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Autumn 2007 season

Tuesday 11th September at 8pm
The Lives of Others     Germany 2006  |  137 mins  |  15
  In 1980s East Germany, Gerd Wiesler (the unfortunate father in Funny Games) is a Stasi surveillance agent whose latest assignment is the famed playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch of Black Book), an initially fruitless task that changes when the suicide of a blacklisted friend awakens Dreyman's anger at the State. One of the year's most acclaimed and compelling dramas, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's debut feature is a fascinating and suspenseful peek at life behind the Berlin Wall that focuses on the strange kinship that develops between these two seemingly very different men.

Tuesday 18th September at 8pm
La Vie en Rose     France / UK / Czech Republic 2007  |  140 mins  |  12A
  Following in the footsteps of recent musical biopics such as Ray and Walk the Line, Oliver Dahan's richly textured film takes as its subject that most famous of French singers, Edith Piaf. A classic rags to riches story that follow's Piaf's rise from homelessness and adoption by prostitutes to international fame via a chance encounter with a nightclub impresario, La Vie en Rose is a moving and involving study of a woman who lived life to the full. Memorable for its presentation of Piaf's music, of which there is plenty, the film features at its core a superb performance by Marion Cotillard.

Tuesday 25th September at 8pm
Goya's Ghosts     Spain / USA 2006  |  113 mins  |  15
  In 18th century Spain, high-ranking clergymen are debating whether the religious paintings of popular but controversial artist Goya (Stellan Skarsgård) are heretical. Brother Lorenzo (Javier Bardem) defends the painter, but at the same time suggests that the church has gone soft and that they should expand the power of the Inquisition, which includes Goya's muse Irma (Natalie Portman). Beautifully recreating the period and the visual splendour of Goya's paintings, the latest film from Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman is no conventional biopic, but a visually striking and impressively performed critique of darker times for both Church and State.

Tuesday 2nd October at 8pm
Jindabyne     Australia 2006  |  123 mins  |  15
  Former racing driver Stewart has fallen on more humble times, his annual high point is now a wilderness fishing trip with three close friends, on which they discover the brutalised body of an Aboriginal woman. This awakens in Stewart unexpected emotions and prompts his wife Claire to question whether she really knows her husband at all. This gripping, complex and beautifully developed drama explores similar themes to director Ray Lawrence's previous film Lantana and to equally powerful effect, helped in no small measure by two superb central performances from Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney.

Tuesday 9th October at 8pm
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten     UK / Ireland 2007  |  124 mins  |  15
  There can be few, if any, punk icons as enduring as former Clash front man Joe Strummer, a widely admired and respected singer-songwriter and outspoken activist, whose premature death in 2002 sent shock waves through the entertainment world. Mixing archive footage with campfire chats with his colleagues and famous admirers, director Julien Temple, whose feature debut The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle has itself become the defining movie of the punk era, fashions a meticulously detailed and consistently fascinating tribute to one of the great talents of British rock history.

Tuesday 16th October at 8pm
Tales From Earthsea     Japan 2006  |  115 mins  |  PG
  Strange things are afoot in the faraway land of Earthsea, with failing crops and visions of dragons prompting wandering wizard Sparrowhawk to investigate the cause, teaming up en route with troubled teenager Prince Arren. The latest production from celebrated Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is the first feature directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of the company's most famous animator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle), and though less playful in tone than his father's works, it retains their ecological concerns, arresting attention to detail and unique sense of wonder.

Tuesday 23rd September at 8pm
Ten Canoes     Australia 2006  |  90 mins  |  15
  A thousand years ago on a hunting expedition, Minygululu, the leader of a group of Aborigines, relates an ancient story of love and tribal conflict designed to teach wisdom and patience to his younger brother, who has taken a fancy to the youngest of Minygululu's three wives. With an all-Aboriginal cast and co-director, Ten Canoes is a mythical, visually striking work that provides a unique and fascinating inside view of a world too often romanticised in cinema. Visually striking and engagingly performed, it's also a film of great humour, not least in the witty narration by seasoned Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil.

Tuesday 30th October at 8pm
Night of the Sunflowers     Spain 2006  |  123 mins  |  15
  A woman lies dead in a field of sunflowers, another woman is brutally attacked, and two potholers go in search of a cave of possible historical interest. What could be the connection? This acclaimed debut feature from Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo takes a Rashamon-style view of the darker side of humanity, telling the same story from six overlapping viewpoints, during which the connections between the characters and the effect they have on each others' lives becomes dramatically apparent. A compelling developed and intricately structured psychological drama, powered along by a string of excellent non-star performances.

Tuesday 6th November at 8pm
The War on Democracy     UK / Australia 2007  |  96 mins  |  12A
  The often troubling, sometimes scandalous, involvement of the American government in South American affairs, is the subject for the latest investigative documentary by one of the UK's most politically committed reporters, John Pilger. Despite its damning indictment of some shockingly undemocratic actions taken by the US administration against governments they simply did not care for, and disturbing comments made by ex-CIA chief Duane Clarridge ("Get used to it, world!"), Pilger himself describes The War on Democracy as his most positive film to date, evident in its examples of how united and determined people can still fight back against the political aggressor.

Tuesday 13th November at 8pm
Paris, je t’aime     France / Liechtenstein 2006  |  120 mins  |  15
  In an unusual but beguiling project, noted filmmakers from around the world were invited to make a short film about love in the world's most romantic capital. Uniting such diverse directing talents as Gus Van Sant, Walter Salles, Sylvain Chomet, Olivier Assayas, Wes Craven, Tom Tykwer and the Coen Brothers, and a cast that includes Steve Buscemi, Marianne Faithfull, Barbet Schroeder, Nick Nolte, Ben Gazarra, Gena Rowlands, Bob Hoskins and a host of others, Paris, je t'aime is an emotionally varied and sometimes delightful treat; eighteen stories of love in the city that really does have something for everyone.

Tuesday 20th November at 8pm
Daratt     Chad / France / Belgium / Austria 2006  |  96 mins  |  PG
  At the end of the 40-year civil war in Chad the government announces an amnesty for war criminals, angering the elderly Gumar Abatchar, who orders his 16-year-old grandson Atim to hunt down and kill the man responsible for his father's death. But when Atim locates his man, his course of action and the relationship that develops between them is not as clear-cut as he expected it to be. Abouna director Abderrahmane Sissiko has created in Daratt a powerful parable of guilt, revenge and post-war reconciliation, driven by two fine central performances and building to a hauntingly memorable conclusion.

Tuesday 27th November at 8pm
Water     India / Canada 2005  |  117 mins  |  12A
  In 1930s India, eight-year-old widow Chuya is left in the holy city of Varanasi to live her life in poverty as penance for her husband's passing. Here she is befriended by two older widows who have been forced into prostitution, one of whom becomes romantically involved with a respectable law student; a relationship that threatens serious consequences for them all. The third film in Deepa Mehta's Elements trilogy is a compelling and persuasive study of the unjust treatment of women in pre-Independence India, whose heartfelt message is still unfortunately relevant today.

Tuesday 4th December at 8pm
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros     Philippines 2005  |  100 mins  |  15
  Maximo Oliveros is a 12-year-old boy from a criminal family. Victor is a rookie policeman and devout Christian determined to bring law and order to the slum district in which the boy lives. Matters are complicated when Maximo, who has adopted the maternal role in his family since the death of his mother, develops a crush on the young policeman, a relationship that could have serious consequences for both parties. Made on a budget of just £10,000, Auraeus Solito's debut film takes a pleasingly non-judgemental approach to its potentially taboo subject and shines in its sensitive handling and naturalistic performances.

Tuesday 11th December at 8pm
The Wild Blue Yonder     UK / USA / France / Germany 2005  |  81 mins  |  cert
  As humans search for a new planet to colonize, an alien (Brad Dourif) from a race looking to settle on Earth casts a dismayed eye at mankind's destructive relationship with the natural world. Director Werner Herzog's 'science fiction fantasy' is compiled partly, like his previous documentary Grizzly Man, from found footage, which ranges from material shot by astronauts on the 1989 Space Shuttle mission to stunning underwater material filmed beneath the polar ice cap. Hauntingly scored by Ernst Reijseger, this is further evidence of Herzog's extraordinary versatility and increasing awe at the majesty of the natural world.

Tuesday 18th December at 8pm
Transylvania     France 2006  |  103 mins  |  15
  A pregnant Italian woman named Zingarina (Asia Argento) arrives in Transylvania in search of her Romany lover, whom she believes was deported there after he disappeared without a word of goodbye. Her quest does not bring her the answers she hoped for, but instead of returning home, she embarks on a journey of discovery that expands her understanding and appreciation of the people and music of the region. Gadjo Dilo and Exils director Tony Gatlif continues his cinematic exploration of Romany culture in this handsomely photographed and multilingual celebration of Romanian life, landscape and music.