Films Screening for the 2021-2022 Season
The 2021-22 Season of the Bridport Film Society features 13 films from around the globe.
The best in contemporary world cinema - on your doorstep.
Opening night film is 8th Grade on September 21st 2021.
21st September 2021Film Information
Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the last week of her, thus far, disastrous 8th grade year. Burnham’s feature film debut is a deeply thoughtful observation on the universal truths of the agony, ecstasy and everything in between of growing up. Elsie Fisher is outstanding in the lead role: her smart, observant performance gives the audience instant access to her vulnerabilities, hurt feelings and quiet determination. TA
Certificate 15 / by Bo Burnham / USA
2018 / 1h 34mins / English
28th September 2021Film Information
Jonathan is doing military service in the middle of
nowhere guarding a border post.
His parents are informed that their son has died but they are unable to find out details. There was a mix-up, he is alive and the father fights for his return. They encounter cover-ups and impenetrable bureaucracy. Eventually, they get permission for Jonathan to return,
but at what cost? NH
razor-edged and hugely original. The truth?
It is unmissable.” Financial Times.
Certificate 15 / by Samuel Maoz / Israel
2019 / 1h 54mins / Hebrew & German with English subtitles
Birds Of Passage
12th October 2021Film Information
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A sympathetic and restrained story of an ancient way of life, corrupted by the capitalist system. It examines the strength of indigenous cultural norms and taboos under the pressure of temptation and greed; how a functional community is destroyed satiating the demands of a less honourable foreign state. It’s about drugs, but not cops and robbers; it’s about loyalties betrayed. JD
Certificate 15 / by Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra / Columbia
2018 / 2h 06mins / Wayuu & Spanish with English subtitles
Shooting the Mafia
26th October 2021Film Information
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A gripping documentary about 86-year-old photographer Letizia Battaglia. Intercut with stories of her personal life, her stark, sometimes shocking, images of the Mafia and their victims, reveal the true underbelly of Sicily. She bravely exhibited her images in places such as the small, mafia controlled, town of Corleone, thus helping to galvanise public opinion against the mafia in the 1990s. A remarkable and brave woman. NH“This candid and passionate documentary portrait.” New Yorker.
Certificate 15 / by Kim Longinotto / USA
2019 / 1h 37mins / English
The Perfect Candidate
9th November 2021Film Information
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Maryam is a young doctor in a Saudi hospital working within a colossal gender divide, whose purpose is to make women inaudible and invisible. Routinely patronised by her male supervisors she, almost accidentally, finds herself running for election to the city council. Despite the community’s struggle to accept her as the town’s first female candidate, her creative and ambitious campaign becomes a symbol for a larger movement. TA“A candid, often wryly amusing glimpse of life inside the Saudi kingdom.” Washington Post.
Certificate 15 / by Haifaa al-Mansour / Saudi Arabia
2021 / 1h 44mins / Arabic with English subtitles & English
23rd November 2021Film Information
A Western with a difference set in a fur trading post in Oregon in the late nineteenth century.
Hardly any guns, but a surprisingly tense drama erupts from a little business built on milk stolen
from the first cow brought into the territory to satisfy the head man’s nostalgia for the niceties
of posh English cuisine.
A realistic portrayal of survival in the frontier, relationships of settlers with the First Nations tribe and each other. JD
Certificate PG / by Kelly Reichardt / USA
2019 / 2h 02mins / English
7th December 2021Film Information
Alice Winocour’s Proxima is a poignant tribute to a mother’s resilience. We follow the lead up to Sarah’s first mission – a year-long stint on the International Space Station, as part of final preparations for the first human expedition to Mars. Despite the obvious focal point of the journey, “Proxima” is mostly invested in the minutiae of Sarah’s professional path and the painful intersections it has with her family life. RM
Certificate 15 / by Alice Winocour / France & Germany
2019 / 1h 47mins / French, English, German, Russian
with English subtitles
Promising Young Woman
11th January 2022Film Information
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Promising Young Woman is Emerald Fennell’s provocative tale of a woman reeling from her best friend’s sexual assault and subsequent suicide. She spends her evenings in clubs, pretending to be falling-down drunk to entice predatory men, only to wreak revenge by demonstrating her icy sobriety at an appropriate moment. She isn’t drunk at all, and the hunter is about to become the hunted. RM“It’s sharply and boldly laid out and it’s jolting to witness how it refuses to let anyone off the hook.” The Hollywood Reporter.
Certificate 15 / by Emerald Fennell / USA
2020 / 1h 54mins / English
25th January 2022Film Information
Set in the aftermath of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the film is based on a real-life occurrence of police violence in 2008. Following characters within the commune of Montfermeil, a theft from a teenager spirals into the threat of a huge crisis. The film’s title is a reference to the Victor Hugo novel of the same name, written and partially set in Montfermeil. TA
“It is the most incendiary crime film to emerge from French cinema since Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine.” The Times.
Certificate 15 / by Ladj Ly / French / 2020
1h 44mins / French & Bambara with English subtitles
The Third Murder
8th February 2022Film Information
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Attorney Shigemori takes on the defense of a murder suspect who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. His chances of winning the case seem low, as his client freely admits his guilt, even though he faces the death penalty if convicted. But as he digs deeper into the case, Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is actually the murderer. TA
Certificate 15 / by Hirokazu Kore-eda / Japan
2017 / 2h 05mins / Japanese with English subtitles
There Is No Evil
22nd February 2022Film Information
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Four gripping stories intricately woven showing life in different settings in contemporary Iran and examining critically a citizen’s options under an oppressive regime. Does one comply, rebel or find a way to opt out? And how will that choice affect your life, relationships and conscience? The film was shot secretly in Iran and smuggled out; a masterpiece, but not one the regime there would like. JD“A powerful work of moral courage and urgency.” RogerEbert.com.
Certificate 15 / by Mohammad Rasoulof / Iran
2021 / 2h 31mins / Persian & German with English subtitles
The Divine Order
8th March 2022Film Information
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In 1971, a young housewife organizes the women of her town to petition for the right to vote. Here, in the Swiss countryside, little or nothing is felt of the huge social upheavals in other parts of the world. Nora is a retiring, quiet person, well-liked by everyone - until she begins to campaign publicly and pugnaciously for women’s right to vote. RM“Cleverly, the focus here is on small, ordinary lives, women who will never be remembered in the history books” Glenn Kenny, Roger Ebert.
Certificate 12A / by Petra Volpe / Switzerland
2017 / 1h 37mins / Swiss German, German, Italian
with English subtitles
22nd March 2022Film Information
A positive guide to the workable “regenerative” community projects that can help combat climate change. Gameau explores what we can do with the resources available now, imagining the great things that could happen by 2040, when his daughter will be a young woman. Looking at various aspects of our impact on the environment: energy consumption, the food we eat, transport, farming methods, etc, he impartially discusses the choices we have. A film to raise awareness and instigate debate. NH
Certificate Exempt / by Damon Gameau / Australia
2019 / 1h 32mins / English
Films in and Around West Dorset
The Bridport Film Society is only one of the many places to see quality film in West Dorset
and the surrounding areas.
Below is a list of, and weblinks to, the principle places to see great films in our area: