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Winter 2016 season

Tuesday 5 January at 8pm
Listen to Me Marlon     UK 2015  |  103 mins  |  15
We all know his work, but how much do we really know about the man? Given unprecedented access to famously reclusive actor Marlon Brando's self-therapy tapes, documentary filmmaker Stevan Riley (Fire in Babylon, Everything or Nothing) has fashioned a detailed and revealing portrait of the man behind the iconic public image. Captivatingly blending Brando's own words with well-chosen archive material, Riley provides a compelling insight into the actor's life, career and beliefs in a work that is as entertaining as it is educational.

Tuesday 12 January at 8pm
Taxi Tehran    Iran 2015  |  82 mins  |  12A
Having been banned from making films, dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi follows his 2011 This is Not a Film – shot entirely in his apartment block and smuggled out of the country on an SD card hidden in a cake – with a similarly creative act of artistic defiance. Here Jafar assumes the role of a taxi driver and uses a dashboard camera to record a series of discussions with his passengers on a variety of issues relating to his homeland, including sharia law, gender inequality, artistic integrity and even video piracy. It's a revealing and cheerily rebellious work from an artist to refuses to be silenced by the state.

Tuesday 19 January at 8pm
Marshland [La isla mínima]    Spain 2014  |  105 mins  |  15
In post-Franco Spain, a time of political and financial instability for the country, two mismatched homicide detectives – the hard-nosed Juan and the more thoughtful Pedro – have been temporarily transferred from Madrid to a small southern town to investigate the disappearance of a young girl.They soon discover that a serial killer may be at work. Focussing exclusively on the police investigation, director Alberto Rodríguez delivers a tautly structured and dramatically riveting thriller with a sharp political undercurrent, aided by two fine performances from Javier Gutiérrez and Raúl Arévalo as Juan and Pedro.

Tuesday 26 January at 8pm
The Wolfpack     USA 2015  |  90 mins  |  15
As childhoods go, the one experienced by the Angulo siblings – six boys and one girl – is not exactly by the book. Home schooled and kept isolated in their NewYork apartment by their parents to protect them from the outside world, they instead experienced life almost solely through films, whose characters and scenes which they imaginatively recreate for their own entertainment. Given access to the family, first-time director Crystal Moselle provides an eye-opening window into this previously closed world, and dares to suggest that far from suffering from this confinement, these creative youngsters may have thrived in it.

Tuesday 2 February at 8pm
The Lobster      Ireland / UK / Greece / France / Netherlands / USA 2015  |  118 mins  |  15
Recently separated David arrives at a hotel retreat where the unattached guests are given 45 days to find a new mate or be transformed into an animal of their choosing. During his stay he falls in with a woodland group of underground singles for whom displays of affection are strictly forbidden.The first English language feature from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps) is a surrealistic satire on human mating rituals, one both funny and sad and boasting an excellent cast that includes Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, John C. Reilly, Michael Smiley and Ben Whishaw.

Tuesday 9 February at 8pm
Hard to Be a God [Trudno byt bogom]     Russia 2013  |  177 mins  |  18
A group of Earth scientists have travelled to a planet that is similar to our own but historically 800 years behind us, in order to embed themselves in the population and witness its Enlightenment. But the hoped-for transformation has failed to materialise and intellectual behaviour is punishable by death.Ten years in the making and completed after director Aleksei German's death by his wife and co-writer Svetlana Karmalita and their son Aleksei Jr, Hard to Be a God is a difficult and confrontational work that drags its audience into the dirt and the blood of medieval life and conflict, but is cinematically as exhilarating as it is challenging.

Tuesday 16 February at 8pm
99 Homes    USA 2014  |  112 mins  |  15
In the aftermath of the 2008 banking crisis, single father Dennis and his mother Lynn fall behind on their mortgage payments and their home is repossessed.The process is managed by hard-nosed and money hungry property manager Rick Carver, who offers to help Dennis if he works for him, but while the money is good, the soul crushing nature of the job soon begins to take its toll. A tense and timely story of the human cost of the housing crisis and the corrupt and unfeeling nature of unregulated capitalism, 99 Homes features fine performances from Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern.

Tuesday 23 February at 8pm
Mia Madre     Italy / France 2015  |  106 mins  |  15
As she attempts to get her new film under way, middle-aged director Margherita (a superb Margherita Buy) has to deal with a string of on-set issues whilst simultaneously trying to come to terms with her dying mother's rapidly fading health.The latest work from Italian director and performer Nanni Moretti (Aprile, The Son's Room) is a touching humanist tale with an autobiographical ring (Moretti himself plays Margherita's brother Giovanni) that balances its drama with some engaging character humour, and boasts a lively and enjoyable performance from John Turturro as over-the-top American actor Barry Higgins.

Tuesday 1 March at 8pm
A Girl at My Door [Dohee-ya]     South Korea 2014  |  119 mins  |  18
The city ambitions of former South Korean police academy graduate Young-nam are stifled when misconduct sees her transferred to a small fishing village to take up the position of local Police Chief. She's not been there long before she becomes aware of the plight of 13-year-old Do-Hee, a downcast victim of her stepfather's abuse. When Young-nam intervenes, Do-Hee latches on to her new protector and soon begins to affectYoung-nam's life in unexpected ways.The debut feature of director July Jung is a compelling character drama with noir thriller overtones, and boasts strong performances from Doona Bae and Kim Sae-ron.

Tuesday 8 March at 8pm
Fidelio: Alice's Journey [Fidelio, l'odyssée d'Alice]    France 2014  |  97 mins  |  15
Alice (an impressive Ariane Labed) is an engineer on an ageing merchant ship who pines for the intimacy she shares with her devoted boyfriend Felix back home.When the ship's new captain (Melvil Poupaud) turns out to be the man who was her first serious boyfriend, Alice finds herself caught in struggle between love and desire. Being screened to mark International Woman’s Day, Lucie Borleteau's involving and thoughtfully pitched drama takes for granted that women can work in a traditionally man's world and thrive, and instead explores the nature of fidelity and the temptations that challenge it.

Tuesday 15 March at 8pm
Pasolini     France / Belgium / Italy 2014  |  84 mins  |  18
On 2nd November 1975, celebrated Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini was the victim of a brutal murder.The latest film from American enfant terrible Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York) focuses on this controversial director's final days, as he considers his future and begins work on a new film in the wake of the furore over his final feature, Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom. Rather than deliver a straight biopic, Ferrara instead creates a cinematically adventurous work that eschews the standard narrative structure to explore multiple facets of Pasolini's life and work, aided by a fine lead performance from Willem Dafoe.

Tuesday 22 March at 8pm
Theeb     United Arab Emirates / Qatar / Jordan / UK 2014  |  100 mins  |  15
During WW1, the lives of a young Bedouin named Theeb and his brother Hussein are disrupted by the arrival in their tribal camp of English soldier Edward and his Arab escort Marji.When Hussein is chosen to lead the two men across the desert to meet up with a distantly located British regiment, the adventure-seeking Theeb decides to follow and eventually join them, in spite of Edward's stern protestations. Using the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire as its backdrop, the debut feature of British born director Naji Abu Nowar is an impressively plotted and visually striking coming-of-age adventure tale, one told from a viewpoint rarely explored in western genre works of years past.