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Film Archive from the 2015-2016 Season
The 2015-16 Season of the Bridport Film Society features 12 films from around the globe.
22nd September 2015Film Information
Russia’s official entry in the Oscars is an epic movie of biblical ambition and a haunting story about a modern Job. This jaded view of corruption in Putin’s Russia makes for a long but compelling film. With music by Philip Glass it has won Best Foreign Language Film - Golden Globes 2015 and Best Screenplay - Cannes 2014.
Certificate 15 (Some nudity and sexual scenes)
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
140 mins / Russian with English subtitles
6th October 2015Film Information
Szifrón’s Wild Tales are a collection of delicious, horrible, scary and scabrous stories from Argentina. The characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism as they give in to the undeniable pleasure of losing control. 8 Goya Awards, including Best Film and Best Director 2014
Certificate 15 (Some sexual scenes and violence)
Directed by Damián Szifrón
122 mins / Spanish with English subtitles
20th October 2015Film Information
What happens when ISIL arrives in your peaceful little Berber town? Timbuktu is a fearlessly poetic and almost surreal response to a jihadist occupation; it is beautiful and lyrical. Never preachy, it exposes the comparative contradictions in both cultures’ ethics – sympathetic to the victims but also to those who know not what they do. Winner of 7 out of 8 César nominations 2015
Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako
97 mins / Arabic, French & English with English subtitles
The New Girlfriend
3rd November 2015Film Information
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Childhood best friends Claire and Laura are inseparable, so it comes as a particularly devastating blow when Laura becomes ill and dies, leaving her husband, David, to raise their newborn daughter Lucie by himself. As Claire stops by his house one afternoon, door unlocked, she makes a surprising discovery that impacts her life and the lives of everyone close to her.
Certificate 15 (Some nudity and sexual scenes)
Directed by François Ozon
105 mins / French with English subtitles
Stations of the Cross
17th November 2015Film Information
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14-year-old Maria seems to live in the modern world, but her family and her heart are faithful to a Catholic radicalism that requires sacrifice and devotion at every turn. Told in fourteen single shot tableaus that parallel Christ’s journey to crucifixion, this is both an indictment of fundamentalist faith and the articulation of a teen’s struggle to find her own path in life.
Directed by Dietrich Brüggemann
107 mins / German with English subtitles
The Duke of Burgundy
1st December 2015Film Information
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Day after day, Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) act out a simple yet provocative ritual that must always end with Evelyn’s punishment and pleasure. As Cynthia begins to yearn for a more conventional relationship, Evelyn’s obsession with erotica quickly becomes an addiction that threatens to push the relationship to breaking point.
Certificate 18 (Some sexual scenes)
Directed by Peter Strickland
104 mins / English
Salt of the Earth
12th January 2015Film Information
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After 40 years witnessing international conflicts, starvation and exodus the legendary Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has embarked on a huge project to photograph pristine territories as an uplifting tribute to the planet’s beauty. César Award - Best Documentary – 2015
Certificate PG 13
Directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
France / Brazil 2014
110 mins / French & Portuguese with English subtitles
27th January 2015Film Information
The film opens by introducing us to a feisty single mother struggling with the burden of full-time custody of her unpredictable 15 year old ADHD son. Then her peculiar new neighbour steps in and offers to lend her a hand. From this unlikely beginning, all three characters move on to find a new sense of balance and hope. Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize 2014
Certificate 15 (Strong language and some sexual violence and references)
Directed by Xavier Dolan
138 mins / French with English subtitles
Nostalgia for the Light
9th February 2016Film Information
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Guzman weaves together a visual constellation of ideas about astronomy, deep time, the Universe, and the discoveries of ancient artefacts, with an underlying focus on the story of those who ‘disappeared’ after Pinochet’s 1973 coup. The vast lunar landscape of the Atacama desert in Chile provides the linking matrix for this reflective documentary. European Film Acadamy award 2010
Directed by Patricio Guzman
93 mins / Spanish with English subtitles
Fill the Void
23rd February 2016Film Information
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Depicting the dilemma of an 18 year old Israeli Hasidic girl forced to choose between duty and desire in settling for a marriage partner, the director forthrightly asserts that this is how her community lives. In the end though, you have to decide whether the strict traditions are being celebrated or critiqued.
Directed by Rama Burshtein
90 mins / Hebrew with English subtitles
8th March 2016Film Information
Gloria, a “woman of a certain age”, still feels young. Lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion leaves Gloria vacillating between hope and despair ... until she uncovers a new strength.
Directed by Sebastián Lelio
110 mins / Spanish with English subtitles
22nd March 2016Film Information
Set in 1960’s Poland, this story of Anna, a young novitiate, unfolds in a layered and humane exploration of issues of religious and personal identity. With its very original, austere yet poetic imagery, Pawlikowski’s film brings alive the gravity and grimness of history. International critics award at 2013 TorontoFilm festival Best Film 2013 London Film Festival
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
82 mins / Polish with English subtitles
Seasons Ratings for 2015 / 2016
Following every film screening our audience are asked for their reaction to each film, helping us with our selection process for the following year.
Listed here are the audience reactions for our 2015 / 2016 film season.