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Winter 2018 season

Tuesday 9 January at 8.30pm

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami    Ireland/UK 2017  |  115 mins  |  15
The public face of iconic singer and occasional actress Grace Jones casts her as wild, larger-than-life and even a little scary. Sophie Fiennes' documentary, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, fascinatingly weaves together the layers of Jones's public and private life, from artist, partying hedonist and tenacious businesswoman to her less widely seen role as daughter, mother, sister and grandmother. The film also includes footage of Jones performing a number of her most famous hits, including Slave To The Rhythm and Pull Up To The Bumper, as well as more recent autobiographical tracks such as Williams Bloods and Hurricane.

Tuesday 16 January at 8.30pm
Hotel Salvation    India 2016  |  102 mins  |  PG
The simple pleasures of life in the holy city of Varanasi are captivatingly explored, as a father and his son belatedly get to know each other in the enforced intimacy of their cramped hotel room and the crowded streets outside. A gentle and universal tale of life, death and relationships, Hotel Salvation is a delicately handled, engrossing and spiritually uplifting debut feature from acclaimed short film director Shubhashish Bhutiani, and boasts superb performances from renowned actors Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), Lalit Behl (Titli) and Geetanjali Kulkarni (Court).

Tuesday 23 January at 8.30pm
Mountains May Depart [Shan he gu ren]    China | France | Japan 2015  |  131 mins  |  12A
In the Chinese city of Fenyang, childhood friends Liangzi and Zhang are both in love with town beauty Tao. She eventually marries the wealthier Zhang and they have a son he names Dollar. So begins the story of Tao and her son, which is told in three segments set in different time periods, beginning in China in 1999, continuing in 2014 and concluding in Australia in 2025. The latest work from 24 City and A Touch of Sin director Zhangke Jia is an unconventional but gripping look at the changing face of China, filtered through the lens of a touching family drama.

Tuesday 30 January at 8.30pm
Thelma     Norway/France/Denmark/Sweden 2017  |  116 mins  |  15
At a university in Oslo, shy young college student Thelma begins to experience extreme and unexpected seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are symptoms of mysterious, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is forced to face some tragic secrets from her past and the frightening implications of her newly acquired powers. The latest work from acclaimed director Joachim Trier (Reprise, Louder Than Bombs) is a compelling, slow-burn blend of relationship drama and supernatural thriller, and boasts a strong central performance from Eili Harboe as the titular Thelma.

Tuesday 6 February at 8.30pm
La Soledad    Venezuela/Canada/Italy |  89 mins 
The economic crisis in Venezuela is rivettingly explored through the experience of a single, working class family facing the prospect of losing their home after its owner announces that he intends to sell it. The remarkable, low-budget debut from Venezuelan filmmaker Jorge Thielen Armand, La Soledad is enlightening, moving and striking in its authenticity, thanks in part of a cast of non-professionals who are effectively playing fictionalised versions of themselves.

Tuesday 13 February at 8.30pm
I Am Not a Witch     UK/France/Germany 2017  |  93 mins  |  12A
Following a minor incident in her village in modern-day Zambia, eight-year-old orphan Shula is sent to a travelling witch camp, where she is warned she will be transformed into a goat and served up for dinner if she tries to escape. As she makes a concerted effort to adapt to her new life, she is forced to decide whether to accept her fate or risk the possible consequences of seeking freedom. The debut feature from Welsh-Zambian filmmaker Rungano Nyoni is a smart and thoughtful satire on societal double-standards and superstition, and is winningly acted by its non-professional cast.

Tuesday 27 February at 8.30pm
The Road to Manadalay    Myanmar/Taiwan 2016  |  92 mins  |  12
Burmese migrants Lianqing and Guo find themselves thrown together by fate when they are part of a group being smuggled into Thailand to search for work. Lianqing has her sights set on gaining citizenship by working hard in any job that she can find, but Guo is more interested in romancing the headstrong Lianqing. The fourth feature from young Burmese director Midi Z is an honest and eye-opening exploration of the migrant experience, entwined within a touching and believable relationship drama.

Tuesday 20 February at 8.30pm
Metamorphoses    France 2014  |  102 mins  |  15
When young schoolgirl Europa decides to skip class one day, she is approached by Jupiter, a young man who takes her on a journey to a world inhabited by powerful gods who have the ability to transform humans into plants. This lyrical work from acclaimed French director Christophe Honoré (Beloved, Sophie's Misfortunes) updates Ovid's epic poem into a captivating celebration of the beauty and enduring nature of ancient myths, one whose handsomely realised visuals are nicely balanced by the naturalism of its cast.

Tuesday 6 March at 8.30pm
In Between     Israel/France 2016  |  103 mins  |  15
Away from the constraints of their families and enforced tradition, three strong, independently minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv find themselves caught between the lives that they are aspiring to lead and the restrictions still imposed on them by a blinkered society. The debut feature from Palestinian director Maysaloun Hamoud is a funny, moving and rightly troubling work that has attracted widespread critical praise and has so angered fundamentalists that director Hamoud has become the target of a fatwa.

Tuesday 13 March at 8.30pm
My Pure Land     UK 2017  |  92 mins  |  15
In a remote corner of Pakistan, young Nazo, together with her mother, her younger sister and brother's friend, fight to defend their home against an armed gang led by her own uncle. Based on a true story, this remarkable first feature from British Pakistani film-maker Sarmad Masud is an often exciting and always thought-provoking work that boasts impressively naturalistic performances and turns culturally stereotyped concepts of gender on their head.

Tuesday 20 March at 8.30pm
The King and Dai     UK 2017  |  65 mins 
The intriguingly titled documentary The King and Dai tells the story of how the sleepy Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl became the Elvis capital of Europe. As the annual Elvis Tribute Festival grows in size beyond anyone's wildest dreams, tensions between the local organisers boil over in an uncanny reflection of the King's own tragic story. South Wales-based filmmaker David Barnes won the Best Welsh Film award at the Welsh International Documentary Festival for this fascinating portrait of how an initially fun event descends into disagreement, conflict and chaos.