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Films Screening for the 2018-2019 Season
The 2018-19 Season of the Bridport Film Society features 12 films from around the globe.
The best in contemporary world cinema - on your doorstep.
Opening night film is I Am Not A Witch on September 25th 2018.
I Am Not A Witch
25th September 2018Film Information
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This is a daringly satirical parable of magic and misogyny, superstition and social strictures. In
a remote Zambian village, an
8-year old orphaned girl is accused of being a witch and sent to the local “witch-camp”, an enslaved tourist attraction. All is not lost, however, as the women there offer her a real sense of belonging and protection. There are streaks of deadpan humour and the surreal scenes stay long in the memory. RS
Certificate 12A / by Rungano Nyoni / Zambia
2017 / 93 mins / English & Nyanja with English subtitles
9th October 2018Film Information
The island of the title is both the Isle of Wight and the implied
psychological island created by a terminal diagnosis. Filmed over the course of 12 months at a hospice and the surrounding
neighbourhoods, Eastwood explores with subtlety, imagination and unvarnished honesty the simple facts of death, and compassionate care.
Combining observational footage of its subjects with contemplative shots of the surrounding coastal landscapes, it’s a work of great
delicacy that evokes a tender respect for
every one of the people involved.
Certificate Not Rated / by Steven Eastwood
UK / 2017 / 90 mins / English
A Fantastic Woman
23rd October 2018Film Information
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An amazing performance by trans actress and mezzo-soprano Daniela Vega exposes how society shows its nastiest side when confronted by difference. Misjudged, discriminated against, bullied, assaulted and humiliated for being the woman she is and in love with an older man, Marina carries on with a restrained dignity which eventually gets her the only small reward she sought. A film which also challenges our own prejudices.2018 Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
Certificate 15 / by Sebastian Lelio / Chile
2017 / 104 mins / Spanish with English subtitles
Land of Mine
6th November 2018Film Information
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Set immediately post WW2 in Denmark and based on a grim but true episode in history,
a group of young German POWs are put to work to clear the 1.5 million land mines that Germany had planted along the Danish beaches. Sgt Carl Leopold Rasmus, who is in charge, takes out his hatred of the Germans on these young boys but begins to get closer to them as work progresses. The performances of the young German soldiers are outstanding, bringing tension, pathos and incredulity with each scene.
Certificate 15 / by Martin Zandvliet / German, Danish, English
2015 / 110 mins / German/Danish with English subtitles
20th November 2018Film Information
Nora Twomey’s experience of the troubles in Northern Ireland inspired her delicately animated portrayal of the difficulties of life for women in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Young Parvana struggles to help her family survive after her father’s arrest. Disguised as a boy her place in society is very different - an agent rather than a possession - yet even more dangerous. But she is a plucky child, learns quickly and eventually succeeds in reuniting the family. A simple story but a riveting watch.
Certificate PG / by Nora Twomey / Ireland
2017 / 93 mins / English
4th December 2018Film Information
Paris 1967. Jean-Luc Godard, the leading filmmaker of his generation, is shooting
La Chinoise with the woman he loves, Anne Wiazemsky, 20 years his junior. They are happy, attractive, in love. They marry. But the film’s reception unleashes a profound self-examination in Jean-Luc. The events of May ‘68 will amplify this process. Revolutionary, off-the-wall, destructive, brilliant, he will pursue his choices to breaking point in this mischievous, slapstick biopic.
Certificate 15 / by Michel Hazanavicius / France
2017 / 107 mins / French with English subtitles
8th January 2019Film Information
A dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. Wanting to die in the holy city of Varanasi his dutiful son, Rajiv, is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father. After checking into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) a guesthouse devoted to people to die there, things take unexpected turns.“Feeling, warmth, wisdom and locations gorgeous with history” Financial Times
Certificate 12 / by Shubhashish Bhutiani / India
2017 / 103 mins / Hindi with English subtitles
City of Ghosts
22nd January 2019Film Information
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A documentary film going behind the scenes in Syria following the citizen journalist collective ‘Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently’. This group film scenes with their smart phones, upload them to YouTube and Social Media, showing the world the true violence and psychopathic hatred of ISIS. Their aim is to debunk the propaganda being disseminated by Islamic State. Passages of tense and dramatic filming unfold as we watch the journalists evade capture and reach out to the west for help.
Certificate 15 / by Matthew Heinman / USA
2017 / 91 mins / English
5th February 2019Film Information
Varda and JR travel to small towns in a van decorated like an enormous camera. Inside is a photo-booth and large format prints spit out the side. The pair travel and take pictures and paste gigantic portraits on the sides of old houses and city walls. In a homage to ordinary working lives, ex-miners, waitresses, factory workers, spouses of dockworkers, reflect and speak their mind.“Equal parts breezily charming and poignantly powerful, Faces Places is a unique cross-generational portrait of life in rural France.” RM
Certificate 12a / by Agnès Varda & JR / France
2017 / 90 mins / French with English subtitles
In the Fade
19th February 2019Film Information
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By the director of Edge of Heaven this is a politically charged tale of grief and violence in modern Germany. Akin’s film dwells on both the pleasures of multiculturalism and the horror it causes on the far right, addressing the modern refugee crisis and the rise of the neo-nazi. It’s a terrific film with a wonderful performance by main actress Diane Kruger. Tense, thrilling, nail-biting ending.
Certificate 18 / by Fatih Akin / Germany
2017 / 106 mins / German with English subtitles
5th March 2019Film Information
A gritty but moving portrayal of a rodeo rider (Brady) recovering from a near fatal accident and searching for new purpose in his life. The director found a real-life rodeo rider in exactly this position and tells the story using the rider playing himself and all his family and friends and colleagues playing themselves, including his mentally challenged 15 year old sister and his severely brain-damaged best friend (from a similar rodeo accident). It’s an extraordinary tour-de-force. Unsentimental, real, thoughtful and dramatic.
Certificate 15 / by Chloé Zhao / USA
2018 / 104 mins / English
19th March 2019Film Information
At just 6 years-old, Frida`s world collapses when her mother dies. She is adopted by her uncle`s loving family in the
sun-drenched countryside. They start to struggle with her increasingly bad behaviour as she is unable
to come to terms with the isolation, dislocation and bewilderment that bereavement at such a young age entails. This beautiful autobiographical work lets us into the minds of Frida and her little cousin Anna with great sensitivity. Stunning performances by the two young girls.
Certificate 12a / by Carla Simon / Spain
2017 / 97 mins / Catalan with English subtitles
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: