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Winter 2015 season

Tuesday 6 January at 8pm
Two Days, One Night [Deux jours, une nuit]     Belgium / France / Italy 2014  |  95 mins  |  15
Young Mother Sandra is off work with depression, and in her absence her colleagues are balloted on whether to keep their bonuses or protect her job.When they choose the former, her supportive husband Manu persuades Sandra to request a second ballot and to make her case individually to her colleagues, all of whom have personal reasons for voting the way they did.The latest film from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (The Son, The Kid With a Bike) is one of their finest yet, a gripping personal and political drama featuring a career best performance from Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose).

Tuesday 13 January at 8pm
God's Pocket    USA 2014  |  88 mins  |  15
In a run-down corner of Philadelphia known as God's Pocket, outsider Mickey has married attractive local Jeanie, but also has to deal with her volatile, racist and drug-addicted 20-something son Leon.When the latest in a line of violent altercations results in Leon's murder, Mickey teams up with his lowlife friend Bird, gang boss Sal and alcoholic newspaper columnist Richard Shellburn to solve the crime.The directorial debut of Mad Men actor John Slattery, God's Pocket features one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final screen roles, with strong support from John Turturro, Caleb Landry Jones and Christina Hendricks.

Tuesday 20 January at 8pm
Night Moves     US 2013  |  112 mins  |  15
Environmental activists Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) and Dena (Dakota Fanning) decide to up their game and team with ex-Marine (Peter Sarsgard) to blow up a nearby hydroelectric dam, a plan that is destined to have drastic consequences for each member of the group.The latest film from indie favourite Kelly Reichardt (River of Grass, Old Joy, Meek's Cutoff) kicks against convention by staging a climactic set-piece mid-way through the film in order to explore the fall-out from the action as intricately as it does the compelling build-up, sold by a trio of strong performances from the well-chosen leads.

Tuesday 27 January at 8pm
Leviathan [Leviafan]     Russia 2014  |  141 mins  |  15
Mechanic Nikolay lives with his family in a self-built house in a prime coastal location where corrupt local mayor Vadim wants to construct his own luxury home. When Vadim issues a compulsory purchase order to get his hands on the land, Nikolay calls on the help of his childhood friend Dmitri, now a successful Moscow lawyer, but the battle they face is fraught with difficulties.The latest work from celebrated Russian director Andrey Zvyaginstev (The Return, The Banishment) is a downbeat but compelling exploration of the difficulties faced by any citizen looking to do battle against a corrupt system that has protected itself with layers of bureaucratic armour.

Tuesday 10 February at 8pm
'71     UK 2014  |  99 mins  |  15
In 1971, young new British Army recruit Gary Hook is posted to Northern Ireland, where he and his new comrades are placed on foot patrol on the streets of Belfast. Following a bungled house raid the unit retreats, but Hook becomes separated and finds himself isolated in hostile territory and engaged in a stealthy battle for his very survival. First-time director Yann Demange recreates the look and feel of conflict- torn Belfast with documentary realism, and milks Hook's desperate and potentially lethal plight for every ounce of tension, aided by another superb central performance from Starred Up's Jack O’Connell.

Tuesday 17 February at 8pm
Wakolda     Argentina / Spain / Norway / France 2013  |  93 mins  |  12A
In 1960 Patagonia, Enzo and Eva are on their way to start a new life with their children at a hotel they have inherited. En route they meet a German doctor, whom the couple welcome into the hotel and entrust with the care of their daughter Lilith, unaware of his true identity and his diabolical past. Based on a true story and written and directed by Argentinean filmmaker Lucía Puenzo (XXY, The Fish Child), Wakolda (aka The German Doctor) is a gripping and unsettling tale of the corruption of the innocent by a monster in sheep's clothing, and features a haunting central performance from Àlex Brendemühl.

Tuesday 24 February at 8pm
Tammy    USA 2014  |  97 mins  |  15
Tammy is convinced that world is against her. Recently fired from her blue-collar job and dejected after catching her husband with a neighbour, she joins her alcoholic grandmother Pearl on a road trip to Niagara Falls. It's the perfect opportunity for the two women to get to know each other better, but Tammy's rotten luck and Pearl's boozing turn the journey into a catalogue of disasters. Co-written by and starring comedienne Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Identity Thief) and featuring a rare comic role for Susan Sarandon as Pearl, Tammy makes a refreshing change from the male dominated American comedies of recent years.

Tuesday 3 March at 8pm
Finding Fela!     USA 2014  |  119 mins  |  15
Having made his name through political documentaries such as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Taxi to the Dark Side, director Alex Gibney more recently turned his camera on Nigerian musician, former activist and afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Dividing the film's running time between an interview and archive footage driven portrait of Fela's life and work, and a film record of a Broadway play based on his life story, Gibney paints a vibrant picture of a charismatic and supremely talented, larger-than-life figure.

Tuesday 10 March at 8pm
Maps to the Stars     Canada / USA / Germany / France 2014  |  111 mins  |  18
In modern day Hollywood, disfunction appears to be the order of the day. As obnoxious child star Benji is preparing for a new film after a spell in rehab, his self-help guru father, Dr. Stafford Weiss, is trying to help borderline hysterical actress Havana Segrand, whose newly hired assistant Agatha carries the scars of past traumas that are set to resurface in explosive fashion.The latest work from Canadian maestro David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises) doesn't so much satirise Hollywood as bite it in the throat and tear it apart, aided by superb performances from Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and Evan Bird.

Tuesday 17 March at 8pm
The Babadook    Australia 2014  |  93 mins  |  15
Seven years after the loss of her husband, single mother Amelia has still been unable to come to terms with her loss and is struggling to cope with the behaviour of her son Samuel, born on the night of her husband's death.When Samuel asks her to read to him from a creepy children's pop-up book,Amelia becomes disturbed by its content and soon begins to fear that the creature at the story's centre is now inhabiting their house. The directorial debut of former actress Jennifer Kent has been widely acclaimed as one of the most unsettling and thought-provoking horror thrillers of recent years, a chilling work that explores issues of depression and loss with insight and maturity.

Tuesday 24 March at 8pm
Sacro GRA     Italy / France 2013  |  95 mins  |  15
A feature film study of the Grande Raccordo Anulare, the 62 kilometre ring road that encircles Rome, may not sound like a recipe for fascinating viewing. But by focussing on the diverse range of individuals who live on and around the road, Gianfranco Rosi's observational documentary has proved to be one of the year's most rewarding surprises. Offering a glimpse into a range of professions and sometimes eccentric private lives, the film is a revealing, intriguing and often humorous portrait of a modern urban landscape and its colourful inhabitants.

Tuesday 31 March at 8pm
Salomé     USA 2013  |  81 mins  |  15
Al Pacino's passion for the work of Oscar Wilde, and particularly his biblical play Salomé, has resulted in one of the celebrated actor's rare stints both in front of and behind the camera. Presenting the play as a filmed version of the theatrical production in final rehearsal, Pacino the filmmaker directs Pacino the actor in one of his most arresting recent roles as the drunken Herod, but is actually outshone by a superb performance by Jessica Chastain as the titular Salomé.This is a compelling interpretation of the play, one visually pared down to the essentials but that intermittently escapes from the theatre in striking and inventive manner.