, bare stage stylistics. Once again von Trier has made a provocative and challenging movie, and assembled a powerhouse cast to assist him, including Bryce Dallas Howard, lsaach De Ban kole, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Jeremy Davies and Lauren Bacall. (Cine Outsider review)

Tuesday 6th June at 8pm
Good Night, and Good Luck     USA / UK / France / Japan 2005  |  93 mins  |  PG
George Clooney's second film as director focuses on legendary news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, and specifically the stand he and his producer Fred Friendly took against the notorious Senator Joe McCarthy in 1954. Gorgeously shot in black and white, the film is perfectly timed as a counterblast to the rise of neoconservative elements in the US and their attempts to effectively deify a man whose single-minded anti-communist witch-hunts destroyed the lives and careers of hundreds of American citizens. Featuring John Sayles regular David Strathairn as Murrow, the film features a fine supporting cast that includes Robert Downey Jnr., Patricia Clarkson, Ray Wise, Frank Langela, and Clooney himself as producer Fred Friendly.

Tuesday 13th November at 8pm
The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes     Germany / UK / France 2005  |  99 mins  |  12A
When opera singer Malvina dies mysteriously during a performance, her body is spirited away by the mysterious Dr. Droz to a mystical island, where he plans to revive her for his own bizarre stage show. The animated short films of the Brothers Quay are some of the most perfectly realised film evocations of dream and nightmare imagery, but only twice have they ventured into the world of the feature film, in 1995 with Institute Benjamenta, and now again for this strange, unsettling, beautifully designed fantasy. Inspired by Jules Verne's The Carpathian Castle, narrative and even character are of minor consequence here, the film having the feel and structure of an extended surrealistic poem – one thing is for certain, you won't see another film quite like it all year. (Cine Outsider review)

Sunday 18th June at 4pm          SPECIAL SCREENING
Syriana     USA 2005  |  126 mins  |  15
Oil is, or at least can be, a dirty business. This is the central theme of this searing political drama from Stephen Gaghan, the writer of Traffic, whose multi­story structure focuses alternately on ambitious energy analyst Bryan Woodman (Matt Damon), high flying Washington lawyer Bennett Holiday (Jeffrey Wright), Oxford educated Prince Nasir (Alexander Siddig), fired oil worker Wasim (Mazhar Munir) and veteran CIA assassin Bob Barnes (George Clooney). The film moves breathlessly between the stories as they increasingly overlap, and a dark view of the modern international oil business emerges, where profit is put above everything and human life is expendable. Thematically recalling Sidney Pollack's 1975 Three Days of the Condor, Syriana is both a powerful polemic and a gripping thriller, and a clear sign that there's life left yet in the Hollywood hills. (Cine Outsider review)

Tuesday 20th June at 8pm
Rocky Road to Dublin     Ireland 1968  |  99 mins  |  12
Peter Lennon's documentary portrait of what he called "a repressed Irish republic" was made in 1968, but after just one screening was banned, and remained unseen in Ireland for more than three decades. 36 years on the film retains much of its power and relevance, as Lennon suggests that having survived almost 700 years of English occupation, the community has accepted oppression in a different form from the state and the Catholic church. The result is an impassioned yet affectionate portrait of life in late 1960s Ireland, and one of the great unseen works of the verite documentary movement of the period.

Tuesday 27th June at 8pm
The Child [L'enfant]     Belgium / France 2005  |  96 mins  |  12A
Young petty criminal Bruno cares little for the consequences of his actions, fencing goods stolen by local school kids and even subletting his girlfriend Sonia's flat while she is in hospital giving birth to their son. When he learns of the money to be made through illegal adoption agencies, he astonishes Sonia by selling their new-born child, but when he attempts to put things right he has to face potentially serious consequences. The latest work from Belgium's premiere film-makers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, directors of the award winning Rosetta and The Son, is a compelling slice of social realism, beautifully performed and observed, and a film that last year won the brothers their second Palme D'or at Cannes. (Cine Outsider review)

Tuesday 4th July at 8pm
Exiles [Exils]     France / Japan 2004  |  104 mins  |  15
Zano and Naima, two lovers of Algerian parentage living in France, decide to make their way to troubled Algeria in search of their roots, a journey that is set to teach them as much about themselves as it does about the culture of their ancestors. The latest film from Algerian filmmaker Tony Gatlif, who has made his name in part through works based around Romany culture and music (Latcho Drom, Gadjo Dilo, Vengo), is an exuberant, freewheeling road movie that explores the true nature of cultural identity with a lively inventiveness that won Gatliff the Best Directorprize at Cannes in 2004. As you might expect, given Gatlifs past projects, the film boasts a fine music score and engaging central performances, with Zano played by Roman Duris of last season's The Beat That My Heart Skipped.