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Autumn 2015 season

Tuesday 22 September at 8pm
Amy     UK / USA 2015  |  128 mins  |  15
When acclaimed singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the tragically young age of 27, it sent shock waves through the music profession and left fans reeling worldwide. Following on from the success of his BAFTA award-winning documentary on Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, director Asif Kapadia here fashions an intimate, compelling and deeply moving portrait of this musical icon, constructed largely from a wealth of archive footage and personal videos, many of which have never been shown publicly before.

Tuesday 29 September at 8pm
Clouds of Sils Maria    France / Germany 2014  |  124 mins  |  15
Widely respected and successful middle-aged actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is forced to re-evaluate her perception of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that first launched her career. Her apprehension is stoked when the role she originally played and is reluctant to let go of is given to younger American actress Jo-Ann Ellis (Chloë Grace Moretz). As befits the subject matter, the performances here are uniformly excellent, and director Olivier Assayas employs them to fashion a gripping and perceptive study of self-doubt, ageing and celebrity identity.

Tuesday 6 October at 8pm
Wild Tales [Relatos salvajes]    Argentina | Spain 2014  |  122 mins  |  15
Revenge and retribution are the binding themes of this anthology collection of six short stories from Argentinean writer-director Damián Szifron, which swept the board at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina and has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.Varied in their tone and structure, the wild tales of the title explore the act of vengeance from a number of perspectives in encounters driven as much by chance as malice aforethought. Intermittently violent, Wild Tales is also wonderfully twisted and often blackly humorous.

Tuesday 13 October at 8pm
Timbuktu     France / Mauritania 2014  |  97 mins  |  12A
Cattle herder Kidane lives contentedly with his wife and children in the dunes outside a small desert town located close to the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu. When a group of armed jihadists arrive in the town and begin enforcing strict fundamentalist laws on the local population and ruthlessly punishing any transgressions; Kidane and his family are initially untouched by this new regime, but that is set to change.The latest work from Bamako director Abderrahmane Sissako is a powerful and deeply humanistic study of life under extremism, one whose seriousness is also touched with moments of unexpected humour.

Tuesday 20 October at 8pm
Girlhood [Bande de filles]     France 2014  |  113 mins  |  15
Shy 16-year-old tomboy Marieme lives in a Parisan high-rise housing project and cannot seem to get her life in any sort of order.When poor grades see her kicked out of school, she falls in with a trouble-making trio of local girls, from whom she learns the value of comradeship and friendship and that petty crime can actually be rather fun.Writer- director Céline Sciamma's energetic and absorbing reflection on what it means to be a disenfranchised young black female is a grippingly handled and performed work that refreshingly avoids character stereotyping and cultural clichés.

Tuesday 27 October at 8pm
My Name Is Salt     India / Switzerland 2013  |  92 mins  |  U
Each year in the parched plains of India's Gujarati desert, thousands of families work tirelessly and methodically to extract salt from the cracked earth. Director Farida Pacha's gentle but quietly mesmerising documentary feature follows one of them as they toil over a period of several months, using old and trusted methods to obtain the salt whose sale is their only source of income. Lent a visual poetry by cinematographer Lutz Konermann's unobtrusively observational camerawork, the film is devoid of narration and tells its story entirely through the actions and words of its characters.

Tuesday 3 November at 8pm
The Voices    USA / Germany 2014  |  103 mins  |  15
Jerry is a cheerfully optimistic factory worker who appears to be coping with his psychological issues. His psychiatrist is pleased, but warns that he might start hearing voices if he fails to take his medication.This fails to register with the upbeat Jerry, who holds regular conversations with his loyal dog Bosco and his mockingly malicious cat Mr.Whiskers. But when an impromptu romantic evening ends in disaster, his dark past looks set to catch up with him. Ryan Reynolds shines in this jet-black comedy from Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi, one whose deft blend of comical wit and troubling horror have assured it future cult status.

Tuesday 10 November at 8pm
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night     USA / Iran 2014  |  101 mins  |  15
In the mysterious ghost town of Bad City, the life of poor boy Akash is inadvertently transformed by a chador-clad girl who glides the streets on a skateboard in search of potential victims.Vampire films are almost as old as cinema itself, and it requires some imagination to deliver an even remotely new twist on the tale.Yet in the same year that Jim Jarmush explored what it means for hip vampires to be truly ageless, director Ana Lily Amirpour delivers the world's first Iranian vampire movie. Moodily photographed in richly toned monochrome, this offbeat and atmospheric work is one of the year's most striking debut features.

Tuesday 17 October at 8pm
Slow West     UK / New Zealand 2014  |  84 mins  |  15

In 1870, young and lovelorn Scot Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has left his wealthy family and travelled to Colorado in search of his lost love Rose (Caren Pistorius). Uncertain of the possible dangers that lay ahead, he agrees to hire gunfighter Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender), unaware that this outlaw has an altogether different reason for accepting the job.The directorial debut of former Beta Band member John Maclean has been widely praised as one of the finest westerns in recent years, a handsomely photographed work that blends drama, intrigue, action and character humour to sublime effect.


Tuesday 24 November at 8pm
The Wonders [Le meraviglie]    Italy / Switzerland / Germany 2014  |  110 mins  |  15
At a Tuscan family farm, father Wolfgang seeks to protect his four daughters from what he believes is the corrupting influence of the outside world.The family's primary income is from naturally produced honey, a process overseen by the shy but knowledgeable 12-year- old Gelsomina.With their livelihood threatened by EEC regulations, Wolfgang takes in a young male lodger, while Gelsomina dreams of taking part in aTV competition based around traditional living.The award- winning second feature from Corpo celeste director Alice Rohrwacher is a gentle and richly multi-layered coming-of-age-tale that sings a quiet lament to lost youth and changing times.

Tuesday 1 December at 8pm
The Tribe [Plemya]     Ukraine / Netherlands 2014  |  132 mins  |  18
Deaf-mute Sergey is placed in a specialist boarding school, where he quickly falls under the influence of the institution's most troublesome gang, whose activities range from mugging to pimping girls to the local trucking community.The debut feature of Ukranian writer-director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy may take its artistic inspiration from the work of British director Alan Clarke (Scum, Made in Britain), but stands apart in its complete lack of audible dialogue, with all conversations conducted in unsubtitled sign language.The result is a bold, brutal and sometimes shocking work that is also a unique and powerful cinematic achievement.

Tuesday 8 December at 8pm
The Salt of the Earth     France / Italy / Brazil 2014  |  110 mins  |  12A
For the last 40 years, acclaimed Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has travelled the world documenting many of the more traumatic events of our times, including wars, famine, genocide and exodus. But now he is embarking on a new journey, to discover pristine territories, grandiose landscapes and wild nature as part of a huge photographic tribute to the planet’s beauty. Co-directed by Salgado's son Juliano and celebrated German director Wim Wenders, this is an intimate portrait of a great and committed artist, and a touching, enlightening and visually sumptuous work in its own right.

Tuesday 15 December at 8pm
The Wrecking Crew     USA 2008  |  101 mins  |  PG
A number of our seasons have concluded with a music-themed film, and the tradition continues with Denny Tedesco's winning portrait of the loose collection of musicians whose talents can be heard on a huge number of hit songs and soundtracks of the 60s and 70s. Like last year's 20 Feet From Stardom, the film spotlights the work of these often unsung artists and includes interviews with a range of key producers, singers and songwriters. Begun as a labour of love back in 1996 and completed in 2008, the release was held up for a further 7 years while Tedesco raised the money to pay for the rights for the songs that pepper the soundtrack.