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Spring 2009 season

Tuesday 21st April at 8pm
Of Time and the City     UK 2008  |  72 mins  |  12A
With his autobiographical first two features, Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes,Terence Davies established himself as one of the most important British filmmakers of the modern age. Now, after eight years of stalled and unrealised projects, Davies makes a triumphant return to filmmaking with this illuminating and heartfelt ode to his native Liverpool. Weaving a rich tapestry from archive and contemporary footage, music, voice, literary quotation, personal reminiscence and wickedly funny observation, Of Time and the City is an arresting, insightful and beautifully realised work that takes the documentary feature into the realms of art. (Cine Outsider review)

Tuesday 28th April at 8pm
Jar City [Mýrin]     Iceland / Germany / Denmark 2006  |  93 mins  |  15
Based on the crime novel by Arnaldur Indridason, the Icelandic Jar City centres around a murder investigation being conducted by world-weary detective Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson, triggered when the death of a young girl is unexpectedly linked to a 30 year-old case involving two deaths from what were thought to be natural causes. As Sigurdsson investigates the connection, he begins to uncover signs of a long-buried conspiracy in which the police themselves appear to have been involved. A tautly made and gripping police procedural that makes atmospheric use of its locale and has become Iceland’s most successful ever domestic film.

Tuesday 5th May at 8pm
Waltz with Bashir [Vals Im Bashir]     Israel / Germany / France / USA / Finland / Switzerland / Belgium / Australia 2008  |  90 mins  |  15
Anyone still under the misapprehension that animated films are only for kids is in for a surprise if they sit down for Waltz with Bashir, a compelling examination of the massacre that took place during Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, told from the viewpoint of veterans of the conflict. Structured like a conventional documentary in which director Ari Folman attempts, through interviews with his former colleagues and hard-hitting illustrations of their stories, to recollect his experiences of the invasion and come to terms with the horrors he witnessed. An unusual, dreamlike and ultimately devastating personal exploration of the terrible consequences of a too-often forgotten conflict.

Tuesday 12th May at 8pm
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson     USA 2008  |  120 mins  |  15
Activist, recluse, drug experimentalist, inventor of the term "gonzo journalism" and author of the seminal Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson now becomes subject of this insightful documentary from Alex Gibney, the man behind that sobering deconstruction of American capitalist excesses, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Narrated by Johnny Depp, the actor who once shadowed Thompson's every move for the screen version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the film features hilarious, illuminating, and poignant contributions from both those that loved Hunter and those that sparred with him, including the legendary Ralph Steadman, Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner, Hell's Angel Sonny Barger, George McGovern, Pat Buchanan, Jimmy Buffet and Jimmy Carter. (Cine Outsider review)

Tuesday 19th May at 8pm
Tokyo Sonata     Japan / Netherlands / Hong Kong 2008  |  119 mins  |  12A
  When Ryuhei is unceremoniously dumped from his 'safe' company job, his family's happy, humdrum life is put at risk. Unwilling to accept the shame of unemployment, he chooses not to tell anyone, instead leaving home each morning in suit and tie and carrying a briefcase, spending his days searching for work and lining up for soup with the homeless. Featuring outstanding performances from Teruyuki Kagawa and Kyoko Koizumi, serene and elegant direction from former existentialist horror filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Pulse), Tokyo Sonata is one of the most internationally acclaimed Japanese films of the past five years, an insightful, compelling and award-winning exploration of the gradual breakdown of the family unit.

Tuesday 21st April at 8pm
Of Time and the City     UK 2008  |  72 mins  |  12A
  synopsis

Tuesday 21st April at 8pm
Of Time and the City     UK 2008  |  72 mins  |  12A
  synopsis

Tuesday 21st April at 8pm
Of Time and the City     UK 2008  |  72 mins  |  12A
  synopsis

Tuesday 21st April at 8pm
Of Time and the City     UK 2008  |  72 mins  |  12A
  synopsis

Tuesday 21st April at 8pm
Of Time and the City     UK 2008  |  72 mins  |  12A
  synopsis

Tuesday 21st April at 8pm
Of Time and the City     UK 2008  |  72 mins  |  12A
  synopsis

Tuesday 21st April at 8pm
Of Time and the City     UK 2008  |  72 mins  |  12A
  synopsis