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Spring Season 2012

Tuesday 10th April at 8 p.m.
A Dangerous Method     UK / Germany / Canada / Switzerland 2011  |  99 mins  |  15
Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung were both famous enough in their field to have given birth to adjectives bearing their names. Considerably less well known is Sabina Spielrein, a patient of Jung's who later became his colleague and whose contribution to the development of psychoanalysis has been eclipsed by the work of her celebrated male counterparts. By exploring the process of the technique's evolution, A Dangerous Method, the latest film from Canadian director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises), aims to right this historical wrong and afford Spielrein the credit she rightly deserves.A compelling and precision made biographical drama, the film is built around a trio of excellent performances from Keira Knightley as Spielrein, Michael Fassbender as Jung, and Cronenberg regular Viggo Mortensen as Freud.

Tuesday 17th April at 8 p.m.
Las Acacias     Argentina / Spain 2011  |  82 mins  |  12A
Lonely but insular lorry driver Rubén (Germán de Silva) has for years been hauling wood down the motorway that runs from Asunción del Paraguay to Buenos Aires. On one return trip from Argentina, he agrees to carry a passenger in the shape of Jacinta (Hebe Duarte), who is crossing the border in search of work and insists on taking her three- month-old baby with her. Initially uncommunicative, over the course of the journey the two adults eventually open up to each other, and Rubén's self-imposed barriers begin to fall.A triple award winner at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, this debut feature from Argentinean filmmaker Pablo Giorgelli is a captivatingly gentle and ultimately uplifting study of two damaged souls and the healing potential of their unfolding relationship.

Tuesday 24th April at 8 p.m.
Louyre – This Our Still Life     UK 2011  |  58 mins  |  U
Andrew Kötting is a London-based artist, writer and filmmaker who in the 1997 Gallivant chronicled his journey around the British coastline with his 85-year-old grandmother Gladys and his 7-year-old daughter Eden, who was born with a rare genetic disorder known as Joubert syndrome. Louyre – This Our Still Life finds Kötting once again in autobiographical mode, recording himself, his wife Leila and the now 23-year-old Eden over the course of one year, as the seasons change and Kötting and his daughter experiment with still-life drawing as a means of artistic expression. Semi-experimental in structure and driven along by an intoxicating score from Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner), This Our Still Life is a captivating meditation on time, perception, family and location.

Tuesday 1st May at 8 p.m.
Surviving Life (Theory and Practice)     Czech Republic / Slovakia / Japan 2010  |  109 mins  |  15
Czech surrealist animator Jan Svankmajer is not exactly known for his conventional approach to storytelling. Having established his reputation with a string of internationally acclaimed short films, he made the move to features in 1988 with Alice, and has since blended live action with stop-motion animation in films such as Little Otik (2000) and Lunacy (2005), often to disturbing but blackly comic effect. Now in his late 70s, Svankmajer shows no sign of mellowing with his latest film, a self-styled ‘psychoanalytical comedy’ in which an elderly office clerk begins having strange dreams, and enlists the services of a psychoanalyst, not to rid himself of them but to experience them more.The result is like no other film you'll see all year, a wildly imaginative trip through a troubled subconscious and a celebration of the sometimes delicious strangeness of dreams.

Tuesday 8th May at 8 p.m.
Coriolanus     UK 2011  |  122 mins  |  15
In an oppressive and militarised state, feared and revered general Caius Martius, known as Coriolanus, returns home from victorious battle. Persuaded by his controlling mother Volumnia to run for public office, he falls foul of state politics and his own pride and ambition, placing him at the mercy of his blood enemy Tullus Aufidius. One of Shakespeare's lesser- known and most overtly political plays is transposed from its original setting to a modern, war-torn "place calling itself Rome" by actor-director Ralph Fiennes, who recreates with fiery intensity a role he played previously on the London stage. Boasting vividly staged battle scenes (shot by Hurt Locker cameraman Barry Ackroyd), the film shines in Shakespeare's dialogue and the performances from a uniformly excellent cast, who include Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, James Nesbitt and Vanessa Redgrave.

Tuesday 15th May at 8 p.m.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia [Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da]     Turkey / Bosnia and Herzegovina 2011  |  150 mins  |  15
On the bleak grassland of Turkey's Anatolian steppes, a group of policemen, arrested suspects and other sundry personnel begin a search for a dead body. As the hunt continues, characters are established and the details of their task begin to become clear.As the night drags on, the experience affects each of them in different ways.The latest work from award-winning Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Uzak, Climates, Three Monkeys) is a slow-burn drama that exerts its considerable hold not through incident and action, but by slowly drawing the viewer in and making us part of the unfolding and methodical investigation.A visually arresting study of investigative obsession and bureaucracy, the film excels in its focus on character and the fine detail of their allotted task.

Tuesday 28th May at 8 p.m.
Martha Marcy May Marlene     USA 2011  |  102 mins  |  15
Having spent two years as the member of a remotely located cult, the disenchanted Martha flees and returns to her family. Over the course of the following two weeks, a dual timeline unfolds, as Martha recalls episodes of her time spent with the group and tries to understand how the experience has impacted on her current wellbeing.The remarkable and widely acclaimed debut feature from director Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene is a compelling and intelligently handled exploration of the cult mentality and its potentially damaging effects. Strong on atmosphere and slow-build menace and using its fractured non-linear structure to disquieting effect, the film boasts an extraordinary central performance from newcomer Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, and another wonderfully sinister turn from John Hawkes (so memorable as Uncle Teardrop in Winter's Bone) as cult leader Patrick.

Tuesday 5th June at 8 p.m.
Young Adult     USA 2012  |  117 mins  |  15
Mavis is a thirtysomething writer of young adult fiction whose spiralling alcoholism, recent divorce and inability to finish her latest book has left her in a state of emotional turmoil.The discovery of an email from her former high-school sweetheart, now happily married and with a newly born child, proves the final straw, and launches Mavis on a self- destructive mission to reclaim her former lover. Scriptwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman, the team behind the super-smart 2007 indie hit Juno, deliver a darkly funny and acerbic portrait of the scars left by high school and the delights and disappointments of young adult life. Smartly written and visually arresting, the film revolves around a superb central performance from Charlize Theron as the sometimes infuriating but always fascinating Mavis.

Tuesday 12th June at 8 p.m.
Gainsbourg     France 2010  |  130 mins  |  15
It may well be difficult for a non-French audience to fully appreciate just how big a star Serge Gainsbourg once was.A celebrated songwriter and gifted musician, he was romantically linked with the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin (with whom he recorded his most internationally famous song,‘Je t’aime... moi non plus’) and famed for his drinking and high profile media stunts. Directed by comic book artist Joann Sfar, Gainsbourg is both a biopic and a celebration of the title character's colourful life, from his experiences as a young Jew in wartime Vichy to his later acclaim as a multi-genre songwriter. Featuring a captivating central performance from Eric Elmosnino, the film takes an inventive and original approach to the familiar format of the musical film biography.