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Won 42 international prizes, plus numerous nominations

Heat and oppression hang in the air like an unspoken accusation, with cinematographer Alex Catalan using magic hour shots of the raw natural beauty  of the wetland marshes to underline the claustrophobia of a town filled with deep mistrust and social unrest. Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film






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The Invisible Man

'Whale's offbeat humour goes hand in hand with a sort of hypnotic magic: the tricks necessitated by the Man's invisibility are brilliantly managed.' Sight and  Sound

'Whale's offbeat humour goes hand in hand with a sort of hypnotic magic: the tricks necessitated by the Man's invisibility are brilliantly managed.' Sight and Soun


2016 - 2017

followed by our Annual Film Quiz

                               West Side Story

                               Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins USA  1961   145m 150mCarlos Saura    1976  SP  110m


Carlos Saura    1976  SP  110m

    

Carlos Saura    1976  SP  110m





OCTOBER 22

MARCH  6

MARCH  11




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With Natalie Wood, Russ Tambling, George Chakiris

An electrifying update of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, set against the seething background of rival Puerto Rican and American gangs in 1950s New York


Won Ten Oscars, Three Golden Globes, and other awards.

‘nowhere will you experience such electrifying, jaw-dropping choreography (Jerome Robbins), a more exhilarating, passionate, full-throttled score (Leonard Bernstein), a more dynamic, better-crafted musical…’IMDb subscribers.



Won Cannes best actor and Palme d’Or best Director 2014. Many other nominations.


  JANUARY 23

FEBRUARY 9

Film Society Annual Dinner

'A gem, an almost serious comedy not taken entirely seriously, with wonderful dialogue, eccentric characterisations and superlative performances throughout.' Time Out

Rome, Open City

Won Many Oriental Film Festival awards

‘very believable characters…absolutely flawless acting… establishes a deep connection with the audience…emotions, gestures and dialogue were all perfect’. IMDb subscriber

Fritz Lang   GER    1931     110m

Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, Gustav Gründgens

The criminal fraternity in a big city joins the police in hunting down a serial child-killer. The film brilliantly adapts the expressionism of German silent cinema to the new era of sound.


IIntroduced by Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden of Manchester  Metropolitan  University

Timbuktu

MAY 6

                                                                                                                       

Won 24 International awards including 2 at Cannes and 5 Caesars

Timbuktu is a cri de coeur against violence and intolerance, it’s also a richly poetic work of cinema – witty, beautiful and even, sobering though it is, highly entertaining “   The Guardian





 

Introduced by Dr Carmen Herrero of Manchester  Metropolitan University

The formalised effect of the film reminds one of Mozart: the emotional complexity of much of the comedy, with its delicate and flexible movement to and fro between humour and pathos, between different shades of emotion.' Robin Wood


Followed by our members’ annual buffet supper

SEPTEMBER  17

Jafa Panahi  IRA  2015   82m


Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, so he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran.




Amazingly, Panahi turns the utterly simple, economical format of a camera inside a car into something relevant to his own artistic state and full of eye-oping insights into Iranian society. Hollywood Reporter


Taxi Tehran

‘nowhere will you experience such electrifying, jaw-dropping choreography (Jerome Robbins), a more exhilarating, passionate, full-throttled score (Leonard Bernstein), a more dynamic, better-crafted musical…’IMDb subscribers.

NOVEMBER  5

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 Xiaogang Feng   China   2010   135m


  Aftershock

On 27 July 1976, a devastating earthquake destroys Tangshan, China - when a collapsed beam traps her two children, a mother has to decide which to save her son or daughter…

James Whale  USA   1933 71m

7m


DECEMBER 17

 A scientist takes an experimental drug that makes him invisible, and he then succumbs to megalomania. The film was adapted from H.G. Wells's novel.



The Invisible Man

JANUARY 14                

Marshland

  Alberto Rodríguez  SP   2014


In a Spanish marshland region a serial killer is on the loose. Two homicide detectives who appear to be poles apart must settle their differences and bring the murderer to justice before more young women lose their lives.


François Truffaut  FR   1962  102m


FEBRUARY 4

Jules et Jim

with Jeanne Moreau, Oscar Werner, Henri Serre

Truffaut combines a study of modern womanhood with an enchanting period recreation, pre- and post-World War I, to create one of the enduring favourites of the French New Wave.

'

Charming, quintessentially French period romance, technically interesting, emotionally up-lifting, and directed with verve and feeling.'

emotionally up-lifting, and directed with verve and feeling.' Leslie Halliwell



emotionally up-lifting, and directed with verve and feeling.' Leslie Halliwell


Leslie Halliwell


Force Majeure

APRIL 1


Ruben Ostlund  SW/FR/NOR/DEN  120m        120mm


   




Frida

FEBRUARY 25              

Julie Taymor    USA /Can/Mex   2002   123m

The film chronicles the life of  Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, the young couple who took the art world by storm in the 1930s.

 Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.

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A dynamic portrait of an artist by an artist, one as wry, audacious and erotically charged as its flamboyant subject. Philadelphia Enquirer



Lang's imaginative use of sound to intensify dread and terror is unparalleled in the history of the talkies.' Siegfried Kracauer


A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves facing an approaching avalanche during lunch one day. In the aftermath their self confidence has been shaken to the core and family doubts set in.

Won Cannes 2014 Un Certain Regard




A brittle black comedy that has plenty to say about modern manhood and the human survival instinct. David Hughes Empire Magazine

The Tom Ainsworth Short Film Awards

APRIL 22

These awards were set up in 2012, in honour of Tom Ainsworth, the late President of the Film Society. Their aim is to acknowledge the achievements of the current generation of student filmmakers in the North West.


The competition has two awards – the Jury prize, and the Audience prize, where members attending can choose the winner.




 Manchester Metropolitan University students Danielle Swindells  and Stephen Otioso being presented with a cheque  by our president Marjorie Ainsworth as winners in our Tom Ainsworth Short Film Competition 2016

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     Abderrahmane Sissako      Fr /MAUR   2014    96 m


On the edge of the Sahara desert a proud cattle herder Kidane lives with his family peacefully in the dunes beyond the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu run by Jihadists. Then the family’s destiny changes abruptly


 



Land and Freedom

I, Daniel Blake

JULY 8

       

Ken Loach  UK  2016   100m

       Chairman’s Choice

A middle aged carpenter who needs state benefits is joined by a single mother in a similar situation. A critical look at the way today’s British welfare system functions in reality.


Won Three awards at Cannes Festival 2016, including Palme d’Or

I, Daniel Blake is one of Loach's finest films, a drama of tender devastation that tells its story with an unblinking neorealist simplicity that goes right back to the plainspoken purity of Vittorio De Sica.

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VOOwen Gleibermann  Variety

Owen Gleibermann,Variety

JUNE 10

Preston Sturges   USA   1941    87m

Sullivan’s Travels

A pampered Hollywood director decides he wants to make a socially conscious film, and takes to the road to gain experience of poverty and desperation. The experience proves to be only too real, but leads to an unexpected conclusion.

Won National Board of Review – included in Top Ten films for year


JUNE 24

 Smiles of a Summer Night

A series of complicated liaisons are resolved when an ageing actress arranges a weekend party for lovers and friends in a small Swedish town around 1900. This wise and witty farce helped to establish Bergman's international reputation.


Won Cannes Film Festival 1955 – Best Poetic Humour


 






Ingmar Bergman     SWE     1955     108m

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